I like video games. I like video games more if they are used for education purposes. I’m suspect, though…
Why? This is why.
I’ve researched the impact of video games as it relates to instruction and found out the following.
- Video games help to maintain order in the classroom
- Video games motivate students to learn content
- Video games diversify from course lectures
- Video games help students to achieve higher scores in examinations
Why aren’t we then developing more video games for education? Some say that we don’t develop them because building video games are too expensive. Others argue that video games increase violence and therefore can’t be used in education environments. Video games this, video games that.
Video games aren’t always expensive to design and develop. Have you try developing games with game maker or RPG maker? Designing and developing games is a reasonable endeavor. Let’s me share something with you. Back in the day, I co-developed 20 video games with kids ranging from age 8-12. It’s possible.
Video games don’t increase violence. Have you heard about the concept of catharsis? Let me define catharsis to you…
“Catharsis is the process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions.”
Could it be that video games help subjects to release emotion so they don’t engage in violent behaviors? Yes!
Theoretically speaking, It is quite possible indeed. Video games are cool, I say. But hey… I’m suspect.