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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

O is for Online Games

I'm currently participating in 
an ABC's for homeschooling challenge.  
Since it falls on Tuesdays, 
I am adding a technological slant to the challenge.  
I hope you stay tuned and enjoy my entries.
Steam website now offers Team Fortress 2 for free.
All of my children play online games.  The games, of course, vary.  Some are blatantly educational, like those at  Others are not so obvious.  Team Fortress 2 seems to be purely entertainment.
I interviewed my teenage son to see what he believes are the advantages of playing online games such as Team Fortress 2.  We came up with a good list.

1. Meet other people.  From the comfort of your home, you can gather with individuals you would never meet in person.  My son has often told me he sees people messaging in German.  I think it's awesome to see my son meeting people from around the world.

2. Play with similar-minded people.  In a game that allows instant messaging, you are already meeting at a game you both like.  Chances are you like others things, too.  Star Wars and Nintendo's Animal Crossing are two brands that kids find in common with each other.
3. Compete with others.  In a game like Team Fortress 2, my son can be in competition with other players.  This allows him to learn how to interact with others.  Not everyone is gonna be on your side in all issues in our lives.  We must learn that adversity happens.  Sure, a game is a superficial way to teach this concept, but my son is still learning about competition.

4. Cooperate with others.  On the flip side of competition is working together toward a common goal.  Receiving help from others is awesome.  It's also a concept to practice.  Working together in a team is a wonderful skill to learn.  You can use this concept throughout your life.

5. Teach others.  Along with working on a goal together, players often teach someone.  When joining an online game, there is bound to be a newbie.  That newbie needs someone to teach them the ropes.  My son has told me he's either taught someone or received some instruction from a fellow player.  A game is more enjoyable when all players know how to play the game.

6. Fosters strategy.  With games, there are steps and procedures to follow.  A player has to figure out how to do something.  A player has to read the instructions.  A player sometimes has to reach out to others through forums.  My son has done it all to find the solutions.
7. Fosters creativity.  My son loves Team Fortress 2.  He loves The Heavy, a character, in Team Fortress 2.  He learned about GMod, which I blogged about.  He learned he could pose character images to create comics.  His comic is called Adventures of Heavy.

Adventures of Heavy page 204, with Star Wars influence.
Fan crossover of 
Team Fortress 2 and Star Wars 
is possible with GMod.
Well, thanks for reading this entry.  I hope I've provided a valid viewpoint about online games.  They can be educational.  They can be entertaining.  All online games, like Farmville on Facebook, have their redeeming value.
Next week, I will be covering the letter P.  Stay tuned!

How about you, my readers?  Do you play any online games?  Do your children play online games?  If so, which ones?  I believe in using educational online games to teach children the topics they need to learn, especially the beginning concepts like those at  I encourage you to expose your children to education through technology.

I pray that God gives you all, my beloveds, His wisdom and peace.

This has been an entry for the Technology Tuesdays series.



  1. Oh what would my boys do without Steam games? Portal is their #1 favorite, which is definitely a thinking game. I can't figure the thing out but my almost 11 year old beat Portal 2 about a week after it came out. Now he's going back through slowly, finding all the hidden things he missed the first time through! We don't let them use the IM features... they are just too young right now... but our 19 year old plays lots of Steam games with all the features. I do wish there were some actual educational games on there though. Great post!

  2. Dawn,

    Thanks for commenting here.

    Often, my two boys are playing together in a common virtual room. My youngest would let me know if anything out of the ordinary were to happen in one of those rooms.

    My teenage son has told me that there are curse words and other questionable words that are censored out of those IMs. I'm glad because I can't police everything.

    I do have my concerns like any other mother. I can come and go in every room in my home where there is a computer. I make sure of that.

    Rebecca G.

  3. We love Starfall at our house! It is a great site. Another one we love is called It has great educational games that my daughter plays. Passing levels in the games earns her "scoops" that she trades in for virtual pets, decorations for her virtual home and other fun things. Definitely a fun, educational site. And no annoying advertising which I really love!

  4. Barbara,

    Thanks for your comment.

    Thanks for the heads up about Haven't heard about that website, but I'll let my kids know. Well, maybe they do know about it. LOL

    Rebecca G.


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