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RFC as a teaching tool

Discussion in 'Civ4 - Rhye's and Fall of Civilization' started by civ_king, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. civ_king

    civ_king Deus Caritas Est

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    I'm trying to convince my history teacher that we could use RFC as a teaching tool, anyone have ideas how to do so?
    Ideas:
    • Set on an Earth Map
    • Player has incentive to follow real world paths via UHV
    • each civilization has a UP
    • They have special units and buildings
    • plagues help to keep the player following history
    Any additional ones?
     
  2. Mekajiki

    Mekajiki Warlord

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    Not gonna happen.
     
  3. Cethegus

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    RFC also gives an vague idea when civilizations sprung to life, made their achievements and eventually met their fates. If your subject knew nothing of history, this will help him understand how history was constructed.
     
  4. Bonci

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    ummm I think the most important thing is the civilopedia...it gives a lot of historical informations...maybe the teacher or you could improve it :) the game itself should be only an incentive to attract attention...
     
  5. ZachScape

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    Bonci... I agree with the top half of your siggy!
     
  6. Panopticon

    Panopticon Utilitarian

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    What Rhye taught me about history
    by Edward (age 9)

    The Middle East believed in Judaism and Hinduism until the 7th century.
    The Great Wall was built in Rome and blocked the Huns from pillaging Italy.
    The Vikings didn't actually raid Europe, but instead colonised Atlantic Canada.
    The Netherlands created a great empire by conquering the Western Holy Roman Empire.
    The Byzantine Empire never built any cities.
    The Mongol Empire lasted forever.
     
  7. Mekajiki

    Mekajiki Warlord

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    Or to always check an atlas and make sure you build cities just outside of your opponent's spawn zone.
     
  8. Bonci

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    hahaha sooo true :lol:
     
  9. Charles Martel

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    RFC is great fun as a game, but as a teaching tool it would be worse than useless. Funny and entertaining as it may be, RFC gives a naïve and distorted picture of history, and I don't see any didactic value in that.
     
  10. AnotherPacifist

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    What Rhye taught me (to think about history):

    The Vikings could have settled all over Europe and be the largest empire on earth in 1400.
    The Anglo-Saxons could have been decimated 2 centuries earlier if you camped right next to London.
    The Greeks could have been much better off if they settled in Troy before the Trojans.
    Japan should have conquered China way before WWII, and so should have Russia or Germany done to each other.
    Mali has no chance at all sprinkling gold in Mekkah.
    Lisboa should have been the Spanish capital after all.
    Persia should have conquered India instead of Greece.
    And finally, it's much better for the Turks if the world started in 3000BC just like in the Bible than in 600 AD.
     
  11. ziamatt

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    It could be interesting as a tool to study alternative history, but it would be a joke for studying actual history. The best thing that can be said about RFC being used for history is the Civilopedia is kind of neat. Maybe if you have some alternative class without a focus on any one subject it would go over. For example I was in an advanced class a few years back where we basically played Stronghold the whole year to study strategy. It was pretty sweet. If you have a class like that maybe you could recommend RFC?
     
  12. Cato the Elder

    Cato the Elder King

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    Playing as the Aztecs has really made me realise how dickish the colonial powers truly were, in a way.
     
  13. onedreamer

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    legends have it that Civ has been used as a teaching tool in the USA, actually.
    Btw, Europa Universalis 2 and Victoria would be a much more historical tool ^^
     
  14. Panopticon

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    My current game of Victoria features an 1850s Danish West Africa, so... maybe.
     
  15. mitsho

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    It depends on the level, it could really be a playing tool to get pupils interested in history. It does give an overall feeling. On the other hand, I don't know how much fun it'd be for the kids to play civ ;-)
     
  16. onedreamer

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    but you aren't using your current game for educational purpouses ;)
     
  17. civ_king

    civ_king Deus Caritas Est

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    okay, so on friday I gave the teacher the civ discs and hopefully she is playing them now
     
  18. ZachScape

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    Sorry, but say goodbye to those discs. No way she's letting those babies go.
    BTW, what grade are you going into?
     
  19. civ_king

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    I'm in 11th
    school already started+Remember that new patch, I don't need those discs
     
  20. ZachScape

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    oh right... Firaxis rocks
    I don't know how they do stuff in Bruma, but isn't 11th American history... at least if you are vacationing in America for the time being :D.
    But if your teacher doesn't teach global in any case, why would she use RFC? Unless you are trying to persuade your Sophomore teacher. :confused:
     

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