Microsoft Invests $1.5 Million into Gaming Research

BY Andrew Miesner / February 23, 2009

Microsoft has announced that they will be putting $1.5 Million into research to find if there is a link between gaming and learning. The research hopes to find links between gamers developing certain learning skills that can be translated to the classroom. John Nordlinger, Head of Gaming research for Microsoft said “We want to figure out what’s compelling about the games”.

Microsoft has partnered with several colleges, New York University being one of them. The bulk of the money will be put into the research at the Games for Learning Institute. It was said that playing World of Warcraft could encourrage scientific thinking.

The ideal result of this research would be to make games fun, and less violent.

Source: Kotaku