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Finding Older Historical Games at GOG.com

Apr 29, 16 Finding Older Historical Games at GOG.com

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For a history educator, trying to find suitable simulation games to use in class can be a significant obstacle to using the medium. I have made some lists of potentially viable historical games in Gaming the Past (2011) and my website gamingthepast.net. Hard as it is for me to believe, both are five years old now and new games...

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Let’s Play: Far Cry Primal Ep.2: An “Archaeological” Exploration

Apr 19, 16 Let’s Play: Far Cry Primal Ep.2: An “Archaeological” Exploration

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This is a guest post by Philip Riris, an archaeologist with the Institute of Archaeology at University College London. His research interests run the gamut from digital data in archaeology to cave art to the archaeology of South America. Philip’s first post in this series is here. The second episode of my Let’s Play of...

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Writing the History of the Universe Inside EVE Online: An interview with Andrew Groen

Apr 12, 16 Writing the History of the Universe Inside EVE Online:  An interview with Andrew Groen

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Andrew Groen is a journalist and former contributor to outlets like Wired and the Penny Arcade Report and also written for publications like Popular Science and Ars Technica. He also has written an extensive history of the events which occurred inside the Massively Multiplayer Online Game Eve Online. His website describes this as...

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Let’s Play: Far Cry Primal Ep.1: An “Archaeological” Exploration

Mar 29, 16 Let’s Play: Far Cry Primal Ep.1: An “Archaeological” Exploration

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This is a guest post by Philip Riris, an archaeologist with the Institute of Archaeology at University College London. His research interests run the gamut from digital data in archaeology to cave art to the archaeology of South America.  Far Cry Primal has succeeded in generating a significant buzz in the archaeological community,...

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Minecraft as a 3D Cultural Heritage Modeling Tool in the Classroom

Mar 17, 16 Minecraft as a 3D Cultural Heritage Modeling Tool in the Classroom

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Jessie Craft teaches Latin and ancient history at Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools; he recently published ‘Rebuilding an Empire with Minecraft’ in CAMWS Classical Journal, Vol 111.3, Feb./March 2016  based on those experiments in his classroom. Introduction By now, Minecraft has established a solid reputation for...

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The Oral History of MMOs

Sep 03, 15 The Oral History of MMOs

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This is a guest post by Josh Howard, a PhD Candidate in the Public History Program at Middle Tennessee State University. He is also one of four editors for the Sport in American History Blog, and spoke recently at the NCPH conference about the function of video games in encouraging empathetic engagement with the past. He...

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In the Trenches: Verdun Developer Interview, part 2

Jun 03, 15 In the Trenches: Verdun Developer Interview, part 2

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This article is part 2 of a two-part interview with the creators of the World War 1 themed first-person shooter multiplayer game, Verdun. To read part 1, please click on this link.   In this second and final part of our interview with the developers of Verdun, we further discuss the research that went into the project, and...

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