How Zombie Games Can Boost Your Ability to Learn.
Nov21

How Zombie Games Can Boost Your Ability to Learn.

Hi guys! Now we can read the books and the articles, and often do, but I’m always changing my approach to learning in ways that I rarely see discussed; small personal tweaks and habits that are person specific, not just from a self-help book off the shelf or the latest study being reblogged and reappropriated. So here is a personal story about how I learn (using video games to distract myself.) For instance, would you believe I consider Dead Island and Dynasty Warriors (Video Games) to be useful learning tools.  And not just incase I accidentally walk into a dimensional split and wake up in the Three Dynasties Age of China or an outbreak of Kuru turns into a zombie apocalypse (or both!) and I need to fend off zombified ancient warriors. Although that does sound like a fun day out and all: If you don’t know anything about computer games you might wonder why I pick those two games specifically, they look like very different experiences. Well actually…. they’re not.  I mean they are.  But they’re not. Understand? No? Ok, I’ll put it simply: They’re both games that are fun, but largely monotonous and simple to play.  You walk somewhere, press attack, pick up an item, take it back to a location and repeat.  They both have simple steps like that over and over until you finish the games. So, you ask, why are they helpful learning tools? Well…. if you check out some of the fine online learning available at Udemy, Lynda, Monsters U… iTunes U I mean, Khan Academy, edX or even on youtube (and many others!) you’ll find a whole variety of courses covering almost any topic you could possibly want to study. ‘I’m still not getting it Note, What do online learning portals have to do with hacking away at Zombies?’ WELL, impatient Pete (A person I invented to argue with, seriously is no one going to get me some help?) Listen to me and you might transform into a more exciting character… and who knows… Bruce Springsteen might start singing songs about you. But that takes effort, and plenty of casual game-aided education. These type of games are perfect if you are a sufferer of OCD, ADD or just general fidgeting, and you feel compelled for one reason or another to do something whilst the course material plays. They are 2 examples of games that you don’t need to focus on very much at all, which is ideal; you can play through them and keep yourself entertained whilst learning from the online courses on your computer. Whatever you do… keep the sound OFF! I know it’s tempting, but...

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