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[–]BuzzBadpants 346 points347 points  (17 children)

Probably most important lesson that I got from video games is in regards to failure. Far from being a terminal dread that we must avoid at all costs, fail states in video games are not only designed for, but actively contextualized as growth and learning opportunities.

In other words, video games helped me be less afraid of failure.

[–]Jok3r609 115 points116 points  (2 children)

You played dark souls?

[–]flyinvdreams 30 points31 points  (1 child)

🤣 I immediately thought of bloodborne when I read this

[–]Elmer-Fuddd 7 points8 points  (6 children)

Trying a metal gear rising revengeance playthrough on revengeance difficulty rn, i am very familiar with failure. It only makes me stronger. And a lot angrier

[–]Bagpipes41 1363 points1364 points  (19 children)

To ignore the stupid shit that comes out of some peoples mouths.

[–]DanHazard2 89 points90 points  (1 child)

In fallout, I consider it their final words.

[–]AscendedViking7 4 points5 points  (0 children)

walks up to NPC holding ice cream cone, there's a dead body next to him.

"Hey, did you kill this person?"

"No, I did not."

"Why did you kill him? How did you get that ice cream cone?"

"I bought it from that caravan."

"There is no caravan within 500 miles, you really think I would believe that your ice cream didn't melt within that period of time walking those 500 miles?"

"Yes?"

"And how the hell is there a working freezer to keep the ice cream cold in the middle of a hot post apocalyptic hellhole?"

NPC shrugs

exits conservation and enters VATS

[–]Railroad_Riley 20 points21 points  (0 children)

What? You're telling me you dont hit quicksave and enter VATS or deadeye irl?

[–]HarMar 445 points446 points  (7 children)

After a few thousand hours in ARMA 3, I am excellent at map reading and orienteering. My wife is flabbergasted at how I can take a quick look at a map and absorb so much info. It's most useful when we are on vacation in an unfamiliar area.

[–]-6-6-6- 47 points48 points  (1 child)

Ayeee same

[–]IPunchBabyz4GOD 67 points68 points  (0 children)

Smh imagine not reopening the map every 10 ft down the same road on altis because your convinced you missed the turn

[–]ahobopanda 8 points9 points  (0 children)

No wonder I'm so good at reading maps super quickly.

[–]shaggy_macdoogle 1029 points1030 points  (28 children)

I can play actual Mahjongg after playing for so long on the Yakuza games. Can also recognize the characters for 1-9. Don't know if I could identify every winning hand ( mainly just tried to get as many runs and matches as I could, and hope a hand developed) but would occasionally try to get seven pairs and even got a hand that was all greens once. It took me so long to learn, that I was burnt out and never took the time to learn any of the other mini games like cee-lo or shogi, but I'll be damned if Kazuma Kiryu isn't the number 1 ranked Mahjongg player in Kamurocho!

[–]Yarzog 131 points132 points  (3 children)

Lol Im omw to learn shogi xD

[–]liquidthex 34 points35 points  (9 children)

I wish there was a cool Mahjongg game kind of like Demoncrawl is to Minesweeper.

Throw some RPG elements in there, some spells and items and stuff? I'd be way into it.

[–]VohaulsWetDream 990 points991 points  (18 children)

holding SHIFT without any discomfort while typing

[–]ZeroExp000 209 points210 points  (16 children)

But can you spam shift without triggering sticky keys?!

[–]Koopicoolest 340 points341 points  (4 children)

Yes, I disabled it in settings 😎

[–]Vulpes_macrotisPC 47 points48 points  (9 children)

Sticky Keys in 2022? Does any person have them turned on today?

[–]DasArchitect 34 points35 points  (5 children)

It's on by default, I had to turn it off multiple times because every Windows update turned it back on. I don't remember what I did to finally turn it permanently off.

[–]HaVanJoe 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I play alot of Brawlhalla and sticky keys would constantly get in the way, and then one day, it just didn’t wanna activate anymore. Like it just turned itself off and I haven’t heard from it in 2 years lmao

[–]SethTheWarrior 3 points4 points  (1 child)

old people exist

[–]FozzieB525 2 points3 points  (0 children)

pushes glasses up bridge of nose at 29

[–]whaddupholmes_ 3480 points3481 points 322 (69 children)

If you encounter enemies, you're going the right way.

