A few years ago, I wrote a blog post about how my friend Jay was really good at video games (“How To Ruin Your Life By Not Playing Video Games“). Since then (2007!), a lot has changed but a lot has stayed the same.
I think video games are equally as important in the formation of a young persons life today, if not more so. As they become increasingly social, they provide not just an opportunity to hone their fine motor skills, but to also develop social skills. I’ve been playing a lot of Halo 4 lately, and I can tell you that the team that learns how to cooperate and to use different weapons and vehicles together is the one that wins pretty much every match. Games like League of Legends require even more of this cooperation, and this is definitely becoming the norm. In fact, League of Legends currently boasts some incredibly high numbers for spectators of top-ranked matches.
As Joseph Bernstein wrote recently in Kill Screen: “[with games] we’re training for things we don’t fully comprehend” and that this goes beyond “creative and puzzle solving.”
Technology is already a huge part of the way we interact with the world and each other, and the amount and complexity of this interaction is only going to increase. Those that are better able to understand this interplay between technology and humanity will be set up for success in both the near and far future.
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