For as long as I can remember, I have been told that games are tools to teach children, but what are the games teaching them? I have been playing a game called the Clash of Kings. On the surface, the game looks like a violent game that only teaches the art of warfare.
On the other hand, the player is taught some important life lessons if he or she can look at the Clash of Kings as more than just a war game. The game asks you to be prepared to go out on to the map. If you aren’t you get whipped out. In the same way, I have been telling people to keep food and other emergency supplies for years. When my wife and I started to put together this Network, we never knew how much our work would be rewarded.
One the other hand, some industries tend to be rather thankless. The gaming industry tends to never give the credit that is due to the development of the games. The planning of back story, and art that goes into the first stages are for the most part ignored while the rest of the team takes the bows. Still in an ironic twist the game is designed to put the abstracts of government, taxes, food distribution and even war into terms that even the dumbed down American teenager can understand.
The game helps the player understand that government is just the construct of Human psychology. It has no true purpose other that controlling the feeble minds of the less developed of the masses. The virtual word of alliance and enemy is riddled with the feeble highschool drama that most of use hated growing up. As a result the player gets a much better grasp of how fragile foreign relations truely are.
Yet the game tends to occupy too much of the players time. In my case every time I would see that my imaginary kingdom is under attack I would take it personal, much like many adults do when their ideologies and politics are under attack. The preoccupation with one problem or another often separates us from a more accurate prospective of the much bigger picture of the current situation.
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