Part of playing Health Month is signing a contract to commit to follow your rules….and I was really surprised when I did it! One of the things I’m thinking about while playing is how this is different from simply tracking what you eat, when you work out, and even setting goals in other areas. I didn’t think it was going to be a big deal to actually sign this commitment, but it was.
Jane McGonigal gives a fascinating talk about the “superpowers” cultivated by the game-playing masses (more than 500 million with another billion coming up in the next decade!). Obviously we all have the image of the gamer locked in his mother’s basement, endlessly pawing away at an electronic reward system, like a hamster. McGonigal’s takeaway is a little different though. She emphasizes the motivation, inspiration, and social purpose built into game play.