Live Longer

The words “Game On!” caught my attention since they were printed in large letters on the cover of the Orange County Register Magazine titled “Living, Eating, Staying Well.” If I had any doubt what the cover story was about, there were plenty of drawings on the cover to provide all the hints I could possibly need. I opened the magazine to page 22, as the cover instructed, where I was greeted with an article titled “The Wisdom of Being Wired” written by Amy Wilson.

As mentioned in the posts titled “Benefits of Online Gaming,” “The Value of Board Games,” and Wilson’s article, there StarCraft by Blizzardare academic and social benefits of playing popular games. In her article, Wilson quotes Nathaniel Poling at the University of Florida as saying the University uses StarCraft as the basis for a college course because StarCraft is “well-known” and it requires “critical thinking and management of resources.” In reference to a StarCraft competition, Wilson tells us what’s “going on up on that screen is not just one set of aliens letting loose on a phalanx of 25th-century marines. It’s a complex knowledge problem with immediate consequences arrived at, under fire, with varying degrees of understanding of differential equations, linear algebra, analytic geometry, calculus, a vast array of accumulated economic theory – macro and micro – and, if you will, some basic Sun Tzu Art of War philosophy, for good measure.”

In addition to helping you academically and socially, playing video games can increase your life expectancy as Jane McGonigal reveals in the following video.


  1. How do you feel about McGonigal’s conclusion?
  2. What would you do with the extra time?
  3. What other benefits of gaming do you feel exist?
  4. What could make video games more beneficial?


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Thanks to Amy Wilson; Orange County Register; Living, Eating, Staying Well; Jane McGonigal; TED; Blizzard Entertainment; YouTube; and all the other people who made it possible for me to include the picture, quotes, and video I used in this post.


  1. 100% agree. Even when “life” tries to rob you of joy, putting others first definitely adds years to your own life, spring to your step, and reasons to smile.

  2. She highlights the greatest superpowers we all can tap into: engaging our allies, reaching out to touch something or someone, and exercising our resiliences. This is an awesome approach to stimulating post-traumatic growth. Although I love her passion for gaming, I who would be a horrible gamer. But there is still hope for me to build up my superpowers. Thank you Scott for taking your experience, accepting the challenge to heal, and using this vehicle to add minutes to my life.

    1. Stanley, I am not a gamer either. I found a different way to enhance my life — volunteering. Depending on where you volunteer, you have the opportunity to learn (knowledge is the best tool for leading, teaching, and defending), make a difference, and feel good about your contributions.

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