Video Game Escapism

When it comes to technology and media (since usually media demand technology involvement) someone can come along a lot of examples where people want to use media in order to lead to a change or at least this is what they think they are doing. Personally, probably my biggest “achievement” towards changing reality was probably voting, although nothing changes. Maybe my work as a technology editor could lead people to buy or not to buy technology related products, but, maybe reality didn’t change that much in the end. In any case, enough with my personal tryings on changing the route of history and probably enough with my celebrity. I guess I got my few minutes of celebrity.

At this point, and for no particular reason besides the fact that I admire her, I would like to mention Jane McGonical. McGonical is mainly a video game designer, but what is special about her is the fact that she wants to use all this “collective knowledge” which is produced by video game players in order to produce something useful. Against the notion which wants video gamers zombie people without life, McGonical wants to use the energy their spend in order to improve the quality of human life.

For the sake of space and time, this is a short video expressing her ideas. In YouTube if anyone is interested they are more, from speaches to interviews.

Personally, I don’t know if she is overly optimist or not, but it would have been a good idea to take into advantage all these energy which is spended in videogames.

Laida Limniati



Published by Life in Media

Website dedicated to the Media Life/Life in Media project of Mark Deuze, Professor of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

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