Visit the Computer History Museum to see games from your childhood, like Pac-Man and Pong, and those your children probably played, like those on the PlayStation console.

Games bring obvious benefits, like fun and entertainment, but playing them too much threatens social relationships, and playing them on-the-job threatens employee productivity.

However, video games’ entertainment value provides benefits that may be taken for granted. The games and systems on display at the museum represent decades of technology that has helped workers unwind during breaks from stressful projects or at home after a hard day’s work. Fun breaks up monotony in the office, and playing a game with co-workers builds camaraderie.

 

Hilton Collins, Staff Writer
Hilton Collins  |  GT Staff Writer

By day, Hilton Collins is a staff writer for Government Technology and Emergency Management magazines who covers sustainability, cybersecurity and disaster management issues. By night, he’s a sci-fi/fantasy fanatic, and if he had to choose between comic books, movies, TV shows and novels, he’d have a brain aneurysm. He can be reached at hcollins@govtech.com and on @hiltoncollins on Twitter.