After a recent shoot for PBS FRONTLINE’s Digital Nation, I looked at my colleagues-attractive, successful women-and was struck by a startling realization: We’re all struggling to find the right guy, yet MMO gamers seem to be finding true love. What’s going on?
Time and again as an interactive media producer & professor, I've encountered gamers who’ve found their soulmates in-world.
With digital citizens spending a staggering 3-billion hours a week in online games, what are they onto that the rest of us should know? How is the internet fostering our primal instincts? And how can we apply this magic to our real lives?
Seeking answers, I challenged myself to look for love in one of the most unlikely places: World of Warcraft. My journey has me exploring the addictive pull of online worlds: the rush of adventure & the feeling of accomplishment at the end of a challenge.
So how we can apply this allure to real life to reengage with the physical world? That’s the $3-billion question.
In this presentation, I’ll reveal the 10 secrets that online games teach us about succeeding in life & love. I’ll share the harrowing trials & tribulations of heartbreak & hardware malfunctions, the sage wisdom gained in conversations over all-night raids, and the unlikely lessons about life, success, perseverance & communication I’ve learned along the way, from these digital gaming obsessions. You’ll walk out of this talk inspired and ready to play your way to real world happiness.
11th–15th March 2011