Video games were created as an escape from the real world, but that doesn't mean that they don't have the capacity to help us navigate our real world any better. 

1. We learned interior design and coding in the same place. What a world wendigoaway


I designed my current bedroom and living room in Sims 2 before I put them together irl, if that counts.

2. Very very wholesome right here pumpkinrum


I'm gonna argue that all video games have given me the real life skill in form of English. If I wanted to understand the game I had to learn the language. Gradually more and more words started to make sense, and my English classes became easier

3. How else will you learn not to spend your last $10 on lunch? strawsinburger


Runescape has taught me a lot about economy and money management.

4. Learning to read, one pirate sign at a time TwitsMcGee


When I was a kid (around 4) my dad would play The Secret of Monkey Island a lot. I would play with him sometimes, and I would try on my own sometimes too, but I couldn't read the dialogue because it was all text, there was no voice acting back then. So in combination with what I was learning in school and what my parents would teach me, I used the game to learn to read. I ended up learning to read well before anyone else in my class, and could read better than most people in grades above me. So I can credit videogames with introducing me to a love of reading. Thanks Tim Schafer.

5. Hahaha very fair billbapapa


Madden taught me to never punt on 4th down.

6. Anything this level-headed coming from this game is nothing short of a miracle xxSpeedyThrowaway69


League of legends taught me that there's no point to start an argument when neither party is open to changing their mind. When both are so convinced their stance is the right one and neither is willing to give up even an inch, then it's better to save your energy and not start a discussion at all. Just let it go it won't lead to anything.

Also how to focus on developing optimally as an individual in a given setting. Focus on what you can do to optimize your impact/influence in a given situation (or team), despite external factors. Adapt and get the most out of situations instead of complaining about what is in your way. Focus on your own actions/decisions in the game and frequently reflect and evaluate on them throughout, with personal growth and development as end goal. Own up to mistakes and how to improve on them in the future so you learn and gain things even when losing

7. Extremely plain but still extremely practical Clydseph_III


Papers, Please is amazing at teaching attention to detail and paperwork. I recently started working at a major hardware store in the warehouse, so I use these skills constantly when finding orders or inventory with minimal mistakes.

8. Packing groceries in your car after hours of Tetris >>> PM_UR_NUDES_FOR_RATING


Tetris has definitely helped my spacial thinking for packing situations.

9. Now take that lesson into Battle Mode pegasusvomit


Mario Kart saved me in a crash last spring, I shit you not.

I was driving on the highway in a downpour. My dad can't help himself from being a backseat driver any time he's not at the wheel, and because he taught me how to drive, I (mostly subconsciously) take any command he gives me as literal. There was a diner on the side of the highway approaching that we've driven to dozens of times, so I knew where I needed to turn. However, a couple hundred feet from where the actual turn was, my dad started yelling, "GET READY TO TURN! TURN! TURN NOW!" So my brain farted and went "Turn? Here? Okay!" and I immediately swerved right off the damn road headed straight for a telephone pole. The most important thing I ever learned from my many years of Mario Kart was drifting to slow down/avoid obstacles. Whether this was true drifting or not, as I slammed the brakes I also managed to turn the wheel so the car slid across the grass sideways rather than straight. We didn't hit the telephone pole, and actually besides a popped tire, there was no damage to the car.

My dad doesn't give me directions in the car anymore lol

10. This is still better than going to school bt123456789


someone else mentioned assassin's creed, but I wanted to offer a more serious answer. it helped me learn a LOT of history I didn't know. Assasisn's Creed II taught me about the renaissance and its impact, and the war of banking families. Brotherhood taught me Roman history, and about the Borgia family. Revelations taught me about the war between byzantines and Ottomans, and the siege of constantinople. III even taught stuff (like the French helping America in the revolution, and the affects from other wars on the natives), I could go on and on, every single game has taught me something I never would've learned in normal history classes outside of college (even world history in high school was more about US involvement and nothing else)