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KeatonJohns
ProfessorSterrantino
English201017
21January2015
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WhatExactlyIsaGame?Response
JaneMcGonigalsarticleWhatExactlyIsaGame?describeshoweverygameworks
andhowtheycanbenefitusintherealworld.McGonigalsaysthatthefourdefiningtraitsofa
videogamearethegoal,therules,thefeedbacksystem,andvoluntaryparticipation.These
gameschallengeuswithhardertasksthanwecouldfaceinreallifetohelpuslearnhowtodeal
withreallifeproblems.McGonigalisrightthatvideogamescantrainusinskillslikeproblem
solving,handeyecoordination,reactiontime,andsuch.AddingtoMcGonigalsargument,I
wouldpointoutthatmostgamersusevideogamesasanescapeforsomethingbetterandeasier
thatreality.Soalthoughvideogamestrainussubconsciouslybybeingdifficult,westillcometo
thembecausetheyseemtobeeasierandmoreengaging.Thisdualitymakesvideogamesallthe
moreinterestingandnecessaryforourgrowth.