Re: 4 Video Games Every Office Should Play Together
This is a lot of fun. As you point out, it's also not without some real science behind it. Gaming has long been shown to have good long-term mental benefits. While there is such a thing as over-indulging the twitch reflexes that is perhaps not so good for the avid gamer, the occasional fast-paced game seems to help keep the mind's "pathways" sharp as it ages and aid in making complex problem-solving second nature. I'd liken it to the supposed heart health benefits of an occasional glass of red wine - it's a far cry from encouraging alcoholism. There was even a rash of 'Brain Training' games in Japan some years ago (it happened to a lesser extent here, and derivates still exist today) designed to do exactly that and tell you the relative 'age' of your brain, based on real neuroscience, after a couple of 'exercises'.
Depending on how tenuous we're willing to make the connection, the possibilities are literally endless for tying all kinds of games to workplace benefits. Mario Kart seems like a staple because it stimulates some amount of friendly competition and/or trash talk, but is casual enough and unencumbered by over-complexity so that even complete non-gamers can win a few races thanks to the luck of the draw. League Of Legends is still the most popular multiplayer game in the world, and it took off because of it's highly team-oriented gameplay. Each player has a set 'position' on the team - I'm the archer that does tons of damage, but I'm easily killed and have to rely on you, the healer, to watch my back and keep me topped up. There's definitely a business teamwork lesson in there. Side benefit: it's free.