Since the dawn of the 21st century, the academic studies of video games have been flourishing. Before, the critical study of games was limited to the fields of engineering and humanities; having no place of its own in the academe. However, as the industry continues to revolutionize, so does the study of the said field. The first important leap in the academic study is narratology, where video games are understood as narrative medium and should be understood through narrative theories. The second school is ludology, a field introduced by researcher Gonzalo Frasca. In ludology, video games are just part of a study of games in general. The latest field of video game studies is gamification, or the application of game rules to non-game contexts. The aim of all these studies, however, is the practical application of video games in real life. In this list, we will examine some applications of video games in non-video game contexts.

1. Poker

Like many games out there, poker has real-life applications and benefits. Aside from of course raking in hefty sums of money, there are many things you can pick up from playing poker which can also be applied in everyday living. While most people believe that poker is a game of chance, it has its practical uses. For instance, reading the expressions of fellow players will give you a bit of an overview on their personalities, an important social skill that enhances your ability to make judgments. Also, discipline is an important skill you acquire from poker games. Instead of rushing to things headfirst, you take a step back, analyze things, and make a well-analyzed decision. Fortunately, you don’t have to leave the your comfort zone to play poker and hone these skills. Instead, you can just go to partypoker.com and enjoy poker in your own home. You can also play from your Android smartphones by downloading the newly-released PartyPoker app for Android. Playing poker has never been this convenient.

2. The Walking Dead

Telltale Games made point-and-click adventure games popular once again by releasing the video game rendition of the famous comic book title The Walking Dead. Instead of following the traditional tropes for zombie games such as deliberate whacking or shooting, the game focuses on character and plot development. The game actually teaches you that there are choices in every situation, but there are only a limited number of sane choices you can use. Like in real life, your actions have huge repercussions not just on you, but also on other people that are affected by your decision. Just like what the psychoanalyst Carl Jung said, you are what you do.

3. The Sims

What game would actually have a more practical application than The Sims? In this game, you play as a human living an everyday life; going to work, preparing your own food, sleeping, and more. While a lot of people would say that you should just focus on living your own life rather than wasting time and energy living a virtual avatar’s life, why not find the non-game use of it? You can pick up a thing or two in organizing your everyday tasks; the way you would play your character pretty much reflects the way you would handle yourself. After all, the character is you, only that it lives in a digital world and an hour is only a minute in their universe.

All of these are great examples of real-life benefits from role play via games. This is the work of a guest writer and we would solely give him credit for the piece.