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Wednesday, 30 December 2015 13:06

4 TED Talks every gamer should see

Written by Brendan Ihmig

With 2000+ videos uploaded and over a billion views, TED is a not just an idea it is a movement. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design and was the brainchild of Richard Saul Wurman, who observed a convergence of these fields in 1984. With the slogan “Ideas worth sharing” TED has become the 'go to' for information and inspiration from the world's leaders in the fields of not only technology, entertainment and design but also for science, culture, medicine and academics among others.

The very core of what TED is, is what can define video games; technology that is designed to entertain. But, video games are far more than just entertainment and today, more than ever before, video games are being accepted into our everyday life and are proving to exceed most gamers wildest imaginations. The following TED Talks by respected individuals in their particular fields of interest highlight just how dynamic and influence video games are and will continue to be beyond the realms of entertainment.

Gaming can make a better world | Jane McGonigal | TED2010

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

Life lessons...from video games | Karl Kapp | TEDxNavesink

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. Explore life lessons that can be gained from playing and reflecting upon video games to make our lives better.

How video games can empower real world success | Jonathan Harrison | TEDxBocaRaton

His skills range from individual coaching to speaking to large audiences of several hundred. Jonathan’s personal focus is helping others succeed through leveraging and teaching problem solving approaches.

Video games are awesome | Eric Jordan | TEDxVictoria

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Eric Jordan thinks that not only are video games awesome, but that they actually cut down on discrimination and bring people closer together.

 

For more TED Talks about video games and gamification, check out my YouTube Channel playlist HERE.

 

More about TED

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. On TED.com, we're building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world's most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long.

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