Scott Francis Baker (muerte) wrote,
Scott Francis Baker

Video aren't all bad... are they?

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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