New research from the University of Crete comes to the conclusion that all those hours playing massively multiplayer online role-playing games can have positive real-world effects on behavior at work. The research is discussed at length by Dr. Savvas Papagiannidis, Senior Lecturer and Head of the Innovation, Entrepreneurship and E-business Subject Group in this Huffington Post UK story.
The research revealed a number of things about MMO player behavior. For example, the research found that players often change their real-world behavior to be in line with their online personas, that playing online games improves important skills like working together collaboratively with teams, meeting goals and milestones, strategic planning, and more.
"From collaboration to meeting targets, team work to resolve complex missions, strategic planning, allocating resources, to recruiting new players to form groups, there is a clear link between the skills needed to enjoy a good game performance, and the real corporate world," wrote Dr Savvas Papagiannidis.
"For this reason, the players who have had to manifest good leadership skills and gaming behaviors to succeed in MMORPGs, were more likely to see these characteristics spill over from games to their real work-life," he added.
You can read the entire article here. Ultimately the research comes to the conclusion that playing MMO's is good and that more training using virtual worlds at work is a great idea.
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