Games Research #8

Competence, autonomy, and relatedness are the three invisible needs that Ben Reeves says gamers search for when they play video games. These are there needs that people who don’t play video games also need and desire.  In his article, “Why People Play Video Games”, Reeves  acknowledges that playing video games is work. It requires a certain amount of attention and focus in order to achieve the goal desired.  He writes, “Aside from the physical benefits of gaming, video games excel at setting clear goals and showing a player’s progression towards those goals”. Like many of us already know, educational video games are not very interesting. But Reeves does mention that video games can be the building block to a better future.

With this article, I hope to support my point that video games can be used to help children with social skill like setting goals and solving challenging problems.


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