Wow. That’s pretty much the only word that can describe Tom Armitage’s “If Games Ran The World.” Its thesis is that, in the next few years, people who grew up playing video games will become world leaders. People who have played all the big games from every generation—Pac-Man, the first EA Sports games, Resident Evil, MMOs, fighting games, etc. Real gamers.
Then point, then, is that this generation of leaders will have already tackled the types of problems that they’ll face once in power. Things like scarcity—you only have so many bullets and saves in Resident Evil 2, so how best to manage this?—resource allocation—looking for tanks and healers to join 25-man raid, already have DPS—and so on. The games these people have been playing their whole life have taught them skills that can be used in the “real world.”
It’s a fun read. It’s not a short one, mind you, but it being your day of rest and all, and most of you being gamers in some capacity, you might well enjoy it. Me, I’ll be playing Super Street Fighter II Turbo: HD Remix on and off this afternoon.