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Games are thus the most ancient and time-honored vehicle for education. They are the original educational technology, the natural one, having received the seal of approval of natural selection. We don’t see mother lions lecturing cubs at the chalkboard; we don’t see senior lions writing their memoirs for posterity.
In light of this, the question, "Can games have educational value?" becomes absurd. It is not games but schools that are the newfangled notion,the untested fad, the violator of tradition. Game-playing is a vital educational function for any creature capable of learning.