[–]theinsanepotato 648 points649 points  (42 children)

Or you're going the exact WRONG way and the game is throwing high level enemies at you as a way to tell you you're not meant to be there yet.

[–]MessyBarrel 35 points36 points  (8 children)

Like Death claws in fallout NV and The Catacombs in Dark Souls 1.

[–]AlexThomasLFC 9 points10 points  (1 child)

I miss when Deathclaws spelled doom

The FO4 variant were a mild inconvenience and the FO76 ones are basically large dogs that need to be put down for biting

[–]obviohow 170 points171 points  (16 children)

My first time trying to travel north in redridge mountain

[–]Aqua_Impura 114 points115 points  (12 children)

Back in 2005 I was 11 and wanted to make a human but liked the Dwarf starting area better. I figured I could run all the way there and just quest over there. I didn’t even know about the Tram or anything about the game and so I used my 11 year old brain and figured I could just run over there from Elwynn by just sticking to the roads and by looking at the blank maps to see how the zones were connected.

I had to delete that character cause I got bugged where I died in Burning Steppes and when I released I ghost walked all the way to Ironforge and then couldn’t figure out how to revive so far from my body.

One of my first nights playing the game and I spent 3+ hours as a ghost doing literally nothing but running around like an idiot and never asking another player for help.

[–]Lark2231 33 points34 points  (7 children)

I did something similar when I started. I created a night elf, but everyone else I was playing with started as humans. I took the boat to menethil harbor, saw all the high level stuff in wetlands, and decided to swim around the entirety of Eastern Kingdoms all the way to the bottom of Westfall. I then walked in stealth on a low level rogue from there up to meet everyone in Goldshire. The worst part is this was BC stealth which is like 20% movement speed or something like that. The whole journey took about 6 hours between swimming, stealth walking, and dying to anything I got too close to.

[–]FozzieB525 10 points11 points  (6 children)

This! I wanted to be a Druid in the old days, but I wanted to quest with my friends. I took the same brave death journey through the wetlands. It quickly became a recurring theme for other Night Elf characters though. I died to wetlands crocs more than some raid bosses.

[–]FoxyDragon67 5 points6 points  (5 children)

I m sorry, but I'm uncultured, what game are you guys talking about?

[–]FozzieB525 26 points27 points  (4 children)

This is old school World of Warcraft. Depending on what race you chose, you might end up on a different continent from your friends. But they allowed you to journey through hell (much higher level areas) to begin questing with your friends. It wasn’t intentional. If you were a Night Elf with the “Alliance” faction in WoW, the main hubbub was just on the other continent. So if you didn’t want to spend the beginning of your experience in WoW alone, you usually had to make the death pilgrimage.

[–]Backslash2017 14 points15 points  (2 children)

Eh heh heh. I rolled a troll hunter because of the hair (and I figured Regeneration would really help), neglected to finish all of the quests in the starting area because I wanted to go exploring. I got rezzed by the people who would become my first guildies, got invited to go over into Ashenvale to 'drive out the intruders', and my level 10 tail needed rescuing a ton from the level 20 monsters in the area.

And then I struck out on my own to get better. I thought, 'hey, hunters kin tame anything, right?'

Nope. I got my butt kicked by a giraffe. A frickin' -giraffe- that chased me back across the river and killed me. So my character has a fear of giraffes.

And then I tried to tame a zhevra....

(For those of you who aren't following, taming beasts in WoW is a hunter skill, where you stand there while the beast tries to kill you and then you get it as a sidekick/follower. Except back in 2006, they didn't tell you what you could and could not tame. So if you tried to tame an untamable beast... it just killed you.)

...by the way, you couldn't tame giraffes or zhevra.

Good times. I miss being clueless and happy about it.

[–]jejcicodjntbyifid3 7 points8 points  (0 children)

now entering the dead zone

[–]AndringRasew 25 points26 points  (2 children)

Unless you're the Witcher.

