In today's main feature article, Frank Cifaldi provides his observations on an Education Arcade session that featured various educators and students discussing the merits of Sid Meier's Civilization
as a learning tool.
An excerpt of the discussion that took place:
Civilization provides "stealth education," says fellow Education Arcade panelist Deborah Briggs of Firaxis Games, the firm founded by
Civilization creator Sid Meier after he created the original game while at Microprose. “We never attempted to design a teaching game.” But with
Civilization's careful attention to detail, it's no wonder that a handful of astute teachers saw its educational potential. In practically no time at all, the original
Civilization obliterated the predicted sales of just 30,000 from Microprose's marketing department, with a final tally of over one million copies being circulated throughout the world."
You can now read the full Gamasutra feature
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