Learning skills related to civics, ethics through video games

The gaming community may have its share of cruelty and other negatives. But at the same time, “there is compassion, too, just as in other kinds of communities, whether school classrooms, town hall meetings or Facebook groups,” writes Karen “Kat” Schrier, a Marist College associate professor and the director of games and emerging media.

People from different age groups, she adds, “may be participating in civic life without even realizing it — through play. Gamers engage in debates and political discussions, take on others’ perspectives, and even protest issues about both physical and virtual worlds.”

In a recent article she wrote for The Conversation, Schrier provides five examples of games that “can help players practice important skills related to civics and public life.” Read more here.