There has been a lot of discussion lately about how video games can serve as a model to inform how we can utilize game design principles to re-imagine the ways we motivate employees and solve problems. One of the main proponents of this movement has been Jane McGonigal, whose key assertions are offered in her book Reality if Broken and this now-famous TED talk:
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Slate.com just wrapped up “Time To Trim,” a month-long crowdsourcing project aimed at generating new ideas about how to reduce childhood obesity in the United States. When voting closed, Hook & Ladder’s proposal entitled “Push Play Instead of Push-Ups” finished with a comfortable lead to become the top “Reader’s Pick” among the 345 total entries. Slate’s Christy Harrison summed up our entry thusly:
By far the readers’ favorite, this proposal takes a critical look at the state of sports in America, arguing that over the years, exercise has become less about joy than about hard work. “Now, when people think about physical activity, they often find themselves immersed in imagery of treadmills, dumbbells, and push-ups,” Bowers writes. “While I cannot speak for all Americans, I can certainly speak for myself when I say that those images do little to make me want to leave the comfort of my couch.” He advocates spending public-health funds to make physical activity an intrinsically enjoyable experience for children (and adults).