Over at gamesradar, they’ve posted a list of “101 Things We’ve Learned from Video Games”. While it’s aimed more at the consoles, we can find a few that apply universally. For instance:

1. It’s OK to kill people
2. Dying doesn’t really matter much either.
19. If you’re stuck in life and don’t know what to do, simply attempt to use every single item in your possession on your obstacle. If none of them work, go back the way you came. You’ve clearly missed something. (the adventure game classic)
37. In medieval times, women regularly fought in wars, wearing armor that afforded them equal protection to suits of plate mail worn by men, despite only covering about 3 inches of skin.
57. Explosives are not stored, as you might expect, in secure containers in controlled environments, but in barrels that are littered around combat zones at random. Highly-trained evil soldiers are quite happy to engage in sustained fire-fights while standing next to them.
69. Food can heal most serious injuries instantly.
70. Even cyborgs/ninjas/special agents able to smash whole cities with their fists and defeat the mightiest opponent in close combat are stumped when confronted with a locked door or box, and have to go find the key.
90. The world is packed with unexplored ruins, most of which are packed to the rafters with treasure. Despite this, no one has yet bothered to explore them.

Here’s three they missed:

102. For some unexplained reason, gold and treasure is often found just lying around in the outdoors, with no one to guard it. Help yourself!
103. Despite the wilderness being overrun with monsters and bandits, merchants always have stuff on hand to sell you (hmm, we’ve heard this before recently ;)
104. If you start off as a humble soul in a small village, you can be sure nasty people will come by soon and trash the place. Moral: be born in a large city!

Check out the list, and see if you can add some more “lessons” of your own.

101 Things We’ve Learned from Video Games