Holiday gift guide 2010: Four video games

3. Civilization V ($49.99)

Civilization V is a wonderful example of the best way to learn is to do. The strategy game (Macs and PCs) is a surprisingly fun yet brilliant lesson in civics. Players guide their nation from prehistoric times to future utopias. Along the way, you must keep your citizens happy – or rule them with an iron fist; race to expand your empire – or use diplomacy and trade to thrive; build armies to crush your neighbors – or win them over through soft power. Your decisions often echo world history. And the intuitive interface makes deciding "I'll play just one more turn" a little too easy.

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