Last week I wrote Six Wonderful Things about Games, an analysis of some of the many positive benefits of gameplay. A lot of you have been sharing and spreading this essay–and a few have had really helpful feedback, and pointed me towards additional research that ought to be mentioned. I’ve lightly edited the original to include hyperlinks to some of the additional research.
If you have already read the original article, the following is a summary of the additional references (if you haven’t read it yet, please follow the link above!). Most of these focus on the type of learning that games support and reinforce:
- Unlimited Learning, a study supported by the Scottish government, investigating the use of games within learning environments.
- Marc Prensky’s essays on how children can learn social collaboration in games, and his essay and research survey, “What Kids Learn That’s Positive From Playing Video Games.”
- A compilation of research and expert interviews debunking the idea that videogames promote violent behavior.
- MIT Professor Henry Jenkins essay for PBS, Eight Myths about Video Games Debunked focuses on rebutting some of the popular misconceptions about games.