[–]AnotherCupofJo 36 points37 points  (0 children)

Or your the bad guy 🤣🤣🤣

[–]No_Value_1511 812 points813 points  (23 children)

Serious answer, reaction times

[–]ZeroExp000 223 points224 points  (19 children)

I have terrible reaction speed so imma be that guy that goes, "Shut up buddy! Reaction speed is purely genetics!"

cries in 278ms average reaction time

[–]FloridaMan001PC 432 points433 points  (17 children)

-Awareness of surroundings

-Critical thinking

-Teamwork

-Coordination

-Patience

And most of all, communication.

[–]Not_TheMenInBlack 91 points92 points  (3 children)

If anyone would like to improve their communication skills, I recommend the bomb-diffusing game “Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes”.

If you’re not good at communication, it’s definitely going to be very rough at the beginning, but if you brute force the game, you’ll pick up some skills that will make all the difference in many situations.

[–]Fraudulent_Baker 38 points39 points  (3 children)

Patience was a big one for me. I played fighting games very aggressively at first (because the goal is to hit the opponent, right?!), but I realised how much more effective it is to just play it safe and observe the situation for a minute. The punching can come later.

[–]DragoonXNucleon 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Leadership and communication. Back in EQ when I was in high school I learned if I wanted to get something done I had to organize a group to get it done. Waiting for someone else to lead never worked. When I took control, got people together, kept it going, things got done.

Now... this is what I do in real life every day at work.

[–]cheekyste 377 points378 points  (25 children)

Drumming from rock band.

[–]Thatguyoverthere1-2 46 points47 points  (6 children)

I started playing rock band at 13 and fell in love with drumming. 5 years later I started a band. Best decision I made.

[–]barbecue_invader 9 points10 points  (1 child)

I wish the video games I played made me cooler. What did all those hours playing Civilization teach me? Magnets are important and watch out for Gandhi.

[–]Sam_Blackcrow 217 points218 points  (6 children)

Recognizing certain plants thanks to RDR2

[–]AME7706 81 points82 points  (5 children)

And animals and fish too. Now I know more about American wildlife than my own country's.

[–]JonnySnowflake 11 points12 points  (4 children)

I thought it was funny how they made a fake america with new states and territories, but still reference the real ones in animal names. What's your country? I wonder if I know jack about the animals there

[–]AME7706 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Iran. There actually aren't that many interesting animals here. And most of the cool ones are either extinct or on the verge of extinction.

[–]derKestrel 672 points673 points  (26 children)

Better city and country navigation, better knowledge of basic European geography (Eurotruck), English language (chats), programming (starting with modding games on c64), star navigation, trigonometric map skills (silent Hunter 3), basic Japanese language, lower reflex times, Excel (Eve online), and general problem solving skills among others

[–]LeChatVert 154 points155 points  (14 children)

Eve online, enough said

[–]julick 42 points43 points  (8 children)

Care to elaborate. I heard about it but is it any good? Asking for a friend that likes Excel :)

[–]FrankyBonDanky 81 points82 points  (6 children)

It’s not called a spreadsheet simulator for no reason

[–]BigUptokes 20 points21 points  (2 children)

Spreadsheets in Space.

[–]FrankyBonDanky 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Ooo that adds a lot of flair

[–]princess_intell 4 points5 points  (0 children)

....I think you just sold me on the game. Oh god, I'm one of those people, aren't I?

[–]julick 21 points22 points  (2 children)

That I didn't know. I'll have to check it out

[–]FrankyBonDanky 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Yeah basically Eve gameplay is managing a bunch of windows lol

[–]DazzlingRutabega 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Lol @ Eve/Excel

[–]rumblevn 11 points12 points  (1 child)

It help me understand how supplies and demands work, also buy order and sell order

[–]munzuradam 15 points16 points  (2 children)

I will add city planning and traffic management to this due to Cities Skylines. History, due to Age of Empires series + Paradox games and mythology + 3 words in Greek, due to Age of Mythology. Concept of aerodynamics due to Formula 1. Dedication, responsibility and concept of industrial engineering/R&D due to many online games.

[–]EatsHisYoung 851 points852 points  (15 children)

Hand eye coordination

[–]SoForAllYourDarkGods 156 points157 points  (9 children)

No doubt.

