You Can’t Learn Anything From Games
Chief Propagators: Mrs. Bumblemuffin, your 7th grade English literature teacher
Why It’s Dumb: That’s like saying you can’t learn anything from books or movies either
From a narrative standpoint the biggest difference between games and books is that the player has an opportunity to explore and interact with the creator’s work in games. There’s no limitation on themes, or symbolism or allusions that keep games from being as mentally stimulating as games; people just need to know where to look.
Games have the ability to provide transcendent knowledge in a way other media has a harder time doing. Because players can interact with the worlds the authors create, they can explore the concepts of cause and effect within the parameters set by the designer. This is a far more engaging and impactful way of learning while experiencing something enjoyable and gives players agency over their own learning.