Jane McGonigal: The game that can give you 10 extra years of life


When game designer Jane McGonigal found herself bedridden and suicidal following a severe concussion, she had a fascinating idea for how to get better. She dove into the scientific research and created the healing game, SuperBetter. In this moving talk, McGonigal explains how a game can boost resilience — and promises to add 7.5 minutes to your life.
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About Jane

Jane McGonigal was born on October 21, 1977 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As she was growing up in her hometown, her parents and teachers noticed her intellectual attainment. In 1999, She was awarded a degree of Bachelor of Arts in English at Fordham University. Then in 2006, she obtained her PhD in Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Soon afterwards, McGonigal became a designer of location-based and alternate reality games. She suffered a concussion in 2009 due to an accident in her office. During her recovery, her friends gave her tasks to complete every day so she could stay focused and keep her mind off suicidal thoughts. Thanks to these tasks she was able to create her most famous game, SuperBetter. She raised $1 million to fund an expanded version of the game. She has also published two books about Video Games accounting for how they made her everyday life better. She has been recognized by important magazines and organizations and has won a few awards for her innovative take on Video Games.
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