Via the Science Codex, a meta-analytical study due to be published in the Winter edition of Personnel Psychology has revealed (from what the press release is telling me) that videogames made by companies as training tools for incoming employees were found to be effective. The author of this study is Traci Sitzmann (University of Colorado Denver).
As it is outside of my area of expertise, I vaguely knew that the military used videogames for military training, but I didn’t know that corporations were also on the videogames as training tool bandwagon. One interesting and funny fact is an ice cream company created a videogame on how to serve the appropriate amount of ice cream because they were losing money from employees serving too much.
I don’t have the full-text copy, and I don’t think I’ll make any serious review on it since it’s a meta-analysis. I wish there was a game on to effectively manage your time.
Sitzmann, T. (in press) A meta-analytic examination of the instructional effectiveness of computer-based simulation games. Personnel Psychology.