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7 Real Life Lessons Learned in Video Games

Maybe all that time wasn't wasted after all.

by
Walter Hudson

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March 28, 2013 - 7:00 am
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Life does not come with a reset button. That truth struck me whenever I glimpsed the face of my Nintendo Entertainment System. Reset was always there, lurking next to Power, ready to erase both my sins and the virtual world in which they had been committed. A fresh start, another try, Reset offered them free.

Moments like that, moments where some shadow of philosophical truth peaked through the veil of this childish pastime, came often over the years. The most recent occurred while I was playing Fable II on my Xbox 360. Set in a fantasy world with swords, sorcery, and muskets, the Fable series contains many game mechanics above and beyond the traditional hack and slash quest. Among them is the ability to purchase real estate and manage rental property, which maintains a steady stream of gold for upgrading weapons and other items. As I purchased one property and saved up to invest in another and yet another, I quickly realized I was mimicking a truly productive task. Why can’t I do this in real life? Oh yeah, I don’t have any money to start.

The experience of the game inspired me to revisit methods for creating wealth and fostering upward mobility. I won’t go so far as to say Fable II changed my life. After all, I’ve yet to buy that first investment property. However, it did plant a seed which may someday germinate.

Other games have offered real life lessons in ways both subtle and overt. Here are 7 for your consideration.

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How about:

"Watch your health and never take more hits than you can handle."
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Only 7? I'm writing "A Million and One Lessons Learned from the Doorknob That Leads To the Outside World."
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Here's another lesson that most video games teach (even if many of the games developers, who are decidedly liberal, will not acknowledge):

When dealing with bad people who are out to kill you, your only means of survival is to kill them first. Even Super Mario Bros lives by this rule.
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If you carry one more pound than you are allowed, you move slow.

Candy bars equal health care.

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In Bioshock, if you open a box of chocolates you get a can of beans. Open a shoebox? A cake. And everyone is always losing money.
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#8 - Never Judge a Book by its Cover

In any given online video game, 90% of the players are male. So when you fall in love with Theodora the Sorceress you've got no one to blame but yourself.
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#9 - Damn the torpedoes.
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