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Learning Game design

By Video Game Designer Jake Parmley

Playing video games has become a major part of the lives of children all over the world. In the U.S. alone, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) reports there are 155 million gamers. It’s not only an integral part of our society, but also a successful educational tool.

Playing video games has helped teach children for years and continues to expand into new, bolder areas as the medium matures. But what can kids learn in the process? Below I’ll introduce four important skills that can be learned through game design.


Children who play games are exposed to new worlds, characters and rules. Children are encouraged to explore these worlds, solve problems and leverage the game’s rules to complete tasks and achieve success. In doing so, new avenues of imagination and creativity are unlocked. Science Daily reports, “The more kids played video games, the more creative they were in tasks such as drawing pictures and writing stories.”

Designing games can amplify these learnings beyond those offered while playing games. Designing games will challenge children to think creatively. Game Design is a matter of craftsmanship. It involves imagining a game, defining how it works, describing the elements that …read more