Expected publication: May 20th 2014 by Razorbill
Even though I am only one third through the book, I feel almost like the gamer on the picture below, on the verge of an epic win. Stay that way book and we’re going to be BFFs.
This is the face captured by photographer Phil Toldano and explained in the excellent Ted talk by game designer Jane McGonigal. It captures the emotion of gaming. Toldano set up a camera in front of gamers while they were playing. McGonigal in the video alerts us to the subtle nuances in this photo:
- The sense of urgency, a little bit of fear, but intense concentration, deep deep focus on tackling a really difficult problem
- The crinkle of the eyes up, and around the mouth is a sign of optimism. And the eyebrows up is surprise. This is a gamer who is on the verge of something called an epic win
Here is also the link to the original Ted talk