Educational-Learning

Educational Benefits of Video Games: Let’s Learn

I have briefly mentioned the educational benefits of video games in other posts. I’m looking forward to learning more about this subject. Please check out the following link.

https://gamingwithgrandpa.com/video-games-history-benefits-varieties-and-costs

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                     “LEARN TO BE FREE”

Together, let’s begin a journey of “enlightenment” as we get educated. Thanks for joining me.

Before I get started, I want to know what the word or phrase means and how it is used.

What are educational video games?

First let me define the meaning of “Education”: https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/

  • The process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university.

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           “I STILL LIKE READING BOOKS”

  • The theory and practice of teaching. Like teachers at college.
  • A body of knowledge acquired while being educated. Learning from studying, books, encyclopedic.
  • Information about training in a field or subject. Health care for ex.
  • An enlightening experience. Learning from life or something.

I really like that last definition of education, “an enlightening experience”. This sounds better than sitting in the classroom all day or doing tons of homework.

To be more specific, the educational benefits of video game provide learning and training to the players young or old.

Recent studies have shown that video games, whether violent or not can help children in the development of their intellectual and emotional skills which support their academic achievement.

Where and how are educational video games used in schools?

                 “CLASS, TIME TO LEARN”

Video games used in the classroom can range from pre-school to university campuses.

Recent studies support evidence that video games can help kids develop emotional and intellectual skills. This helps promote academic achievement for our kids.

Here are some of the ways video games have a positive effect on our kids in school.

    1. Video gaming is a highly-social activity: Most of the time (70%) kids play video games with their friends in the same room. Many video games require players to play as a team. As kids work together, this helps in communication and interpersonal skills. The team play in video games can happen in the classrooms or at home.
    2. Video games improve critical thinking skills and reading comprehension: Subjects like history or classic literature can be
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                               “THINK IT, LEARN IT”

      a challenge for teachers. Keeping the attention of students is hard to do because of the fast pace society we live in today.  Students learn to exercise their critical thinking, resilience, and creative problem-solving. Video games can make the material more relevant and engaging for students, even reading assignments.    Students can put themselves in the shoes of a character or go to different worlds and different cultures.
      This type of interaction helps students get more excited about the subject and it supports long-term retention.

    3. Sometimes video games can relieve stress and make people happier:    Video games can help tune out the stresses of everyday life. People need time to get away from the constant pressures we are under. This includes our kids.

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                        “GRAB A CONTROLLER AND RELAX”

I know for me; video games help me to relax a little more. I know it does not take the problems away. But it does help to walk away from worries even if it for a moment.
Some people relax by taking walks, reading a good book, or watching a favorite old movie. These methods are still good and useful. But our world is different now, especially with all the constantly changing technology.
If students can use video games as a stress reducer, then maybe they will be more relaxed in the classrooms. I have included four more benefits of video game usage for students.

  1. Video games are very useful for individualized learning:
    Every kid is not the same as other kids. They are all different. Each one learns in different ways. For teachers, trying to provide an individualized learning plan for each student is impossible. It is also a fantasy in the educational world. Video games make individualized learning a reality. Students can learn at their own pace and adjust according to their own performance and preferences. Jan Plass, an NYU Professor of digital media and learning sciences wrote, “By balancing gameplay enjoyment with an appropriate level of challenge, games have the ability to keep players in their own unique optimally challenging and engaging zone for learning”.

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                       “OUR KIDS, OUR FUTURE, OUR HOPE”

  2. Video games help teach new technical skill sets: Video games are a powerful way to get students interested in technology. Learning basic technical skills can only help kids in our ever-evolving digital world.
    One very good example is the very popular game, Angry Birds. It helps teach kids basic coding principles.
    Video games also improve spatial thinking (visuals/pictures), reasoning, memory, perception, and problem-solving. These are all useful tools in a wide range of technical careers.
  3. Video games gauge a student’s cognitive development and progress: The most common way to chart student’s progress is through tests and quizzes. This only reveals a small piece of how a student is doing.
    Video games offer detailed statistics in real time. Teachers can collect data from gameplay. This can help to understand the learning habits of each individual student, especially with low-performing students.
    Struggling students are often disengaged in the classrooms. These are the kids who need individual learning plans the most.
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                        “LIGHT IT UP, LET’S LEARN”

    Most teachers think video games can help struggling students. In a national survey, 78% of teachers said video games improved low-performing student’s skills in math, language arts, etc.
    Video games also improved extra-curricular skills in technology, communication, and critical thinking.
    They also helped motivate struggling kids to attend class, pay more attention, and try harder in the classroom.

