Banished: It Takes a Village to Raise a Surplus

Sep 21, 16 Banished: It Takes a Village to Raise a Surplus

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This article is part four of a four-part series on the future of quantification in history. For the thematic introduction to the series, please click here. Or click on the following links for part one, part two, or part three.   Kaplunk: “Your reserve in tools is low.” Kaplunk: “Your reserve in firewood is low.”...

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This War of Mine: Human Survival and the Ethics of Care

Jul 27, 16 This War of Mine: Human Survival and the Ethics of Care

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This article is part three of a four-part series on the future of quantification in history. For the thematic introduction to the series, please click here. Or click on the following links for part one, or part two.   It’s when your favorite character gets pointlessly killed that you truly begin playing This War of...

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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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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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In the Trenches: Verdun Developer Interview, part 2

Jun 03, 15 In the Trenches: Verdun Developer Interview, part 2

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This article is part 2 of a two-part interview with the creators of the World War 1 themed first-person shooter multiplayer game, Verdun. To read part 1, please click on this link.   In this second and final part of our interview with the developers of Verdun, we further discuss the research that went into the project, and...

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