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Scott Francis Baker


June 2nd, 2007

Video aren't all bad... are they? @ 01:40 pm

At a recent family gathering my 78 year old grandmother who, by definition of being a 78 year old grandmother, dislikes video games. She see no inherent value in them, and I believe at one point called them "trash." My older cousins (14+) started explaining to her that video games are great, and besides offering good entertainment value can also educate. There are the obvious: hand eye coordination, and increased reflexes. But what else do video games teach us?

I speculated that I learned a fair amount about the Nazis from Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis. I learned quite a bit about strategy from Dune II, and Warcraft. Countless games taught me assorted puzzle solving techniques. Also I'd say video games in general gave me a healthy interest in electronics at a young age. All of these can be applied to "real life" in any number of ways.

So I ask you, what specifically have you learned from video games? Disregarding the obvious educational titles like Oregon Trail and Number Munchers have video games given you any life skills?
 
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 2nd, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC)

Pattern Recognition

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Things like Puzzle Bobble, Super Puzzle Fighter Turbo 2X Remix Edition For Matching Service, and other such games teach pattern recognition. One benefit to this is, much like 'Rain Man', being able to see larger numbers of objects without counting them. Basically, most normal people can 'see' 3-5 objects. While Autistic Savants can see upwards of 20 or more at a time, people with advanced pattern recognition skills can see 6, 7, or more objects at a time without counting. Sounds like a trivial skill, but try counting something next to an autistic kid someday. You'll get destroyed.
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From:monkeyhole
Date:June 3rd, 2007 05:19 am (UTC)
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I would have NO idea how to work with DOS if it wasn't for building my own autoexec.bat files and whatnot to run DuneII, DoomII, and numerous other titles from the same era.

In fact, I'd say the installation and troubleshooting of video games on PCs is what taught me about hardware/software, and familiarized me with numerous OSes. Trying to get a $50 video game to run on your computer is (or at least was) good motivation to learn about the machine.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 5th, 2007 12:21 am (UTC)
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I remember playing that trivia game with you and Matt. That taught me a lesson I will never forget, that lesson being, I Don't Know Jack! I also learn a lot of trivia playing the megatouch game at the bar!
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From:potsie
Date:June 5th, 2007 01:55 am (UTC)
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The most important thing I learned from video games is that when I kill someone they disappear.
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From:muerte
Date:June 5th, 2007 02:37 am (UTC)
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This is true... first the fall to the ground and then they slowly fade out in a transparent haze. Good call!

Scott Francis Baker