There is a lot of criticism these days regarding video games and the things they teach people, such as violence etc. I play games like Grand Theft Auto etc that there is a lot of violence in them but I have never for one minute thought about being violent in real life.
Video games are a form of escape from real life. Where in real life could you fight shadows with a key alongside Donald Duck and Goofy?
That being said, I have learned a fair amount from video games. All positive too! No negativity here.
I’ve always been interested in history and historical facts. I think that is one of the reasons I was so interested to have a career in archaeology. Thanks to games like Assassin’s Creed, I have learned a lot of history as a lot of the non-playable characters are based on real people and you take part in historical events.
It teaches you more information about the actual real people, for example, Leonardo Da Vinci. This information that it teaches you about him is a bit more personal information about what he did and what kind of a person he was and not just his artwork.
Each place you visit is modelled off the real place in the era that the game is set. And the architecture is amazing! I loved the look of Italy anyway but after I played Assassin’s Creed 2 and all the ones that were set in Italy with Ezio, I am determined that Mr J and I MUST go to Italy. It is amazing! The place looks so beautiful.
They also teach you about the different cultures around the world in the places the games were set.
- Assassin’s Creed was set in the middle east
- Assassin’s Creed 2, Brotherhood and Revelations were set in Italy
- Assassin’s Creed 3 was set in native America
- Assassin’s Creed Black Flag was set in the Caribbean and you played as a pirate
- Assassin’s Creed Unity was set during the French Revolution
- Assassin’s Creed Syndicate was set in Victorian London
I am really keen on playing detective games too. My main one is and has been for many years, Nancy Drew. These type of games teach you how to solve problems and puzzles, read clues and reading people. You can usually tell which characters are lying to you.
Playing action based games has helped me improve things like my hand/eye coordination. Any game that isn’t a point and click or turn based will help with your hand/eye coordination and this, in turn, will help you with your daily life and when playing other games.
And what do games like LittleBigPlanet or LocoRoco teach you? Physics, of course.
I love learning things from games. It just shows that you can learn good things from games, not the negative things you hear in the media all the time.
What do you think? Have you learned any lessons from video games? I’d love to hear from you.