Well I've gotten improved problem-solving skills, pure intuition, better reflexes, and typing skills to name a few.
Honestly after 4 minutes I couldn't stop laughing so I had to shut it off. I probably missed her(intended) punch line. But lets just take ONE problem that she speaks about - hunger. At least in Africa, the PRINCIPAL reason for widespread famine and hunger is the combination of lack of infrastructure and armed conflict - conflict that usually is the result competition among armed elites, organized around ethnic/tribal/religious ties for scarce resources.HOW IN THE HELL WILL GAMING MORE HELP THE PEOPLE OF DARFUR? Or the people of Bangladesh when a harvest gets whiped out by an unexpected typhoon? The connection is simply ludicious.But you know what stupid lectures like this really do? Put her speaking fees in her pocket for giving the equivilent of 20 minutes of intellectual popcorn. Here is what the 300+ people and the idiot could have done. Go down and do some free labor for a shelter. Clean up an empty lot. Go through their pantry and make a donation to a food bank. Far better that than trying to convince oneself and others that "another epic win" can somehow solve the worlds problems or that a game designer can get us all to sing Kumbaya.
I also checked the Youtube comments and most people disagree with the idea that gaming will make a better world compered to Wowhead that only 2 persons disagree...me and Roackprime..
Btw when this idea will take action to see if it will succed or fail..like I believe?
You know what I learned from playing World of Warcraft?I learned how to effectively communicate my feelings with other people via chatroom. That may not seem like much, but it's a surprisingly rare skill—you hear people speak all the time about how communicating via chat doesn't get as much information across, since you can't see the other person, or hear their tone of voice. From playing World of Warcraft, I learned the subtleties of communicating online—that it matters how long you pause before you type the next sentence, that sometimes emoticons or saying "lol" ARE necessary to effectively communicate how you feel about something, and more.About two years after this I started developing this skill I got this job. Wowhead doesn't have an office. We all work remotely, so all of our communication has to take place online—via chat. If I didn't have those skills, it would severely hamper my ability to do my job...as well as the people around me who can't understand the content of the messages I'm trying to convey.That's a relatively small thing, to be sure. But at the time when I started working, it was the only relevant skill I had. For me personally it's the ONLY reason I got the job. It didn't help me change the world, certainly. But it did get me a job. What can it do for you?
While we're on the subject, here is a link to a Wired article about "Why multiplayer games may be the best kind of job training."
I am probably going to post my own response to everything being said so far, but for now I would like to applaud Secarious for expressing an opinion opposite of what the majority thinks, and repeatedly come back to defend it. I certainly don't agree with him, as you can gather from my thoughts in the original post, but I rarely see people go against the flow and not disappear after the action. That's it from me for now.