World of Warcraft School of Business
I've always felt that reading good science fiction is a good preparation for dealing with the future. We're now seeing some evidence that playing games like World of Warcraft is good preparation for life in business.
(Typical day at the office)
At Concordia University in Edmonton, student Ryan Poon credits his recent success in a business competition to his years of playing World of Warcraft.
"With both the business game and Warcraft, the thought process you have to use is kind of similar," said Poon, 21. "It helps me to see things in a certain way. I can think ahead as to how things will develop."
The competition requires student teams to run a fictional footwear company over a period of ten weeks. Everyone starts the game at the same level; students are required to make specific decisions each week. Students decide where to locate production facilities, what footwear to produce and even which celebrities to use for endorsements. The simulation software evaluates all of the input, and then gives the competitors a real world ranking.
The Concordia team finished 41st overall in a competition with 2,000 teams around the world.
Although I think that the World of Warcraft reference itself is enough of an sf tie-in, you might also consider the personality simulator from The Dosadi Experiment, a 1977 novel by Frank Herbert. The hyper-competitive Dosadi make use of a Sims-like device to try to game their competitors:
He entered a larger space full of projection-room gloom with shadowed figures seated facing a holographic focus on his left. McKie identified Jedrik by her profile, slipped into a seat beside her.
McKie recognized the subtle slippage of computer simulation. That was not a flesh-and-blood Broey in the focus.
"He's beginning to do things I didn't anticipate."
(Read more about the personality simulator)
From Warcraft skills pay off in business competition
Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 12/14/2007)
Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.
| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |
you like to contribute a story tip?
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add
Comment/Join discussion ( 0 )
Related News Stories -
Rigid Clothing, Or Wearable Furniture?
'Earth's scientists solved the problem ... by devising rigid metallic clothing.'
Apple Idea Accelerator (tm) Coming!
Designed to accelerate idea creation, the Apple Campus 2 is a cyclotron of innovation!
Business Leaders Brain-Scanned
The world of work will never be the same; business leaders distinguished by brain scan.
EmoBracelet Warns Traders Of Bad Decisions
Should you be making decisions right now, given your emotional state? Philips, the electronics corporation, now has some real-life tech for you.
Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!)
is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for
the Invention Category that interests
you, the Glossary, the Invention
Timeline, or see what's New.
GM Introduces Cruise AV With No Steering Wheel
'How about the steering wheel?' ... 'I do not need one.'
Subsurface Martian Ice Slabs Piece Of Cake For Miners
'One shy little fellow with bloodshot eyes of old-time drillman stood up. 'I'm an ice miner,' he said.'
LG Rollable Version Of Niven's Poster TV
'A television that unrolled like a poster.'
Multi-Robot Farming On Highly Sloped Land
High Plains, indeed.
Aeolus Robot Brings Jetson's Rosie Closer
Domestic duties, robotically performed.
Sony's New, Cuter Aibo Robot Puppy
Engineered to be adorable.
Earth-1 Transformer Gundam Car
Is it a Gundam? Or maybe a Transformer.
Self-Driving Domino's Pizza Car
Yes, but can it negotiate entry at your Burbclave?
I Want Massive Space Freighters!
Ah, the space freighters of old.
When Will The Feds Ban Human Drivers?
'The first laws came out forcing the old machines off the highways...'
Our World Formed In A Bubble?
'The Worldcraft bubble glittered, catching the light...'
Will You Live To See EM Pulse Scattering By Ships Nearing Light Speed?
'...half a million kilometers away, the Stardrive went on.'
Jabil Integrated Textile Heart Monitoring
'Della's first present was an imipolex sweatshirt called a heartshirt…'
Made In Space To Manufacture Optical Fiber In Orbit
'Mass-produced only in the orbiting factories...'
Dune Fans! Power Your Devices With Sweaty Shirts
Yet another power source from humans.
Orwell's Memory Hole Looms Larger Thanks To Nvidia
'All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary.'
More SF in the News Stories
More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories