Mirroring Gods in Theros: conquering mythological stereotypes in Magic the Gathering

Apr 03, 14 Mirroring Gods in Theros: conquering mythological stereotypes in Magic the Gathering

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The following is a guest post from Aris Politopoulos, Universiteit Leiden, Archaeology. There is a huge amount of modern fiction out there set in Ancient Greece or based on Ancient Greek themes. Television series, books, video games, board games, comics, you name it. Due to its long history and mythology and the complexity of the...

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Games as Historical Scholarship

Jan 29, 14 Games as Historical Scholarship

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We talk a lot about how history is represented in games and about how games can be used to teach history, but I’d love to spark a conversation here about how games themselves can actually be a form of scholarship in their own right. That is, can we imagine getting to a point where a historian might compose a game or a simulation...

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Posts you could write for Play the Past

Aug 26, 13 Posts you could write for Play the Past

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Our open call for contributors has brought in a few fresh faces writing about very cool things, like Zelda’s historians, war gaming, and a post colonial take on Age of Empires. I’d stress there are still a bunch of neat pitches that came in that are in  the works, so look forward to more good stuff to come. With that...

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Librarians, Archivists and Curators According to Magic the Gathering

Jul 31, 13 Librarians, Archivists and Curators According to Magic the Gathering

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I’ve been thinking a bit about the unit operations (discrete, interlocking units of meaning). In particular the unit operations of cultural heritage organizations. What do libraries, archives and museums do in games, and how do they do it? I have pulled a few examples out from the game Magic the Gathering, but I would be...

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Open Call for Play the Past Contributors

Jun 19, 13 Open Call for Play the Past Contributors

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Over the last two years, in over 200 posts, Play the Past has come to be a rather fantastic project. It’s a great body of work.  I often find myself telling people that they need to read something from the blog on close readings of code, or about war gaming, or folklore and alchemy in Skyrim, or some of the great arguments...

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