Games can be used to teach. To anyone that reads this blog, that likely isn’t news. I do, however, enjoy reading anecdotes that support this belief. Wired.com has an article up “Game Changers: How Videogames Trained a Generation of Athletes” that discusses how games and simulations have impacted professional sports:
Just before he reached the end zone, with 17 seconds remaining, Stokley cut right at 90 degrees and ran across the field. Six seconds drained off the clock before, at last, he meandered across the goal line to score the winning touchdown. [...] I asked him point-blank: “Is that something out of a videogame?” “It definitely is,” Stokley said. “I think everybody who’s played those games has done that” — run around the field for a while at the end of the game to shave a few precious seconds off the clock. Stokley said he had performed that maneuver in a videogame “probably hundreds of times” before doing it in a real NFL game.