Microsoft Corp. wants to find out if non-educational video games improve learning skills and higher-order cognitive capability. They want to find out if fun, not-so-violent video games can get students interested in STEM. Research by the University of Wisconsin has found that playing “World of Warcraft” encourages scientific thinking. In some games you have to track your supplies, life meter, etc. and analyze to then decide what you need to do to survive and be successful. Those games where you have to strategize are usually war related.
If there were fun, not-so violent games out there that indirectly taught children and youth problem solving and analyzing skills and encouraged them to go into STEM related fields, would you recommend them? would you buy them for your children?
What do you think about this?