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Video Games That Can Teach You Real-World Skills

Updated 1 Jul 2019 228 votes 55 voters 4.5k views12 items

List RulesVote up the games that teach as well as entertain.

Video games, popular as they may be, aren't (yet) candidates for the most respected teaching tools. Many critics, with or without educational credentials, are skeptical that video games can teach us skills. Sitting in front of a screen playing the latest title is seen as a waste of time - or an ineffective way to learn something new. But gaming, while offering players the chance to relax and have fun, can also help develop useful, real-world skills.

Proponents have always argued that video games can be beneficial, whether they're helping players improve their reflexes or teaching them about morality. But video games like the ones on this list provide some practical lessons, too - so much so that you might even be able to get away with playing them at work or school.