Video games and world peace don’t seem to mix, but world-renowned game creator Jane McGonigal, Ph.D., aims to change this perception, and the world, with her humanitarian-based alternate reality games, which are designed to improve people’s lives and solve real-life problems. “Reality is broken. Game designers can fix it,” says McGonigal who believes game designers are on a humanitarian mission worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize.
McGonigal has created and deployed award-winning games and secret missions that focus on issues of poverty, hunger and climate change in more than 30 countries, including: EVOKE, Superstruct, World Without Oil, Cruel 2 B Kind and The Lost Ring. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Wired, The Economist, MTV, CNN and NPR. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World (Penguin Press, 2011), and serves as the Chief Creative Officer for SuperBetter Labs, where she is making games powered by the science of positive emotion and social connection.
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