Want to make sure that your college earns its technological bona fides? Start playing more video games. A number of institutions are dabbling in the field, either by teaching students to design games or by studying the academic applications of gaming. The latest institution to hop on the bandwagon is Ohio University at Athens, where officials plan to open an arcade and research center next fall. Professors and students will use the lab to develop "serious games"—programs that use video-game technology for pragmatic purposes.
For more on the educational value of video games, see an article from The Chronicle, by Scott Carlson.