TED Talk: The Tranformative Power of Video Games [Video]

I admit it. I’m not a video game player.

When Myst was released in 1993, I was one of the first people to play it at the software company where I worked.

We all gathered together in one office to try and figure out what it was all about.

I did well, it was fun! But I never really got interested in video games after that.

Until the past few years, when I learned more about video games from my friends. And how games were becoming more accessible to people using assistive technology.

When Herman Narula, CEO of Improbable Worlds Limited, opens his TED 2019 talk about the transformative power of video games with the statement that a third of the world’s population—2.6 billion people—play video games, it caught my attention.

That’s a billion more people playing video games than five years ago. Talk about growth!

What I learned from his talk:

  • Narula predicts some of the most important changes in the way we live won’t come from artificial intelligence, space travel, or biotech. Rather, it will come from video games.
  • The average age of a video gamer is 34 years old.
  • In the future, video games will scale in a way that allows groups of players to cocreate together across multiple devices. And the world doesn’t vanish when they’re done.
  • Video games can create an an opportunity for us to empathize again. To have shared adversity, shared opportunity.
  • The new paper route will be video games: providing opportunities for kids and people everywhere to earn income. To be creative, no matter what skills they have.

The video is ten minutes long. Hope you enjoy it!

Source: TED

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Deborah Edwards-Onoro helps small businesses, consultants, nonprofits, and higher ed with creative and distinctive websites. Deborah shares her expertise with web design, user experience, and accessibility on her blog, social media, and at meetup events. As organizer of Refresh Detroit, West Metro Detroit WordPress, and Metro Detroit WordPress, she encourages members to share their knowledge and experiences. In her free time, you'll find her birding, shooting photos, reading, or watching tennis.
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