Human beings now spend 3 billion hours every week playing online video games. This is a staggering expenditure of time and energy on an activity that has often been considered frivolous and escapist. So it's worth asking why.
Why are people staring at screens for 3 billion hours, clicking on cartoon pictures, when they could be cooking, jogging or hanging out with spouses and kids? In her book Reality is Broken, the futurist and video game designer Jane McGonigal offers a surprising answer: we don't play video games because they're "fun." We play video games because they allow us to fulfill our human potential in a way that reality sometimes doesn't.
This paper explores gaming as a new social space and establishes three entry points for navigating this sensitive world.
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