Sid Meier might be responsible for my love of gaming and history. The "Civlopedia" was the gamer's version of Wikipedia years before Al Gore made the Internet. It was one of those games that taught you history, strategy, politics, and management all while you were trying to stop Gandhi from nuking you (YOU CAN'T). It really comes as no surprise the Civilization V will be used as a teaching tool by 2017.
CivilizationEDU is will be built off of the 2010 Civilization V game engine, but will also have several teaching applications and analytics devices so that teachers can track their students progress and problem solving abilities. The chairman of Take Two interactive, Strauss Zelnick, offer up this encouraging quote:
“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.”
What a time to be alive, I just feel sad for all those kids that graduated and won't get a chance to play their homework...
CivilizationEDU will be available for download in 2017 from specialized partners Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, SMS Tech Solutions, Edmodo and Learning.com, in addition to other distributors.
For more information, please visit www.glasslabgames.org.