As I mentioned the other day, I spent part of January, February, and early March getting addicted to World of Warcraft. I was turned onto World of Warcraft as a model for improving applications in general by several podcasts and online talks I listened to over the past year, in particular those by Jane McGonigal of the Institute For The Future. As long time readers know - and you'd have to be a long time reader to have ready any of this before, since it came out more than a year ago - I am an addicted podcast listener. I get to hear around 45 minutes to 1 hour of audio programming every day on my commutes to and from work, and it's my favorite time. The amount of fascinating, education, and inspiring stuff that goes into my head in a week is astonishing.
I heard another great talk by McGonigal, from the 2008 Ideas Festival in Louisville Kentucky last week, so I thought I'd post a couple of great talks that I've heard recently, including McGonigal's on gaming, and another great talk by another great game theorist, Jesse Schell.