Video games have evolved from moving a few pixels across a screen, to replicating a game of tennis, to a medium that has the potential for storytelling and social commentary.

It also has the potential to educate, promote social change and train people to perform a variety of tasks.

For example, they have been used to make tutoring software for typing and reading more engaging. Video game technology in the form of flight simulators is also used to train both civilian and military pilots.

This kind of application for the technology has years of data to prove its usefulness. Danielle McNamara, a professor at the ASU Institute for the Science of Teaching and Learning, uses narrative-driven video games as practice for students who are learning reading comprehension techniques.

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