DIGITAL AMERICA

Be The Hero

// Posted by on 04/01/2012 (12:30 PM)

After watching Jane McGonigal’s Ted Talk on how gaming can make the world a better place it got me thinking. I dove in a little further and asked how is this possible how could the superheros of video games become real life? McGonigal specifically talks about how much time we spend on video games and how you could be using that time to make a change as well as have fun. Video games bring people together. People from China are playing people in the United States and people from the United States are playing people in England. Video games have there own little web of five degrees of separation where in some instances, everyone knows everyone. There are the best players and the worst players, then the new ones and the old ones. But all these players have skills. So what if we harness these skills use them for good instead of evil in a sense.

Like McGonigal said we should create a video game that lets people help solve the oil crisis, theses gaming superstars could become superheros. They could help save the world in their own way. People try to be superheros all the time and people try to make a difference. Sites like Great Americans talk about average everyday citizens who make these incredible acts with no reward in mind, they do it because no one else is.

In this video a firefighter talks about how she saved a man and his son while driving home from work one late afternoon. She didn’t have to do it but she did. I think we are naturally inclined to help people so why wouldn’t a video game that makes a difference work? I think given the option and knowing it makes a difference we would be more inclined to play it and become that real life superhero.


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Max said...

This post reminds me of a recent Washington Post article that revealed the identity of the the Batman in a Lamborghini viral video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTofw7kGapE). This man, a successful self-made businessman who travels Baltimore area hospitals in a customized black Lamborghini and hands out Batman memorabilia to sick children in the hospitals. Batman (his secret identity is Lenny B Robinson) hands out $25,000 of memorabilia each year to these sick children, simply because it cheers these kids up. On his role, Lenny says “It feels like I have a responsibility that’s beyond a normal person. And that responsibility is to be there for the kids, to be strong for them, and to make them smile as much as I can.” This seems to echo the firefighter who as you said “didn’t have to do it but did,” a man who’s doing the right thing just cause. For more on Lenny, look here

// 04/03/2012 at 12:19 pm