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Smithsonian: How Computer Games Make You Smarter

In News on February 6, 2011 at 7:16 am

From the interview:

You recently created a social network called Gameful. What’s that?
It’s a network for game developers. “Gameful” is a word I coined to describe what it feels like to have the heart of a gamer, as opposed to just “playful,” which sounds like you’re not taking something seriously. When you’re gameful, your creativity is sparked, your curiosity is sparked and you’re more likely to collaborate with others. You’re more likely to stick with a tough problem, even if you fail at first. The network has about 1,100 game developers looking at questions like: How could you make education, museums, hospitals, airports or even caregiving more gameful?

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/Interview-Jane-McGonigal-Computer-Game-Developer.html#ixzz1DByR5Fil

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