Empowerment is real. Lots of games are about exerting power over something, but that something is typically only in the game. “Once you’re out of the game, what difference did it make to you?” she asked. Often, empowerment in games is short-lived and has no real impact on players. “Give them real empowerment in life,” Pavlovic said.”

New experiences matter. “Interactive entertainment is content with potential to feed the soul,” Pavlovic said. “You could even say the best job in the world is to be a game developer.” Game developers have power to create worlds and experiences for millions of people. “Games should allow us to love each other, to care about each other,” Pavlovic said.”

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