Forever Questing and “Getting Gud”

  • Jamie Madigan
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Cyberpsychology book series (PASCY)


This chapter focuses on how games encourage us to adopt a growth mindset and develop the grit needed to persist and learn from failure. Many games require persistence and growth—in skills, confidence, knowledge, or tactics. These games apply well-worn models for ramping up player achievement and teaching us how to succeed. Furthermore, digital games require us to embrace failure as paths to success instead of dead ends of frustration and demotivation. In life, as with digital games, defaulting to a growth mindset is extremely adaptive because it assumes that the road to achievement is open to anyone who persists, learns from their mistakes, and works hard. This chapter draws on research from motivation, goal setting, grit, deliberate practice, and growth mindset.


Growth mindset Motivation Feedback Goal setting Grit Learning orientation 


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  • Jamie Madigan
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  1. 1.BallwinUSA

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