11 bit Studios’ This War of Mine has joined the official reading list across Polish schools.
This monumental achievement for the game follows a campaign that launched last year.
Grzegorz Miechowski, CEO of 11 bit Studios, took to Twitter to say:
“Games are a work of culture. Modern ones, natural and attractive for the young generation. Games speak a language instinctively understandable by them – the language of interaction. Using this language, games can talk about everything – emotions, truth, the fight between good and evil, humanity, suffering. They are similar to literature in that regard – however, they use the aforementioned language of interaction.
Of course, games are already being used in education for teaching maths, chemistry, and developing cognitive abilities, but I don’t think we’ve ever encountered a game being officially included in the educational system on a national level as a school reading. I’m proud to say 11 bit studios’ work can add to the development of education and culture in our country. this can be a breakthrough moment for all artists creating games all around the world”.
Whilst this is a landmark achievement for 11 bit Studios (and games in general), there is one slight problem; due to This War of Mine‘s age-rating, only pupils over the age of 18 will receive a copy.
This War of Mine tasks players with looking after a group of civilians during a horrific war. These civilians need to work together to survive the inherent horrors that war brings. As I’m sure no-one needs to be told, Poland (and surrounding countries) has had an unfortunate history with war.
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