Saturday, June 11, 2022



Is playing video games good for kids ? A perennial question for the parents across generations. Whatever way we like to rationalize the answer to this question, most of us would rarely come to this conclusion- the kids should play more of video games..

But there's always an exception to the rule. Of late, I came across alternate view points on this i.e. in support for gaming for kids. Sharing a couple of them-

1. Anshul Rustaggi, founder of Indian NFTs Gaming Metaverse called as Zionverse is an advocate of gaming for kids. In a recent podcast I heard, he said gaming helped him figure out that there is a design to everything. And it helped instill competitive, never give up spirit.
2. Tobi Lutke, the CEO of Shopify said- “So, here's the wonderful thing about Starcraft—it’s been around since 1998, so I was 18 years old when it came out. I spent a good part of my formative years playing that game. There’s a couple of amazing things about it. Every decision you make is a balancing act between the needs of right now and the long-term benefits. In this way, everything is a deferred decision, and I think a lot of success in life is how good you are at making long term choices...I think Starcraft players are already better at than a lot of people who end up getting MBAs."

As these examples prove, Gaming can be educational if the gamer can tune him/her to think beyond the instant gratification, adrenaline rush and transfer the learnings to different aspects of life.

Frans Johansson, the author of one of my favorite books- "The Medici Effect: Breakthrough Insights at the Intersection of Ideas, Concepts, and Cultures" says "When you step into an intersection of fields, disciplines, or cultures, you can combine existing concepts into a large number of extraordinary ideas."

We become richer in knowledge, comprehensive in building our point of views & more productive in idea generation only if choose to expose ourselves to different fields.

I recently read & quite enjoyed a tweet thread written by David Perell (link in comments) on the subject where he diligently wrote one line lessons from various fields, some of which i drew via the sketchnote below.

Which is your favorite lesson among these ? What are the areas where you have attempted to apply intersectional learning ?

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