Learning Through Video Games – Learning While Having Fun
Video games are played on every device today, from mobile phones, tablets, to desktops, not to mention consoles, which primary use is to play video games. Video games are designed to entertain people, but since they can accommodate so much more, especially in recent years, because technology allows more storage and less time spent in development. Here is how we can learn from video games.
Attention to Details – Visuals and Lights
Every video game has visuals, otherwise, it would not be a video game. If you pay attention to how scenes are rendered, you can learn a lot about lighting, camera angles and even spot mistakes. Plenty of games, including triple-A titles, have mistakes which you will find sooner or later. If the mistakes are not visual, they will definitely be somewhere in the game.
Simulators – Video Games True to Life
One of the most played video games, one of the most played driving simulations is Euro Truck Simulator 2, where you drive trucks throughout Europe, an experience which would otherwise be much more difficult. You could get a decent idea of how such a long drive would look like, minus the actual hours spent on the road.
Flight simulators are specifically designed for people to learn flying airplanes and helicopters. One of the best, true-to-life flight simulators is X-Plane, currently at version 11, available on Windows, Linux, and macOS, with the entire world available for you to fly through. Simulators are the best way of learning specific things or practicing the motions in a virtual world.
Virtual Reality – Closer to Reality
2D and 3D games can be interesting and even simulators can teach you a lot, but virtual reality learning is the next big step. Technology can accommodate virtual reality to a degree, but it is still in development. A couple more years and you will be able to learn things through goggles and while actually using your body.
History and Myths
Some games do very well to remind us of events from history. While many distort history so that it can fit their narrative, many games leave the really important parts untouched, for younger gamers to discover.
Myths play a very big part of gaming. Plenty of games were built on the foundation of mythology. Some are full of western myths, some of the ones being Nordic, some Slavic. Pay attention to some characters and you might just catch them. Some are pretty blunt and therefore really easy to recognize.
Games Designed to Educate
Then there is the last category, the games which are specifically developed with an idea of being educational. DuoLingo is such a game, well, it is a language learning application, but one which has essential video game elements like leveling up and strengthening your character (knowledge), not to mention visuals which can only remind us of video games.
Video games can teach us, as well as entertain us. Some ask us to pay attention, others to apply ourselves.