"But it reveals that McGonigal is not advocating any kind of real change, as she purports, but rather a change in perception: She wants to add a gamelike layer to the world to simulate these feelings of satisfaction, which indeed people want.What she misses is that there are legitimate reasons why people feel they're achieving less. These include the boring literal truths of jobs shipped overseas, stagnant wages, and a taxation system that benefits the rich and hurts the middle class and poor. You want to transform peoples' lives into games so they feel as if they're doing something worthwhile? Why not just shoot them up with drugs so they don't notice how miserable they are?"
I think we're all aware that REALITY SUCKS. Hence why most people game, so they can forget that. Also, that's part of why we all have tons of drugs, isn't it? Nobody's gonna give you satisfaction in real life, that's why everyone plays WoW.
"And McGonigal, whose games are filled with top-secret missions in which you get to play the superhero, says "reality is broken" because people don't get to feel "epic" often enough. This is a child's view of how the world works. Do adults really need to pretend they're superheroes on secret missions to have meaning in their lives?"
Uh, yes, I sure as hell do. Probably a lot of geeks do, because coding and typing and filling out the TPS reports doesn't make you feel like you have meaning. It puts food in your stomach and makes sure you can get cured of pneumonia, but meaning? Nope. Nothing much does in reality. Life isn't epic in reality, it's full of petty little shit and always boils down to people fighting over who cleans the toilet. That's why everyone loves drugs, reading fiction, and television: because it's only there where anything is interesting. Unless you're famous, and then that's a whole level of different.
God, I don't even PLAY WoW and this article makes me want to take up heavy gaming.