17 Video Games That Will Make You Smarter
Empire Total War
Empire Total War is the biggest and most detailed Total War game to date and is must have addition on our list of video games that will make you smarter, it is as close to Europa Universalis that Total War game has got to and it allows you to play a good half of the globe, what is great about Total War games (excluding the recent foray into fiction Total War’s in the form of Warhammer) is that you gain tons of historical and geographic knowledge from playing the game. Total War games have definitely made me a history nerd and showed that playing video games can make you smarter!
Myst is a graphical adventure puzzle game, released originally for Mac OS in 1993. The game allows you to travel in a massive world in a non linear story, and it’s not just a puzzle game it all includes a lot of ethical dilemmas that players have to deal with, what is awesome about the game is that it makes you think outside the box and use the environment and everything around you to try and figure out the puzzle and advance in the game with the game being praised for its immersion. Myst was the best selling video game ever until it was outsold by the first Sims game in 2002. The game will teach you skills such as thinking outside the box and also perseverance on top of all different problems and solutions you will encounter and learn and is definetly one of the video games that will make you smarter.
Farming Simulator 18
Farming Simulator is a game often ridiculed, however, it remains popular for the role-playing gamers and simulator game lovers, the game is no joke, however, it is as close to being a real-life farmer as it gets. With a game getting released every year with better graphics and more detail and added realism, if you play this game you will become a farming expert. The game sees you use over 50 different farming vehicles and machines all based on 30 real machinery and vehicle brands, you have to care for the animals(ranging from cows to pigs), care for the crops (corn, sugar beet and wheat to name a few) and deliver your cargo to get paid. It’s almost like having a full-time job. It may still be a weird addition to our list of video games that will make you smarter, however, whats wrong with having knowledge of where your food comes from plus who know you might become a farmer one day.[smartad id="4" align="center"]
Sim City is a city building game which sees you build and manage your own city from the ground up managing every single aspect such as managing electricity, fuel, infrastructure, crime rates, unemployment and even ethnic conflict all the while balancing your books making sure that your tax income covers all the government-funded services in your town. Sim City will help you understand what it takes to run a city and the difficulties of being a mayor, and the fact that money doesn’t grow on trees proving that playing video games can make you smarter.
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, is the strategy game that takes you from the Stone Age all the way to the Future, it is the most detailed strategy game of its kind with 68 techs and a similar amount of civics which is the second tech tree of the game added for the first time in Civ VI doubling the number of techs and adding a more detailed perspective on culture and the advancement of politics in the game. By playing Sid Meiers you can learn about the dozen of civilizations part of the game from the Nubian Empire led by Queen Amanitore, the Empire of Macedon led obviously by Alexander the Great and Empire of Kongo led by Mvemba a Nzinga to name a few. Furthermore, you will learn about the technologies that led to human advancement to the present era and the important natural resources and later products that allow the world to function the way it is from grain to plastics, as well as the, must have for politics with both NPC city-states and rival civilizations.
Democracy 3 is the best politics and government simulator out there right now, by playing it you will become a politics master and have a vast knowledge of the problems and decisions that modern governments around the world have to make, from balancing the different taxes such as income tax, consumer tax, petrol tax and tobacco tax. The game sees you tackle modern-day problems such as obesity, terrorism, pollution, and education & innovation all the while making sure you are popular enough to be re-elected or you could always become a dictator(no joke). There are too many features of the game to name there are simply too many, there are also countless mods adding new decisions and features to the game plus the official expansion called Democracy 3: Africa which sees you take control of the unique scenario of governing emerging African nations with the ten countries featured in the expansion being Botswana, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia, Zambia and South Africa. This is definetly a game that proves that playing video games can make you smarter, you will be a confirmed politics egghead after 20 hours of playing this game.[smartad id="7" align="center"]
Victoria 2 is a war strategy game published by Paradox Games a gaming studio renowned for its awesome strategy games, Victoria 2, however, has a big importance included in economics, trade, and politics with your power dependent in the long run in the game on your ability to become an industrial power that is as self-reliant as possible. This game will teach you economics and politics on an advanced level with detailed demand and supply charts allowing you to decide what factories to invest in and what political spectrum to support, are you gonna go for socialism for full control over the economy which can have huge inefficiencies in the long run or for a free economy hoping that your populants are entrepreneurial enough to develop and industrialise your nation. This game will teach you a lot about the relationship between politics on both the right and the left with that of the economy proving once again that playing video games can make you smarter.
Tetris may seem like a weird addition to this list and not seem like it will back up the fact that playing video games can make you smarter, some may think that it’s too simple for you to really learn anything that will make your any smarter or help you in life. However, Tetris is a game that requires planning and strategy if you want to get a high score in the game, the trick of doing the best you can in the game is choosing the best option of what you are offered by the game with luck being a small portion of your success. This is an important skill to learn and Tetris will allow you to master that, being a perfect addition to our list of video games that will make you smarter.