  4. Video games can offer stimulated engagement which deals with ethical and moral situations: It is difficult for teachers and parents to teach empathy and compassion. These two factors are building blocks for morality and courage. They can also reduce prejudice and racism.
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                              “WE HAVE A CHOICE”

    Empathy and compassion are often the results of the emotional situations we are faced with on a daily basis.
    Video games can stimulate these emotional moments easier than a book or verbal repetition. Video Games like Pixelberry’s “High School Story” allow players to explore complex ethical and moral problems. These games allow players to grapple with sensitive issues free from social pressure or fear of consequences.
    Hopefully, when kids are in a similar situation in the real world, they are better equipped to figure things out for themselves and make good choices.

Source: Kara Loo, contributor, COO, Pixelberry Studios.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/7-ways-video-games-help_b_6084990

I am including a link on how some major universities are using video games in education like Harvard Medical School and Duke University Medical Center. This is interesting stuff.

https://www.teachthought.com/technology/18-ways-universities-are-using-video-games-in-learning/

Uses in Military training:

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                         “WE TRAIN TO BE THE BEST”

Gaming tools have part of used in the military for centuries dating back to the Stone Age.

Commanders of the Roman Empire would use sand tables with figures that represented soldiers and units in battle.

In 1780, C.L. Helwig created “War Chess”. In 1811, Baron von Reisswitz invented “Kreigsspiel”. These and other games were helpful in improving military thinking and training.

Germans used wargames to plan the invasion of Poland during World War II. Japan also used gaming tools to plan the attack on Pearl Harbor.

As early as the 1950s, computers became part the military training. As personal computers popular grew, so did their use in military communities in the 1990s. Simulators like Simulator Networking (SIMNET) and Modular Semi-automated Forces (ModSAF) were uniquely military.

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                 “TRAINING THE BEST, TO BE THE BEST”

Eventually, entertainment games became tools for the military.  Epic’s UNREAL 2 game engine laid the foundation for a very popular game called “America’s Army”. This game was very useful for recruiting.

“Full Spectrum Warrior” was created for the Xbox console for military training and was also available as entertainment game called “Operation Flashpoint”.

Video game development uses some of the most advanced technologies available in computer science.

Here are six technologies from the video game world that aid in military training systems.

  1. 3D Engines offer beautiful and accurate images that help stimulate players.
  2. Graphical User interface allows a gamer to start playing without reading a manual.
  3. Physical Models create virtual environments that accurately portray the effects of the real world. Movement, engagements, interactions, and sensors are amazingly life-like.
  4. Artificial Intelligence helps challenge human players. As AI improves, so does the ability of the player to defeat these artificial opponents.
  5. Networking helps connect players around the world. The gaming industry has created a flexible and efficient way to share data over a worldwide network.
  6. Persistent Worlds helps create virtual worlds that grow, change and remain active for years.
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       “WAR, A NECESSARY EVIL, I HOPE AND PRAY NOT”

Gaming in some form has been part of the military for a long time. This is not going to change.

I hope and pray video games were not part of training for war. I wish video games were only used for fun and entertainment. But this is not the reality of the volatile world we live in.

If video games can limit death and destruction in times of war, then they should be part of the training that soldiers need to be better prepared.

Resource: https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a550307.pdf  Simulation & Gaming, 40thAnniversary Issue.

Flight training schools:

flying
                         “SOAR TO THE SKIES”

Flight simulators are a version of video games. They are used to help train pilots. By using a virtual world, pilots can practice various situations they may face when flying the real planes. This includes military pilots as well as commercial pilots.

It is a lot safer if pilots crash in a video game or simulator than in real life.

Medical field:

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    “TRAINING EQUALS BETTER DOCTORS”

Video games are used in medical classrooms. They have not replaced lectures, but video games are becoming more preferred ways to learn than lectures. In a survey of 434 residency program directors, more than 90% support the use of games in residency education. Video games are frequently used to train doctors in surgeries.

