Who ever thought there would be a game that claims to add 10 years to your life. The game is called SuperBetter and not only does it claim to add more years to your life it also claims to help you learn how to live happier and more productively. I don’t know about you but I have to see what this real life “game” is all about…
Truth be told, it is absolutely fascinating!
Jane McGonigal, a game designer has gone through some really tough times. At one point she found herself bedridden and suicidal after suffering a concussion due to an accident that nearly took her life. Lying in her hospital bed feeling nothing but helpless, she wondered how she would ever get through it… How would she ever learn to take control of her life again? Then it hit her like a ton of bricks… Naturally, her answer finally came to her in the form of a game.
She took her idea and created this moving game known as “SuperBetter,” a game she hoped would change the lives of millions, and so far some might say she has done exactly that. Jane, being a game designer knew that we live in a world where reality is almost a form of fiction, meaning most of us would rather be lost in the gaming world on a daily basis then to deal with the harsh realities of life, she knew this had to be something that kept the people interested and using the expertise in technology was the only way to go.
Jane knew that gaming is a way for so many people to cope with everyday life already and was willing to make it her mission to introduce a game that could actually change the course of one’s life. A game that could translate from the gaming world into our own actual reality. The idea really is brilliant if you think about it….
She set out to create a game that could literally change how we work, how we live, how we learn and even how we solve problems in our real lives. Jane took on a job as the director of game R&D at The Institute For The Future and she is also the founder of Gameful, something she refers to as, “The secret headquarters for world-changing game developers.”
Jane had the know-how and the creativity to make this multi-player game really work. In this game, players set their own goals. The topics include health and wellness and provides solutions to finding your own personal happiness…. depending on the nature of your quest and you invite other players to join your journey… together, you work as a team to keep each other on track.
In past years, most video games had one goal, to win…. As years have passed online gaming has increased in popularity at a significant rate, allowing us to work together and achieve our goals as a team. Jane knew she would be introducing this game at just the right time. It’s like creating a new world that only works if we all play our parts and participate in it together. This game teaches you to be even stronger than you may have ever expected to be. This is how it all works:
Superbetter is a free game that can easily be downloaded here and you can begin your journey right away… https://www.superbetter.com/
Once you are all downloaded, your next step is to choose which goals you would like to work towards first, you then add quests that you must accomplish to help you reach those goals. Simply brilliant, I think!! As you progress, you will inspire other players, and you will earn points in different areas such as mental, social, emotional, and even physical. Adding those quests that I mentioned earlier allows you to create your own personalized adventure, or you can choose the “Power Pack,” this chooses the quests that are best suited for you and your situation, whatever that may be. You are able to invite “Allies” from either your Facebook page or from the site itself, connecting with other Superbetter players. Your goals can always be located at the top of your page directly next to your level progress, to keep your goals front and center at all times. There is even a private section just for you and your thoughts on your progress known as your “Secret Lab,” it also helps to keep track of your activities.
Jane is also an author, best known for her book titled, “Reality Is Broken,” a book based on keeping us focused on things that we may not feel very motivated to do. I have mentioned in one of my blogs how I think games game really do more good for us than bad, as some may think, and this game is the perfect example of just that. I don’t know about y’all but I am so ready to start my own personal journey and I hope you will join me! Who knows, maybe we can keep up with this and see how everyone progresses through this life changing game. I certainly want to share in this with you, my friends, let’s try this together and see where it takes us…
I mean why not, right!?
I hope in some way this information helps those looking to transform their lives. Let me hear about your progress, I am so interested to hear what happens next!
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