Over the years, people have been questioning the effect that violent video games have on their users –– especially those of the younger demographic. In light of this, a Norwegian secondary school teacher from Bergan, Norway is being praised for his use of The Walking Dead video game as a medium to teach his Ethics and Religious Studies class.
In professor Tobias Staaby’s words, “The Walking Dead presents some dilemmas [the students] would not have thought of otherwise.”
Although games have been used in classrooms before as a means to educate, The Walking Dead has a ESRB rating of M 17+ and is far from the typical “educational” game you would find in any classroom setting.
Professor Staaby’s action is a step in the right direction in discourse about the effect of video games. Hopefully, it will help stop the constant persecution these games receive as a scapegoat for violent behaviour.