Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Gamer Babies are Smarter

I like Marikit's recent feature on gamer babies Yuki and Sarai, so I'm glad to see their hobby will help their intellectual development.

Legendary game designer Will Wright tells us why gamer babies are smarter.

Just watch a kid with a new videogame. The last thing they do is read the manual. Instead, they pick up the controller and start mashing buttons to see what happens. This isn’t a random process; it’s the essence of the scientific method. Through trial and error, players build a model of the underlying game based on empirical evidence collected through play. As the players refine this model, they begin to master the game world. It’s a rapid cycle of hypothesis, experiment, and analysis. And it’s a fundamentally different take on problem-solving than the linear, read-the-manual-first approach of their parents.

(Via John C. Dvorak.)

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