Nursing Homes:

There are challenges involved when introducing video games to the older community. Some studies have shown video games can be helpful in group activities by bringing people together. Video games for older adults must be adaptable. The games must be more than just entertaining, they need to be used as a therapy as well as a form of rehabilitation.

Rehabilitation:

Video games are increasingly being used in occupational and physical therapy. They are applied to all age groups from toddlers to elderly aged people worldwide. Some of the areas include stroke rehabilitation, cerebral palsy and other neurological impairments. People with tendinitis and multiple sclerosis have been helped.

I think it is obvious that playing video games can affect us in so many positive ways. They don’t just create couch potatoes who play games while eating Cheetos all day long. Now, don’t get me wrong I love Cheetos, especially the jalapeno flavor ones.

What is the future of educational video games?

Some gaming developers feel this could be the golden age for educational video games.

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                      “BELIEVE IT, ACHIEVE IT”

EdTech insider Garrett Fuller says, “Teachers and students will eventually build games together”.

One of the biggest obstacles is getting this technology into the schools. Some educators are still resistance. Also, the costs of computers, laptops, and software can put a financial burden on some schools.

Video games should never be a replacement for reading, writing or any other methods used to help our kids in school. They are another tool for teachers to get kids interested in learning.

Times are different. Kids today are so advanced in their use and knowledge of modern technology. Most kids have their own cell phones.

Parents, teachers, and educators need to be creative and resourceful in ways never thought of before. Maybe the secret lies in combining books and newer technologies together used in video games.

Please understand, modern technology and cool electronic devices should never replace other ways to educate and teach people.

Reading books, spending time with nature, and talking with family and friends will always be a part of how we grow and learn as individuals.

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              “THE EVOLUTION OF CLASSROOMS”

Modern technology (Video games) is part of our world and culture today. That is a fact. But it is not the “one size fits all” remedy. Everyone is different.

I think the future of video games in our classrooms will be a positive experience for students, teachers, and parents.

There’s nothing wrong with making learning fun. Educational video games can accomplish that.

What kind of educational video games are available now?

Here is a list of awesome games for kids to help them in school:

  • Scribblenauts: This is a word-based adventure game. Players learn to use logic, language, and problem-solving skills.
  • Civilization: This is a civilization-building simulation game. Kids will be involved in decision-making, planning, diplomacy, strategy, and exploration.
  • Magic School Bus: Students join Ms. Frizzle on the Magic bus for amazing adventures. They get to explore different worlds like the surface of Mars, the oceans, the rainforest, and the human body.

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                  “EXPLORING THE OCEAN FLOORS”

  • Endless Ocean: Kids can play different characters that explore underwater caves, shipwrecks, and lost civilizations. You get to identify and learn about 300 aquatic animals and sea creatures.
  • LeapFrog Leapster: This is not one single game. It is a learning game system. Kids can play different characters like Batman, SpongeBob, or Cinderella. All the games are created to be educational. You can also connect it to a computer to download more games.
  • Professor Layton Series:
    This game offers puzzles that involve problem-solving, math, spatial orientation, logic, and adventurous mysteries.
  • Dora the Explorer:
    Dora has a popular TV show, a toy line, a book series, and video games. Kids join Dora by following maps and learning new words and facts along the way.
  • Big Brain Academy:
    This game makes learning a fun challenge. Kids learn to think, memorize, analyze, compute, and identify.
  • LittleBigPlanet: Players build their own worlds and manipulate everything in that world. Kids get to use their imaginations in so many ways.
  • Reader Rabbit: Players can develop their reading, spelling, arts, science, and math skills. This game won the “Parent’s Choice Approved” award in 2011.

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                 “THINK, LEARN, THEN TAKE ACTION”

Please check out the following link.

https://electronics.howstuffworks.com/family-tech/tech-for-kids/10-educational-video-games-your-kids-will-love10.htm

I want to mention two other popular video games that have been adapted for educational purposes:

Minecraft Edu is a classroom version of the very popular game, Minecraft. This game is popular among young and old. Ladies also seem to like the game a lot as well.

