Tycho at Penny Arcade, on one gaming company's decision to make Dante's Inferno the basis for their new release:
What they are actually doing is reprinting the seven century old poem, appending game assets, and then sheathing the whole thing in game-specific branding.
Maybe it isn't entirely forthright, putting a crusader badass the cover of your medieval allegory - but I don't care. In fact, I support this kind of thing wholeheartedly: fact is, sometimes you got to lie to a motherfucker. If showing a dude holding a giant spine with an aftermarket scythe affixed is what it takes to get young men to read a single page of the classics, than so be it.
You could teach someone anything if you just made it part of a fun-to-play video game. If, for example, there were a RPG that required you to speak a common phrase of Japanese (e.g., "Excuse me young lady, I would like to purchase your underwear") in order to launch your devastating magic orb attack on some level seven druidic elf or some shit, you'd be fluent in no time.