An interesting article at Wired today showing how game playing youth are really practicing the scientific method…I remember originally reading about this concept in James Paul Gee’s book, What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy. Second Edition: Revised and Updated Edition. I’m glad to see Dr. Steinkuelher elaborate on their observations (Dr. Gee was Dr. Steinkuehler’s advisor)….

How Videogames Blind Us With Science
By Clive Thompson

A few years ago, Constance Steinkuehler — a game academic at the University of Wisconsin — was spending 12 hours a day playing Lineage, the online world game. She was, as she puts it, a “siege princess,” running 150-person raids on hellishly difficult bosses. Most of her guild members were teenage boys.

But they were pretty good at figuring out how to defeat the bosses. One day she found out why. A group of them were building Excel spreadsheets into which they’d dump all the information they’d gathered about how each boss behaved: What potions affected it, what attacks it would use, with what damage, and when. Then they’d develop a mathematical model to explain how the boss worked — and to predict how to beat it……

[From Games Without Frontiers: How Videogames Blind Us With Science ]

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