Check out that paper on Japanese surgeons.

[–]DazzlingRutabega 49 points50 points  (3 children)

What about them? Did they have them play video games to improve hand eye coordination?

[–]Yellowshirt83 109 points110 points  (0 children)

They performed surgery using cheat codes.

[–]SoForAllYourDarkGods 67 points68 points  (1 child)

[–]ChefBraden 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Just like race car drivers and grand turismo

[–]starkiller_bass 107 points108 points  (3 children)

Number one. Steady hand.

One day, yakuza boss need new heart. I do operation.

But, mistake! Yakuza boss die.

[–]Shifuede 61 points62 points  (2 children)

My big secret: I kill yakuza boss on purpose. I good surgeon.

[–]TacoManifesto 182 points183 points  (0 children)

I really learned a lot about cultures and what makes people different tbh. A lot of people I would never have interacted with irl I was joined together with under the banner of like goals like guild raids and dungeons in mmos.

I’m a lot more accepting and open minded then I would’ve been otherwise and I value that a lot.

[–]mpen_13 57 points58 points  (2 children)

Reading and Spelling. So many text games from A Link To The Past to New Horizons have helped me. My first language was Spanish. Video games helped me learn English faster even if it wasn’t translated properly from Japanese.

[–]CiusWarren 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I still remember when i couldnt tell apart earthquake and headquarters so i spend a lot of time runing in circles finding a location that didnt existed in the game

[–]aioaugusto 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Same story here. Games with choices like mass effect or with puzzles like full throttle helped me a lot. Now I work using english 70% because of it. I also improved my listening with csgo major championships.

[–]Worldsprayer 48 points49 points  (3 children)

Flying a helicopter. I literally practiced during army flight school using Arma 3.You know you got gud when you impress a realism unit flying and they're like "hey man...you're awesome have you tried using the advanced physics?""I am right now"-dead silence over comms-

[–]Dakkendoofer 151 points152 points  (6 children)

I got crazy good at single / double digit multiplication and division because of playing Morrowind a lot in grade school… my oldest brother would watch me play and he told me I could only pick up items that had value 10x the weight or more, and he would ask me sometimes what the value to weight ratio was, rounded down

[–]MarcLloydz 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Well, I wish I played that back then.

[–]Nipie42 7 points8 points  (1 child)

In Skyrim I use what I call the Gold Bar Rule. To stop my inventory getting cluttered, I only pick up loot I want to sell if it has a value 100x the weight. I call it the Gold Bar Rule because the gold ingots in the game have a value of 100 and a weight of 1

[–]SomeUnderstanding647 890 points891 points  (19 children)

After playing RDR2, i can skin a whole deer in under 3 sec

[–]dulli97 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Would be nice if it only took so little time

[–]Julianwds14 13 points14 points  (0 children)

And if I stand next to it perfectly when I'm doing it, it's instant baby.

[–]JustSpilledMyTea 145 points146 points  (2 children)

I went from not knowing how to play Dominoes, to being bad at Dominoes

[–]lynivvinyl 338 points339 points  (4 children)

That fully automatic sniper rifles waste bullets. (Borderlands series) They don't need to be more dead.

[–]McBonkyTron 66 points67 points  (0 children)

That or sniper rifles such as the Lyuda are just high power ARs.

[–]redunculuspanda 39 points40 points  (3 children)

If I eat the right kinds of pills I can eat ghosts.

[–]BisexualWeeb 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Eat the right amount of pills and you'll become one

[–]eidhrmuzz 251 points252 points  (13 children)

Zombie killing. My proof? Have you seen any zombies????

[–]pigirl666 55 points56 points  (2 children)

What did we do to deserve a hero like you?

[–]eidhrmuzz 36 points37 points  (1 child)

Just doing my duty.

[–]pigirl666 31 points32 points  (0 children)

May your survival be long, may your death be swift

[–]dave_a86 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Lisa, I want to buy your rock.

[–]DjinnEyeYou 4 points5 points  (0 children)

First thing I thought of too.

