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Not So MMO But Very Cool - Civilization V Heading to School

Take-Two Interactive, 2K and Firaxis have announced a deal with GlassLab, a non-profit company that seeks to bring "high-impact games to make learning visible, to bring Sid Meier's Civilization V to high schools in North America beginning in 2017. Retagged "CivilizationEDU', the history-inspired strategy title will give students a chance to use critical thinking skills to recreate historical events as well as assess the ramifications of decisions on social, economic and geopolitical segments of societies.

“For the past 25 years, we’ve found that one of the fun secrets of Civilization is learning while you play,” added Sid Meier, founder and director of creative development at Firaxis Games, in a statement. “We’ve always focused on entertainment first, but we believe that our players – young and old – enjoy learning, even if they don’t always enjoy education. Civilization players find fun in discovering new civilizations, running into famous historical leaders, and charting their own version of human history. Along the way, players learn valuable lessons from their success and failures and are able to try again, employing different choices and strategies. We’re absolutely thrilled to be partnering with GlassLab and I am excited to see CivilizationEDU in classrooms next year.”

Read more over at VentureBeat.com.

Civilization V joins the Minecraft EDU version announced earlier this year. Games are making a difference in education. What do YOU think?

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Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom

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