Episode 15

How Reality Is Broken and We Need More Games


October 2nd, 2022

1 hr 9 mins 45 secs

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About this Episode

INTRO IMPROV GAME: Characters in a classic Spaghetti Western film play the game Lord of the Rings: Journey in Middle Earth (currently #97 on Board Game Geek). Apologies for our ridicuous accents!

Jane McGonigal's book Reality is Broken describes what we learn about human happiness through understanding the impact of games on human neurology and psychology. Human enjoy goals, rules, obstacles, a feedback system, and voluntary participation. The point of a game isn't always to win but to establish flow.

"The opposite of play isn't work. It's depression" (p. 28, quoting Brian Sutton-Smith).

GAME BREAK: Games that Have Surprised Us

The most enduring human happiness is generated within (intrinsic), not from extrinsic things such as money and power. Through satisfying work, the hope of success, social connections, and meaningful contributions we are at our happiest, and games provide exactly these things.

We will discuss Reality is Broken chapters 10-13 in 2023!

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