Videogames in every aspect of life?

To be honest when I saw this video (http://www.todaysbigthing.com/2011/02/15) I thought it was hilarious that someone could take a videogame quite so literally. But it got me thinking, videogames are useful for practically EVERY type of learning, even outside the classroom.

For example when Eric Klopfer was speaking today about how mobile learning can  be applied to many aspects of biology, it got me thinking about taking these types of games outside the classroom as presented by Jerry Heneghan.

Specifically, it would be beneficial to play games similar to MarioKart (minus the shells) so that beginner students can get a taste of what it feels like to be behind the wheel and truly learn the rules of the road before hand. Would it really be so crazy to offer simulations or games for soon-to-be parents to learn how to properly take care of a new born? Or maybe even use a videogame to teach new athletes the rules and proper formations for certain sports?

With my interest in medicine, I think that the benefits found in learning through videogames may be easily applied to doctor/patient relationships. What if a patient could play a game enacting the surgery they are to undergo? Or play a game like the sims which teaches them how to appropriately practice recovery exercises? The former sounds a bit morbid, but it seems that information is power. Often times when a doctor is explaining a complicated procedure to a patient, it is easy for the patient to become lost in the charts, one dimensional diagrams and stats. In my own experience as a patient, all I could picture in my head when a surgery technique was being explained was the game of Operation. What if patients could be walked through the procedure via a game to see exactly what steps will be taken to help their ailment? Or even further, what if they could compare procedures to see which fits their preferences best (ie, invasive or not)?

Besides, wouldn’t it be great to have a game for EVERYTHING?

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Brad Millman
    Feb 17, 2011 @ 11:02:48

    I just watched Idiocracy and this post kind of hits on the core of that movie: Eventually, why even bother learning? You could just have a machine do everything for you while you sit in front of the television stuffing your face full of sugar. It’s a really fine lane for incorporating games into our world, and I am not sure we have found the balance yet

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  2. Doug
    Feb 22, 2011 @ 18:03:20

    Thought-provoking post! I’m glad to see Today’s Big Thing making an appearance on the blog. I think it would definitely be advantageous to have experience for young drivers in the form of video games. Here’s an interesting video- http://www.engadget.com/2007/07/11/bmws-m3-simulating-m3/

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