Games as social aid?

Reuters has a story about a study about how MMOGs can help players with their people skills. The study was done by Constance Steinkuehler of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Dmitri Williams of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Check out the story here.

I like stuff like this because it helps dispel the ancient stereotypes about the “lone wolf” gamer. For my part, some of the best parties and social activities I’ve been to involved games and gamers. We DO talk to each other. Really. If you want evidence, dive into the chat room at All Games. I ended up talking to someone late into the night about Transformers, for crying out loud.