Games Can Be More Than Just Entertainment

July 15, 2012

Video Game Development

Working on a triple-A game is a lot of effort, taking my attention away from blogging.  Sometimes I wonder if it is worth it.  Games are just entertainment, right?  It’s not like we’re doing something to change the world.  I was so delighted to see Jane McGonigal‘s talk:  The game that can give you 10 extra years of life  on  I love how she explains how games can actually lead to having less regrets in life.  I was also impressed with how she created SuperBetter to recover from a crippling concussion.

The TED website also recommended watching Brenda Brathwaite’s talk: Gaming for Understanding.  I got to see a version of this talk at the Montreal International Game Summit in 2009 and was completely inspired.  Watching it along with Jane’s talk will definitely give you a different perspective on the value of games.

My project is a regular video game – one that we hope will be something we’re proud of and that gamers will find entertaining.  Still, it’s nice to know that what my colleagues and I do can be more than just entertainment.

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Throughout my career, I have consistently joined companies on the verge of explosive growth and change. From these experiences, I have developed a human, collaborative, and pragmatic leadership style. I would like to share that point of view, along with my experiences, on this blog. Join me on Facebook!

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