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October 11, 2004

News & Opinion: Gaming and the System

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 8:53 PM – Filed under: Personal Development & Human Behavior

There is a new book out called Got Game: How the Gamer Generation Is Reshaping Business Forever. Frans talked about it while he was here, so I thought I would pick it up and have a look. The authors John Beck and Mitchell Wade talk about how the heavy video-gaming of today's youth is shaping their attitudes. The video games principles include:
  • If you get there first, you win.
  • There's a limited set of tools, and it is certain that some combination will work. If you choose the right combination, the game will reward you.
  • Trial and error is the best strategy and the fastest way to learn.
  • Elders and their received wisdom can't help; they don't understand even the basics of this new world.
  • You will confront surprises and difficulties that your are not prepared for. But the sum of those risks and dangers, by definition, cannot make the quest foolish.
  • Once you collect the right "objects" (business plan, prototype, customers, maybe even profits), you'll get an infusion of gold to tide you over.
  • While there may be momentary setbacks, overall the trend will be up.
I have included the Table of Contents below the fold if you are interested in the outline of the book.