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Can Video Games Prepare You for the Workforce?

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Unlike other sports and activities, gaming has always carried a reputation for being a “waste of time,” or “unhealthy.”

And while it’s true that gaming addiction poses major health risks, gaming under the right conditions can actually improve your chances of succeeding in the workforce. 

A recent study by Missouri S&T even found that gamers who played MMORPGs like World of Warcraft displayed the kind of employable qualities that are in high demand amongst employers looking for those who work well as part of remote teams. 

But how does your gaming experience help you find success in the workforce? Here’s a quick guide. 

Skills

Most of the skills you develop through gaming are termed “soft skills.” Soft skills include things like creativity, problem-solving, communication, and emotional intelligence. Games that require you to find creative solutions to problems through communication, teamwork, and critical thinking promote these soft skills and help you find success in the workplace. 

For example, let’s say you love playing first-person shooters like CS: GO. Well, while playing CS: GO, you’ve learned how to communicate quickly while under pressure, and have developed some serious team working skills. 

Gaming can also introduce you to the “hard skills” you need to succeed in your workplace. Hard skills refer to the technical knowledge and capabilities you need to be successful in a role. Oftentimes, these hard skills are niche and are taught directly by an employer or university. But they can also be learned through games. 

This idea applies best to folks who want to pursue a career in STEM. This is because gaming can spark an interest in STEM, as the two pursuits are closely related.  For example, games like Minecraft and Robocode teach gamers how to leverage design interfaces, and can help you improve your skills as a programmer. While this experience is unlikely to make it onto your resume, it will help you succeed when you land a job in the STEM field. 

Upskilling for a Career in Gaming

The gaming industry employs many, but it is also competitive, and you can’t expect to simply waltz into Rockstar or Ubisoft without a strong resume. Here are a few courses that will help strengthen your resume: 

  • Web Design Courses: web design courses teach you the basics of UX design and prepare you to create the interfaces that video games rely on. These skills are essential if you wish to get into gaming production. 
  • Degrees in Game Design: a degree in game design will give you the chance to explore multiple career options in gaming, so you can feel prepared to enter any project from scriptwriting to indie game production. 
  • PR Training: the gaming industry is a network of content creation, advertisement, reviews, and marketing. As a PR professional, you’ll be responsible for bolstering the brand image of a game or studio. 
  • MFA in Creative Writing: the folks who write your favorite video games are skilled writers who usually publish work in multiple forms like fiction, film, and music. By completing an MFA, you can expect to make professional connections and seriously improve your writing ability. 

Regular gaming can give you the skills you need to succeed in the workforce. However, in order to land a career in gaming, you should invest time and effort into career-specific courses which bolster your resume and help you stand out from the crowd. 

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The new game from Danganronpa’s developers is being published by Aniplex, a Sony company, but it won’t be coming out on PS5

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The upcoming game from the creators of the Danganronpa series has found a publisher in Sony subsidiary Aniplex. However, it’s worth noting that it won’t be initially released on the PS5. It is highly likely that The Hundred Line: Last Defense Academy will be released on Sony’s system at a later date, just like Master Detective Archives: Rain Code in October. However, the development team is currently focusing on prioritizing the release of their latest title on the Nintendo Switch and PC.

Described as a strategy game, the title allows players to step into the shoes of teenager Takumi Sumino, who resides in the perpetually secure Tokyo Residential Complex. When monsters suddenly unleash chaos upon the town, Takumi finds himself thrust into the Last Defense Academy. His mission? To protect the school alongside 14 other students for a grueling 100 days.

As one would anticipate, alongside the strategic gameplay, it is crucial to foster strong relationships with your comrades. Moreover, the outcome of the game can vary greatly, with a staggering 100 possible endings contingent upon the choices you make. We will reach out to Aniplex to inquire about the possibility of a PS5 port. However, it is important to note that Aniplex operates independently from PlayStation, as it falls under the Sony Music umbrella.

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The photo mode in Alan Wake 2 on PS5 doesn’t hold many surprises

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Most new games these days have some kind of photography feature, so it’s hard to remember a time before Photo Modes. Some developers don’t think it’s important for players to be able to take pictures right away, so the feature is added later. One great example of this is Alan Wake 2, which now has Photo Mode thanks to a new update that is now available.

If you look at the trailer above, you can see that you can really get creative with your photos by adding cool borders, overlays, and filters. We always like photo modes, where you can move different lights around in the scene. As the video shows, Remedy really lets you use your imagination with the different colors and lighting props.

 

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Before the DLC comes out, the Big Elden Ring update adds new features and fixes the game’s balance

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There will be an update for Elden Ring next week that sounds pretty important. The patch will come out on June 20, right before Shadow of the Erdtree goes live on June 21. “New features” and “balance adjustments” are what FromSoftware says the update will have.

Luckily, the developer went on to give more information. We went ahead and put them all together in the patch notes below:

New parts of inventory:

  • Items that were just gained will have a “!” next to them
  • There is now a new tab called “Recent Items” that lets you look at items that you just got

What’s new in Summoning Pool?

  • Now, active summoning pools will follow you to NG+
  • The newly added Map Functions Menu now lets you turn on and off individual summoning pools
  • When you use the Small Golden Effigy, it will only choose active Summoning Pools

All new hairstyles:

  • The game now has five more hairstyles to choose from. You can choose them when you make your character, with the Clouded Mirror Stand, or with Rennala’s Rebirth feature.
    FromSoftware also says that the patch will have extra features that aren’t listed here. I hope they’re a pleasant surprise!

Would you like to see any of these changes made? Are you still excited about Shadow of the Erdtree? Get ready by reading the comments below.

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