Games make a difference
August 2, 2010
Jane McGonigal has created a game called SuperBetter, which turns the rehabilitation process into a game.
SuperBetter covers an area on the play graph straddling pretend play and games with rules, with a similar footprint to Dungeons and Dragons or World of Warcraft except a little to the left (the pretend setting is self-directed), and larger footprint vertically (the gameplay is highly emergent from real-world experiences, pushing it lower, and it’s goals exist in the real-world and are quite serious, pushing its upper border upwards).
Note to self, perhaps I need a better vocabulary for talking about this.
Anyway, here is Jane talking about the origins of SuperBetter briefly:
and a longer video of her TED talk on the origin and purpose of her “serious” games.