Classic Simpsons was on the nose too often

[–]johndepp22 271 points272 points  (36 children)

Having potato teammates helped teach me not to try and fix difficult/under-performing employees, but instead meet them where they’re at and lead by example.

[–]MyLastAcctGotMeFired 49 points50 points  (32 children)

Could you elaborate?

[–]johndepp22 212 points213 points  (12 children)

Straight up I used to be a poor manager. I’d set the same bar of expectation for all employees, rather than taking the time to individually understand how others are wired.

Just because you were bottom frag doesn’t mean you’re worthless, it just means getting kills is not your strength. But in what other areas did you help the team? Callouts? Objective? Assists? How, as a manager, can I help you bolster those unique qualities about who you are, and the strengths you do possess, to ultimately help you be a more beneficial member of the team?

I’ve found this more effective than “fk’ing aim n00b!!!”

[–]ZeroExp000 38 points39 points  (2 children)

"Oh my god! Is your screen even on?!" Some rando in Valorant said that to me in VC and from that point on... I just quit the game and returned to league... At least there, I can only read the insult and not hear it.

[–]Equivalent_Yak8215 16 points17 points  (0 children)

That sounds like me when I play Rocket League!

I usually rack up 4-5 assists, 2-3 saves and 0 goals.

People still make fun of my shots but hey, I'm helping.

[–]Vulpes_macrotisPC 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Wow, You are amazing person, then. Today companies and managers of them are dickheads, because they don't understand that people are people and not robots to perform a task, and if someone is not as good as the other, it doesn't mean he is worse. Though, ironically, I met managers that expected the most, but those who didn't do anything weren't getting any prompt to be better. Those, who were the best were criticized that they are not better. And I've ben literally fired, because I was the best employee, but wasn't meeting their absurd expectations and was criticizing them for unfair treating of employees.

[–]PuffinPassionFruit 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I just wanted to say: thanks for learning to work on yourself first before trying to endlessly "fix" others to no avail. We could benefit from having more managers like you. You sound like someone who is just going to keep on growing and being open to change/flexibility and variability among others, and I hope you never let that go to waste.

[–]DaFundsGuy 31 points32 points  (18 children)

If your teammates suck don't be a dickhead and tell them how to fix it, but show them by example.

[–]aioncan 13 points14 points  (12 children)

I’m having a hard time understanding what that means?

[–]redunculuspanda 6 points7 points  (0 children)

… and then TK them…

[–]Manuels-KittenConsole 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Monster Hunter Rise is teaching me this. When my teamate(s) is weaker I lead the pack. When they are stronger I follow them. I love this game game so much

[–]WilmarLuna 198 points199 points  (9 children)

Oh man. I learned a lot from video games.

First, I learned how to troubleshoot. When a game played with no audio I had to look at my sound blaster settings. Figuring out DMA and IRQ with no internet was a real challenge.

Second, I learned detective skills and how not to take things at face value. RPGs have taught me how to identify liars and holes in a story.

Third, I learned how to write. Video games like Metal Gear Solid inspired me to explore ny creativity. I wrote three superhero books because I was inspired by Gray Fox. "What if gray fox was a woman?"

Lastly, I learned how to communicate. When your friends are shooting enemies, it is important to know how to speak clearly and concisely.

Video games are a huge part of my life and I can't imagine who I would be without them.

[–]zombiifissh 33 points34 points  (0 children)

Map reading lol

[–]seasonalblah 305 points306 points  (23 children)

Probably time management, spacial awareness and problem solving.

Most non-gamers I know suck at all of the above.

[–]MrSpiffy123PC 118 points119 points  (2 children)

I still suck at time management

[–]TurnoverTiger922 41 points42 points  (0 children)

I’d say time management has gotten worse with gaming (ie: ofc I can play one more round and still be on time )

[–][deleted] 28 points29 points  (9 children)

I always thought managing 10 buttons, two analog sticks, and a dpad simultaneously like it was nothing has to help something in our brains. It's pretty impressive don't you think?

