Unlike media-created perception, Computer Games are complicated, and exhibit delayed gratification. So why would anyone want to play them?
- Because they have a reward system (either clear, or intrinsic), and we are wired to seek reward.
- They force you to make decisions, as you have to do in real life.
- They force you to learn how to probe the game, so you understand how it works, in order to win. Isn’t this just another way of describing the scientific method? Create a hypothesis, test, feedback.
- They force you to telescope – plan your tasks, and sequence them logically so you can correctly progress through the game.
The value of games is not their content (often childish, banal, or morally suspect), but their cognitive skill development.