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Have you learned more about history in games than in school?

#11Lemur_HPosted 7/6/2014 1:12:29 PM
I'm so pissed that Russia nuked Chernarus.
#12Knighted DragonPosted 7/6/2014 1:13:51 PM
pwnater777 posted...
Not at all. I've learned a lot about history from gaming (for example, I'm learning a lot right now about medieval times while playing Mount & Blade), but in reality, it just doesn't come close at all to what I've actually learned from school. I can't seriously imagine a scenario where someone has learned more from gaming than from school.



This. I've learned a lot from the internet and games, but nowhere near as much as I did from school. Anyone who thinks otherwise is flat out wrong, assuming they actually went to school
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#13Orestes417Posted 7/6/2014 1:14:09 PM
Lemur_H posted...
I'm so pissed that Russia nuked Chernarus.


It was Makarov, just ask Activision
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#14FL81Posted 7/6/2014 1:15:37 PM
I did learn a good deal from playing Rome: Total War >_>
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#15LaManoNeraIIPosted 7/6/2014 1:15:44 PM
I didn't learn **** from school that was helpful in the real world. I pretty much had to re-educate myself when I became an adult. I think the public school system in America stunts childhoods instead of enhancing them.
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#16MyDogSkipPosted 7/6/2014 1:17:22 PM
lolno.

I don't particularly like history, so I generally don't seek out history knowledge willingly. Even if I did, I'd have to play a lot of games to equal the amount I learned in school, and I'd always be wary of whether or not the information presented in the games was actual history or just inspired by it.

Now, it's possible for a game to give a certain viewpoint that I wouldn't have otherwise experienced, or to focus on a small section of events that are only summarized in a general history education. But then that's similar to a book or a movie/miniseries focusing on that topic. Plenty of college courses have narrower foci like that.
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#17anonymous46773Posted 7/6/2014 1:29:23 PM
Information that stuck? Probably, yeah.
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#18Dreag0nPosted 7/6/2014 3:35:09 PM
Games may spark interest in a certain time period or give me some interesting facts but that's about it. I guess most of the information comes from three sources for me:
1: Internet, just clicking around on wikipedia and some podcasts.
2: School, i'm studying to become a history teacher so in one year I basically had to learn about the past 3000 years of history.
3: Books, these provide more detailed information about specific events and persons.
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#19GynthaeresPosted 7/6/2014 3:37:55 PM
I learned a lot about geography from gaming, thanks to Europa Universalis, Crusader Kings, and Victoria.

History though? I wouldn't say I learned much from gaming. Gaming did help pique my interest in history though. Seeing these factions I'd play against in like, Age of Empires 2 or something, show up in the history books. Made me want to learn more about what they were like in real life.
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#20ArayzielPosted 7/6/2014 3:51:30 PM
Most history games that I know of are strategy games, and those bore me to tears. I learned most from school, books and the next (which led me to said books).