Extracted 11MAR2012 from http://news.cnet.com/8301-13772_3-57394960-52/jane-mcgonigal-shows-how-games-...
At the South by Southwest festival here this week, the world-famous game designer [Jane McGonigal] formally launched her latest project, Superbetter, a project that is designed to help players attack any of a wide variety of personal challenges.
It's not a quick fix. McGonigal and her team built the game with a sense of reality: nothing important happens overnight. But commit to taking on challenges, and a game like Superbetter can help just about anyone tackle issues that have cowed them for years.
For McGonigal, Superbetter is not just an intellectual exercise. She created it after suffering a severe concussion and finding herself deep in depression at not being able to heal properly. Deciding that coming up with a game to tackle her struggles was a better alternative than succumbing to the injury, she soon came up with a framework for what she called Jane the Concussion Slayer.