Friday, January 21, 2011

Gaming to a golden tomorrow

... Upgrading the World: Could real life be made better by making it more like a videogame? (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Ms. McGonigal's notions about how to enliven what gamers call "RL" ("real life") run the gamut from shallow to, well, that's it, really. It's not that she has nothing interesting to say about the role of videogames in shaping reality; it's that she has little if anything to say about reality itself. She writes like someone who has never seen a Shakespeare play or volunteered at a soup kitchen or fallen in love or raised a child or said a prayer.

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