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           “WOW, AN ARMY OF 5.5 MILLION”

Classcraft is an educational version of Warcraft which helps players learn teamwork and strategy.

I didn’t want to leave out homeschoolers. Below is a link for educational games to help homeschooling parents.

https://oedb.org/ilibrarian/50-educational-video-games-that-homeschoolers-love

Video games used to train troops on the battlefield:

  • Multi-purpose Arcade Combat Simulator (Super Nintendo). This game teaches how to zero a rifle and other aspects of marksmanship.
  • Virtual Reality Combat Training (Raytheon). This is an immersive, open field, VR training ground. It provides different scenarios that soldiers may face in real-life combats.
  • Full Spectrum Warrior (Xbox). There are two versions of this game, one for the public and one for the Army. The Army version has a special code to unlock the game. Players learn to command and direct other squad members.
  • Tactical Iraqi (PC). This game was created to teach the Iraqi language and gestures to US soldiers. This training aided in the interaction with Iraqi soldiers and the Iraqi population during simulated missions. This game help reduces months of cultural training to 80 hours of video game training.
  • America’s Army (PC, Xbox). This is not just one game, but a series of games. It has won numerous awards like “Best Action Game” and “Best First-Person Shooter”.

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                                “ACTION TAKES PRACTICE”

  • Virtual Battlespace 2. You can create a variety of battlefield situations from different angles. It also allows players to give orders to other squad members.

Want to learn how to fly planes/jets?

  • ProFlightSimlutor. This simulator is amazing. There are over 120 different kinds of planes including military fighter jets. There are 20,000 + real airports from around the world. The terrains are realistic based on the US Defense Mapping Agency. The cockpit controls are based on real-life cockpits. This flight simulator is one of the most realistic available today.

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                             “ON THE WINGS OF ANGELS”

  • ‘IL-2 Sturmovik’. With this simulator, the player gets to fly planes that were used in WWII. You can fly a “Spitfire MkII” or a “Messerschmitt Bf-109”. Players get to engage in epic dogfights.
  • ‘Lock On: Modern Air Combat’. Getting to fly in the cockpits of fighter jets is amazing. The speed and sound of these jet engines as they break the sound barrier is a blast.

Video games that are used to train medical students:

  • Microbe Invader. Players assume the role of a busy doctor at an understaffed hospital. The doctor orders test, treat patients and try to eliminate diseases within the local community. This game helps students learn about clinical microbiology in a fun way.
  • Prognosis. This is a scenario-based game. There are over 400 cases involving various fields of specialty. It helps students practice their clinical and decision-making skills in risk-free situations.
  • SICKO (Surgical Improvement of Clinical Knowledge Ops). This game helps surgeons and surgical trainees practice surgeries in risk-free environments such as appendicitis or cholecystitis. Practicing surgeries in a video game helps surgeons make better judgments when they are operating on real-life patients.

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                           “USE WHATEVER IT TAKES”

  • Medical School. Playing this game helps mimic what a doctor does in real-life. Players learn about the human body, how to diagnose various diseases, and what to do when treating patients.

Video games/consoles in nursing homes:

  • Nintendo Wii game system. There are several nursing homes and senior assisted living facilities that used the Wii console. Games like Wii Golf and Wii Boxing provide opportunities for exercise for older adults.
  • World of Warcraft. Strategy games can have a positive effect on one’s cognitive ability. They can improve social activity whether it be with other adults or their grandkids.

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                   “MARIO, 40 YEARS OLD, STILL MY FRIEND”

  • Super Mario 64. There was a new study using Super Mario 64 by psychology professors Gregory West, Sylvie Belleville,  and Isabelle Peretz. The results showed increases in the gray matter in the hippocampus and cerebellum. Also, the subject’s short-term memory improved. I am including the link to this study if you are interested.

Source: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171206141648.htm

Video Games for Rehabilitation:

  • Jewel Mine. This game was created by ICT (Institute for Creative Technologies) research scientist Belinda Lange. It is a game-based system for people with neurological and physical injuries. Jewel Mine is used for balance training, upper limb reaching and helps improve memory and attention.
  • Motion control consoles.Systems that have motion controlled options are Wii, Microsoft  Xbox Kinect, and Sony‘s Eye Toy, and virtual reality. These video games can be applied to any age group from toddlers to senior citizens. Stroke victims, people with cerebral palsy, tendinitis, multiple sclerosis or any other neurological impairments can benefit from video game technology.

