Game Design as Historical Authorship: Interview with Julien Bazile, part 2

Dec 17, 19

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This interview is the part three of a three-part series on teaching historical game studies at the undergraduate level, and the second half of our interview with Julien Bazile. In this interview, we discuss with Julien his research into Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed franchise, the use of historical sources in game development,...

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Designing an Undergraduate Course in Historical Game Studies: Interview with Julien Bazile

Dec 12, 19

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This interview is the part two of a three-part series on teaching historical game studies at the undergraduate level, and part one of our interview with researcher Julien Bazile. In this interview, we discuss with Julien his role in co-designing the HST 287 “History, video games and gamification”  course, offered in...

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Designing an Undergraduate Course in Historical Game Studies: Interview with Thierry Robert

Dec 10, 19

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At Play the Past, we’ve had a long-standing interest in the intersection of history, games and education. Many of our current and legacy contributor hail from the world of education, and you can read them on as varied topics as video games and educational theory, gamification vs. game-based learning, educational design and...

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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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