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9 Valuable Life Lessons We Learned From Gaming
An integral part of many a childhood, video games helped players develop more than hand-eye coordination. Many taught gamers about friendship, love and war. Yes, video games contain valuable life lessons that can stay with a person years after he shelves the discs. Here are nine games that imparted such wisdom.

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Nothing is too big to tackle

Final Fantasy VII has you battle a man on his way to becoming a God. But the game teaches you the importance of taking a stand and fighting for the right reasons, even in the face of defeat.

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Determination is key

Whether it's powering through the many dungeons of Hyrule in a Legend of Zelda game or trying to complete an especially difficult assignment at work, you're not going to accomplish it all in one da...

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Sometimes it takes teamwork

If Team Fortess 2 has anything to teach, it's that even the motliest of crews can win the day when they work together toward a common goal.

Sometimes the best teams come together from diff...

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Confront your problems

Silent Hill 2 protagonist James spends the majority of the game denying that he murdered his wife, and the town of Silent Hill feeds on his guilt and grief.

Tackling the situation full on ...

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The world is yours to explore

In GTA V you can do almost anything: hang-glide, play tennis, go to the movies, even take artsy photos with a cameraphone.

The big question is: Why not do these things outside, in the r...

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Always be prepared

You didn't just learn this lesson from Call of Duty, but rather from every single war and combat simulator and first-person shooter game ever produced.

Being well-prepared goes beyond supp...

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You can do anything you put your mind to

If the Mario franchise has taught us anything, it's that you can do anything so long as you can try your best. 

Mario is a plumber by profession, yet he successfully navigates thr...

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Things aren't always what they seem

Every level of Pac Man the ghosts move in particular patterns. It's a trick most seasoned arcade players have noticed. 

In the same way, the answer to a problem or situation may not b...

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Choices have consequences

In Fallout 2 depending on the choices you make, who you kill and the quests you complete, there are 47 different endings you can achieve. 

Just like in real life, everything you do in ga...

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You’ll Find Valuables In The Strangest Of Places

Thinking for yourself and going outside your comfort zone might lead you to untold treasures.

Just as you will often find a rare and incredibly powerful item in a random closet, you can find a job or a new relationship in unexpected places. You’ll never know what you may find if you don’t go out there and explore.

Finding Shortcuts

There are rules to everything, and understanding the underlying system, makes it easy to find loopholes and exploit them.

In real life, there are many predictable situations and in most cases there is an easier way to overcome them if you know they are coming. You have to pay attention and exploit them within reason.

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  2. If there are no obstacles you’re going in the wrong direction. 
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Video Games Can Help You Make Friends

Games that are popular or involve social mechanics can help with making friends by giving access to the community that forms around the shared experience. 

Gaming conventions, online multiplayer sessions, and competitions all help players meet new people and make friends with a common interest. 

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