You Play World of Warcraft? You're Hired!: Why multiplayer games may be the best kind of job training.

Gaming tends to be regarded as a harmless diversion at best, a vile corruptor of youth at worst. But the usual critiques fail to recognize its potential for experiential learning. Unlike education acquired through textbooks, lectures, and classroom instruction, what takes place in massively multiplayer online games is what we call accidental learning. It’s learning to be – a natural byproduct of adjusting to a new culture – as opposed to learning about. —John Seely Brown and Douglas ThomasYou Play World of Warcraft? You’re Hired!: Why multiplayer games may be the best kind of job training. (Wired)