Real-world skills from a game

Posted on Mar 22, 2015 in Thoughts

I’ll be the first to admit I belong to the generation that wants it all and wants it right now. Ok, I’m willing to work hard for a little while, but I like to see results as I go. I don’t want to spend 5 years of my life making something that barely makes a ripple when released into the marketplace. Fortunately that works for me in my line of work – continual feedback, as much from the user as possible through all stages of development is what keeps me employed and produces a better end product no matter what I’m creating.

The great thing about the last few years (few being relative to the many that have come before) is that we don’t need to spend so much of our time surviving, and we have so much more free time to do the things we want, and options to choose from. The best part for me in having so many interests is the permutations of potential career directions and specialties that I could and have found myself in.

At the moment I’m keeping the doors wide open, exploring what’s out there and where I could fit next. In a regular skim through of friends and liked page’s posts, I came across an article detailing the surprising effects of the game Minecraft.

The idea isn’t so new to me, but it may be to you, that games aren’t always a waste of time for non-social young adults in their parent’s basement. The can also be used as a safe ground for exploration and educational exercises, beyond math quizzes and match games. Minecraft’s open ‘sandbox’ allows youth and adults alike to explore a world with no instructions, and make the game their own as they spend more time in that world.

I love how the the article blends some of my experience and current interests together in a way that no highschool guidance counsellor could have ever forecasted.

Children, education, games, design, unstructured play, function over form, creating tools for others to learn from… it’s all in there. It’s more than motivating me to dig a little more around the interwebs to find a passionate team building something entirely different but wholely similar in their values, and luckily some place that has decent weather where I’d want to live 😉

Checkout the article to learn more, and as always, if you’d like to discuss, feel free to leave a comment below or contact me via email

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