Most likely you go through long lasting discussions with your kids regarding the amount of time they spend playing games online. Most likely you had discussions with your own parents about this same issue, but in a different level.
Games known as MMOs (Massively Multiplayer Online Games) can definitely be addictive for your little ones, but there is a very good side to this story. The tools they can get from their experiences playing here are worth way more than what you think.
Skills that are going to be extremely useful in their jobs, analytical skills, critical thinking and super creative ways to solve problems are only a few items of this long list of abilities they might get when playing these games (and of course, when learning how to code in one of our online coding courses).
Much more than individual players: Teamwork in gaming
These sort of games are built upon 2 core modes: players versus computer or player versus other players. In very complex environments, players needed to resolve challenges, face issues, collect materials and, most of all, to achieve goals. Always, playing against another player or against the system with the help of other players.
Nowadays, these fun, complex games reached a whole new level, letting players not only play against the environment but also to build teams of players in order to get the required manpower to overcome the hardest challenges the game has to offer.
Today, teams of players are taking on all sorts of challenges in many games, worldwide. This fact, allows players to better understand the modern economic world and how important teamwork is when we want to succeed fast and effectively.
examples of online games that can supply your kids with useful tools
What do we mean by understanding the modern economic world? Well, many of these games ask players, and teams, to build societies, towns, armies, and other things before they begin to actually play, battle or decide what the main strategy is going to be like.
There are thousands of examples, but we want to mention just a few of them for you to understand what are we talking about.
Great online games for your kids to play with:
World of Warcraft: According to several scientific researchers, W.O.W boosts cognitive abilities, in every age group! According to another research published in Current Biology, video gamers make faster and more accurate decisions.
With more than a hundred million registered accounts by 2016, World of Warcraft, by Activision Blizzard, is the world’s most popular MMO, at least by the number of players. In this game, the players venture into the world of Azeroth, a world with a history as rich as the real world. Groups consisting of up to 25 players take on increasingly difficult challenges (there are easier modes for beginners) which include defeating powerful enemies or conquering enemy bases.
Each player has a unique role in the team and must play accordingly. Some players are supposed to damage the enemy as much as they can while surviving as best they can, some are stalwart defenders which act as the leaders of the group who tell the rest what to do and when to do it while others are healers that make sure their team stays alive throughout the encounter. No one can succeed on his own, a group must consist of all of these types of players in order to overcome the many challenges in the game. This amazing world of fantasy is alive and populated by millions of players since it’s launch back in 2004.
Call of Duty: Call of Duty is a first-person shooter video game franchise. The series began on Microsoft Windows, and then expanded to consoles and handhelds. Many spin-off games have been released since they first launched it.
Lots of strategies, critical thinking and analytical thinking will be needed in order to succeed when playing this game. And more than that… According to a study, those playing these kinds of games performed better at a visual perception task, directly influencing and giving benefits to players in real-world learning. Previous research on video games also shows that enhanced visual training improves the abilities necessary to be a highlighted pilot and even a good surgeon.
This game is quite a military simulator. The players are soldiers playing in squads against other squads to conquer varying objectives. Players must develop lightning-quick reflexes to get the upper hand on their enemies while using every tactic they can think of to raise their chances of survival. Players play as foot soldiers, pilots, admirals, tank commanders and get to command pretty much every military vehicle. Each game is set in a different time period, from the first world war, to the second, to Vietnam, the middle east and even the future. These games are seldom a private history tutor for your children.
Fortnite… yes, Fortnite: Fortnite has more than 130 million users worldwide, and believe it or not, your kids can benefit from everything they can learn when playing it.
Let’s make it simple. Yes, Fortnite is a killing game. The main goal is to stay alive while killing other players. The winner is that last person alive. But not all of it is that bad and scary (for parents)!
Fortnite requires engagement and constant responses from your kids, things that YouTube or simple TV watching does not ask from them. While playing Fortnite, your kids will solve problems, build amazing strategies, use and rethink plans, think critically and practice collaboration, hypothesizing and evaluating to succeed and win!
See? Not all of it is that horrible!
How else can your kids get 21st century skills?
Learning how to code will provide them with these, and with many more tools as well! Playing massively multiplayer online role-playing games is fun, and as you could see, even useful. But, learning how to code will not only deliver the mentioned above skills to your children, it will also teach them how to -literally- create their own world, apps, solutions and technologies.
When learning how to code, your kids will receive several abilities such as teamwork skills, critical thinking, computational thinking, hypothesizing skills, creativity, etc. Skills that aren’t only going to be useful if they decide to dedicate their life to programming. Skills they’ll be able to put into practice everywhere. Just like with gaming. Game on!