According to a research from the Review of Managerial Science, Civ 6 players are cut out of being good managers. Although it was published in the Review in 2020, parts of it are now available on Reddit.
The researchers used existing human resources methods as their starting point. HR professionals routinely use gamification to test and train skills, they said, so they wanted to translate that approach to an actual game. They had a few dozen business students play Civilization although the abstract does not specify how many iterations were used, and take a series of assessments to measure certain skillsets, including problem solving and general management.
The Civ players scored higher on these tests than the non-Civ players. Initial in-game research including chat messages might reveal other uses for video games in the workplace, including gaining an insight into people's personalities and communication styles. This pertains primarily to strategy games, and the team did not recommend further research into different genres for similar purposes.
So, there you have it. Directing Mahatma Gandhi to destroy the world with nuclear weapons, declaring war on the British Empire, and establishing the most outrageous religions are all part of your professional development. However, don't forget to keep the trash talk to a minimum, when your prospective employer is looking.
Check out the Reddit abstract to see for yourself.
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