Oliver Robson

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A visual diary for my Work/Research and things I find inspiring.

Epic Wins.

I found this video very interesting, Jane McGonigal is spot on in several aspects of her talk. Society is becoming more and more involved with the internet culture not only in games but also on social networking sites. In online games it’s amazing how much you actually need to co-operate to be successful. The majority of people learn a lot via experiencing different things, and if we as a society can start to integrate this into real life then we may be able to start spreading some good vibes.

Naturally however there is always a down-side. Some games have been rumored to influence people to act out bad things in real life and there have been a couple of cases linked to games like Grand Theft Auto and Manhunt, which actively promote violence etc. I think there is also the risk that people may become subversive and shy away from real-life due to gaming instead of becoming pro-active. After all it’s a lot easier to sit down for an hour or so and zone out rather than facing the challenges you may have in real life, I guess it can be seen as an alternative to drugs or alcohol.

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