IN THE NEWS
Cyberheroes and the Cyberhero League are featured on the radio, in the news, and in academic journals as a new heroic archetype and a new form of heroic play.
GAMES FOR CHANGE
CYBERHERO BETA LAUNCH AT TRIBECA FAMILY FESTIVAL STREET FAIR
The Games for Change (G4C) Public Arcade will take place on Jay Street (between Greenwich & Hudson) in NYC, on April 23, 2016. Offering a full city block of digital and card games, live action games, hands-on building and a parkour obstacle course, the G4C Arcade celebrates the positive power of play. These games are not only fun, they’re also designed for learning and social change!
Awakening the Hero Within, by Mike and Steven Meloan
It appears that science is now confirming what has long been intuitively recognized--a primal resonance with story as a means of processing the world. It is an arc spanning from ancient epic tales, to modern Hollywood adventures, to the altruistic exploits of desktop Cyber Heroes, with up to 100 million now documented as having engaged in online activities directed toward "helping other people, animals, and the environment." And the computer gaming world is increasingly taking heed--with such initiatives as Games for Change, Zynga.org, and the Cyberhero League.
AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
From SPEAKING OF PSYCHOLOGY
Transcript from Interview with Audrey Hamilton
“Cyberheroes” are those who actively use the Internet and digital technologies to help others, animals and the environment, says psychologist Dana Klisanin, PhD. She researches how online interactions can promote compassion and altruism and is even designing a video game that could help young people tackle global challenges using their computers. In this episode, Dr. Klisanin discusses how social media and online interactions can be a force for good.
Audrey Hamilton: The study of online behavior often focuses on the negative, such as cyber-bullying or cyber-attacks. But psychologist Dana Klisanin is studying the ways people are using the Internet to help others. She calls it digital altruism. I’m Audrey Hamilton and this is “Speaking of Psychology. “