Teaching Children About Civilizations Through Gaming

Teaching Children About Civilizations Through Gaming

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post.  All thoughts are my own and no other.  There are no affiliate links in this post.  This post is now in the guidelines of the FTC.

Ever wonder why franchises like Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter are so popular? They all have two recurring themes that press forward their narratives. There’s war to be had, and whoever wins it, decides the future for the whole world. Something is at stake, be it freedom, kindness among people, righteous truth or even love. I think that what makes their stories so tantalizing is the fact that there is large-scale conflict, everyone is involved. If you’re small, larger, big, tall, in the loop or out of it, there’s always a reason to fight. I’m not surprised that this kind of storytelling and actions have been translated to the gaming world. Video games are just interactive art, where we all get to decide what’s going to happen. I was searching for an experience that conveys and similarly approaches a game in the same respect as those great franchises. I seemed to have stumbled across two of the most intriguing that I’d like to go into a bit more.


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Building a kingdom

Usually, when we watch films about an epic world, the kingdoms already exist. They’re old and have long histories of conflicts, triumphs, great reformations as well as the rise and fall. I believe that one of the best video game franchises that have done some justice to human history in this way is Total War. I’m impressed by the attention to detail, the historical accuracy and I think it’s a superb way to teach your children about civilizations of the past. Whether it be ancient Greece, Rome, Persian Empire, the Spartans, Napoleon, the British Army or even the Mongols under the rule of Genghis Khan, these games are great for learning. If you played the latest edition i.e. Total War: Thrones of Britannia, like I did, you’ll learn what it takes to actually build a kingdom not just command it. I’d recommend this game if you want to teach your children about European history from around 1000 AD.

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Just have fun

If all that worldly conflict isn’t your thing, then I’d bet you’d divulge into some fantasy kingdom role-play. The Final Fantasy series has always been more than a cult classic, it’s actually got a huge following. I think if you play Final Fantasy now you’ll see that thanks to the smartphone edition, you can interact with your kids much more often. Since you’re playing with each other in the online world, and by the means of a pocket computer, you can cooperate with your children like I did to build up each other’s kingdoms. It’s a world where a boy prince wants to bring order where there is chaos, but evil is trying to consume the world. Monsters, knights, dragons, and witches are just some of the unit types you control. You can track the progress of friends and let them know when you might need help to fend off an invading army.

You should always find time to spend with your children. Video games are the most powerful outlet in the entertainment world. I would implore any parents to make teaching fun, and a game where you are building civilizations from scratch can explain to children the history of the world through a sense of being in control.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post.  All thoughts are my own and no other.  There are no affiliate links in this post.  This post is now in the guidelines of the FTC.

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