Videogames and Memory

Mar 20, 18 Videogames and Memory

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Public Memory is a concept that is intertwined with history in many different ways, so it’s no surprise that memory is a theme that has come up over and over again here on Play the Past.   Memory and videogame intersect in a number of different ways, from prompting us to reflect on the memories of real events to using...

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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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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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Medieval Ethics: Designing Historical Systems

Apr 15, 15 Medieval Ethics: Designing Historical Systems

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We live our lives immersed in numerous complex systems – systems of meaning, economic systems, information networks, large socio-technical systems, and so forth.  One of the things that make videogames interesting is that they allow us to momentarily step into a different set of systems and play with them.  We often refer to...

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Beyond Trees: Tech Webs, ANTs, and Black Boxes

Nov 26, 14 Beyond Trees:  Tech Webs, ANTs, and Black Boxes

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Videogames have an amazing potential for modeling societal processes.  At the same time, videogames also embody the worldview of their creators on a procedural level.  As such, it is a rare thing when a game is able to move beyond popular understandings of the world and approach it from a new and interesting direction.  As...

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