A new study suggests that kids are being taught valuable life skills by playing video games – just as well if it’s true as it also says that around 4 in 5 nine to nineteen year olds own a games console and 70% play online games.
Tomorrow sees the start of a two-day “Hand to Eye: What do we learn from games?” conference during the GameCity Festival in Nottingham. It will explore how skills that are required to play video games also have educational and cognitive aspects, and will feature experts from the games industry and education.
Iain Simons, GameCity Director, said “The conference comes at a crucial time. Interactive entertainment now forms an important part of everyday culture in the UK so it’s essential that we ask the best possible questions of it. This isn’t about being apologist for the games industry, rather it’s about embracing a balanced, nuanced debate. We need less fear-mongering and more information. I hope that ‘Hand to Eye’ is able to play a part in creating some new understanding.”
Repeat after me: Games aren’t evil, they’re educational. Especially the violent ones…
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