I am game designer + researcher Jane McGonigal AMA!
My short bio: I’m a game designer and researcher, author of the New York Times bestseller Reality is Broken Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World. For the past 13 years, I’ve focused on how games can improve our real lives and help us solve real problems. For example: my most recent game, SuperBetter (www.superbetter.com), helps you tackle real-life health challenges with gaming strengths like curiosity, creativity, determination and allies. I like to study the impact of games scientifically, and a randomized controlled trial by the University of Pennsylvania recently showed that SuperBetter eliminates six symptoms of depression in six weeks for the typical player.
I’ve created games for the New York Public Library, the American Heart Association, the World Bank, the International Olympics Committee, among others. I’ve given four TED talks about games making a better world and I once made Stephen Colbert blush. I’m looking forward to the Games for Change (http://gamesforchange.org) festival in New York City next month where we’ll get to give awards to lots of groundbreaking games that are helping players learn more, feel better, and mobilize for good.
** My Secret Fun That I'm Having ** My husband and I made bingo cards based on what we thought I might get asked here. :) He and I are competing to see who fills our board fastest! I'll keep you posted when I win :)
TIME WENT SO FAST! THANKS FOR JOINING ME. I win AMA bingo with 13 squares vs Kiyash's 10. I'll post photos of our boards on Twitter at @avantgame! _^ Here they are: https://twitter.com/avantgame/status/449300069917798400