Social Studies – various aspects or branches of the study of human society.
Video games – self explanatory . . .
Some have issues with them and others love them. Our family is fully invested in our games, Electronic or board, it is what we enjoy doing together . . . Whether it’s something people agree with or not . . . It’s what we do. The games we play vary depending on the mood of the day or week or month. One game we come back to is Overwatch.
Overwatch is a team-based multiplayer first person shooter video game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment, which released on May 24, 2016 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows. Overwatch assigns players into two teams of six, with each player selecting from a roster of 20 characters known in-game as “heroes”, each with a unique style of play, whose roles are divided into four general categories: Offense, Defense, Tank, and Support. Players on a team work together to secure and defend control points on a map or escort a payload across the map in a limited amount of time. ~
Why would I say it has to do with social studies? It is very much a team game and individuals have to come together (unless your playing with a group of 6 friends) on a very random basis. 6 random people coming together to work together as a team for a common goal and purpose. Yes, the four of us in our family have paired up with via internet network, with out of town cousins to make a 6 man team and can communicate with each other in a very reasonable way to make the “team” work cohesively. But for the most part people end up solo queuing or at best teaming up with one other person, the rest of the 6 being completely random.
It is an interesting correlation between how well people come together in video games, Overwatch in particular, and how well people come together in general in everyday life, whether it be politics or education or whatever. It really is amazing how difficult it is for people to work together on even a very small base level of a game, it really does not surprise me that if random people can’t come together in a random game, how can we work cohesively as a society for more important issues. Working together takes effort and communication and people willing to put themselves aside as individuals and put what talents they have towards what is best for the group, much like other games or sports ie Football, basketball. Not to say they couldn’t have a star player who may shine, but in many case that one star player can’t carry a team unless he works with his team as a team.
The game is not only 6 random people coming together to form a team and how well that team work together, it is also how well rounded the team is. A restaurant is not made of of all chefs or all wait staff or all hosts. A government can’t be all made of Presidents, a school cant be all teachers or principals. So the team has to figure the dynamic of characters that will best accomplish their goals. Which healers will their be, how many healers, will someone pic a tank or Dps or will the team try and win a round with all support characters.
Why do I play? I play the games in part to know what it is that is out there that is culturally relevant. To be a part in, some ways, with what my kids are interested in and whether it’s appropriate. What I don’t play, my Husband does. That way we can make the most educated decision as possible. We do the same with movies and television. Yes there are means out there in the way of review sites, but they can be biased or very broad at best or just cover the basics. They can be a place to start, but sometimes you need to know more. As with all forms of media there are some definite no’s, but the older our kids get and the more we try and teach them the best we can, the more you have to let them make choices. Now, Gaming isn’t for everyone, to each his own in the hobbies they choose, some play golf as a hobby, some go fishing, some go snowboarding, or camp at the lake . . . And we do those on occasion, but doing those things hasn’t really been us.
“If everyone performs their function, Victory is assured,” is a voice line of a character I play . . . Not everyone performs their function in life or in-game. I am guilty of that at times I am sure. Now victory in life is never really assured just by performing your function . . . at least not in this life. There is only true Victory in Jesus, but doing your function to the best of your abilities can definitely better your odds . . . So let’s all work together, let’s all perform our functions to the best of our abilities, let’s be a team. We can do great things when all come together with pose and purpose. And by all means don’t be that salty antagonist on the team who always want to game throw
Just FYI, the category I prefer in game is support, I heal and take care of people . . . I’m a mom it’s what I like to do . . . Happy family gaming