Many parents distrust video consoles and don’t want them in the house because they are afraid that they will damage their children’s performance at school. However, the benefits of videogames include improved powers of concentration, creativity, memory, languages and teamwork.
Videogames can make it easier to learn educational contents and develop cognitive skills.
Lara Croftmight not know it, but her legendary adventures on Playstation have done more for archaeology than many a textbook. As well as the star of the Tomb Raider saga, there are endless other videogame characters who, surprisingly enough, awaken early vocations and teach history, geography and mathematics to millions of schoolchildren and adults around the world. Who said that video consoles don’t stimulate the intellect?
THE IMPORTANCE OF VIDEOGAMES IN SOCIETY
The videogame industry lost its innocence a long time ago. These days, it’s a mature sector, admired for its technological muscle, innovative capacity and its well-developed entrepreneurial vision. The figures don’t lie: the sector will end 2019 with global income of more than $150 billion and year-on-year growth of 9.6%, according to market intelligence company Newzoo.
With numbers like this, it’s no surprise that videogames dominate the audio-visual sector, far ahead of music and cinema. Not even Hollywood can compete with a sector that boasts 2.5 billion players in the world, particularly with hits like Fortnite, which has 139 million active players. The fever for this videogame has crossed borders and is already rattling giants like Netflix more than Disney and HBO, its direct competitors in the battle to dominate the audio-visual content streaming field.
THE KEYS TO GAME-BASED LEARNING
The benefits of videogames have also reached education with game-based learning. This teaching method uses beneficial aspects of videogames to transmit knowledge to students. It is based on three key factors:
It breathes life into education: it transforms learning into an enjoyable, thrilling game without boring lessons. Students assimilate and retain information almost without noticing.
It boosts motivation: students are the main characters in the story and their success is rewarded with medals, extra lives, bonuses, etc. This captures and keeps their interest in learning.
It gives opportunities to practice: students can apply the knowledge they acquire without getting into dangerous situations. This is what flight and navigation simulators, for instance, are all about.