Games are actively used in various school curriculums, but 11 bit Studios’ This War of Mine has become a special case. The war survival game will be included on the official reading list for high schools in Poland. It is the first video game to be included on a national school reading list.
This initiative is supported by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. This War of Mine will become part of the high school curriculum for the 2020/21 school year. The game will be recommended and available for free to students who are studying sociology, ethics, philosophy and history. Due to the game’s age rating, it will only be available to students age 18 and up.
This War of Mine tells us about the horrors the civilian population experiences during war. Specifically, the 2014 game was based on the experiences of the Bosnian people during the Siege of Sarajevo in the 1990s, as well as Poland’s Warsaw Uprising during World War II. It has been praised for its realism depicting the human cost of war.
The game has repeatedly proved its cultural importance: for example, 100% of the proceeds from This War of Mine’s charity DLC went to War Child UK, a foundation that helps children affected by war.