It may be hard for us older folks to tell but there is real value in growing up in the gamer generation. And in ways beyond having a strong thumb and quick reaction.
"I definitely feel that I’m part of the gamer generation," says gamer Brad Wilson.
It helped Wilson get a gig developing games for Virtual Heroes, one of the world’s top games creators. But research now shows that as Wilson and the rest of his generation weave their way through increasingly sophisticated games, they were getting some real life lessons as well.
Just think of some of these gaming concepts: Action leads to result, calculated risk reaps reward and winning matters. These concepts are also essential for success in the business world.
So maybe being in on of these video games can teach you about the real world and get you prepared for life.
And another lesson: Research shows this generation understands and appreciates the role of the hero much better than generations before them.
If there's a downside, it’s in commitment to a single path. It seems that many in the gamer generation think that life has the same reset button that their favorite game has.
And if American kids don’t want to learn the lessons gaming teaches, it seems other kids will. The game is on, and offering a lot more than we realize.