Every game improves cognitive skills, like coordination, reflexes, memory and judgement--but what about something more advanced? Have video games ever taught you technical skills? What about social skills, creative skills, or athletic skills? Here are two examples from my personal gaming experience. (You can adopt this format or use your own!) Title: Top Gear Rally Skill: How to brake and make high-speed turns on various road surfaces, including mud and snow. Value: I use this knowledge of vehicle physics whenever I am driving aggressively, especially in bad weather. Alternatives: I was too young to drive when I played this game, but even if I wasn’t, the experience would have been too dangerous. Titles: Dark Mirror and Logan’s Shadow Skill: Working knowledge of various firearms, including clip size, firing speed, recoil, range, and firing position. Value: Improves my understanding of modern warfare. I do not own any firearms, but I've performed well at target practice for a beginner. Alternatives: I could have learned the basics from rifle clubs or the military, which would consume lots of time, energy and money. The games were a good way to learn without commitment, and to work past the negative stigma about guns. What about you? What skills have you learned from video games, how valuable were these skills in your life, and how did the games compare to other methods of learning?