Games are a serious business
Writing about web page http://technology.guardian.co.uk/weekly/story/0,,1986993,00.html
...those responsible for a supposedly progressive arts festival should understand the incredible possibilities of interactive media to educate, inform and challenge in fresh, engaging ways. This isn’t even a new idea – Monopoly, of course, has its roots in The Landlord’s Game, developed in the first years of the 20th century to show how the economics of rented accommodation impoverished tenants.
Newsflash: videogames are still misunderstood and maligned in 2007 – no matter how much money they’re making, no matter how many suited soulless freaks try to turn them into franchise properties.
I reckon it is human nature, I do not know whether there is research on this, but it is our instintcs that lead us to doubt about anything new to us. Although games are not new, these have appeal amongst children and young people as these have been the most attracted to it. However, there is research in progress about the use of games on understanding abstract concepts amongst engineering students. Although games were not thought to be taken seriously they have many possibilties to help young minds to understand, engage and motivate.