Cooperative Strategic Games
A cooperative strategic game is a general model for a competitive gaming interaction among two or more players or teams. Broadly speaking, cooperative games can be seen as a competition between teams of players rather than individual players. It often includes each team/ player selecting a strategy and the combined choices of all the teams decides the outcome of the game. Studies have revealed that children assigned to competitive games tend to show less enthusiasm and later behaved negatively. On the contrary, children that played cooperative games were more enthusiastic, better team players and behaved positively.
Why Cooperative Strategic Games
We all love to play. However, some of us hate to lose. For those that dislike to lose, cooperative board games are a better option as they do not work on the principle of ‘elimination of players’. Unlike other strategic games such as Monopoly that makes the eliminated players sit by the sidelines and watch, cooperative strategic games are more inclusive.
Social Skills, Thinking Abilities and Collaboration - The Many Benefits of Cooperative Strategic Games
1. Cooperative games are known to reduce aggression in young children while also enhancing ‘cooperative learning’. Moreover, players also adjust their willingness to cooperate based on the feedback received from others(Blake et al 2015; Keil et al 2017).
2. These games also increase pro-social skills including kindness, empathy and sharing.
3. You may be surprised to know that these games are also therapeutic in nature. Playing a good round of indoor strategic game can enhance the communication skills of autistic and socially withdrawn kids.
4. Like mentioned earlier, cooperative strategy games are inclusive and promote a “sense of belonging”. This further helps children and adults alike in academic achievement.
5. Thinking abilities and problem solving abilities are extremely important for succeeding at most things in life. Cooperative games help hone these abilities, thus helping individuals do well on both personal and professional fronts.
6. When you throw in a group of people to solve a problem, each one comes up with a possible way to tackle the issues. This is called ‘collaborative thinking’ and it helps building a conducive group.
7. Anything in excess can be harmful and it includes ‘competition’. A Cooperative games helps break away from excess competition and lets the players enjoy the game without coming under the destructive effects of over competition.
Love, Bonding and a Better community - Cooperative Games Bring in Positivity
When playing cooperative strategic games one opens up emotionally as the games activate mutual appreciation, along with feelings of love and bonding. A sense of kindness and fairness is demonstrated that increases productivity of working together, rather than against one another.
These games model peaceful, fair and equitable social interaction needed in today’s competitive global community.