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Socrates the Gamer

Jul 06, 16 Socrates the Gamer

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In this post I’ll expand on some points I made in my last. By opening out the notion of Socrates as fundamentally a participant interactive performances (that is, like his fellow Athenian elites, steeped in a culture founded on homeric epic), I mean to launch the principal argument of this post-series/book. We know next to...

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The Long Dark: the Last Lonely Days of the Quantified Self

Jun 29, 16 The Long Dark: the Last Lonely Days of the Quantified Self

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This article is part two of a four-part series on the future of quantification in history. For the thematic introduction to the series, please click here. For part one, click here.   “You’ve faded into the Long Dark”… Thus ends each “survival trial” in the frozen and hostile, yet beautifully...

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Games and Learning: Building Sustainable Communities

Jun 21, 16 Games and Learning: Building Sustainable Communities

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E3, The Electronic Entertainment Expo, was just last week, so there’s quite a bit of videogame news circulating about the internets right now.  Amid the waves of game trailers and press releases, most of us could be forgiven for not knowing that during the hubbub of the convention, a number of scholars and educators held a...

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Big Data: Endgame of Virtual History

Jun 01, 16 Big Data: Endgame of Virtual History

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This article is part one of a four-part series on the future of quantification in history. For the thematic introduction to the series, please click here.   At face value, it might appear to the casual reader of Play the Past, that the main focus of this blog is the treatment of historical experience in the medium of...

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Let’s Play: Far Cry Primal Ep.3: An “Archaeological” Exploration

May 17, 16 Let’s Play: Far Cry Primal Ep.3: 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 and his second is here. In the third episode...

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Play the ancient game

May 10, 16 Play the ancient game

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I’m glad to say that I have real hope of starting to contribute to PlaythePast again. I’m working on a book I’m excited about, though I have no idea whether it will ever actually emerge in any traditional “book” format. In any case, I’m going to start broaching the subject of the book, tentatively...

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Systems of Science: Games Shaping Cultural Perceptions

May 03, 16 Systems of Science: Games Shaping Cultural Perceptions

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Science and media have a complicated relationship.  Film and television crews regularly hire science consultants both to improve the realism of their productions and to give themselves an air of authority and respectability.  Scientists also have a vested interest in being involved in such productions.  Since most people invest...

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