Then somewhere, probably on The Colbert Report, I saw an interview of Jane McGonigal, whose book Reality is Broken sounded pretty interesting.
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So I ordered it and read it last spring. And Jane McGonigal blew my mind. Her description of the way that games elicit positive emotion and response, even when they are hard or frustrating (and indeed, especially when they are so challenging that they create a sense of "blissful productivity") struck a chord with me, because I dearly love to discover new things. I recognized in her observations of video gamers the experiences I have had in researching my many odd and varied passions. And what I want my students to experience as they tackle their own research projects.
McGonigal's book led me to alternate reality games, and to the main website devoted to that genre of games, ARGNet. And it was there (I think) that I found a reference to 3DGameLab and the summer camp devoted to its beta testing. So Jane McGonigal is responsible for my participation in this quest to evaluate her ideas! And clearly, I'm a believer. I'm very much looking forward to implementing some of her ideas in my fall Popular Culture class via the GameLab interface, and seeing how that goes.
So, thanks, Jane!