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                                   “BOWL TO HEAL”

  • Wii Fit and Wii Sports. Because of motion control technology, patients can exercise and have fun as well. Most patients going through rehab, can’t jump in their cars and go to the local bowling alley. Now, patients can bowl in the rehab center or their homes.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_game_rehabilitation

Conclusion:  

Please forgive me for the length of this post. I know there is a lot of information to read through. But I feel the subject is important. I could have added pages upon pages of useful info.

I know video games get a bad rap a lot of the time. Some of it is well deserved. Like I have stated in other posts, video games can be abused by people. Here are two posts where I discuss problems with video gaming.

https://gamingwithgrandpa.com/video-game-addiction-its-not-a-game

https://gamingwithgrandpa.com/do-video-games-promote-violence

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                    “LEARN TO LOVE, LOVE TO LEARN”

As I have discovered in my research, Video games can be used for good and helpful ways. This data proves it. They can expand our minds, improve our health, increase our creativity, and bring us closer together.

I started this post with several definitions of “Education”. I want to point to the last one again, enlightenment. I hope and pray this post has enlightened anyone who may read it. I know it has for me.

If you have any comments, questions or thoughts, please reply below. Thank you for taking the time to read this post.

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                                    “THE DAWN OF ENLIGHTENMENT”

You know my saying,

“Let’s Game”

But I want to add to that,

“Let’s Learn”

Email me at https://gamingwithgrandpa.com/

Grandpa, johnny, the Grey Wolf, Watcher of the Woods.

 

24 thoughts on “Educational Benefits of Video Games: Let’s Learn

  1. Very interesting article, I know for a fact that when my wife started teaching that they were using games on iPads for educational purposes… so when used correctly they can be a great benefit for education.

    As you state the ability to play interactive video games in typically boring subjects such as history she was able to increase the engagement level and the kids retained more of the information that was taught because of this.

    As I read your article I didn’t realize all the other education benefits that beyond in schools for example I never thought about the military benefit…

    Reading the list of educational games took me back as I remember playing Magic School Bus and Reader Rabbit, another game I remember playing is Math Blasters!

    I believe that the use of Video Games for Education will only continue to grow…

    • Hi Josh, 

      It does look like video games do have a beneficial effects in our schools. I would never want them to replace the connection between the teacher and the students. We need that human interaction, not only with the teacher, bur with other students as well. 

      To be honest I was surprised by the research. I didn’t realize all the uses of video games for education and training, especially in the military. I plan to do a post on the military and how they use video games in their training. It is huge. 

      If you think about it, training pilots has used a version of a video game for years. It’s called a flight simulator whether it be fighter jets and commercial planes. 

      It interesting video games can also help doctors provide better treatment to their patients, especially, surgeons. 

      I think the future uses of video games is so important for training and educating in so many areas of our lives. 

      Plus, video games are fun to play. 

      Good to hear from you Josh. 

      johnny, the Grey Wolf, watcher of woods.

  2. Your article is packed with information about video games. Honestly, as a mother who grew up in the ’80s where we played outside and socialized with a bunch of kids in our neighborhood, I was opposed to video games until recently when I noticed my kids were able to balance video games with school and chores. 

    Right now, for as long as it does not involve violence I am okay with it. Those facts that you have presented in your article is so educational. I didn’t know that they use video games in the army, residency educational program for doctors to be, in some rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, etc.

    I agree with you on the relaxation effect of some video games as I for one used to play word games and scrabble type of games.

    Thank you for this insightful article. I learned a lot. Good job.

    Nida

    • Hi Nida, 

      I grew up in the sixties. We use to play the same way in our neighborhood. On Saturdays, we would get up to watch some Looney Tunes cartoons. Then, we would leave for the day to play with other kids. Our parents told us to be home before supper around 6:00 PM. How things have changed. Today, parents would never dare let their kids leave for the day to play all day. It is too dangerous.  

      Sound like you have some smart kids. Plus, it seems like they have a wise mom as well. Good for you. 

