If Video Games Teach Us How to Use Guns, Here Are 9 Other Things We Ought to Be Good At

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According to some, video games are virtual training grounds for shooters.

There are honestly people out there that believe playing games like Call of Duty or Battlefield can teach you how to shoot a gun. Ridiculous, huh? And to prove just how ridiculous is it, using their logic, here are 9 other things we ought to be great at thanks to playing video games until the wee hours of the morning. Have fun!


Deus Ex Hacking

In video games, we seemingly hack everything. Doors, computers, robots; nothing is safe from a gamer’s insane hacking ability, which is usually facilitated by some mundane mini-game. Are those hacking skills transferred into real-life, however? As if. I’ve done so much hacking in virtual worlds that if it was indeed a training aid I’d have probably been headhunted by Interpol by now. Instead, the only hacking I’ll be doing anytime soon is guessing someone’s password so I can post something silly on their Twitter feed.

Lock Picking

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It seems like nearly every game features lock picking these days. Some games, like Kingdom Come: Deliverance feature lock picking systems that are truly strenuous, while the likes of The Raven Remastered presents lock picking as more of a puzzle. In any case, in gaming terms I’m a master lock picker now, able to bust into anything if you give me a handful of lock picks and thirty seconds or so of time. In the real world, however, I wouldn’t even know where to start.


I’ve pretty much exhaustively played every Assassin’s Creed game, jumping, running and climbing about like a lunatic. There must be something wrong though, as the bleeding effect hasn’t turned me into someone capable of doing parkour yet. It’s a shame, as I’d love to be more athletic and move around the nearest town centre pulling off crazy stunts to amuse onlookers, but I think if I seriously tried to jump between two rooftops I’d just plummet to my death.