I’ve learned a surprising amount about history from the video games I play.

Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed games have expanded my knowledge of famous ancient cities, including their architecture and cultures. Sid Meier’s Civilization series, with its expansive Civilopedia, has helped me to better understand the role of ancient technologies and political doctrines in the evolution of human society. Valiant Hearts: The Great War gave me a sense of what life was like during the First World War, from the terror of the trenches to the toll the war took on families who lived through it.

And now 1979 Revolution: Black Friday has taught me much I didn’t know about one of the most important and world-changing events of the second half of the 20th century: The Iranian Revolution. Chiefly, that it was complicated, involved an array of unavoidably conflicted factions, and was bound to end with the rejection of Western ideals.

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