PLAYERS who read up on Roman politics will enjoy Total War: Rome 2 more than those who don’t according to a leading political scientist.
Dr Zareh Ghazarian from Monash University in Australia told Gamer Thumb that well-informed players would even feel a heightened amount of empathy.
“Having some knowledge on Roman politics would enhance the enjoyment of a gamer as they would be more familiar with the key issues and problems they were experiencing,” Dr Ghazarian said.
” It would also heighten players’ feelings of empathy as they would be more understanding of the context which they found themselves in.”
Dr Ghazarian added that strategy games could in turn educate political students.
“In the past, we’ve used Sim City to demonstrate the complexities political actors face in allocating resources and making decisions,” he said.
“While it is still a game, it highlights how public policy and planning issues need to be balanced between the often competing priorities of industry and residents.
“It also tests the player’s strategy in terms of how they can construct policy settings that allow their city to grow.”
We’ll publish our full interview with Dr Ghazarian this week.