The crossroads between video games and learning-slash-training is becoming even more exciting. In 2000, I learned how to type efficiently using a typing game. Styled like a space invaders game, this game forced me to type in order to shoot the evil alien invader ships. So fun, I quickly forgot I was learning how to type correctly, as I became more and more engulfed in the game play.
This is the wisdom of what I learned: Entertainment is a great way to teach and pull a students into a lesson or exercise in a different way.
The psychology of gaming is fascinating. Being immersed in a game steals enough consciousness to loosen your conscious hold of the logical left side of your brain. It means that when you’re deep in a game, you lose sight of everything else. You focus on the game. Doctors who know this are using video games for everything from physical therapy to strengthening a lazy eye.
The military has its own video game to train enlistees to get in shape, before they ever arrive at a recruiting station. They are also using video games to help soldiers train before they face battle scenarios. Games are also being used to mentally prep soldiers prepare for the traumas of war.
The benefits of video gaming are coming to real life, and the transition is beginning to push the boundaries of amazing.