Dealing with Multiple Narratives of “Truth” and Creating Meaningful Play

Feb 28, 12 Dealing with Multiple Narratives of “Truth” and Creating Meaningful Play

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A certain amount of knowledge is required for players to navigate video games, whether this means remembering the weak points of the different splicers in BioShock, or remembering the buttons to press to play Epona’s song in Ocarina of Time. This knowledge is gained throughout play, rather than presented to the individual to quiz...

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Anthropology of Social Behavior in BioShock

Nov 22, 11 Anthropology of Social Behavior in BioShock

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While playing BioShock, we are conducting an anthropological investigation that has a direct effect on how we interact with the narrative and the choices we make. Similar to Fallout 3, as discussed in Trevor’s post, we are given the chance to explore a world, make our interpretations about what it means, and directly apply these...

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Lessons from Assassin’s Creed for Constructing Educational Games

Oct 25, 11 Lessons from Assassin’s Creed for Constructing Educational Games

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The Assassin’s Creed franchise has held the honor of being one of the most highly debated video games in regard to its historical accuracy and educational worth. There are hundreds of forums dedicated to pointing out the inaccuracies and comparing history against the game play. Every named character has been researched by fans...

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Dear Archaeologists, Simulation Doesn’t Equal Game

Sep 01, 11 Dear Archaeologists, Simulation Doesn’t Equal Game

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When I saw that archaeologists were using Second Life for the creation of meaningful archaeological games I was of two mindsets. My first thought was how awesome it would be to play an adult version of an archaeological game. As seen from my previous post on gaming in archaeology, most are made for children or young adults. My...

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Meaningful Play in Archaeology

Jul 14, 11 Meaningful Play in Archaeology

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When looking at the range of games that are currently available on the topic of archaeology there is an obvious divide in definitions of the discipline. On the one hand there is the antiquated yet appealing portrayal of archaeology as grave robbing, looting and a continuation of 19th century imperialism as I discussed in my last...

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