Sunday 19 January 2020

Playing videogames every week ‘makes you more employable’

Minecraft was one of the games tested
Minecraft was one of the games tested

James Martin

Playing two hours of videogames a week could make you more employable, a study has found.

The Glasgow University research suggests playing games such as ‘Minecraft’ and ‘Lara Croft’ can help young people to develop key skills.

Matt Barr, a lecturer in Information Studies, said his findings suggest modern video games can encourage players to think critically and solve problems, the types of qualities that are seen as useful for graduates.

The small-scale study involved 36 undergraduates split into two different groups. The first was a control group while the second, with 16 students, were asked to play eight videogames including ‘Borderlands 2’, ‘Minecraft’ and ‘Lara Croft’, under controlled conditions, logging 14 hours of play over an eight-week period.

Both groups completed surveys before and after the experiment which measured different skills.

The findings showed that the group that played the games showed improvements on communication, adaptability and resourcefulness scales, compared to the control group.

“Certainly, the results of the randomised controlled trial described here suggest that the popular discourse around games’ alleged ill effects should be tempered by considerations of the potential positive outcomes of playing video games,” Mr Barr said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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