Video Games & Happiness- NERD POSITIVE Episode 3 Companion Article

New an improved but I’m still learning, episode was also a little rushed due to having to be finished prior to E3.

Anyway, here are the terms and quotes used: (Source: Reality is Broken by Jane McGonigal)


4 Intrinsic Rewards

Intrinsic: belonging naturally; essential.

  1. Satisfying work: “Satisfying work always starts with two things: A clear goal and actionable next steps toward achieving that goal. Having a clear goal motivates us to act: we know what we’re supposed to do. And actionable next steps ensure that we can make progress toward the goal immediately.” p.55
  2. Experience or hope of success: We want to be optimistic about our own chances for success, to aspire to something, and feel like we’re getting better over time. We want to experience success so we know that it is a possibility for us.  “It’s only fun to fail if the game is fair- and you had every chance of success.”- Clive Thompson p.67
  1. Meaning: important or worthwhile quality; purpose.
  1. Social Connection: Interacting and sharing experiences with other people

Social presence: the degree to which a person is perceived as a ‘real person’ in mediated communication.

Ambient sociability: a very casual form of social interaction; it may not create direct bonds, but it does satisfy our craving to feel connected to others. It creates a kind of social expansiveness in our lives–a feeling of inclusion in a social scene, and access to other people if we want it .

Awe: a feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder.


“Computers were made to work for us, but video games have come to demand that we work for them.” Nick Yee, Researcher, Reality is Broken, p.55

“In The How of Happiness, Sonja Lyubomirsky writes that the fastest way to improve someone’s everyday quality of life is to “bestow on a person a specific goal, something to do and to look forward.”“when a clear goal is attached to a specific task, it gives us a sense of purpose.” Sonja Lyubomirsky, author of The How of Happiness, Reality is Broken, p. 57

“We obtain maximum happiness when we take on flexible and appropriate goals.”- Sonja Lyubomirsky, author of The How of Happiness,Reality is Broken, p.71

“What’s the point of going to a better place if you aren’t going to be a better person?” Margaret Robertson, Game Journalist, Reality is Broken,p.108

“our happiness is completely and utterly intertwined with other people: family and friends and neighbors. . . .Happiness is not a noun or verb. It’s a conjunction. Connective tissue.” – Eric Weiner, author of The Geography of Bliss, Reality is Broken, p.80.


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