TED Talks Praising The Positive Effects Of Video Games

Video games have a bad reputation: in the 80s, video games were supposed to make kids Satanists; in the 90s, mass killers; in the 2000s, sexists. A lot of people know about these pervasive and debunked myths yet very few know about all the ways video games engage with people and can make the world a better place.

Gaming can make a better world

Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. Jane McGonigal says we can harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems.

Gaming to re-engage boys in learning

Ali Carr-Chellman spells out three reasons boys are tuning out of school in droves, and lays out her bold plan to re-engage them using video games.

Your brain on video games

Cognitive researcher Daphne Bavelier tell us how video games, even action-packed shooter games, can help us learn, focus and, fascinatingly, multitask.

7 ways video games engage the brain

Tom Chatfield talks about one compelling aspect of videogaming: its measurability. Parceling out rewards at calibrated percentages, games collect data about what humans truly find rewarding.

Life lessons from video games

Often video games are considered to be a waste of time or a frivolous activity. However, there is another side to video games–they can help us in real life.

Video games are fucking awesome

Eric Jordan thinks that not only are video games awesome, but that they actually cut down on discrimination and bring people closer together.