Educational opportunities in video games

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Who knew that video games – a form of entertainment – could improve the minds of those who play them! The truth is that in the midst of all the cool graphics, the fantastic music and the intriguing plots, educational opportunities abound – and to find them, just look at them a little more closely.

1. Video games improve strategic thinking. Rare is the video game that does not require the player to make a decision two or three steps ahead of a current situation. With constant play, players quickly learn the benefit of strategic thinking and begin to apply it to real-world opportunities.

2. Video games improve troubleshooting. While the same can be said about any game, video games have proven to be in study after study to improve problem-solving skills. This is because most (if not all) games are centered around a problem and then challenge the player to fix it. In just one game, a player can solve from 3 to 100 or more different problems anywhere.

3. Video games improve hand and eye coordination. If you find it hard to believe, take a game controller and try maneuvering in the game. Manipulating a game controller requires the same skills needed to maneuver a mouse around a computer screen.

4. Video games enable quick decision making. A video game quality that lends itself to quick decision-making are improvised situations. The element of surprise is always just around the corner and is what makes the games exciting to play. To win, however, players must be able to make smart decisions in a very short time.

5. Video games fuel the imagination. We don’t really understand the argument against things like television, videos and games where people use lack of imagination to support their part in the debate. Some people claim that video games take away the imagination because games deliver the mind with things instead of encouraging the mind to invent these things on its own. Keep in mind that these are the same people who say that a stack of blocks is enough to increase a child’s imagination. Of course we couldn’t disagree anymore. The images in video games only stimulate the imagination and give you a springboard to create new possibilities that might not have occurred otherwise.

6. Video games stimulate exploration. In RPG games, players must venture out of the beaten path and explore the unknown. They have to open doors without knowing what’s behind them. They need to get into areas of the game without knowing the consequences. And they need to communicate with characters they’ve never met before. Within these specific types of games, the ability to gather the courage of unknown territory explorer is not only available, it is necessary.

7. Video games require memorization. Another feature of video games is the strong influence on memory. The terrain depicted in some of these games is huge, but access to the cards can be complicated and disturbing to the game. To compensate, players will not only remember much of the terrain, but will remember the tasks needed to go to specific areas.

8. Video games learn the consequence. All computers and video games work from an “action – reaction” principle. Do something, and the game will react. This is a great opportunity to learn about the consequences – whether that opportunity is experienced from a player’s point of view or from a programmer’s point of view.

9. Video games learn patience, dedication and endurance. No big game can be won in a day. In fact, some of the best and most popular games take weeks or months to complete.

These are just some of the educational opportunities hidden in video and computer games. After further investigations, we are sure that you will find more than hours of fun and amazement.

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