Video gamers are better employees

A study shows that video games help students develop skills to be better workers

Commercial video games may be created for entertainment, but they are also being shown to be helpful in the real world. A new study confirms what previous research has indicated – video game players make better employees.

As a developmental application, video games require gamers to use a range of important skills, including communication, adaptability, resourcefulness and critical thinking. Additionally, many scholars have asserted that the joy found in playing video games is tied directly to the joy of learning.

A recent study conducted by Dr. Matthew Barr, the vice-chair of the British Digital Games Research Association, set out to determine if there was a correlation between video games and higher education. The study broke down undergraduate students into two groups – one played games together for two hours a week, while the other group didn’t play any games.

Most of the games used in the study were multiplayer-based games, which require a great deal of collaboration and teamwork. In reviewing the groups’ progress after eight weeks, those students who were part of the game-playing group scored better in areas such as communication, adaptability and resourcefulness.

The conclusion of the study is that video games could be used at the university level as a learning tool. They’re relatively inexpensive, but highly engaging, and could help students develop graduate skills. While the study may have been informal, it certainly opens up the question of the importance of video games to education and could ultimately find its place among many schools’ curriculums.

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