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Jane McGonigal: Game designer by Pao Xiong

Background:
-She has a PhD from UC Berkeley in performance studies
-taught numerous courses and seminars on game design and game theory
-created and deployed games and missions in more than 30 countries on six continents
-has a background in live theater
-Former lead designer, 42 Entertainment
-Director of Game Research and Development, Institute for the Future


What she does:

-game designer--massively-collaborative games
-“Building communities to solve problems through collective intelligence”
"alternate reality“ games
-Uses problems or mysteries in the real world as game.
The players have to go out and try to solve the problem or the mystery and document their journeys.

HER WORKS:
World Without Oil:
-global crisis in oil supply
-a collaborative simulation of a global oil shortage

Cruel 2 B Kind :
- “a real-world assassination game that replaced weapons with random acts of kindness”

Examples:
http://www.newyorker.com/online/video/conference/2008/mcgonigal

http://www.worldwithoutoil.org/

http://www.thelostring.com/

Awards :

-One of the world’s top 35 innovators—MIT Technology Review
-One of the top Innovative Voices for 2008, BusinessWeek
-Honored by the Year in Review feature of The New York Times
-Her theory of "alternate reality business" named one of the top 20 breakthrough ideas of 2008 by The Harvard
-Business Review
-Game Developers Choice Awards’ Innovation Award (2005)
-International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences’ Webby Award. (2005)
-Received the Innovation Award, IGDA
-Named to the first ever Women in Games: The Gamasutra 20

My thoughts:

I want to become a game designer but I was surprised when I heard of Jane McGonigal’s idea of alternative reality games. I want to improve the interactions between the players and the virtual world, but I have not thought of reality games. I think that this is a fantastic idea. To play the game, the player would be given a test, a mystery, or a problem and the rest of the game will be create be the player. This game has endless solutions and the interactions between the game and the players are unpredictable and realistic.

Sources:
"Jane McGonigal." Web..

"Avantgame game design for the real world & game theory for life." Web..