It is known that puzzle games, such as Tetris, enhance the player's cognitive abilities, but today's students opt for more action filled games such as first person shooters or role playing games. Recent research suggests that some commercial computer games increase cognitive skills and may enhance the participants ability to learn. However, it appears that it is not attributed to the gameplay of such games, but to the immersive environment created by the realism and the intense situation that the player experiences. This article suggests that these facets found in commercial games should be embraced by educators and supplement the learning environment of today's digitally literate students.
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