Games you accidentally learned from

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i organize my work the same way i would organize my empire in strategy games, i works surprisingly well, too

leet_x1337:
I know the names of several more Japanese warlords than I would otherwise because of Shogun 2: Total War, and I know quite a few folk tales and legendary beasts from Japanese mythology due to Okami and Touhou. Including times when knowing one complemented the other: Okami's more traditional outlook on the crow tengu showed me why Aya has a fan, for instance.

Basically this. I can name dozens of feudal Daimyo and Samurai and their deeds thanks to Samurai Warriors, same goes for the Dynasty Warriors games and China's Three Kingdoms period. Of course I had to cross-reference the exaggerated stories of the games with sources online (See; Wikipedia. :P) to get the truth.

And I learned more about European/Middle-Eastern/African geography/history from the Total War games than I ever did in school. :l

I also did not know that The Assassins were a real organization before Assassin's Creed. Granted they are NOTHING like they are in the game (And they're actually called the "Hashashin" where the word "Assassin" comes from.) but that game is still responsible for me learning that.

Medieval: Total War taught me a fair bit about the Byzantine Empire, but it was Age of Empires that really sparked off my passion for history. Cossacks and Cossacks 2 really instilled in me a love of the 1650-1850 time period, which I hold to this day (I know the lyrics to all four verses of 'God Save The King' 'The British Grenadiers').

Considering I'm hoping to go to King's College London to read War Studies, I'd say video games can be pretty damn inspiring when it comes to the history department.

Age of Empires 2
To this day, I have never heard of the Lombard league from any where else but that game and a book, and it's no school history book.
I also know the history of the Mongol empire, something else I wasn't taught in school, which I always found odd, considering the importance of the Golden Horde, and the consequences in Europe.

Fallout 3 = Basic survival skills of managing and scaveraging

daveman247:
The only thing i can think of recently was being able to recall the names of the ww11 weapons in a museum from memory alone. Thankyou medal of honour/ Call of duty :D

wait when did I miss WW3-11?
pretty much this I recognize weapons from various era,s thanks to shooters.

daveman247:
The only thing i can think of recently was being able to recall the names of the ww11 weapons in a museum from memory alone. Thankyou medal of honour/ Call of duty :D

Alright, what's this?


And this?

Age of Mythology was pretty well researched, I picked up a fair amount of ancient religion from that.

Fallout NV taught me the important life lesson that just because something is difficult, it doesn't mean it's worth it.

Major_Tom:

daveman247:
The only thing i can think of recently was being able to recall the names of the ww11 weapons in a museum from memory alone. Thankyou medal of honour/ Call of duty :D

Alright, what's this?


And this?

No idea :D

Trust somebody to pick the obscure ones...

daveman247:

Major_Tom:

daveman247:
The only thing i can think of recently was being able to recall the names of the ww11 weapons in a museum from memory alone. Thankyou medal of honour/ Call of duty :D

Alright, what's this?


And this?

No idea :D

Trust somebody to pick the obscure ones...

I cheated a bit, they were both just prototypes. First one is the StG 45(M), a successor to StG 44. The other one is a Type 4, a Japanese M1 Garand copy with some modifications (like the integral 10-round magazine).

strangley god of war i learned greek mythology and assasins creed basiclly a history and a italin class

Major_Tom:

daveman247:

Major_Tom:

Alright, what's this?


And this?

No idea :D

Trust somebody to pick the obscure ones...

I cheated a bit, they were both just prototypes. First one is the StG 45(M), a successor to StG 44. The other one is a Type 4, a Japanese M1 Garand copy with some modifications (like the integral 10-round magazine).

Aww, should have left some more time for me to guess. I was gonna guess an early version of the MP44 for the first, and reserve my opinion on the second because you can't tell if it's bolt-action or semiautomatic (though, if bolt, it'd have to be a left-handed model). It does look very much like the Garand though.

Someone bought me this amazing PC game, with it I'm learning how to speak Italian.... wait Rosetta Stone's not a game?!

Fiz_The_Toaster:

TephlonPrice:
Assassin's Creed games.

Believe it or not, it's like playing a history lesson where you can kill people in a variety of interesting ways. I really think Assassin's Creed is one of the most educational games I've played - and that's saying something.

No kidding, especially the second one. I spent a lot of time reading every piece of info on every single person I ran into and every building I climbed. I know a couple times I went and looked up a few people and places just out of curiosity.

Agreed with both of you fine chaps, the detail in these games is what prompted the "must learn italian" crusade I'm on!

Thanks to Modern Warfare I know what the Coriolis Effect is.

putowtin:
Someone bought me this amazing PC game, with it I'm learning how to speak Italian.... wait Rosetta Stone's not a game?!

Fiz_The_Toaster:

TephlonPrice:
Assassin's Creed games.

Believe it or not, it's like playing a history lesson where you can kill people in a variety of interesting ways. I really think Assassin's Creed is one of the most educational games I've played - and that's saying something.

No kidding, especially the second one. I spent a lot of time reading every piece of info on every single person I ran into and every building I climbed. I know a couple times I went and looked up a few people and places just out of curiosity.

Agreed with both of you fine chaps, the detail in these games is what prompted the "must learn italian" crusade I'm on!

Oh thank God! I'm not the only one that's obsessed with learning Italian after playing these games. I'm just glad that the books have a translation guide in the back so I can sorta learn as I go.

Fiz_The_Toaster:

Oh thank God! I'm not the only one that's obsessed with learning Italian after playing these games. I'm just glad that the books have a translation guide in the back so I can sorta learn as I go.

true, and I can now swear at my mother and look sweet and innocent whilst doing it!

