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#GamerGate, The Great Cat Massacre, and Future Special Collections

Nov 05, 14 #GamerGate, The Great Cat Massacre, and Future Special Collections

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In a famous study of The Great Cat Massacre, historian Robert Darnton tries to figure out why a group of apprentice printers living and working on Rue Saint-Séverin in Paris “massacred” cats in the late 1730s. Read the following quote from his writing on the subject, but think about #gamergate in the back of your mind while you...

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Excavating Code: An Archaeological Record of Software Development

Oct 22, 14 Excavating Code: An Archaeological Record of Software Development

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Over the last few weeks, I’ve been in the process of relearning C++.  Of course, saying that I am “relearning” is perhaps giving me too much credit, as it has been almost fifteen years since my first attempt at mastering the language.  While it shares a good deal of syntax with other languages I’m more...

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The Medium of Historical Simulation Games – Revisited

Oct 20, 14 The Medium of Historical Simulation Games – Revisited

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It’s a fine line between submitting useful information and indulging in shameless self-promotion, I know, but I hope the following will be of interest. I was catching up with PtP-er Rob MacDougall the other day and realized that very few people are aware I published an article in the History Teacher a couple of years ago on...

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Being Historical: How Strategy Games are Changing Popular History

Sep 24, 14 Being Historical: How Strategy Games are Changing Popular History

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« Those who study history are concerned with the occurrences of passed times; those who conceive time as history are tuned to what will happen in the future. » — George Grant, Time as History   When we play at History, are we playing the past, or the future? As players of history-themed games, we are often called to be...

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Preserving History in Gran Turismo

Sep 09, 14 Preserving History in Gran Turismo

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Corey Milne is a freelance writer who graduated from Stirling University with a degree in history, only to follow that up by getting his masters in digital journalism at the University of Strathclyde. Enjoys delving into modern European history with a focus on Ireland’s journey to independence, and the mechanised warfare of...

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Gwydion to Alexander: Colonialism in King’s Quest III

Aug 27, 14 Gwydion to Alexander: Colonialism in King’s Quest III

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(Spoiler alert: this post contains spoilers for King’s Quest III: To Heir Is Human and the whole series so far. But you really should have played it by now, shouldn’t you?) With the recent announcement of Sierra’s resurrection as a collaboration between Activision and independent developers, and the accompanying announcement...

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MOBA meta and the Muses: an invitation

Aug 20, 14 MOBA meta and the Muses: an invitation

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There’s a point I try very hard to get across to students whenever I teach the homeric epics Iliad and Odyssey. I tend to phrase it as a point about the nature of the Muses, but it actually extends much deeper into the fabric of the epics than would appear from the relatively few times the Muses actually receive mention from...

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