Poland has included 2014’s ‘This War of Mine’ in the country’s official school reading list.
Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, said that this is the first time a country has added a video game.
“By incorporating games into the education system, we will expand our imagination and bring something new to the culture,” Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime Minister of Poland.
The wartime survival simulation will be optional reading for students studying sociology, ethics, philosophy, and history.
Students will receive the game for free, but due to the game’s PEGI rating, they must be over 18.
The game’s developers, 11 Bit Studios, noted that games have already been used to teach subjects such as math or science.
“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,” Grzegorz Miechowski, CEO of 11 Bit Studios.
‘This War of Mine’ is a game inspired by the Siege of Sarajevo, and explores war from a civilian perspective.
The game was lauded for its realistic portrayal of war after its release in 2014 and has since sold over 4.5 million copies