Video Games and Learning

28 Feb

  Video games have become a major phenomenon amongst not only children but also adults these days. I have two cousins under the age of 7 and they are both experts at any type of video game you put into their XBOX360 consol.

At such young ages children are becoming experts at video games, and by playing many video games I personally think it promotes learning. I learn a lot from playing video games. Some of my favorites are games like Portal and World of Warcraft. (or WoW for those of you who play) These games help you learn strategizing and organization skills. There is a method to most video games that you have to follow in order to advanced to another level or actually win the game.

When I first got the game Portal, it was a mystery to me. I had such a hard time grasping the concept. But, as soon as my 6 year old cousin picked up the controller he instantly knew what he had to do. These games are helping children be so smart and to make quick, precise decisions. The whole game is a puzzle you need to solve by creating these “portals” to get from one side of the map to the other. It really makes you think.

Today with all the educational video games that are out there, I think it is setting kids up for a good foundation to learn.

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