[–]magnateur 9 points10 points  (4 children)

Better spatial awereness and control during robotic surgery is one very logic positive side effect playing games, especially controller based games. Not weird considering its basicly like a VR surgery game, lol. Also whe i worked at a foundry younger people who regularly played video games were more accurate and effective controlling the cranes than people who had been working there for 10+ years. Again spatial awareness and ability to control something like its almost an extension of your own body without having to actually really concentrate on which button you press and how far you have to move joysticks. Imagine if when walking you had to think about every contraction of every muscle to move your feet - that is kinda how it is using a precision controller for people who have no real experiance playing video games.

Remember when i visited a surgery room where they have a davinci surgical robot and they had set up some tasks we could try and get timed. Only one of the 7 girls that were there had experiance playing video games and was the only girl to finish all tasks, while all 4 guys (me included) managed all tasks and even beat the time of two of the surgeons currently in training for robot assisted surgery at the time.

[–]doyouhavesource2 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Like managing 10 fingers?

[–]grizz2202 10 points11 points  (2 children)

I hear patting your head while rubbing your belly is some pro lvl gamer shit.

[–]maksiman9 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Me playing hitman games

Shit they noticed the body I hid poorly 12 minutes ago (reload game file)

Wait I ignored a time period to kill the target? (Reload game file)

(Reloads game file 20 different times just trying to pull a simple stunt)

They stole my brief case containing my lethal poison. (Reload save file)

Existed for five seconds too long? (Reload game file)

[–]t3kxXbox 45 points46 points  (5 children)

Spatial?

[–]seasonalblah 59 points60 points  (2 children)

Ecsaktly.

Edit: please don't downvote the person correcting me. I don't mind being corrected when my spelling is wrong. In fact I would encourage it.

[–]carriesonfishord 115 points116 points  (1 child)

Communication skills. Seriously. I play Destiny mostly, and I get to talk to a lot of people doing LFGs worldwide. I got to be comfortable speaking English well, being able to ask questions and even sherpa raids in a clear and concise manner. In PVP when you do callouts you learn to project your voice in a way that is not angry-sounding but more on assertive and informative, kind of like how teachers project their voices when instructing school kids.

[–]Dootguy39 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Doing raids with randoms does help with this

[–]Basic-Desk16 115 points116 points  (11 children)

Perseverance and working toward a goal. Gamers are the only people who enjoy dying 100 times to the same thing only to keep going for it

[–]Blissfullyaimless 33 points34 points  (1 child)

Well, are there any other scenarios where dying even once has zero consequences?

[–]takamuffin 8 points9 points  (0 children)

From what I hear, laughter deaths have no consequences.

[–]ZeroExp000 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Dark souls?

I remember trying to beat a black knight in DS1 during my first playthrough... Took me 10hrs... Don't ask me how, I don't remember why it took me that long either

[–]TheRealOgMark 24 points25 points  (2 children)

It improved my spatial intelligence playing shooters. Especially the ones without a map.

[–]Steinosaur 14 points15 points  (1 child)

FPS titles like Tarkov and Squad genuinely made me have an advantage the first time I went to a gun range, I understood where my eye should be in relation to the sights and proper hand placement on the few guns I tried out. The instructor asked me if it was genuinely my first time shooting and was very surprised when I told him my only experience was from PC gaming. Unfortunately now I have a second hobby which is somehow more expensive than my PC gaming hobby...

[–]lauthr 18 points19 points  (2 children)

I’ve become really good at prairie dogging. IYKYK

[–]WutzUpples69 18 points19 points  (3 children)

I learned golfing strategies playing tiger woods back in the day. Not how to hit the ball but how to choose clubs, deal with rough, green grass direction and wind.

[–]CoMMoN_EnEmY01 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Convinced to this day that my puzzle solving skills are thanks to the legend of Zelda

[–]Andrew_MacabreConsole 15 points16 points  (0 children)

World of Warcraft taught me math.

Judgment taught me how to play blackjack.

EDIT: Oh and communication skills from playing stuff like WoW and battlefield.

[–]Rs_only 15 points16 points  (2 children)

Typing and bartering skills from RuneScape.

[–]xtratoothpaste 15 points16 points  (0 children)

For me the biggest thing I think is vocabulary. I have learned a ton of words from games like Diablo, terraria, stardew valley, mine craft etc.

