Reality is Broken: Why Games Matter and How They Can Change the World
TLC Book Tours hooked me up again with another fascinating read. This time the book feeds right into my total geekdom and I LOVED it.
Reality is Broken: Why Games Matter and How They Can Change the World by Jane McGonigal is an absolutely engaging book and has truly made me look at the gaming culture and game theory in a brand new light. I’ve always been interested in videogames, (I’m even taking a class on videogames this semester!) but I never realized the potential and power of gameplay. This book changed the way I see play.
This book inspired me to incorporating more gamefulness into my life. My husband and I have started using Chore Wars, one of many examples McGonigal gives for making mundane tasks more gameful. In the first week, we had done more housework than usual, and the feeling we got from seeing all the chores we’d accomplished each day was magical. On top of that, we got a kick out of fighting a Laundrosaurus Rex while doing a load of laundry or encountering an enraged shopper while grocery shopping.
The secret to motivation and feeling productive revolves around making real life more like a game. All of my friends working for start-ups, pay attention. McGonigal has the secret to success and she gives many examples. Make people enjoy doing work by making it feel like a game. So simple but so effective. Of course, McGonigal explains it all much better and uses all the fun, technical, gamer terms, so basically you’ll have to buy it to get the big picture.
That said, McGonigal presents us with a bit of a utopian, unrealistic ideal of what a gameful society looks like. Yes, it would be wonderful if everyone knew how to create games and if everyone implemented them and if everyone treated work like play. The author presents us with suggestions, guidelines, and examples of how to put this into practice. However, it does seem to be a bit of a stretch, does it not? Regardless, her book gives a reader a LOT of food for thought. It has encouraged me to spend some time mulling over the ideas presented. I appreciate being given a good reason to ponder.
Reality is Broken is quite an academic book. In fact, I was surprise at how academic it read; I felt like I was reading it for an assignment. That said, when I’m not in school, this is exactly the kind of book I like to read anyways. It’s smart, makes me think, and engages me on a level that Jennifer Weiner can’t. I dig it. But I don’t think this book is a beach read, unless you’re nerdy and wear glasses, like me.
I’ve been given one copy of this book to give away to a lucky reader. To enter, please leave your contact info and your favorite videogame in the comments section! I’ll choose a random winner on Monday!!
Disclaimer: TLC Book Tours provided me a copy of Reality is Broken to review, however all opinions expressed above are solely my own.