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Gaming To Produce A Nobel Peace Prize Winner By 2032?

It may sound preposterous to those who aren’t familiar with the concept of the gamer, and it may be a purposeful over-exaggeration, but the concept is interesting nonetheless.

The Sci Fi channel’s HowYouCanSaveTheWorld blog features a new update by game developer and noted PhD, Jane McGonigal, who maintains that online multiplayer games bring out a positive aspect of humankind that centers firmly on collaboration and teamwork. She has a lot to say, and in fact, she believes that by the year 2032 (not sure how she arrived at that year, but whatever), “a game developer or a community of online gamers will be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.” Here’s more of the intriguing train of thought:

“Why am I so confident that gamers can save the world? It all boils down to this: Online gamers – even the most competitive gamers – are the most collaborative and cooperative people on Earth. You might not guess it by the way they gleefully battle each other to the (virtual) death. But even games that seem designed to stoke and inflame our competitive spirits are, in fact, quintessentially collective adventures. To play a game with someone else, even ruthlessly cutthroat games, requires extraordinarily collaborative behavior.”

McGonigal states that the idea of gaming – specifically, multiplayer gaming – as an anti-social hobby is incorrect; in fact, it’s the exact opposite: it’s “pro-social,” as games don’t just “happen” on their own; they’re often brought to life by a group of people who “agree to ignore the real world together for as long as they’re playing.” This is high praise for the online gamer, and while we’re proud of it, we still have to suffer through the seemingly irrepressible stupidity and even maniacal hostility when trying to play online. However, the point is that, on the whole, everyone is after the same goal, and in that way, we indeed are working together.

10/29/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (24 posts)

br0d1n
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 10:33:25 PM
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Too many people, especially of the older generations, hold the belief that gaming is "antisocial" due to the fact that you aren't directly interacting with another person, but true gamers know the truth. With the advent of high-speed internet, gamers from around the globe are now being united by their common interest, and it's more social than ever. But even in the olden days before dsl and cable, it was still a way to connect with others. I remember inviting friends over to play Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 on the NES all the time. It's simply a hobby, but one that takes full advantage of the digital age in which we live. And it has nowhere to go but up. Even this site, for example, is proof of how social gaming can be. When I read the articles here, I almost always take the time to read through the comments at the end, because I know everyone else here is a true gamer who has an interesting opinion on our various topics. The feeling of community is what brings me back. When gamers unite, what can't we do?

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Arvis
Thursday, October 30, 2008 @ 1:35:55 PM

Awesome post, only slightly overshadowed by the awesomeness of your avatar.

-Arvis

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Joema
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 11:42:21 PM
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I justed started playing WAR and everyone is so nice. Im amazed at how many people stop to help you out even when its of no benefit to them.

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AntDC
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 11:58:53 PM
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@Joema
I get that with Metal Gear Online as well. I don't know how many times I've been slapped out of unconsciousness by someone else in my team...

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ZubraZap
Thursday, October 30, 2008 @ 2:46:31 AM
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Seriously? "online multiplayer games bring out a positive aspect of humankind.." I hear more profanity(100% encouraged) than praise while gunning peeps online! I've heard and seen(partook in) some pretty depraved shit..

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Joema
Thursday, October 30, 2008 @ 10:27:51 PM

That's first person shooters for you. Most don't require a whole lot of strategy or teamwork.

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BigBoss4ever
Thursday, October 30, 2008 @ 3:04:09 AM
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Video game itself should be awarded a special category of Nobel Prize or sth equivalent to Oscar. MGS and FF series are definitely the candidates for it in the future.

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ThePoetRazel
Thursday, October 30, 2008 @ 5:33:46 AM
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Ok, online play like that does bring out co-operative spirit. And yes, that spirit is one of humanity's greatest strengths.
But to say it's worthy of a Nobel Prize deeply insults the Nobel Prize. When Norman Borlaug won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 he was accredited with saving over a Billion lives. That's the kind of level the Nobel Prize is at. It's not a medal for good sportsmanship.
When video games can feed the starving and heal the sick, then we'll see about such honors. Until then let's enjoy games for what they are, excellent entertainment.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, October 30, 2008 @ 10:21:29 AM

I think by saying "2032" she's implying we still have a ways to go before it can happen, but the framework is there. It's like if a child in first grade can already read Moby Dick, and the teachers and parents expect great things from him/her. At least, that's how I interpret this.

