Power Play – New Book Might Show Us How Video Games Can Save the World
There has always been a stigma surrounding video games. We have been told that they cause violence or that our brains will rot from playing them. As a 2015 study points out, “playing video games can improve attention, memory, and spacial skills.” Science for the win! With that being said, a new book, Power Play, is aiming to show us how video games can save the world.
— Asi Burak (@aburak) September 3, 2016
Asi Burak, chairman of Games for Change, and journalist Laura Parker have teamed up to write this book and “explore how video games are now pioneering innovative social change around the world.” The book will include stories about games that help teach children, help those suffering from diseases, and other scenarios. Part of the Amazon description reads:
Power Play looks to the future of games as a global movement. Asi Burak and Laura Parker profile the luminaries behind some of the movement’s most iconic games, including former Supreme Court judge Sandra Day O’Connor and Pulitzer-Prize winning authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. They also explore the promise of virtual reality to address social and political issues with unprecedented immersion, and see what the next generation of game makers have in store for the future.”
The reviews for Power Play have been coming in from some big names like Jane McGonical, Morgan Spurlock, and former Vice Chairman at Activision-Blizzard, Bruce Hack. They all seem to agree that the book digs deep into the world of video games and shows how they can bring about social change. Power Play: How Video Games Can Save the World is available for pre-order now and is due out on January 31. Currently, it costs $17.84 for the hardcover and $14.99 for the Kindle Edition.
What say you, readers? Do you plan on picking up the book and seeing how video games can save the world? If any game could save the world, which one do you think it would be? Let us know down in the comments section! Before you do that, however, be sure to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter so you can stay up to date on the latest and greatest in gaming news! Here are a few pieces you may have missed:
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Eric is an editor and writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. When he is not staring at a computer screen filled with text, he is usually staring at a computer screen filled with controllable animations. Today's youth call this gaming. He also likes to shoot things. With a camera, of course.