Video games are fun and posses the ability to keep us amused for hours on end. No question. Really, the same can be said for games in general – I used to love playing Monopoly for days and days, and even now I am always up for a night full of Cranium. I’m addicted to competition, but that’s beside the point. No matter how much a game “evolves” it must maintain one key component. Entertainment.
But not matter how much games have developed over the years, there is still an argument from many that playing video games is purely a time sink; at the end of a gaming session, the only things kids have to show for their time spent are sore thumbs.
But as mentioned in previous posts, there are many published facts and figures supporting the fact that this is simply not the case, and playing video games is actually good for the brain. Maybe the trick is finding which games are better than others.
Well this morning I came across a Time.com article that lists multiple educational games that “exercise children’s minds and imaginations during a period in their lives when they’re most receptive to creative ideas.” Reading something like that, imagine what learning to make a video game will do for you.
Games on the Time.com list include the creative masterpiece LittleBigPlanet 2, which touts the ability to for children to create and upload levels, and other games that you would expect to have some educational value like My Word Coach and uDraw Studio, among others.