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5 Games That Explain The World

Added 11-26-21 07:34:02am EST - “From the Islamic Revolution in Tehran to fuzzy animals playing counterinsurgents, these board and video games are inspired by foreign relations.” - Foreignpolicy.com

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From the Islamic Revolution in Tehran to fuzzy animals playing counterinsurgents, these board and video games are inspired by foreign relations.

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International relations isn’t a game. But it sometimes feels like one—and it’s certainly been the inspiration for many. If you’re looking to get beyond Monopoly (or even Settlers of Catan) this holiday season, here are five games inspired by or influential in the world of foreign relations.

It’s hard to describe Disco Elysium, a game that took the principles of computer role-playing games and point-and-click adventures and turned them into its own bizarre, beautiful take on politics and history. (It owes something, though, to the classic Planescape: Torment.) You play as an amnesiac police officer who wakes from an alcohol-fueled bender to find yourself charged with investigating the murder of a mercenary in a country occupied by foreign powers since a failed socialist revolution decades ago. The city’s landscape is beautiful and melancholic, evoking post-Soviet Europe—but your first challenge is retrieving your own tie from the ceiling fan and finding enough money to pay your hotel bill after you wrecked the bar last night.

International relations isn’t a game. But it sometimes feels like one—and it’s certainly been the inspiration for many. If you’re looking to get beyond Monopoly (or even Settlers of Catan) this holiday season, here are five games inspired by or influential in the world of foreign relations.

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