      Yeah, I was surprised about all the educational and training uses of video games. Most of the time, we only hear the bad side of video games. We rarely hear the benefits or positive influences they can provide. This is one of the reasons I wanted to create this website.

      I’m not any good at Scrabble or word games. I’m not any good at video games either. But, I do love playing them though. 

      Nida, thanks for your comments. 

      johnny, the Grey Wolf, watcher of the woods. 

  3. Hello Granpa Johnny,

    This is an interesting subject with many debates about the bad and good. However, I do believe that video games help with children’s development of their cognitive skills. Not only children. People of any ages can play to maintain the activeness of their brain. Yes, I believe so. But then, there MUST always be a BALANCE of indoor and outdoor games. 

    Love the read. Thank you.

    Sharon

    • Hi Sharon, 

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments. You are so right, balance is the key to anything in life, not just video games. To be honest, I really don’t play video games a lot. I have so many other things going on in my life. For instance creating this website. I spend a lot of time researching, writing, and editing. I love doing it. I do want to present the good, the bad, and the ugly of the gaming world. Like they say, “There are two sides to every coin”. 

      I appreciate your thoughts, Sharon. 

      johnny, the Grey Wolf, Watcher of the Woods. 

  4. Good job illustrating how video games were used in the past, no matter how crude their styles were, it is true they were used in the past especially in warfare simulations. And I agree with you that playing video games has educational benefits, especially in honing the skills of would-be pilots. I have a friend who confided this to me that because of his age, that because video games were not yet around during his childhood days, he feel awkward now when around with new generation of fighter planes pilots.

    • Hi Gomer, 

      Good to hear from you. 

      That’s interesting about the new generation of fighter pilots. I guess the more sophisticated the training, the more confidence the pilot has in dealing with certain scenarios. The more realistic the training the better. I’m not a real-life pilot, but I do love playing flying games like the “Ace Combat” or “Hawk”. 

      Warfare simulations have been part of military training for centuries. I wish video games weren’t used to practice war, but hopefully, they help soldiers became better warriors.  

      As always, I appreciate your time and comments, Gomer. Check back at any time. 

      johnny, the Grey Wolf, Watcher of the Woods. 

  5. What’s up Grandpa Johnny?

    This has to be by far the coolest website that I had read so far, and I really enjoyed the quality of your content and the way it was displayed. Who would have ever thought that I would be here this morning and educate myself on the benefits of educational video games, great article!

    how original and creative!

    Thank you for the enlightening information on how video games help children develop their interpersonal skills as well as increase the level of their emotional intelligence, that’s very cool to know.

    Have a great day!

    • Hi Jose, 

      What’s up with you? I really appreciate you taking the time to comment on this post. I am glad you like the article. I hope it is informative and helpful for people who don’t know a lot about the other uses of video games. 

      While doing my research, I was surprised by all the ways video games are used today. It’s not just about sitting on the couch and killing a bunch of zombies. Now, don’t get me wrong, killing zombies is a blast. 

      I was pleased to find out video games can help kids with their interpersonal skills. Most of the time all we hear about is how gaming isolates people and that does happen. There needs to be a balance in a person’s life. Video games should never be the center of one’s life, only a small part. 

      What kind of games do you play Jose? 

      I just started playing “Assassin’s Creed Origins”. 

      I hope you have a great day as well. Let’s Game!

      johnny, the Grey Wolf, Watcher of the Woods. 

  6. Unfortunately when people think of videogames all they think is a macho guy with a gun killing countless enemies with limps falling all over the place. Obviously this belief is wrong because there is a huge array of games that can be very beneficial to kids and young people in general. Unfortunately big blockbuster videogames get most of the exposure and marketing as these bring the biggest profits to publishers leaving this educational games very low chances for success. Once in a while some game like this will get exposure but it’s very sad to see this happening very rarely. It is our responsibility to learn out children play such games and as a parent I will definitely will with my boys.

    • Hi Stratos, 

      Thanks for your comments. 

      You are so right, the big money makers get most of the attention. You know the old saying, “Money talks” and it talks loud. I am glad there a lot of good educational games available, but you have to look for them. Like you said, these games don’t make a lot money. 

