Video Games That Taught You Real Life Skills


Video games are often accused of being a waste of time, money and productivity killers. Those who are passionate players of video games will beg to differ. Video games don’t just teach you hand-eye coordination and improve your reflexes, they can teach you some real-life skills like cooking and arithmetic too. Redditors list out some real life skills they’ve picked up from playing video games. Show this to your mum the next time she yells at you for playing too many video games.

1. Gambling (Can Help)

I learned how to play Liar’s dice from Red Dead Redemption and got really into Texas Hold’em after playing Far Cry 3. So, in short, gambling. I learned gambling. [ZyuMammoth]

2. Cooking

Cooking Mama actually taught me a bunch about cooking techniques for Japanese food. Of course I didn’t get any actual recipes from it, but learning about the basic concepts was useful. [RosaFFXI]

3. English

Runescape helped me learn a lot of English (not a native speaker of it). Cabbage the one word i knew i learned for sure from it.

Grand exchange helped me understand that system of trade, and better understanding of trading in general. Regular trading learnt me how to look if something was steel or rune, and to not trust strangers. [Thomasedv]

4. Aesthetics and Time Management

Playing the Sims at a relatively young age helped me develop a sense of aesthetics and a decent head for interior decoration.

It also helped with time management. [UncleTrustworthy]

5. Macroeconomics (Seriously)

Funny enough, the economic system of Runescape is what I wrote one of my macroeconomics papers on. More about how contractionary fiscal policy could lead to more capital gain in the game itself. [Roadrunner_52]

6. Russian

And DOTA helped me learn Russian. [Randel55]

7. Physics

Kerbal Space Program taught me a lot of real rocket science, aerodynamics, and orbital physics. [Sabezan]

8. The Futility of Life


Assuming you don’t cheat, you spend 90% of the game working your ass off. Whether it be at work and waiting to get off, or working at home to better yourself so that you can get better at you job/career. That’s all fine and dandy, and admirable to a degree. Until you realize everything you do is a chore. Even entertaining yourself. All so you can have more and bigger things. But then, even if you accomplish everything you set out and tried for, you have very little sense of accomplishment, and then you die. Probably in a freak fire, or suicide. You can even beat death at his own game and continue living. And for what purpose? To hone up on your logic skill and get that promotion at work so you can sit there and wait to come home and do it all again.

There is no winning in the Sims, there is hardly even living. I guess what it teaches you is never try.

No, what it seriously teaches you, or me, is not to make my job/career my life. Work only when necessary to sustain yourself and be happy. And enjoy all those moments before you find yourself unenthusiastic about you achievements and die in a freak “accident”. [-FeistyRabbitSauce-]

9. Driving!

Grand Theft Auto taught me how to navigate big city streets when I was formerly pretty terrible at it. [RocketPawnch]

Practiced for my drivers test on GTAV! [Husky127]

10. Leadership and TeamWork

WoW actually has taught me leadership skills. Putting together groups of 10 and 25 people to perform a task. [fiftyshadesofsway]

Story time:

My unit was at JRTC at Fort Polk, Louisiana. The trainers down there act as your enemy, forcing you to react as a unit. The entire point is to push you beyond what you would reasonably expect downrange, and the trainers almost always won. After the event was over, we participated in an After Action Review. Our unit had been utterly destroyed. Someone asked if the trainers had ever seen a unit actually WIN, not just survive.

One trainer gets all happy, and stated gleefully that a few years back, they had been absolutely DECIMATED by a joint aviation/infantry force. Every move the trainers made, this unit was ahead of them. Every attack was repelled with expert knowledge and force. Low ranking soldiers were making decisions as if they were battle-hardened commanders. The battle was short.

It turned out, 90% of that unit played WoW. Together. They knew how to effectively communicate and respond. And that is how you win wars. [JohnBenderFist]



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