Learning through Gameplay

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A lot of people don’t realize, but video games can be great for learning. You can learn something from pretty much any game. Games like Hearthstone or Magic the Gathering can improve strategy, forward thinking, and problem solving. Games like Civilization can teach a little about history. Words with Friends or Scrabble can improve your vocabulary. Even games like Call of Duty could improve communication skills or hand-eye coordination. But with Call of Duty, results may vary.

I can think of many different things video games have taught me. Playing online PC games like Runescape greatly improved my typing and got me into computers at a very young age. For my birthday I bought the Rockband 3 keyboard controller, and am now using it to learn how to play piano. Setting up Minecraft servers taught me the very basics of networking.

These are all very obvious, but there also is many more subtle things that video games teach and these are what people don’t notice. After a video game session, try to think of something that you learned after playing. For example, today I played a few levels of Kirby Triple Deluxe and I learned that giant lasers will melt ice blocks. This may not seem that significant, but a lot of little things add up to big things. Just try and find what you are learning through playing games.

Thanks for reading!