Videogames: Beyond the virtual and the fun

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The City of Knowledge Foundation and the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico held the conference Videogames: Beyond the virtual and the fun, on Tuesday, November 7, at the City of Knowledge Convention Center.

In this conference guest speaker José A. Rodríguez Ortega explored the different scenarios where video games have had a masterly effect in areas such as health, psychology and education, among others. He also shared experiences where videogames have had a transforming effect.

Ortega mentioned that today there is a latent market that looks for smaller, more punctual things, such as educational video games. "It is not necessary to invent the next Facebook or Twitter, you can start small and be able to do a great business, especially taking into account that people spend more and more time playing video games. The fascinating world of video games transcends the experience of fun.”

About the speaker

José A. Rodríguez Ortega is a "videogamer convert". He went from seeing the experience of video games as a waste of time, to see it as a transformative tool. He currently serves as director of the Department of Computing at the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, soon to be at the City of Knowledge under the name INTER PANAMA.