This War of Mine is now officially recommended reading for high school students in Poland as the government is seeking to improve the ways through which the younger generations learn.
Video games saw a lot of recognition in the recent months due to being the only medium where competitions could be held due to Coronavirus causing everything to be cancelled. However, it is not only the competitive side of video games that is gaining popularity as some are now becoming important parts of student education.
Polish developers, 11 bit studios, just announced that This War of Mine has become recommended reading for high school students in the country. The decision was reinforced by the office of the premier in Poland which pretty much made the game official educational material.
Gregorz Miechowski, 11 bit studios' CEO, noted that games "speak a language instinctively understandable" by the younger generation. That language is the language of interaction, which makes much sense as humankind has historically been able to learn quickly through interaction and experience.
In the case of This War of Mine, it is a title with bleak environments and narrative that may look like something inappropriate for younger audiences but it inspired by the Siege of Sarajevo and depicts the misery of living in such conditions. In other words, the game teaches history lessons through interaction where student experience lets them learn as opposed to just reading about it.
Overall, it seems like we are seeing video games becoming even more integral to society than they already are. It would be interesting to see if other countries will follow Poland's example.