Reality Is Broken is excellent, but the amount of detail provided is excessive for making and demonstrating the author's points. For most readers it would be a better book if it were abridged. In particular the second half of the book seems to be a discussion of every game project the author had ever been involved with.
Sam the Giant
5 out of 5 stars. Jane McGonigal does a fantastic presentation of a very thought provoking subject. Julia Whelan did a wonderful job on the narration as well. (So much so that it was kind of a jolt when I watched the clip of Jane on the Colbert report and she didn't sound like Julia!) One drawback is I had to buy a Kindle copy after listening because I wanted to check out all of the links that are mentioned. ^_^
Truly a book for anyone planning on living past the current year.
Very interesting. Fun to listen to.
Gets progressively drier after the first section, but that wasn't unexpected.
The meat of what she is trying to say is found there.
I would have Jane discuss not just projects she's involved in - I thought the book was well written and showed a breadth and depth, but I started to get tired of hearing about her projects, and would've liked to hear more about projects and games that inspired her (she did talk about some - but,it seemed like deeper into the book - it got to be increasingly focused on her work).
I suggested this for a book group and got categorically turned down because 'video games will never be good for the individual or society' - I found the topic interesting and went for it on my own and I feel like the book group really missed out. For one thing - it's not just video games that get discussed - and for another - I found the ideas discussed really interesting and walked away wanting to play more games, video, card and board varieties - in my own household - rather than watching tv together.
I am an energetic wife, mother and grandmother with a busy life and tired eyes. I love being able to listen to books while doing chores, etc.
I loved this book so much that I ordered it in ebook format for my daughter who lives in Minnesota. There is so much great information in here I wanted her to be able to highlight and mark passages.
If we could implement a few of the things she suggests here it would transform school and work for many of us.
It was too long. This book could have been abridged without losing much
Probably not, though you never know. Though I think she did a good job researching the role games had and continue to have in society, I think some directions she went were a little too bizarre for what I had in mind.
I don't choose books based on who narrates them.
No. Too long as it is.
This book took me a long time to get through. It wasn't that it was difficult. It was just a little creepy in some ways (making a game out of visiting cemeteries, trying to pass off participation in multi-player shoot-em-up games as being involved in something bigger than oneself, etc...) There was a lot of research to back up her themes, though some of it sounded superfluous. I was looking for a book about gaming and business. There is good content in this regard, but there was too much 'gaming will save the world' kind of themes. I'll need to get another book that sticks to gaming and business.
I am a huge gamer. I'm also the Director of Education at a small private school for troubled teen boys. The ideas and concepts presented in this book resonated deeply with me. I'm so interested in this, I started a Master's Program at Texas A&M Commerce on Global eLearning. The ideas presented in this book are at the leading edge of education today. It is a fantastic read!
Julia Whelan's reading style and approach lent itself very well to this book. Her tone is lively and excited. Her enthusiasm for the topic is apparent though out.
Not necessarily. This book translates well to audio.
Her logical progression to the benefits of games. Also the reader was excellent.
Her inflections really draw you in.
As much as you want to resist the idea that games are superior to reality, or even a good use of time, Jane has you wanting to know where to sign up for various real life games by the end. I convinced my Physical Medicine doctor. He said he'd be buying a copy of the book on his way home from work.
If anyone wants a sample of Jane, they can look at her TED talk on the benefits of games.
Reality is Broken contains some very good ideas about games, design and how we can get the most from life.