Is Your Life Just One Big Role Playing Game?

Is Your Life Just One Big Role Playing Game?

5.71/10 based on 21 votes

A Remarkable talk by Carnegie Mellon Professor and ex Disney Imagineer Jesse Schell. He looks at the phenomena of Facebook and argues that life does not end with Facebook: it mutates. Fascinating! Topics discussed: Facebook, Guitar Hero, Mafia Wars, etc.This 30 minute talk will get you thinking.

To quote Jesse:

“You might think making games is all about putting 40 percent awesome in a box, throwing in a pinch of zazz and calling it a SKU, but that’s not true. Games, you may have noticed, are all around us, all the time.”


Shell looks at gaming development and its effect on both commerce and our brains.  The rise of Guitar Hero, Facebook, Angry Birds, and the rest.


“What do these have in common? A variety of psychological tricks,” explains Schell, who then goes on to examine how these various gaming successes take advantage of humans instincts, and how we hunger “to get to anything real.” He goes on to examine how gaming has extended to grading a class, driving a car, shopping and socializing, ending at a future where everything is a kind of game.


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8 responses to “Is Your Life Just One Big Role Playing Game?”

  1. Dawack says:

    it can only go so far down then its time to go back up

  2. Quixie says:

    Sometimes, after watching something like this video, I get to thinking that the whole 2012 thing is a great idea. 

  3. ZanderFreeman says:

    If you have to be watched to be a better person then that better person is pretty fake

  4. Fuckyou says:

    As a non-Facebook, non-Twitter (non-social media at all) kind of guy, I must admit that this left me even more disillusioned with society than I already am…

    If this is indeed what the future holds then I guess I’ll be moving into the forest and becoming a hermit, because I sure as hell won’t become a cybernetic sheep like everyone else.

  5. a ball of wool says:

    what s going to stop it is the rising cost of technology due to scarce fossil energy and a growing population.
    but anyways isnt there a contradiction between the cause of the success of those games being the hunger for reality and the outcome being a totaly artifical ad paved reality?

  6. Docwhore says:

    I just got 5 points for watching this whole video and because the site knows I watched this whole video, I also got 5 points for leaving a comment.I also unlocked the 100th doc watched achievement and went up in the scoreboards! Ironic that my 100th video was this one.

  7. Daphne says:

    A world ran on points would be an absolute nightmare.

  8. PaodeQueijo says:

    Dude shoulda ironed his shirt.

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