McGonigal makes valid points throughout her book and is irrefutable at times, but overall I think she takes it a bit too far. I agree with the fact that video games can stimulate the brain and in the long run actually do good for it, but turning life into a game is pretty asinine and juvenile. Her Fix Number Six; Epic Scale, is completely overboard. “Compared with games, reality is trivial. Games make us a part of something bigger and give epic meaning to our actions.” McGonigal’s SuperBetter game may have helped her through her difficult recovery from a concussion, but this cannot be applied to everyone. I think goals can be achieved without turning it into an actual game; awarding yourself points and power boosters, it’s striving for something in reality that strengthens you as a person and builds character. The virtual world and real world should never overlap.
McGonigal writes, “What the world needs now are more epic wins, opportunities for ordinary people to do extraordinary things — like change or save someone’s life — every day.” I cannot see how playing a game for an insane amount of hours every week will “save someone’s life.” I think her ideas at face-value sound great, but when you actually delve deeper into them they are exaggerated and plain crazy. We are at a point in the world where everything we do is completely digital; internet, social media, gaming, it is taking over and if anything, that is what should change. What ever happened to reading a book or playing on a sport’s team? That’s enough to bring confidence, motivation, and “epic wins.”
I agree that video games can help ADD, I have seen numerous articles on how doctors are attempting to help their patients with specially designed games to figure out what is happening in the brain, but turning life into a game and mixing realities is a recipe for disaster.
This video is pretty bland and boring, but it basically shows how we can hack the brain and see if it is under active or over active and subsequently treat it as necessary. Therefore gaming can be positive, but McGonigal takes it much farther than it should be.