Are computer games for learning or just for fun? That’s the question Hiller Spires, NC State professor of literacy and technology, tackles in a commentary for the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.
Spires says while we may not think of them as texts, computer games use multiple modes of communication – writing, speech, sound, music, and still and moving images. Skilled game players gain fluency in the specialized “language” of the game. What’s more, they may be motivated to read while playing, which helps build literacy.