Why Gaming Is Much More Than Just Fun and Games

Gaming allows users to tap into positive emotions like curiosity, optimism, and creativity, says Jane McGonigal, Ph.D., a world-renowned designer of alternate reality games.


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Gaming allows users to tap into positive emotions like curiosity, optimism, and creativity, says Jane McGonigal, Ph.D., a world-renowned designer of alternate reality games.

The creative possibility of games is a reality many business leaders already recognize, according to Big Think's 2015 Exponential Leaders List, but many don't believe prizes and gamification are being used effectively enough in the workplace. Alternative methods of teaching creative skills are already appearing in surprising places.

In a bold education experiment, one New York City public school has banned homework in an attempt to engage its students in more creative activities like playing and spending time with friends. Jane Hsu, principal of P.S. 116, cited research indicating that traditional learning methods become stifling when they aren't supplemented by more stimulating activities.

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