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What are games teaching us about us?

There are games designed to simply entertain us. There are games designed to test our knowledge and others designed to educate us. They’ve become an industry unto themselves as well as a tools to connect people and create community.

Debates continue to rage about the effects of violent video games on their players. But I’ve been wondering this week about other things we might be learning from games. Can they tell us something about our place in the world? Can various game forms go so far as to advance social achievements?
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A tale of two games

I was jazzed with the portion of this week’s module that said we should play two games as part of our coursework. No problem. I’m not the biggest gamer I know, but I spend a good bit of time playing video games.

The tricky part of the assignment became finding two games I hadn’t played before. So, while I’m normally a fan of casual games and first-person-shooters, I tried to broaden my scope a little.
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