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LightShow
Thursday, October 30, 2008 @ 10:37:52 AM
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I haven't had much faith in the Nobel Prize community ever since they gave Algore the Nobel Peace Prize. Cuz of Global warming.

Global warming and peace. WTF?

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Jed
Thursday, October 30, 2008 @ 12:44:38 PM

I have to agree with you on that one.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, October 30, 2008 @ 2:59:47 PM
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Here's how I read it: As online gaming becomes more and more popular, the social bonds that are created between people who have a passion for something often ignites the best in mankind as far as the cooperative experience is concerned. What exists here now is the ability to take this further, organizations will soon be forced to take notice when gaming clans decide to meet offline and say build houses, volunteer to head up charity organizations for their college, or mabye hold pledge drives in the form of a raffle. ($15 dollars to enter a gaming tournament, give the winner a cheap ol Wii, and donate the proceeds to Childrens Cancer research) The opporunities are essentially endless, and though as gamers many of us may prefer to sit on our assess, there are always people willing to take it to the next level for the good of all. I do not think this is outside the realm of possibility by any stretch of the imagination.

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Xplicit
Thursday, October 30, 2008 @ 3:30:54 PM

Strongly agree.

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MetalHead09
Thursday, October 30, 2008 @ 9:36:34 PM

totally agree and ive already had some ideas concerning axactly what your talking about but right now i cant do them but i do have the vision.

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BigBoss4ever
Friday, October 31, 2008 @ 12:56:31 AM

well said. agree!

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Wage SLAVES
Friday, October 31, 2008 @ 4:32:00 AM
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@WorldEnds...

Exactly. Most anyone of the Psxextreme community would surely partake. This is honestly one of the coolest group of people on a particular site. And I do see the potential.

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CH1N00K
Friday, October 31, 2008 @ 12:58:02 PM
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Where does the social aspect become a problem though? Like the kid in Ontario who's been missing since Thanksgiving (canadian Oct 13) Their trying to say that the 15 year old ran away from home bacause his parents took away his x-box and wouldn't let him play COD4 with his Clan anymore...The parents now want to crack the hard drive of the x-box to see who communicated with the kid because they think another gamer helped the kid out. I saw the parents on the news and they're trying to blame the clans for forcing the kid to play so many hours, saying that if he missed a clan practice he would be booted...Everyone is blaming the gaming industry. SO two questions, where does the parents responsibility lie when it comes to social gaming, and when does social gaming stop being social and become an addiction to where it may have made a kid feel he needed to run away from home to be with his clan?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, October 31, 2008 @ 5:30:48 PM

You are right, there is always a downside to social networks, the internet is the obvious comparison. Yes it connects the world and people but also paves the way for the some of the lowest scum out there. I hope the boy is found and that this remains an isolated incident. The last thing anyone needs is predators invading our games and whispering into kid's earpieces or pressuring them. Though I might like to take a shot at anyone who behaves that way there's no place for them.

Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 10/31/2008 5:39:00 PM

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CH1N00K
Friday, October 31, 2008 @ 1:00:15 PM
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On the other side, M$ is offering a reward if this kid is found, but does that mean that all game companies are going to have to start offering rewards everytime someone runs away? I know on one side they're trying to help out, but it also seems like an admission of guilt that they are responsible for this...

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CH1N00K
Friday, October 31, 2008 @ 1:02:23 PM
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lol, and Ben feel free to use that for an editorial sometime, be interesting to see how the gaming industry reacts to the story...

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Wage SLAVES
Friday, October 31, 2008 @ 10:30:34 PM
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Wow. Never heard of that. Kinda sad. Hope he's ok though.

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MetalHead09
Sunday, November 02, 2008 @ 12:30:16 AM
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yea no kidding. first time ive ever heard of something like that happening. i remember hearing one case where a perv on xbox live talked some kid into meeting him at some park but thats really the only other incident i know of where someone used online games to harm someone. i hope they find the kid unharmed and ok.

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CH1N00K
Sunday, November 02, 2008 @ 11:16:23 AM
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That's why the parents want to crack the X-Box, they don't think it's a perv that took the kid, they think it's a clan member who gave him a place to stay. On a TV interview the parents actually said they didn't realize that by taking away the system, they had cut the kid off from all of his friends. The cops have given up on the search, so now the parents are appealing to the gaming community to help out. We'll see what happens I guess...

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aV muse
Tuesday, November 04, 2008 @ 1:27:32 PM
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It's all about teamwork lol

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