[Twilight Struggle] is, in effect, both a secondary source about Cold War history and a primary source about modern reflections on the Cold War experience. Because of this, [this game], and by extension the wargame genre as a whole, holds tremendous promise as an investigative source for use in historical scholarship and pedagogy.
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Manual wargames, by contrast, require all users to understand and apply the designer’s system for themselves if the game is not to remain an inanimate pile of paper and card. This obviously requires a lot more intellectual effort from users, just as playing a piece of sheet music requires more effort and understanding than playing a CD.