Jane McGonigal is the Director of Game Research & Development at the Institute of the Future, and she also has a game development company called Social Chocolate. She recently published the book Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World, which is what she focused her DICE 2011 panel on.
She started by asking the crowd what we should do about the fact that we collectively spend three billion hours a week playing video games. Is it worth it? Are we spending these hours in a way that are good for us? That are good for humanity? Or are we throwing it away? "We've convinced ourselves that games are a waste of time. People that don't play games look down on someone who spent their entire weekend playing games, or we ourselves may say we lost an a whole weekend to gaming."