Are fighting games educational? Of course not. I could talk to no end about yomi and strategy and technical things like that. But seriously, I've been playing fighting games for years and the only thing I've gained in return for many hours wasted is friendship with other gamers. Really, all I've learned could probably be summed up in one sentence.

Q: What did fighting games teach you?

A: Real men don't have nipples.


Arjuna said...

What about they teach you that if you you want to be good at something you have to put lots of hours and lots of effort?

Xenozip. said...

Arjuna, because the sad reality is that this is not always the case. It is true that some players can learn this lesson. But, I know some players that have played for many years and they have not improved as much as others. For those that did not improve much, they do not feel that they are good players even after a lot of time and effort. So, they did not learn this lesson from Fighting Games.

Arjuna said...

Hmmm, it is weird how some people are. They spend a lot of time doing something for whatever reason, but they don't do it in a way that will get them to improve. It's also how you spend your time practicing and critically thinking about what you are doing that will get you to improve. I wonder is that's just a personality thing, laziness or lack of instruction by others who's level of experience/skill is superior? You are totally right though, I didn't think about that aspect of improving.