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Thursday, October 8 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Book signing: Jane McGonigal - "SuperBetter"

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What if you were surrounded by people ready and willing to help you with any problem at any time? How much more could you accomplish? How much more ambitious could you be?

If you play games regularly, you already have this ability. You can turn almost anyone into a real-life ally -- even a stranger, even someone who thinks they don’t like you -- by playing a game together. Whether it’s Mario Kart, League of Legends, Dance Central, Clash of Clans or Exploding Kittens, every time you play a multiplayer game, you rewire your brain in ways that actually make it easier for you to get and to give help in everyday life.

This power -- the ability to get stronger social support when you need it most -- is one of the seven “gameful” abilities I explore in my new book SuperBetter. It’s a practical, science-based guide to using games to get happier, healthier and more resilient.

I’m excited to share this book with the C2SV community -- because I know that if you understand this science, it will help you make better games. More importantly, you’ll make games that help your players get better -- not just at exploring virtual worlds, shooting zombies, or solving puzzles, but also at overcoming real-life obstacles, becoming a better friend, and even controlling their thoughts and feelings so they can ward off anxiety and depression.

-- Jane McGonigal 


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Jane McGonigal

Alternative Reality Game Designer
Jane McGonigal, PhD is a world-renowned designer of alternate reality games — or, games that are designed to improve real lives and solve real problems. She believes game designers are on a humanitarian mission — and her #1 goal in life is to see a game developer win a Nobel Peace Prize. She is... Read More →

Thursday October 8, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Book Signing Booth Mezzanine Foyer, California Theatre

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