The Surprising Benefits of Role-Playing Games (and How to Get Started) Patrick Allan strips away the geeky facade of table-top RPGs and outlines the real world benefits including (but not limited to) storytelling, team problem-solving, and communication. He also gives instruction on how to start or find your own games and lists places to learn more. This is Allan’s personal encounter with RPG games. Hyperbole aside, this appears to be consistent with others’ writing about their encounter with tabletop RPGs. Games and gaming showing you can connect life skills to fun is always fantastic to hear.
Shared Worlds | The Gaming Life Shared Worlds is a multi-faceted program that tutors students on World building. The lessons are intentionally designed to help build history, language, culture, economy, and diverse entities into many different mediums, including writing and video games. Shared Worlds provides a concrete example of how creative worlds intersect and complement each other, and there is more to success in the gaming world than just programming and 3D modelling.
Gaming can Make a Better World TED Talk McGonigal discusses the very real effects of gaming on the real world and why they should be praised instead of hated. Gaming provides challenges, rewards, and achievable greatness that it “often lacking in the real world.” She says gamers are expert problem solvers and collaborators, and games that pinpoint problems faced in the physical world often find that players are more than willing and more than capable of coming up with solutions. Story is, truly, one of the best teaching tools we have ever encountered. Games produce much more than entertainment, they can and do produce positive change in the world. Her book can be checked out through LUC library: McGonigal, Jane. Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World. New York: Penguin, 2011. Print.
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