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October 18, 2010



Jehan, I'm going to have to disagree with you when you say that no popular games today teach useful skills. Games can teach hand-eye coordination, problem solving (including both pattern recognition and counter-intuitive thought), memorization skills and teamwork, among others as well. And the article has just said that it doesn't matter where the positive emotions come from, even if they are "cheap and manipulated," which I verily disagree with, just that it's important for people to get them. And gamers do. And the whole last paragraph says that gaming creates and strengthens social bonds (based on research from Stanford and MIT), so how can you still say that "at the end of the day, nothing is accomplished"?

Jehan Tremback

gaming is mental masturbation. it may be causing positive emotions, but they are cheap and manipulated by well known behavioral mechanisms. at the end of the day, nothing is accomplished. the most we can hope for from games is that they teach skills and knowledge that could someday be used in the real world. no popular games today do this.

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