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Monday, August 30, 2010

A Lesson in Starcraft

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While university classes in Starcraft were somewhat heard of in many top tier universities in Asia, it never quite appeared to have a practical use, that is until now. Pioneering universities such as the University of Florida and University of California-Berkeley have begun teaching Starcraft classes. Ph.D candidate Nate Poling's (University of Florida) studies suggest the stress and micromanagement aspects of Starcraft have practical applications in the real world. Using his classes, he believes he can teach his students to be better critical and consequential thinkers in situations of extreme stress when in the working environment, making them primary candidates for managerial positions. Do you think this is a relevant and practical application of the skills required in Starcraft?

36 comments:

  1. Seems legit to me. Plus I would love to take a starcraft class.

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  2. havn't bought it YET, but I'm sure I will
    nice to follow a Blog whih helps me a little ^^

    here's mine check it out if you want to

    http://bloggerfock.blogspot.com/

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  3. sounds like a cool class to take ^__^

    -derpz

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  4. That'd be awesome to have as a side class. But never as something important.

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  5. Haha, that's crazy. I'd get a C.

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  6. Why didn't they offer this shit when I went to UF?

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  7. Amazing stuff. Imagine going to college to play games in class. Sweeet!!

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  8. This would be a really neat class to attend I must say.

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  9. Being a pretty hardcore starcraft player myself, I can attest to this. Starcraft teaches you insane micromanagement skills, and how to keep cool under pressure. These skills are ideal for being in the business industry etc.

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  10. i wouldnt be caught dead in a starcraft class lol

    http://vinceipblog.blogspot.com/

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  11. I can actually see how this would be beneficial to some students. Waiting for a PhD in WoW atm.

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  12. demon's souls would be good for this, hard as erections....

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  13. I've always been a skeptic of these kinds of things. I'm still waiting for an acceptance letter to major in Runescape Economics. Aha, I digress; it certainly is interesting and is worth a glance over.

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  14. i do think these are relevant skills needed for a real world.

    lots of planning, multi tasking and focus go into effect.

    there's tons of real world applications. whose to say war won't ever be controlled via computer as it is in SC?

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  15. A starcraft class? I'd hit that D:

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  16. yeah starcraft class grate way to meat gamzor chikz amirit?

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  17. sounds like another pointless class to me

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  18. I would love this class! Easy credits!

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  19. awesome blog man, I dig the page

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  20. Get graded based on Starcraft?, nice

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  21. That's incredible... I never thought there would be academic lessons to play a game!

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  22. I think taking classes in micromanagment or critical thinking would actually be a little more beneficial haha

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  23. I like playing the Terrans in StarCraft
    Something about being human that seems to attract me :p

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  24. Did you see the thing about the Korean kids doing like 300-actions a second? What kind of "AAS" would be normal for a "good American player"?

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  25. I just don't understand the real world relevance. It's cool to get some lessons or whatever, but useless at a university level.

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  26. Honestly I fail to see the relevance of a class about StarCraft. It's an awesome idea, but irrelevant to society none the less.

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  27. The easiest class ever. Love the blog man. Imma going to florida

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  28. well if there's a harry potter class (which is real btw), there should also be a starcraft one too

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  29. I took a class on road trip movies. so if that could be a class... this should be class.

    http://celluloid-butter.blogspot.com

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  30. just gotta love them starcrafts

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  31. dude, I love all these Starcraft blogs. I wish so much that a class was offered at my University.

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