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.
Video games can help you succeed at life. It's an uncommon opinion to have, especially in mainstream media and pop culture, and most anti-gaming activists are quick to point out that video games tend to cultivate immaturity, violence, and even addiction. However, like most kinds of media, video games can be both good and bad.
It’s possible that gaming enables stereotypically introspective individuals to be more social, ultimately improving social skills.
In the earliest consoles, gaming with friends involved a physical gathering in front of a single TV. Even in today’s online multiplayers, gamers often form groups, communicate over voice and video chat, and can even help train leaders in the case of those who manage the groups.
The latest research suggests it's not far-fetched at all - especially when you consider all the societal and cultural factors that make today's games so attractive. Credit... Concept by Pablo Delcan. Photo illustration by Justin Metz. Charlie Bracke can't remember a time when he wasn't into video games.