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Unlearning the Danger of Video Games

Posted in Culture, Current Affairs, Education, Games, Media, Politics, Virtual reality

Videogames2Think that video games lead to violence or anti-social behavior? Or that only male teenagers play video games? Or perhaps you are of the opinion that video games have no educational value . Well, think again and prepare yourself to unlearn. I strongly encourage you to read this post which highlights many of the recent findings of Henry Jenkins, the director of comparative studies at MIT.

I especially like the quote from James Gee who describes video gamers as "active problem solvers who do not see mistakes as errors, but as opportunities for improvement." Of all the things that we must "unlearn," one of the greatest is that mistakes are failures. Often they aren’t, instead they are a necessary and vital step down the path toward progress.

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