Monument Valley is a best selling indie puzzle game developed and published by Ustwo Games, you play as a Princess who is tasked with overcoming the puzzles presented using the environment around you along with the optical illusions added to confuse you and make things even harder like if they already weren’t hard. In the game, you can interact with everything in the environment from walls, floors to bridges in order to help your protagonist advance. The game will teach you the cliche things such as thinking outside the box but also it will open your eyes to new ways of looking at the world and at problems.[smartad id="8" align="center"]
Starcraft 2 is a science fiction real-time strategy game which sees you play as three unique races; the Terrans (human exiles from Earth), the Zerg (super-species assimilated life forms) and the Protoss (a technologically advanced species with vast mental powers). The game requires you to manage resources and micromanage both your economy and your military operations teaching you strategy and planning.
The popular sandbox video game has recently been used in schools to teach children the essential skill of teamwork as well as imagination and problem solving and again pre-planning. Minecraft is a huge game with crafting, survival, exploration and building mechanics making it a unique experience every time thanks to randomly generated environments. It has recently been added to schools in both Turkey and Sweden to help children in classrooms learn important social and organization skills proving that this is one of those video games that will make you smarter.
Football Manager 2018
Football Manager is the biggest and most realistic football managing simulator in the world and is for sure on the of the video games that will make you smarter in terms of knowledge of the football world, a new game is released in the franchise every year generally in the month of November featuring tons of new features and updates on player stats and probably the most exciting feature of the game being the new young talent. Playing Football Manager 2018 will make you very knowledgeable of all footballers, clubs, and competitions in the world without any real effort as the game is truly addictive with the role-playing aspect being on point and is a perfect example that playing video games can make you smarter.[smartad id="4" align="center"]
Age Of Empires 2
Age of Empires 2 is one of the most successful games released by the Microsoft Game Studios and also the most successful strategy game franchise to be released by the studio. The game will help you learn a lot about medieval history and the big civilizations that existed during the period, it was the most popular game for some time during the early 2000’s and got millions of gamers passionate about history furthermore it showed that playing video games can make you smarter.
Portal is unique for the reason that its first person and yet also a puzzle game, the game is a platform game which sees you doing the stereotypical platform stuff such as a lot of jumping and avoiding obstacles but also its stand out game mechanic, you guessed it the portal! The portal system is unique for the fact that it sees you having to guess and consider your actions and use a lot of logic and in most cases for the average person who is not a genius a lot of repetition. The game introduces a unique perspective and need for strategy that can for sure help you in real life with all of the portal challenges being able to be solved using degrees of angles making this one of the video games that will make you smarter.
Europa Universalis 4
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Europa Universalis 4 is a massive war strategy game developed by Paradox Studios, one of the biggest game studios dedicated to war strategy games after Creative Assembly the creators of the Total War franchise, Europa Universalis allows you to play with any nation you want with a selection of hundreds, many of them are not even available at the start of the game and can be formed through releasing countries or revolts. The game is massive it literally spans the entire globe with only areas of the world that were realistically impossible to colonize between the period of the 15th century to the 19th century due to insufficient technology and the harsh environments. Playing the game long enough will make you an absolute pro at geography and at history again portraying that playing video games can make you smarter, with the game being super realistic and including hundreds upon hundreds of historic nations, events, and places. This is definitely a must-have from this list of video games that will make you smarter, by the end of it you will be a geography and history wiz-kid.[smartad id="4" align="center"]
Brain Age 2
Brain Age 2 may be a bit of a cliche addition but its a worthy addition to our list video games that will make you smarter, this game designed by the renowned Dr. Kawashima, the game allows you to input your age and then offer you exercises and puzzles to help you improve your memory and also your brain’s responsiveness. The game was named at IGN’s Game of the Month in 2007 and was also the 13th best-selling game in the USA in its first month which is a great achievement for an unconventional game of its kind. This game will give you the ability to improve your memory and thinking speed in order to pick up information quicker and more effectively. This game is literally made to make you smarter, proving that playing video games can make you smarter.
Sims 4 is the latest game in the very popular franchise which allows you to manage every aspect of your virtual human’s life from relationships, work to having or adopting children. The game is not fully realistic as if it was it would be a bit boring but playing the game will still teach you a lot about life and for the younger readers here some of the stuff that entails the adult life, it will not give you any factual knowledge but it would make you so-called wiser, showing that playing video games can make you smarter or in this case wiser.
So this it the list of video games that make you smarter, feel free to show this to your parents and convince them that playing video games can make you smarter!