Fallout: New Vegas taught me how to make thermite, and about its properties.
Not a game, but still: King of the Hill taught me how to make mustard gas.
It worries me that this is the the sort of stuff I pick up on...

putowtin:

Fiz_The_Toaster:

Oh thank God! I'm not the only one that's obsessed with learning Italian after playing these games. I'm just glad that the books have a translation guide in the back so I can sorta learn as I go.

true, and I can now swear at my mother and look sweet and innocent whilst doing it!

And classy, don't forget that! Bonus points for using musical terms for everything, makes everything you say sound more impressive that it actually is.

I, for one, didn't realize that Gahndi was a tyranical, blood-thirsty overlord, but Sid Meier's Civilization set that straight!

Kvaedi:
Age of Empires definitely taught me more about history than any class ever has, and more importantly made it interesting enough that I wanted to read about it on my own as well.

yeah that was pretty my experiance in a nutshell

My personal favorite lesson from the ever awesome Mass Effect 2.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLpgxry542M

Remember, Sir Issac Newton is the deadliest SOB in space.

Keeping up with supply and demand, fulfilling the needs of a population and efficiently manufacturing goods is all what I learned from Anno 2070. A masterpiece of a game.

Odbarc:
Dynasty Warriors is based on a popular old book in China. Not sure if it has any historical accuracy or not. I learned a lot just by playing that game (they're all the same canonically).
There's a lot more to learn if you actually open the encyclopedia - which I happened to actually read one day while bored.

Alternatively: Mario is Missing.

I'm surprised it took this long to find Dynasty Warriors mentioned. I've learnt so much from series it's unbelievable, plus it got me interested enough to read through the entire RotK novel, which is absurdly long, and look into the history behind it.

Basically, the canon uses a lot of exaggeration and legend here and there, but you'd be surprised how much of it is grounded in fact.

I learned most of my Aztec, Iroquois, Roman, and German history through Civilization.

I also learned some basic about economics and business from World of Warcraft. Never underestimate the power of a servers economy in an MMO.

Vampire: The Masquerade taught me about Lilith. Never knew Adam was such a pansy. My dad was honestly surprised when I knew more about the obscure parts of the Bible (note I'm an atheist), than the priest he questioned about that ol' feisty first wife of Adam.

Assassin's Creed and Age of Empires taught me about history. The latter I played when I was younger so I got a basic knowledge, but often when I play the former I find myself researching specific characters. I was more interested after reading Mario Puzo's "The Borgias" and then finding them in AssCred 2. Additionally the many, many World War games probably taught me stuff; although a lot of it I knew already.

I think Rollercoaster Tycoon and such games probably taught me about money. As did Sims. I think you often learn little things from more games than you realise.

Age of Empires (the first two) taught me quite a bit of history and got me really interested in history.
cant say i learnt much from assassin's creed, most of the history is pretty basic, generic stuff.

Katawa Shoujo did a pretty good job teaching me how to properly write a story.

And it also changed my views on the disabled, and a lot of other things, things not usually topics touched by video games.

Eternal Sonata helped me pass World Music in 8th grade. It featured an autobiography of Frederic Chopin and made me look up allegretto, claves, crescendo, and solfege.

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revenge6000:

daveman247:
ww11 weapons

The eleventh world war was by far the most tragic.

Oh GOD. That war was terrible. I'm really surprised that the solar system, let alone humanity survived that one.

Yeah, the Zorlaks really pulled our asses out of the fire on that one. It's gonna take forever to build that statue with seventeen torsos, though.

revenge6000:

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revenge6000:

The eleventh world war was by far the most tragic.

Oh GOD. That war was terrible. I'm really surprised that the solar system, let alone humanity survived that one.

Yeah, the Zorlaks really pulled our asses out of the fire on that one. It's gonna take forever to build that statue with seventeen torsos, though.

Are... Are you kidding me? How are we supposed to rebuild it with ONLY SEVENTEEN TORSOS?
I mean, we could do the outside of one tentacle, but that isn't nearly enough to satisfy the Great Flying Spaghetti Monster.

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revenge6000:

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Oh GOD. That war was terrible. I'm really surprised that the solar system, let alone humanity survived that one.

Yeah, the Zorlaks really pulled our asses out of the fire on that one. It's gonna take forever to build that statue with seventeen torsos, though.

Are... Are you kidding me? How are we supposed to rebuild it with ONLY SEVENTEEN TORSOS?
I mean, we could do the outside of one tentacle, but that isn't nearly enough to satisfy the Great Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Obviously you guys are taking the piss. It was very clear that the zorlaks were only with us IN THEORY! Recent evidence and unclassified files seem to suggest that the Zorlaks had plans to attack us and enslave us. But as soon as they realised the Fongustumstas would probably not let them and they probably couldn't fight them on their own, they made a deal with us and a sort of truce came out of it, combining forces to defeat the Fongustumstas, but ofcourse the Zorlaks had the most losses. Relations between us and the Zorlaks are still very fragile, but for now the truce seems to work and they don't seem to be willing the risk to fight us.

And even if they still plan to attack us, we will get our cane out of the cupboard and give them a damn good thrashing.

Age of Empires 2 with it's campaigns taught me a bit about history, I actually got to the point where I'd cheat to win so I could watch the talking cinematics that bookended each level. Bear in mind I was like like 12 or something. My dad says he was really amazed/proud when I asked him "Dad Reynald de Chatillon wasn't a nice person was he?", as my Dad's a big history buff.

I also learnt how to dance as a teenager from VTM: Bloodlines. I'm not joking.

Believe it or not, Minecraft helped me learn logic gates and their corresponding truth tables.

Uncharted 3 taught me that Louis XVI was the king who got executed in 1793.

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