      It is nice to hear you are taking such an interest in the games your boys play. Good job, Stratos. Do you play with them? Also, what kind of games do they like to play? 

      I ordered the new Spider-Man game. I am looking forward to playing the superhero, “Spidey”. 

      I really appreciate your time, Stratos. 

      johnny, the Grey Wolf, Watcher of the Woods. 

  7. Thank you for the great post. I remember growing up with games such as Mario Brothers and Zelda. These experiences definitely help with cognition and hand/eye coordination. I really like how you introduced the post, asking the reader to join you through a journey. The questions you posed are excellent. Are video games educational? I think so as well. Playing video games as a group is a fun way to help and encourage social engagement and learning together. I look forward to reading more of your posts, well done!

    • Hi Pentrental, 

      Thank you for your comments. While doing my research for this post, I was surprised how many ways video games are used in education and training, especially the military. I may do an article just on the benefits and usages of video games in military training. Very interesting stuff. 

      I still enjoy playing Mario Brothers. Do you still play video games? If so what are you playing? I am playing “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End”. It is a lot like “Tomb Raider”. I really like the action/adventure type games. The graphics are beautiful and it has a good storyline. 

      I appreciate your time and thoughts, Pentrental. 

      johnny, the Grey Wolf, Watcher of the Woods. 

  8. I am a 90s kid who plays games like Contra and Mario. I’ve never explored this angle of video games but I’m convinced that playing the right game in a disciplined way can be beneficial for us. Can you suggest me some light games made for introverts?

    And are battlefield games really used to train troops? I must admit this is a real shocker for me.

    • Hi Ambuj, 

      Thank you for your comments. 

      War strategies are very common influences in many video games, especially empire building games like “Warcraft” or “Civilization”. Conquests and victory in battles help build your virtual dynasty. 

      I agree with you about using some discipline when playing video games. Don’t let the game control you. 

      Some light games might be puzzled based games or trivia games. These kinds of games are not violent or bloody and they can challenge the mind. 

      If you like a good storyline, I suggest adventurte-type games like the “Tomb Raider” series. It kind of depends on what you like. The varieties are endless. Just Google your interests + video game and you will find something. 

      Good luck in your search, Ambuj. 

      Thanks, johnny, the Grey Wolf, Watcher of the Woods. 

  9. This was an eye-opening article that covered to a degree I have not seen the many areas where video games have touched our lives more than just through the commonly held belief that people are wasting their hours away playing mindless games.  It was almost breathtaking to me…

    As I was reading through each area where the games have been adapted to teach and allow learning to take place, I could not help but relate some to my own experiences over the years since computers became accessible to the everyman and shortly thereafter the gaming world.

    I was in the military for 25 years, and especially in the last 10 or so, more and more computer-simulated battles were played out between actual commanders and in some cases, troops were starting to come to the fore. It was an easy and cheap way to get more training done for the same dollars.

    In the medical field, I helped set up some of the games and eventually the training platforms that were used to train all sorts of medical fields. I saw the military school systems adapt and incorporate the gaming concept to teach the military members. I could go on and on, but you get the idea…

    Kids today have a litany of options out there to use tablets and games that have been designed to inspire and raise their curiosity levels and teach them concepts and ideas that will stay with them for the rest of their life as they amused themselves. I have 6 grandchildren and I am the one that has purchased such games for them.

    All in all, it is apparent that gaming is about a lot more than just a ‘shoot ’em up adventure’ that people spend thousands for a kitted up computer to play. They serve a real purpose and in many walks of life, they can help train and people can learn using these games.

    I came away after reading this article with a new appreciation that I had lost somehow for games and the role they play today in our lives. These facts were there for the asking but it took a post like this to make me gain a fuller appreciation for the ways that gaming has changed our life for the better. Thanks for the insightful read.

    • Hi Dave,

      First, I want to apologize for taking so long to reply to your comment.

      I have been going through some troubling times lately, doubt and fear just to name a couple. I lost faith in my work on my website. I felt like I wasn’t good enough.

      I am tired of being afraid. So tonight, I decided to get back on that horse. The first comment I read was yours. You reminded me, “I can do this”.

      Your insight and experience in the area of video gaming for education were awesome.

      I really worked hard to make this post informative and helpful for people, especially parents.

