Smoggy Pasts: Strategy Games and Ecology

Jun 11, 19

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Traditionally, the relationship between humans and our environment has not been the most prominent aspect of historical writing. Particularly before the institutionalization of historical studies in the nineteenth century, the natural world generally took a backseat to kings, monuments, explorers, and revolutions. It usually only...

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The Cathedral and the Simulacrum

Apr 18, 19

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Staring bewlidered at the images Notre Dame de Paris in flames, I was struck with how numb I’d become to news of the terrible. Numb. Incapable of knowing what I felt. The world’s news cameras had turned on the sad spectacle of France’s most famous cathedral overcome with churning flames and smoke. Social...

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Playing with Power: An Alternate French Revolution Role-Play

Mar 14, 19

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This article is part 2 of a series of posts on using the concept of ‘play’ to teach history in a Malaysian college setting. You can read part 1 by clicking here. On the first day of the final ‘Playing with Power’ session of 2018, I explained to the World Civilization 2 (from 1500 CE) class their three historical...

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Jon Shafer’s At the Gates: First Impressions (Part 2)

Feb 14, 19

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This post is the second half of a two-part article on Jon Shafer’s At the Gates, at launch. You can read part 1 by clicking here. So I’ve given you a rundown of At the Gates’ (AtG) critical reception at launch, discussing the good, the bad, and the ugly of Shafer’s first solo entry into strategy...

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Jon Shafer’s At the Gates: First Impressions (Part 1)

Feb 12, 19

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This post is the first half of a two-part article on Jon Shafer’s At the Gates, at launch. You can read part 2 by clicking on this link. I have to confess that what sold me on getting Jon Shafer’s At the Gates right out of the gate – considering the game’s lukewarm reception at launch – was...

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Presence, Preservation, and Virtual Reality

Nov 15, 18

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This week, KUED, a local PBS station premiered a new documentary titled Battle Over Bears Ears that looks at the fight over the Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah that was created by President Obama and later dismantled by President Trump.  As one might expect, the issue is much more complicated than a two-sided...

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