Reading progress update: I've read 12%.

The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter - Greg Toppo

Early video games (Pong and Spacewar!) were hacks programs shared with each other (freeware anyone?). Spacewar! was later included in PDP-1 computer models to test whether the display and computer had synced properly. "Long before most of us knew about carpal tunnel syndrome, all-night players complained of 'Spacewar! elbow'."

 

The idea of using video games for education purposes makes a lot of sense to me and the author has pointed out something I hadn't thought of. Video games give the statistical data standardize testing proponents love.

 

Food for thought...