So I found this really exciting article, which I have listed below, about how World of Warcraft, amongst other video games have displayed through studies to boost cognitive ability for senior citizens. I found for myself this article was extremely relatable because I have had family members diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, and in thinking of my own future, along with the future of the current and upcoming generations, I started to think about if maybe such video games could really add on a few days, months, or even years to someone’s life. I thought that such an idea is fascinating and it is exciting that researchers are turning to technological means to aid elders.
From this article, what I thought most related to Nardi’s book is the part from the article that states, “”We chose World of Warcraft because it has attributes we felt may produce benefits – it is a cognitively challenging game in a socially interactive environment that presents users with novel situations,” McLaughlin explained.” Nardi similarly asserted in her book the importance of World of Warcraft based on its invigorating stimulation and challenges that it puts forth to the gamer.
So for everyone else in the class I want to pose the question of how you all feel about whether elderly individuals should play video games if it may boost their cognitive abilities, or if such an idea just seems to be a farce?