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Video Games on the Colbert Report

On February 3rd, the author of the book Reality is Broken, Jane McGonigal, appeared on the Colbert Report. Here is the interview:

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Jane McGonigal
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I’m not sure why the video is doing this, but if you click on the link you should be able to see it.

The majority of the interview is really good. However there is one point that I would like to contend:

Colbert: “We game to get away from the real world.”

McGonigal: “Ah, that’s another misconception…”

However I don’t think that’s a misconception at all. In fact it is the reason games exist, I believe. The connection between reality and video games is expressed much better later in the video clip where McGonigal says, “…the emotions we feel in games spill over into real life…” This is a far better point.

Aside from that little tidbit I think I can support McGonigal’s points. Judging by her interview I think getting her book more publicity would be beneficial. Thus, here is my contribution:

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17 February 2011 Posted by | Gaming | , , , | 3 Comments


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