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Can the Incredible Benefits of Games Like Pokemon Go Help Get Out the Vote?

World-renowned game designer Jane McGonigal hopes that her latest project, which launched on October 10th (visit http://www.topsecretelectiongame.com/ for more), will harness Pokemon Go’s ability to create super-empowered hopeful individuals and bring these benefits into the political sphere. Jane took the stage with moderator Peter Leyden and Executive Director of MoveOn.org Political Action Ilya Sheyman to discuss the game, Swing Voter Go, and field questions from the audience. Audience members raised questions about the general success of gamification efforts, the challenge of swinging voters with fundamentally different values, and bringing game design into education.

Watch Jane’s presentation that preceded the Q&A here. Below is a short teaser of Jane announcing her new game.