NPR’s On the Media podcast recently focused it’s weekly episode on the World of Gaming. Now I’ve never considered myself a gamer, so I almost skipped it. But I always learn something when I listen to On the Media, so I stuck it out. And I’m so glad I did.
She lists four “super powers” of gamers, meaning what these games are making people virtuosos at:
Urgent Optimism – Gamers have extreme self motivation. The have the desire to act immediately to tackle an obstacle combined with the belief that we have a reasonable hope of success
Tight Social Fabric – Gaming builds strong bonds, trust and cooperation
Blissful Productivity – Gamers are happier working hard than by just hanging out
Epic Meaning – Gamers love be attached to awe-inspiring missions
Jane says that gamers are “super-empowered hopeful individuals.” They believe they are capable of changing the world. Right now, they mean the virtual world. Jane wants to transfer that to the real-world.
After her talk, I may be a believer.