'SuperBetter' author explains how games help with extreme stress
In 2009, a serious concussion sent game theorist and designer Jane McGonigal to bed with strict instructions from her doctor: "No reading, no writing, no running, no video games, no work, no e-mail, no alcohol, and no caffeine.”
“In other words," McGonigal would later write, "no reason to live.”
She remembered thinking, "I am either going to kill myself or I'm going to turn this into a game." The experience, thankfully, pushed her to do the latter. McGonigal created a "role-playing recovery game" she called Jane the Concussion Slayer. Her experience led to... read more
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