Recently released by the Xbox Live Summer Arcade, Uber Entertainment’s Monday Night Combat (MNC) is certainly a good co-op game for friends to play in a basement together or over Xbox Live. But games like this have greater potential, namely strengthening the effectiveness and efficiency of a group as a fun team building exercise.
According to an article describing the basics of team building on the Team Technology website, a group of people can be defined as a team if they work towards a common goal. Whether this goal is composing a presentation, winning a soccer game or raising money for a worthy cause, it is still a common goal for a particular group. The common goal in MNC is to protect your money ball from greedy robots in a national sports league setting and if the group fails at this, the game is over for all of them.
A goal is a goal, no matter what it is, and if a newly formed team were to hone their skills in a game like MNC, the cohesive teamwork can easily be translated into whatever real life goal they are trying to reach.
MNC makes it easy to research different roles and then try them. There are tanks that are heavily armored and draw enemy fire away from teammates. There is also an assassin class that uses teammate cover as well as their own invisibility to sneak up to robots and break them apart easily. Another commonly overlooked but essential role is the support class. This team member isn’t proficient in armor or weaponry, but in aiding their teammates by healing them and dropping supporting turrets.
How can you use these and other classes to help bring a real life team together? Start by picking a class that is close to your real life role/skill on your real life team. Have a good eye for what matters? Pick the sniper class. Do you take heavy hits from the apposing team? Pick the tank. Are you there for emotional support? Well then pick the support class.
In no time your team will be working together to protect your money ball. During that time you will learn about each others strategies, how you can aid your teammates and improve essential communication skills when things are happening quickly. Not to mention how to deal with each other when things start to go wrong. This will also get the team off on the right foot by putting them in a stressful but entertaining situation.
Once a team plays a few rounds of MNC they already know a great deal about each other, and how they will perform while working towards their real life goal and problem solving on the fly. And according to the Team Technology article, a team’s work is directly affected by how well they get along together. A fun first impression can be a great jump-start for that.