Jane the Concussion Slayer, Ep 66 by Jane McGonigal
Jane the Concussion Slayer, Ep 66
Game-creator Jane suffered a debilitating concussion. It affected her sleep, her eating and her social life. She tried doctors and resting, but nothing seemed to work until she made a game of her recovery. In this game she became Jane the Concussion-Slayer (modeled after Buffy the Vampire-Slayer) and drafted friends to be her Willow and Xander. With their help she slain her concussion and reclaimed her life and livelihood.
Jane is the Director of Games Research & Development at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, California.
She has created and deployed games and missions in more than 30 countries on six continents. She specializes in games that help gamers enjoy their real lives more -- and games that challenge players to tackle real-world problems, through planetary-scale collaboration.
She enjoys speaking to global audiences -- she has appeared at the New Yorker Conference (watch video) and the TED Conference (watch CNN video) and keynoted SXSW interactive, the Game Developers Conference, the Idea Festival, the National Association of Broadcasters, ETech, Web 2.0, UX Week, Webstock, and more. Invite her to speak to your organization or at your event.
She has a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in performance studies, and has consulted and developed internal game workshops for leading technology companies in Asia, Europe, and the US, as well asmore than a dozen Fortune Global 500 Companies.
She currently lives in San Francisco with her husband Kiyash and Shetland Sheepdog Meche.
Text from Avantgame.