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Old 02-17-2015, 02:57 AM   #1
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Are games a fun source of Information?

When I say this, I put this out not just to the gamers on this forum, but to everyone.

I believe that games are not a problem (which most parents tend to find are the heart of all problems). In fact I would state the opposite, I over my few years on this earth have been privileged to own games throughout my life and have learned many things from them. From common sense to knowing many generals from the three kingdoms period in china.

One of my favourite childhood games to date is Dynasty Warriors in which I learned all of these generals, what their personalities were portrayed as and so forth.

Samurai Warriors being another one of them.

When people get talking about the three kingdoms period I tend to think I know quite a lot on the matter and I have learned all of this through the use of video games.

I tend to like a lot of factually correct games, (Fun fact, did you know every boss in assassins creed who you assassinated died in that exact place by the same person - I find that amazing how we are basically watching a snippet of their lives.)

My question to everyone is this - Games are widely portrayed as a problem (causing people to be violent etc..). What are your thoughts on this matter?

I think I have put my opinion across

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Old 02-17-2015, 05:02 AM   #2
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Re: Are games a fun source of Information?

I used to play Strip Poker in my High School days, that was a fun source of information..
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Old 02-17-2015, 05:03 AM   #3
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Re: Are games a fun source of Information?

I used to play back in the eighties a game called Fields of Glory based on Napoleons Battles, this was filled with lots of facts and figures about his generals and strategies and of the allies, and how Europe was shaped after the wars..

It was also a great game to play, albeit dated now...

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Re: Are games a fun source of Information?

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I used to play Strip Poker in my High School days, that was a fun source of information..
Trust you to post something like that

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I used to play back in the eighties a game called Fields of Glory based on Napoleons Battles, this was filled with lots of facts and figures about his generals and strategies and of the allies, and how Europe was shaped after the wars..

It was also a great game to play, albeit dated now...
I bet some of the information you learned maybe even all has stayed with you and when the topic has come up you can have a say
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Re: Are games a fun source of Information?

There have actually been a lot of studies showing that video games actually improve cognition and decision-making speed, as well as agility and hand-eye coordination. They've also found that leading clans/guilds/whatever requires many of the same skills always sought in management.

I would say that they also teach how to handle the occasional loss, too, but I've encountered entirely people of all ages who utterly lose their minds when they lose for me to really think that.

While you certainly don't want your kid doing nothing but playing video games all day (they can save it for when they're 35 and still living in the basement!), I'd say that some gaming, once chores are done, is good as long as it doesn't completely replace face-to-face interaction with your kids' peers.
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Yeah, I know Napoleon was French
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Old 02-18-2015, 04:46 AM   #7
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There have actually been a lot of studies showing that video games actually improve cognition and decision-making speed, as well as agility and hand-eye coordination. They've also found that leading clans/guilds/whatever requires many of the same skills always sought in management.

I would say that they also teach how to handle the occasional loss, too, but I've encountered entirely people of all ages who utterly lose their minds when they lose for me to really think that.

While you certainly don't want your kid doing nothing but playing video games all day (they can save it for when they're 35 and still living in the basement!), I'd say that some gaming, once chores are done, is good as long as it doesn't completely replace face-to-face interaction with your kids' peers.
Totally agree, My brother is 22 now and all he does is part time work - Part time University and Full time Gaming... Drives me crazy, I have no peace!

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Re: Are games a fun source of Information?

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Would you expect anything less
I guess so (If that's the right answer )

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And small, very very small
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And small, very very small
Actually, that was British propaganda. He was 5'6", which, while small by today's standards, was average height for an adult European male of his era.
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Re: Are games a fun source of Information?

I was as the british say "taking the mick" - small compared to me also!

I'm 6'4/6'5
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Re: Are games a fun source of Information?

Meh, so you were taking the piss.

Just about everyone these days thinks he was really short (I did until just about a year ago), so it was a safe assumption to make. :-P

(I've had some exposure to British slang - in EVE Online, before I joined Goonfleet I was in a corp where about 2/3 of the people lived in the UK. One of them was an honest-to-God Scottish highlander. Sober and calm, he was mostly understandable. Unfortunately, when he was drunk or angry (and he was one or the other about half the time), his accent had to be heard to be believed!)
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Re: Are games a fun source of Information?

I knew he wasn't that short - But then again most people are short to me.

Never really played it, but I understand when you proclaim strong Scottish accents to be hard to understand. My uncle now lives in Scotland and has for a good 12 years now and posh English accent has quickly turned to whole hearted Scottish!

"They may take our lives! But they'll never take our freedom!"

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Re: Are games a fun source of Information?

Even the Brits couldn't understand him. You could almost catch an English word here and there, but they were adrift in a sea of Gaeloch until we could make him slow down and enunciate.

We all agreed, however, that the hardest accent to understand is Austrailian. It's like they're not even speaking English any longer!
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Re: Are games a fun source of Information?

Believe it or not, We may be linked with Wales and Scotland but when the accents come out. We're as lost as you!

Hell, I live in the black country and I can't understand them at times with their accents and slang!
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