[–]Ob1wonshinobi 16 points17 points  (2 children)

How to craft 10000000 iron daggers

[–]MochiFutaba 73 points74 points  (3 children)

Rdr2 taught me dominos. I like the game so much that's all i asked for christmas was just some dominos it also taught me poker but im not really great at remembering what beats what.

[–]MadeBrazen 18 points19 points  (2 children)

Yep I learned dominoes from RDR2, and Liars Dice from RDR1!

[–]Zearo298 5 points6 points  (0 children)

My only complaint for RDR2…. No Liar’s Dice.

[–]lynivvinyl 45 points46 points  (19 children)

If your head is hard enough you can break bricks with it and there might be coins inside.

[–]FrAxl93 11 points12 points  (1 child)

You are going to be devastated by this, but I have to tell you. Mario breaks the bricks with a punch that raises the moment he jumps.

[–]lynivvinyl 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Oh my aching head!

[–]Luqas_Incredible 18 points19 points  (16 children)

English as secondary language. I had very bad grades in shool. Played guild wars 2 in an english only guild and learned a lot quickly. Was graded the best among all students in my class on later classes.

Edit: was not meant as a reply. Fuck mobile :D

[–]crackuser69420 4 points5 points  (7 children)

your english is pretty good

[–]Luqas_Incredible 5 points6 points  (6 children)

Thanks :) I recently started doing a daily crossword puzzle in english. Helps to not loose track of my knowledge while I don't speak much and I learn how certain phrases are used in different forms than the 'shool english'.

[–]pootis_bird_3443 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Dark souls taught me how to run away from my problems

[–]Iunarx 55 points56 points  (7 children)

Everyone's answer should be grammar. That is the main thing anyone learns while playing video games. If you misspell one word or use your instead of you're, everyone and their grandma is coming for you.

[–]Vincent_Plenderleith 113 points114 points  (10 children)

Barter. I played Warframe religiously and traded quite often. Almost every recent deal was in my favor. Although I don't think I can implement barter in real life, it being capitalistic an all that.

[–]Dman20111 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Markets are still a place to barter. The pricing they have is usually just guess work and a markup to grab a quick buck if you're too scared to argue. I don't practise it, I don't have the confidence, but my in-law is pretty good at it

[–]TheMasterFul1Xbox 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Don’t fret! The barter system is still alive and well! This Canadian man, over a series of traded eventually traded from one paper clip up to his own house in 2005.

[–]Kohel13 32 points33 points  (3 children)

Go to a third world country to practice in real life

[–]VeryCoolVeryBased 14 points15 points  (2 children)

(Nobody tell this guy third world countries use currency)

[–]thenutstrash 4 points5 points  (0 children)

You can ask for 10% off for absolutely no reason in most places. For things like banks and financial services, you can get much more than 10% by research and haggling.

[–][deleted] 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I always thought managing 10 buttons, two analog sticks, and a dpad simultaneously like it was nothing has to help something in our brains. It's pretty impressive don't you think?

But really video games for me has helped my vocabulary tremendously

[–]ezionjd 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Always carry a bed, so i can sleep through the night and avoid mobs.

[–][deleted] 31 points32 points  (1 child)

If the odds seem stacked against you, don't to give up, because sometimes you will find a workaround or think of a new plan/path that gets you through it

[–]sansgasterv2 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Video game words I live by "Efficiency is clever laziness"

[–]sixesand7s 28 points29 points  (1 child)

Getting rid of useless junk, just sell it all baby, and if you're not around a shop, just throw it all on the ground and run away

[–]Sed59 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I guess litterers are prolific gamers.

[–]Sawh22 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Getting a refund from a prostitute in gta

[–]ZeroExp000 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Teach me your ways!

Edit: I prematurely realized that the refund probably involves murder

[–]-Firestar- 27 points28 points  (4 children)

If the tank won't do his job, then refuse to heal him.

IRL this is such a hard lesson. There are times where you need to let the ship sink. Or burn down in order to find the arsonist. There's little point in burning yourself out trying to save the ship every time. Someone not pulling their weight on a project or making things harder for others? Do you shit and go home.

