Is it possible? Could playing video games be—gulp—good for your kids? Academics, the American Psychological Society and gaming experts have been actively looking into the ways this might be true. The reasons why may surprise you.
Can a game teach kids? Professor James Paul Gee at Arizona State University has written several books proposing this idea, and education expert Marc Prensky expanded on it in his book, Don’t Bother Me, Mom—I’m Learning! Both argue that every video game requires memorization, computation and critical thinking skills. In order to play, kids have to learn the rules, learn how to exploit those rules and memorize patterns and information. Simulation of real experiences can be educational, too. Games like "SimCity" teach urban planning, while ones like "Civilization" teach about world history and why the discovery of, say, the printing press was so crucial to human development. Many simulated worlds also have some kind of economy.