      I agree video gaming does get a bad rap and a lot of it is deserving. But not all of it. Like anything in life, gaming can be used positively or negatively. It is about how we choose to use it.

      I really appreciate your kind and helpful words.

      What kind of games do your grandkids like to play? I have been playing “MLB The Show 2019”. I’m not any good at it, but it is fun to play. Especially, when I hit a home run.

      I wish you all the best. I hope you will continue to visit my website.

      I am back and plan to stay.

      johnny, the Grey Wolf, Watcher of the Woods.

  10. I can see the benefits of games, in the training of pilots in a simulator, and also surgeons training others, to perform bloodless operations,these are things that I have seen and understand,but never associated them with video games.

    I have also seen, the negative effects of games that teach the wrong ideas,(such as dungeons and dragons),How do you filter out the negative games to safeguard people?

    A trend that I have noticed,is that with the advent of E books,vidoe games and suchlike, that young people seem to not, be reading normal books,as we used to.

    One reailses with amazement, that from such a long way back in history, that the military have used “Games”, to train for battles,and invasions,as well as to teach tactics, and strategy.

    You can see that in the future gaming is going to play an important role in teaching,rehabilitation,and developing skills in young and old alike.

    • Hi Robert,

      I am sorry for taking so long to reply. I have been away for a while. But I am back now.

      Thank you for taking the time to comment on my post.

      I agree with you about the advent of E-books and online access to games and information. I think it is just a sign of the times. Technology is constantly changing. With changes come new challenges.

      For myself, I still like the intimate feeling of having a book in my hand. I do a lot of reading and research on the computer, but it is not the same.

      Having an old fashion book makes me feel closer to the writer. That’s just me. I do see the advantages of having and reading books on the computer, your phone, or a tablet.

      I was shocked about how far back gaming has been part of military training. Maybe the use of military video games will save lives in the long run.

      I don’t disagree with the negative effects of video games, especially kids and young adults. This is a problem. I have other posts that address this problem.

      This is just my opinion, but we shouldn’t be getting our values, morals, or ideas from a game. It’s just a game, nothing else.

      The world can be cruel and painful. But it has been that way from the being when Cain bashed in Abel’s head.

      How do we safeguard people? Use common sense for one thing. For parents, pay attention to what video games your kids are playing. Be involved, in fact, play the games with them.

      Parents or grandparents, you may be surprised. You might become a gamer too.

      I really appreciate your thoughts, Robert.

      Take care,

      johnny, the Grey Wolf, Watcher of the Woods.

  11. Hey Johnny!!
    What an excellent article you write about educational video games. I really love to say that, it’s really an informative article. I appreciate your article.
    This is the best way to teach kids something good. Educational video games are really so useful and helpful for learning something new and improve kids brain.
    My little brother was 5 years old. He loves to play puzzle video games. By playing this type of educational games he can solve many types of a difficult question.
    So, I and my parents always help him to play this type of games.
    But my favorite game is soar to the skies. What do you think about it? And which is your favorite game?
    Thanks for sharing this with us.

    • Hi Pronay,

      Please forgive for taking so long to reply.

      Thank you so much for your kind words.

      Video games have so many uses, and education is a big one. They are part of our modern technology and will be for a long time.

      Thank you for sharing the story of your little brother. It sounds like your whole family is into video gaming with him. That is so cool. Your family’s attitude about video gaming is one of the main reasons I created gamingwithgrandpa.com.

      I am not saying video games should replace other family activities, but hopefully, people can make video gaming another way to connect with other family members.

      I Googled “Soar to the Skies”. Is this the Disney interaction game or is it a flying game? I wasn’t sure.

      My favorite games change. I was playing “Horizon: Zero Dawn”. I love playing flying games like “Ace Combat”. Right now, I am hooked on “MLB the Show: 2019”. I am not very good at it, but I enjoy trying to hit the monster home run.

      I really appreciate your thoughts and comments, Pronay.

      Let’s game.

      Johnny, the Grey Wolf, Watcher of the Woods.

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    • Hi Martin,
      Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement. Also, thanks for bookmarking this. I have been away for a while, but I am back now. thanks, johnny, the Grey Wolf, Watcher of the Woods.

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