I thought starting off with McGonigal’s book, Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World, was a great way to start off this class especially for people like me who didn’t think beyond the enjoyment of video games. I was very surprised to hear about all the research that had been done on video games. After reading her book, I was convinced that McGonigal was on to something when she said, “games that are designed to improve real lives and solve real problems” (McGonigal).
The article entitled, “Want to Be Smarter? Play Video Games” by Erika Anderson analyzes the main points of McGonigal’s book in reference to video games making us better people. The main point in this article that I would like to focus on is where Anderson writes about collaboration skills. She writes, “In order to be successful in multiplayer games, players need to form alliances, work together toward common ends…”. This is the very thing I am trying to prove. Children can learn these valuable skills from playing sports video games.