Video gamers have an advantage in learning. Neuropsychologists let video gamers compete against non-gamers in a learning competition. During the test, the video gamers performed significantly better and showed an increased brain activity in the brain areas that are relevant for learning. Source 2s.
I Agree with this 100%. Most of the older things I know about history and mankind has come from gaming, and I feel like it's more likely to stick with you this way.
I remember playing games like Carmen Santiago series, Cluefinders series, Math Blaster series when I was younger and when I got older games like Civilization series and Portal series. Where yes, I'd say that they could be seen as learning games.
I wrote a whole paper on this years ago. I think they can really help in learning my teachers have been using video games for ages to teach in classes.
Oh, any chance you might be willing to post this paper here or otherwise allow it to be view? I'd be curious to see what you wrote in all honesty. That is, if posting something like that would be okay to post here.
As a teachers my self, I am of the philosophy that we use all the tools we have available in ways to help guide children into learning how to learn! This includes technology.