I've continued writing about this on my personal blog at Alpha-Build.net, if you guys are interested.The goal of my posts (and Jane's talk as well, I think) was never to say, "WoW will teach us anything we need to know. We're all better off if we drop out of school and play WoW instead." It was to awaken the listener/reader to the potential that online games—WoW included—have to change lives. WoW is more than just a pleasant waste of time, and future games—if they're made by people who believe in that potential—can be even more.Here's the full rundown:
In addition to this, I have another TED video to post. I like to think that it takes what Jane talked about in her presentation, and taking it one step further - how exactly can we use mechanics shared between many games in our actual lives. Achievement/reward points, to be more specific. But the video will speak better for itself than I can, so here it is:Jesse Schell: When Games Invade Real Lives
I don't think it had any effect as I stated 2 years ago, you see video games are for entertaining purposes and keeping gamers out of the reality world. When I expressed my opinion that this idea is bad everyone falled on me. Now I don't seen any particular changes, most gamers I know (except colleagues ones) don't seem to me very intelligent, most don't know what it's happening to the outside world too...How you can compare learning from an iconic world to a real one ? Does gaming has REALLY helped you? Why there still out so many stupid gamers that can't coperate with others and work together so they can reach their goal? 2 years it has been and no one again mentioned this, in fact I don't see things that have turned to positive but rather to negative.You see, in WoW for example, you skin creatures for selling their skins, and I ask you. Do we live in middle age to do that? No. Did the end of the world happened and you were left out with out house, desperate, would you skin creatures to eat them? No! Because you don't have the experience to do it and also being cold blooded. As of the matter of the fact, I don't think goverment wants the good for the youth, they want to distract their attention from the outside world. Gaming is for entertaining not to learn things from it (there are some exceptions but few). If you think Skyrim can help you killing beasts and taming dragons (or $%^&ing who ever woman you want to) in real life well it's your choise then.