This video game is mainly related with History subject because it is teaching historical theory through video game. The strategy game Hearts of Iron IV lets you take command of any nation in World War II – the most engaging conflict in world history.
You're charged with guiding a country's military, economy, technology, and diplomacy through the most tumultuous years of the 20th century.
The world of Hearts of Iron is divided into three factions: the Allies, the Axis, and the Comintern.
The game ends when there is only one alliance left standing or on midnight, December 30, 1947, and the winning alliance is determined through a victory point system, giving points to alliances controlling key regions or cities.
The educational potential of this video game for teaching history is receiving increasing recognition. It also might introduce future students to concepts and literature as well as famous historical figures dominated at a particular period during world history.
This video game can make sense of the area and develop practical approaches to the use of computer games as a medium for learning. Very strong point is that this video game is designed with explicit educational goals that are intended to support processes of teaching and learning.
Below you will see listed strong points of this video game regarding educational contexts and the quality of the contents and subject oriented information:
- Teaches history of World War II. Here are more information about it: http://www.societyforhistoryeducation.org/pdfs/A14_Wainwright.pdf
- Develops knowledge about technology and economy related with military and strategical thinking. Players must be in charge of researching their technology (there are easily more than 300 projects to research). http://pc.gamespy.com/pc/hearts-of-iron-platinum/568123p1.html
Considering all possible negatives of this video game, few risks have appeared:
- Personality characteristics such as aggressiveness, a strong need for new or unique experiences, general anxiety level (trait anxiety), and neuroticism appear to be risk factors for video game addiction. http://www.techaddiction.ca/video-game-addiction-risk-factors.html
- The content is related with presence of violent or inappropriate contents of cruelty, shooting and aggression.