Who doesn’t have fond memories of playing video games as a child? Believe it or not, you were actually learning.
Remember all those hours you spent mashing buttons and collecting 1Ups as you conquered video game after video game?
OK, for some of us, that might’ve been only a week ago. But for most of our generation, childhood memories of pixel playing is just that – fond memories. Believe it or not, though, you were actually… GASP… learning!
Yes, video games do offer some benefits. There’s the whole hand-eye coordination, as well as the ability to follow directions. But some games were actually preparing your mind for a career path, if in a subtle way.
Really! Here’s a look at seven video games that got you ready for the workforce:
A game based solely on eating as much as you can while avoiding getting eaten yourself? Pretty good analogy for life, wouldn’t you say?
Yeah, that little yellow guy taught you one of life’s most important lessons: always watch your back. And in the workforce, this is crucial. It’s tough to know who to trust and not keeping an eye out can mean a quick knife in the back before you even realize what’s happening. Sad, but true.
Mario Kart: Double Dash
Sorry, you didn’t learn a thing about commuting to work from Nintendo’s popular racing series. But in Double Dash, you actually got to partner up with someone, since one character drives while the other tosses various items on the course.
It’s pure teamwork, plain and simple. To make it far in the workforce, you definitely need some help. Scratch your co-workers’ backs and let them scratch yours in return. Work together on applicable projects, playing off of each other’s strengths, and the end result may be far better than what you would’ve turned in yourself.
Whether it’s a fragmentation grenade, a battle rifle, or a plasma sword, Master Chief gave it his all to protect Earth from alien invaders. Now you don’t need to go to that extreme, nor should you start punching your co-workers in the face. But Halo certainly taught you to fight for what you want, and that’s a lesson worth applying.
Don’t sit back and wait for life to hand you things; it just doesn’t work that way. If there’s something you want, ask for it. Heck, fight for it. Prove to your team or your boss that you deserve it, and don’t stop fighting until you’ve earned what you want.
In this fight-to-the-death match, each character has his or her own signature moves. Some combinations clearly work better than others against specific opponents.
Just substitute the word “skills” for “powers” and you’ll see how Sub-Zero and Johnny Cage have prepared you for your career. You’ve got a slew of different skills and some are more appropriate for the current task at hand, so be sure to use the right skill for the right job. Also, keep learning new skills and improving upon the ones you already have. The more well-balanced you are, the farther you’ll go!
If nothing else, the speedy blue hedgehog taught us that red sneakers make you a winner! Oh, and that the faster you go, the more points you’ll earn.
Don’t sacrifice quality for speed, but if you want to jump ahead of your competition, you need to speed up your game and get to the finish line first. Figuring out exactly how to do that may be tricky, but do what’s necessary to deliver those excellent results in a faster time than your boss and co-workers expected.
The very first video game ever was… well, yeah, kind of boring. And guess what? So is work!
If it was fun, it wouldn’t be called “work.” But you have a responsibility to finish the workday out and perform to the best of your ability. It may seem redundant, doing the same thing over and over and over and over again, but it’s your job. Get past the monotony and take pride in your work. If you’re really smart, you’ll even find a way to make it fun.
Low on kill-shots but high on brain power, Tetris was the Rubik’s Cube of the video game world. The only way to win it was to think as far ahead as you could and prepare for a piece’s landing.
Preparation. It’s key for work, too. Always plan ahead, even if something seems months and months away. The more preparation you do now, the easier it’ll be when that deadline looms. It also gives you ample time to adjust on the fly, should emergencies or even common problems creep up.
Andrew Kardon is a freelance writer who loves writing about video games, the Muppets and comic books. He’s also the president of JoeShopping.com, the friendliest coupons and deals site on the web.