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Reality Is Broken Audiobook
Reality Is Broken
Written by: 
Jane McGonigal
Narrated by: 
Julia Whelan
Reality Is Broken Audiobook

Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World

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Publisher's Summary

In today’s society, games are fulfilling real human needs in ways that reality is not. Hundreds of millions of people globally — 174 million in the United States alone — regularly inhabit game worlds because they provide the rewards, stimulating challenges, and epic victories that are so often lacking in the real world. Instead of futile handwringing about this exodus from reality, world-renowned game designer Jane McGonigal argues that we need to figure out how to make the real world—our homes, our businesses and our communities—engage us in the way that games do.

Drawing on positive psychology and cognitive science, McGonigal reveals how game designers have hit on core truths about what makes us happy, from social connection to having satisfying work to do. Game designers intuitively understand how to optimize human experience. Reality is Broken shows that games can teach us essential lessons about mass collaboration, creating emotional incentives, and increasing engagement that will be relevant to everyone.

©2011 Jane McGonigal (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Mr. Berner 06-20-15
    Mr. Berner 06-20-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great thesis with practical examples."

    I highly recommend this book to any millennial that games. The book also has further implications in reshaping the work place.

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    Ernie M Stripling 06-05-15
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    "Tech Mind Candy"

    Jane has chronicled an incredible underground world of gaming culture that we never knew existed. Very good book Jane McGonigal!

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    DANIEL SCHNAIDER Tel-Aviv, Israel 05-19-15
    DANIEL SCHNAIDER Tel-Aviv, Israel 05-19-15
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    "A must read book. Jane nailed it"

    Jane create intrinsic value in every paragraph. it doesn't matter what you do, or what you wanna be, you will enjoy this book and learn a lot.

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    Gary S. Sachs Lincoln, MA, US 05-19-15
    Gary S. Sachs Lincoln, MA, US 05-19-15 Member Since 2005
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    "Our psyches are shaped by the games we play"

    The impact of games on the people and communities that play them persists beyond the boundaries of the game. The author uses her great knowledge of gameification to introduce listeners to the idea of using games as an inexpensive remedy to personal and social problems. The excellent narration made this an enjoyable listen.

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    Olivia 04-06-15
    Olivia 04-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Overall Good, Dry Ending"

    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.

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    Caroline Arlington, VA, United States 02-01-15
    Caroline Arlington, VA, United States 02-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Interestin read - got turned down for book group.."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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).


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Divo Maddie 01-08-15
    Divo Maddie 01-08-15
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    "Game In Real Life"

    Fascinating game theory applied to improving our everyday lives. Make any task better by making it a game. Harness the power of the masses to accomplish meaningful goals.

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    Debby Irvine, CA, United States 07-30-13
    Debby Irvine, CA, United States 07-30-13 Member Since 2011

    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.

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    "Very intriguing!"

    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.

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    Robert Hoboken, NJ, United States 03-18-13
    Robert Hoboken, NJ, United States 03-18-13
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    "Good info, but hard to get through"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It was too long. This book could have been abridged without losing much


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jane McGonigal again?

    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.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Julia Whelan?

    I don't choose books based on who narrates them.


    Do you think Reality Is Broken needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. Too long as it is.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Eric Round Rock, TX, United States 02-26-13
    Eric Round Rock, TX, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I loved the concept"
    What did you love best about Reality Is Broken?

    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!


    What does Julia Whelan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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