CTU Presents Jane McGonigal, PhD

CTU Presents Jane McGonigal


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 the New York Times bestselling author of Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World (Penguin Press, 2011) — and is the inventor and co-founder of SuperBetter, a game that has helped nearly half a million players tackle real-life health challenges such as depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and traumatic brain injury.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Games for Change, and for the annual Serious Games Summit at the Game Developers Conference.

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CTU Presentation

Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change The World

CTU Blogs

Playing to Win: Jane McGonigal on Why Games Can Change Lives

Jane McGonigal on How Games are Changing the World

CTU Video

Jane McGonigal on Treating PTSD With Tetris

Jane McGonigal shares how playing 10 minutes of Tetris within 24 hours of a traumatic event can block the formation of visual memories which are associated with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.

Fighting Cancer With Games

Through a game called RE:Mission kids battled virtual cancer cells in a third person shooter. As a result of only playing for two hours the kids were far more likely to not miss a chemotherapy treatment.

Helping Burn Patients

In this clip Jane McGonigal discusses a virtual reality game called Snow World. Just through navigating the icy realm and tossing a few snowballs, burn patients experienced a decrease in pain by 30 percent. This method was more effective than even morphine.