Disclaimer: I did not search for a similar thread now.
Now I am become troll, destroyer of forums.*
But if there has been one, it's long gone now and I would be accused of necrobumping...
So do I really need to do that every time I make a thread? I do? Okay.
Anyways... I didn't put this in "Gaming" section because even though the major focus is on games, other stuff like movies are in this subject too. Also this doesn't really focus on games themselves but rather their effects on people, so you can freely leave if you were going to say "but ur talking about games bruh, u no respect the rules lol get outta here".
Okay, let's begin shall we. Do you think games/movies/series that are considered non-educative (such as games like GTA, Battlefield... or movies such as James Bond or other action movies... series like Lost, Prison Break or The Walking Dead) can be educative too?
I do think they can indeed be, and good at it too, even if it isn't their main purpose. For example, everyone here knows my splendid English, right? Well I guess it is because I have played multiple 15-18+ games and watched a lot of random movies/TV-series (namely Lost) when I was young... ish. Like 6+. As far as I know, no one else I know in real life has played/watched that much English stuff - subtitled to Finnish of course - as a child, resulting in me being a damn genius (for a non-native English speaker) in English language, lol.
Either way, I guess that if I had watched more series/movies with e.g. some sort of math being used in the plot when I was young, I would have been better at it too. You know, I'd be rewriting the Theory of Relativity by now.
Though, the possible side effects can occur too... making the child all crazy and making him run over pedestrians if he played too much GTA... but that isn't the main point here. But if you played with the kid, you could e.g. teach the chap about traffic rules safely in GTA or something. If you have American traffic rules in your country, that is.
So, how about you? Do you believe that even violent or for other reasons age-limited games or other media can be used as a tool of education? If so, why? If not, why not? I need reasoning, people.
*Bonus points for you if you know that quote. Although it is modified from it's original form to serve my purpose better.