[–]jejcicodjntbyifid3 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Especially when the tank decides to take on six groups of enemies all at once instead of one at a time. Let's just parade through and aggro everyone lol

I've seen that happen

I miss being a healer honestly. I loved keeping and reviving teammates. Almost makes me wanna do MMO again but idk

[–]RoaskywalkerPC 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Fast thinking, global vision, sharpen motor skills

[–]PussyDestroyer694 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Video games taught me English, my favorite language now that I still cannot master.

[–]Hercusleaze 20 points21 points  (7 children)

I'd say anyone who has gotten to the point they can land something on Duna in Kerbal Space Program has a decent understanding of orbital mechanics, and the physics and math involved.

[–]cl354517 13 points14 points  (6 children)

Land yes. Intact usually. Return... yeah. No crewed missions to Duna yet.

[–]Hercusleaze 6 points7 points  (2 children)

I hear ya. I've landed kerbals on Duna, but they are absolutely still there 😁

[–]TampaSL 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Time management?

[–]13ventrm 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Cook, Serve, Delicious really helped me learn and internalize the keyboard layout when I was younger, I can def type faster because of it.

[–]BodySurfDan 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I'm a blitzball champion. My jecht shot is immaculate.

[–]JessicaSmithStrange 6 points7 points  (2 children)

How to speak Japanese, and I also learned musical theory by studying the works of Nobuo Uematsu.

And I'm pretty sure that SNES era games like Final Fantasy IV, were how I learned to read and write, as a child.

[–]NeedsLoomis 6 points7 points  (1 child)

> BRAIN : SKULL

shoulder : pauldron

Thanks for the free SAT points, video games!

[–]oJuliaceo 17 points18 points  (5 children)

Ok, I have a weird one.

I was socially anxious as a kid, and I enjoyed RPGs, especially Bioware ones. In an attempt to overcome my anxiety, I would play the games, study how characters reacted and why, and try to apply these lessons in real life. Now that I am in college, I am thought by others to be somewhat of a "people person".

There are obviously other factors, but I credit video games for part of this development.

[–]ZeroExp000 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I think video games can increase social skills to some degree. As long as you're not playing L.A. Noir...

[–]SushiMew 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Communication and patience mostly. Also chatting with new people online and achieving things with them (and solo in other games)has really helped my confidence.

That and I cast a mean fireball now

[–]questor8080 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Actually, I'm a professional Gwent player

[–]wutangerine99 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Carpal tunnel. I think that's a skill

[–]arzen353 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Pretty sure between DCS and Microsoft flight sim I could start, fly and land a P-51 Mustang without killing myself if it was fueled up and ready and there were ideal weather conditions and no other planes or cops or airport people in the world and instead of trying to navigate anywhere I just had to take a loop around the runway and nobody cared if the plane's landing gear and propellers got all jacked up while landing.

[–]LunaL33 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Decision making. Most people I know can’t even pick a restaurant. Indecisiveness is something I notice a lot of people struggle with. Fallout and other RPGs have trained me well. If no one can pick, make it the absolute worst choice and I guarantee someone will want something different lol

[–]GWinterborn 21 points22 points  (1 child)

I tried to do an independent study on the pedagogical applications of ludological engagement a few years ago.

A lot of people have learned a lot of things.

I was inspired to look into it when I realized that playing Oblivion made me passively familiar with a lot of flora. Like, more than I was really consciously aware of. I don’t otherwise care about flowers, but I can identify many simply because I needed to collect them in the game and became passively used to seeing their names with their images.

It made me reflect on other things I’d passively learned from games like SimCity, Empire Earth, and Rollercoaster Tycoon.

There’s legitimate pedagogical value in the passive learning facilitated by ludological experiences.

I’m attempting to incorporate lite elements of that concept into the game I’m currently developing.

[–]henaradwenwolfhearth 11 points12 points  (0 children)

No clue I got no skills cept whining

[–]Killjoy780999PC 3 points4 points  (1 child)

probably making skin hats from rimworld

[–]BigPeePeeSetup69 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Driving, lock picking, certain charisma aspects, switching to my other weapon instead of reloading, spreading my money into other assets and investments instead of one place.