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2K Games Enrolls Civilization In High School

by Ben Reeves on Jun 23, 2016 at 02:33 PM

Firaxis is partnering with a nonprofit learning company called GlassLab Inc. to adapt its popular Civilization strategy series into a learning tool for schools.

Earlier today, during the 13th Annual Games for Change Festival, Take-Two Interactive revealed that it is bringing a modified version of Civilization V – called CivilizationEDU – to high schools in North America in the fall of 2017. The company hopes the game will encourage students to think critically about historical events as they evaluate the ramifications of their economic and technological decisions. At the same time GlassLab Inc. will use learning analytics to assess students’ problem-solving skills.

“We are incredibly proud to lend one of our industry’s most beloved series to educators to use as a resource to inspire and engage students further,” says Chairman and CEO of Take-Two Strauss Zelnick. “Civilization has challenged millions of people around the world to revisit and experience history, pursue boldly exploration, and create their own societies based on their passions and freedom of choice. I can’t think of a better interactive experience to help challenge and shape the minds of tomorrow’s leaders.”

Also check out the improvements Firaxis is bringing to Civilization VI by watching the E3 demo here.

 

Our Take
This is pretty cool. I remember getting in trouble for playing games on my calculator in High School, so it's pretty neat to see how schools might now be thinking of using established video game properties for learning. I hope this doesn't stop with Civilization.