We wrote yesterday about how video games impact business and how some of the lessons for working on the video games still apply to life to this day. There were a few specific video games I played a lot when I was younger. Some of them still have lessons to be told today.
Detroit, one game I played was called Detroit. It was about an automobile manufacturer, and you built cars in the early days of automobiles. You would gain technology and you would build better and better automobiles and build your company. What did I learn from this? I played this game a lot. At first, I wasn’t very good at it. I didn’t understand why, but eventually, I started figuring out how to build more and more efficient manufacturing structures which allowed me to make more cars. Once I figured out how to be good early in the process, I could manufacture more cars, make money and then I would start pumping the money into technology and other developments. The company would grow and grow. I think the lesson that I took away from that for businesses is that you need that fundamental strategy. You need that core power. You need that core competency. Then you can build and build and build off that, but you need that central strength, which is what that game taught me.
Sydney Air Civilization, the classic game Civilization was wonderful for learning. As I would build a country that would go the test of time, from the early days of agrarian society, through modern technology and development, I had to make a country that would last. It had to have certain elements in it. Much like in the game Detroit, I had to lay a foundation. I had to have my initial cities set up correctly. I had to have that core strength and then I could build and build and build. Sure, some of my future cities would be stronger than some of my initial cities in certain games, but having that central core was key.
What have you learned from video games? What have you learned from other situations that you have applied a new context? What has been your learning? Share with us in the comments below. We would enjoy discussing them with you.
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