Are you looking for a way to occupy the kids that will keep them happy and entertained, but still challenge their minds and develop important skills and values? Check out this list of six great games that convey productive work principles while still being fun to play.
Explore History, Economics And Workforce Management
Stronghold and Caesar are historical city-building strategy games where the player takes on the role of a local ruler in charge of a settlement’s development. Fostering a healthy economy is crucial to a city’s growth and well-being at all times. This perspective illustrates the importance of workers and their contributions to society. These workers also have to be kept happy and healthy so that they will remain at their jobs, showing that individual rewards for labor are also to be expected and provided for, in addition to meeting societal needs.
Stronghold and Caesar are both long-running series that have come out in many versions over the past several years. The newest games in each series can be found in retail stores, and older versions can be downloaded very cheaply from GOG.com. Stronghold also has a free-to-play MMO game available at FireflyWorlds.com.
Become A Craftsman And Run A Business
Many games include some sort of crafting as a side activity, but Everquest II and Vanguard: Saga of Heroes take the role much further, allowing characters to fully level and experience unique quest lines solely within their crafting profession. The economies of these games are exceptionally robust, with a diversity of craftable items such as home furnishings, cosmetic clothing and even functional ships, in addition to the usual fare of armor and weapons, yielding many opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs to specialize and market their wares.
Both games are MMOs that are free to download with both free-to-play and premium subscription options available from Station.Sony.com.
Learn Job Responsibility And Cultivate Social Reputation
Another notable skillset is the ability to work with others. World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn foster this by rewarding players who can effectively work in groups. Success in these games is not just the result of individual competency. It’s also greatly determined by how well players can learn and adapt to using their skills to fill needed roles, in tandem with other players’ skills and proficiencies. Social skill development is also encouraged because more likeable characters get invited to more groups, which creates more opportunities for advancement.
World of Warcraft can be purchased in retail stores or from Blizzard.com. It has a monthly subscription fee on top of the the initial purchase, but there is a free Starter Edition available on their website to try it out with limited functionality. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is currently in beta but scheduled to be officially released in August. More information can be found at FF14guide.org.
Looking at the above games, it is evident that learning and fun can be achieved simultaneously. If your kid is not up for run-of-the-mill educational games, then you can allow them to try MMO gaming. However, since some of the games will require the kids to interact with strangers online, it should be kept in moderation and under parental supervision.