An interesting talk about how WoW and other games are impacting our world — and what they are making gamers good at can be found at TED – look for Jane McGonigal’s talk “Gaming can make a better world”.

As a gamer who is also interested in using virtual worlds and video games as educational tools, I naturally like to hear ways in which games are helping society instead of signaling its tragic end.

Take a few minutes (about 20 of them) to listen to her argument and tell us what you think! In particular, at the end, she talks about some of the games she is creating that actually may train players to think strategically about real world problems and make real, lasting life changes.