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Jane McGonigal


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Jane McGonigal is an American game designer and author who advocates the use of mobile and digital technology to channel positive attitudes and collaboration in a real world context.
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A Little Life
Hanya Yanagihara - Jan 26, 2016 (first published in 2015)
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A Little Life follows four college classmatesbroke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambitionas they move to New York in search of fame and fortune. While their relationships, which are tinged by addiction, success, and pride, deepen over the decades, the men are held together by their devotion to the brilliant, enigmatic Jude, a man...
Jane McGonigal
Jan 20, 2020
@rhondakap @kellymcgonigal If you haven't read this only read it if you want to be emotionally brutalized. Virtuoso portrayal of compassion but Jesus you could not make worse things happen to your characters. Almost sadistic. Amazing book but traumatic read     source
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Game Thinking
Innovate smarter & drive deep engagement with design techniques from hit games
Amy Jo Kim - May 24, 2018
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How are market-leading products born?Successful innovations may end up reaching a mainstream audience, but they never start off that way. That's the paradox of innovation most entrepreneurs fail to embrace-the typical people in your market are not the ones you need to woo when bringing your idea to life.Instead, find the "superfans" hidden in your ...
Jane McGonigal
Jul 19, 2018
this is a STEAL for a great book on game thinking!     source
The Grasshopper - Third Edition
Games, Life and Utopia
Bernard Suits - Apr 02, 2014 (first published in 1978)
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In the mid twentieth century the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein famously asserted that games are indefinable; there are no common threads that link them all. "Nonsense," says the sensible Bernard Suits: "playing a game is a voluntary attempt to overcome unnecessary obstacles." The short book Suits wrote demonstrating precisely that is as playful a...
Jane McGonigal
Aug 21, 2014
@mikedariano The Grasshopper by Bernard Suits     source
The Willpower Instinct
How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It
Kelly McGonigal - Dec 31, 2013 (first published in 2011)
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Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course "The Science of Willpower," The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity.Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psyc...
Jane McGonigal
Feb 02, 2012
@rhawkins @TheAtlantic the better book on will power is the Willpower Instinct     source
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Finite and Infinite Games
James P. Carse - Jan 05, 2013 (first published in 1986)
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There are at least two kinds of games, states James P. Carse as he begins this extraordinary book. One could be called finite; the other infinite. A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.Finite games are the familiar contests of everyday life; they are played in order to be won, wh...
Jane McGonigal
It’s basically a book about games, but then it turns out it’s about the meaning of life.     source
Suffering Is Optional
Three Keys to Freedom and Joy
Cheri Huber - Mar 01, 2002
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Suffering Is Optional: Three Keys to Freedom and Joy centers around three basic aspects of Zen practice: pay attention, believe nothing, and don’t take anything personally. As ending suffering requires that one sees how suffering happens, the book urges readers to be willing to be quiet and pay attention to the process of suffering in effort to see...
Jane McGonigal
I’m very inspired by Buddhist practices. I practice Zen Buddhism myself. This is another good book.     source