Can a Video Game End World Hunger?

“Reality is broken,” but “game designers can fix it.”

So says Dr. Jane McGonigal of the RAND corporation’s Institute for the Future, who has created a game described as “a crash course in changing the world.” Developed for the World Bank’s “capacity development” branch, “EVOKE” has already gathered more than 10,000 potential solutions from participants including executives from Procter & Gamble and Kraft.

“She takes threats to human existence – global food shortage, fuel wars, pandemic, refugee crisis, and upended democracy – and asks the gaming public to collaborate on how to avoid these all too possible futures.” And by completing its 10 missions, you too can become a World Bank Institute certified EVOKE social innovator.

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2 Responses to Can a Video Game End World Hunger?

  1. Anonymous April 9, 2010 at 1:17 am #

    Let me get this straight. She works for the RAND Corporation (the people who brought you Vietnam and the paranoia of John Nash & the Neocons) and the World Bank. She’s on Team Evil! They cannot co-opt the stuff of Team Good…. They suck at it. It’s not their thing!

    And hello, IT’S NOT A GAME. People starving, dying of easily preventable diseases, dying because of the debt incurred by… the World Bank… not a game. You’re going to have to be out in the REAL world, where you can get dirty, and smell the blood and guts to fix this puppy.

    Some things don’t have digital solutions. Some things require boots-on-the-ground human LIVE interaction with other humans.

  2. 5by5 April 8, 2010 at 8:17 pm #

    Let me get this straight. She works for the RAND Corporation (the people who brought you Vietnam and the paranoia of John Nash & the Neocons) and the World Bank. She's on Team Evil! They cannot co-opt the stuff of Team Good…. They suck at it. It's not their thing!

    And hello, IT'S NOT A GAME. People starving, dying of easily preventable diseases, dying because of the debt incurred by… the World Bank… not a game. You're going to have to be out in the REAL world, where you can get dirty, and smell the blood and guts to fix this puppy.

    Some things don't have digital solutions. Some things require boots-on-the-ground human LIVE interaction with other humans.

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