Even though I picked up the book later than I would of liked to, and I was short on time to finish it. I found reading “Reality is Broken” by Jane McGonigal to be very enjoyable. Not that I don’t enjoy reading, but I really was invested in what she was speaking about. My mom always mocked video games, saying they “rot your brain”. But to me, video games are no different then your average TV show or Book. Where you’re limited in the experience you can have when watching a show or reading a book, a video game can present infinite experiences. In my opinion one can take more form a tastefully ‘epic’ video game then any TV show. Chapter 6 in Jane’s book really backed up my thoughts on this, and it was nice to see another person with the same view on video games.
In that chapter Jane speaks of my ALL-TIME FAVORITE VIDEO GAME SERIES HALO. She speaks of the ‘epicness’ of the world of Halo, particularly the score created by Martin O’Donell. Touching on the sheer amount of man hours from hundreds of people to create and improve this virtual world, Jane sparked a realization in my mind. On page 109 Jane states that Halo users have created over 21 million posts, discussing and documenting anything Halo. Now do you think that the vast majority of these millions of people would EVER interact if it wasn’t for the shared interest of Halo? Probably not, and that is why I think video games are so amazing!
There is no way you can put Video Games in the same category as a book or movie. Games are greater, they are more complex. When a world is as vast and celebrated as Halo, to the point of individuals from different cultures joining together and sharing experiences they would not have otherwise, you leave the realm of game and enter that of community. To me that is the greatest reason “why games make us better and how they HAVE CHANGED the world”