The 2004 report Literature Review in Games and Learning, Kirriemuir and McFarlane point to a suite of valuable skills developed through game play that include:
- Strategic Thinking
- Application of numbers
- Negotiating skills
- Group decision making
- Data handling
This may lead one to the conclusion that all games are educational […] [Note: Author generally agrees this statement but says that it is very hard to convince educators] By using game, students will improve also their skills in analysis, systems understanding, problem solving, and scientific methodology, and that these skills are lasting and important.
Excerpt from: Klopfer E. Augmented Learning: Research and Design of Mobile Educational Games. The MIT Press, 2008. Kindle Edition (location 359 of 2961).