Why Gaming is Good

“My goal for the next decade is to try to make it as easy to save the world in real life as it is to save the world in online games.” – Jane McGonigal

Thanks to inaccurate effects research and the biased media, gaming has received an unfortunate reputation, but despite that reputation people continue to game. Fewf! According to McGonigal, an epic win in gameland is always possible, it’s simply the nature of a gamers attitude. Gamers are “super-empowered hopeful individuals.” Not only does game playing provide a player with constructive feedback that they don’t generally receive in real life. Gaming also gives people the resources needed to succeed. Combing these characteristics with relationship building, collaboration, and active participation, it only makes sense that gaming is good. I too believe that this at times extreme collaborative behavior seen in games and online via social networking is helping us evolve. We have the scientific evidence to suggest that these changes are real. It’s a very seize the moment type of feeling!

The most important  factor in analyzing online gaming trends is that there is an healthy balance of age and gender. Men and women of all ages play games. There is a common misconception that adolescents male reign the gaming world but it is far more diverse than that. Thus the social possibilities are endless. Collaboration is key.

Collaborative gaming has gone as far to reach a groundbreaking discovery in HIV/AIDS research. In a Foldit game a group of gamers recently discovered the molecular structure of a protein that the HIV/AIDS virus needs to sustain itself. While the scientists worked tirelessly to discover the structure active gamers took only ten days.

“It’s the power of citizen science,” said Firas Khatib, a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of University of Washington biochemistry professor David Baker. Baker’s lab developed the game, called Foldit, about three years ago, believing that they could tap into the brain power that puzzle-loving humans pour into computer games.via CBS “Online Gamers Solve HIV Puzzle that Stymied Scientists”

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