Face it: you're never gonna be Mario or Link. But there are some video games you'll soon be able to live, real-life style.
Researchers and techies are working on a new line of games  that will help you reach goals, solve real-world problems, and lead a better life. (Whoop, are you feeling inspired yet?)
Game designer/theorist Jane McGonigal recently launched her online game Superbetter . Players learn to thoughen up (emotionally that is) and how to reach goals like losing weight or quitting smoking. (Wow, sign us up!)
And if you’ve been stressed out about school, dating life, or parents—maybe all of the above? We’ve got the game for you. Psychology professor Dr. Mark Baldwin brings you MindHabits . It looks to reduce stress and increase confidence.
These two games are part of a movement called “gamification.” The idea behind this is that real-world solutions can be modeled as games. Keep your fingers crossed for a game that gives you the confidence to ask out that hottie from Math class.
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