October 11, 2004

News & Opinion: Gaming and the System

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 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.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.