Jane McGonigal is an American game designer who held a talk in 2012 in TED about how her life changed after a concussion that put her into bed, limiting her from doing simple activities such as running, reading, writing or even playing videogames.
Instead of surrendering to this idea which pushed her to think about suicide and with the help of her husband and sister, she decided to “turn this into a game” and created a role-playing recovery game called Super Better: it is about adopting a secret identity, recruiting your allies, battle the bad guys and activate the power-ups. But even with a simple game such as Super Better – commented Jane – within just a couple days of starting to play, that fog of depression and anxiety went away.
Apparently, this game had a lot of success and helped a lot of people from all over the world. People who were suffering from diseases such as cancer, chronic pain, depression or Crohn’s disease. They talked about feeling stronger and braver – said Jane – They talked about feeling better understood by their friends and family. And they even talked about feeling happier, even though they were in pain, even though they were tackling the toughest challenge of their lives.
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