Sid Meier’s Civilization: Is It Educational?

Sid Meier’s Civilization: Is It Educational?

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Before joining EdSurge, I worked for four years as a commercial game designer. Whenever I would speak to my colleagues about educational games, they would invariably reference one game as a shining paragon of excellence: Civilization. Revel in the glory of Civilization's Grammy winning theme song, Baba Yetu. I love Civilization as much as the next guy and have invested approximately 50 to 60 hours into various incarnations of the game (mostly Civ III and Civ IV). This might seem like a lot, but this barely scratches the surface of the depth the game has to offer. But is the game educational? If so, what does one “learn” by playing it? To get a better perspective, I asked Casey Harelson. He is an English teacher at Huntington Beach High School in California, a former Senior Director at Kaplan, and most importantly a hardcore Civilization player who, as I can attest to as his college roommate, spent many long nights engaged in fierce battles for continental conquest. Here’s what he had to say:

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