Guns, Germs, and Horses: Cultural Exchange in Sid Meier’s Colonization

Mar 13, 12 Guns, Germs, and Horses: Cultural Exchange in Sid Meier’s Colonization

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In preparation for a book chapter on Colonization  we thought we would take the opportunity to blog through and invite a broader discussion of some of the ideas that we hope to engage with in that chapter. This is the second in a series of post which we will co-write. In the first post we explored what happens when you make Native...

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if (!isNative()){return false;}: De-People-ing Native Peoples in Sid Meier’s Colonization

Mar 01, 12 if (!isNative()){return false;}: De-People-ing Native Peoples in Sid Meier’s Colonization

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In a previous post I asked if the game Colonization was offensive enough. That post explored my own experience playing the game as a way to think through what the game means and what it says. As a result of that post, Rebecca Mir, an M.A. candidate at Bard Graduate Center, worked up a rather extensive paper exploring some of those...

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Sid Meier’s Colonization: Is it offensive enough?

Nov 23, 10 Sid Meier’s Colonization: Is it offensive enough?

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The premise behind Colonization has been controversial since the game’s inception. For those who are unfamiliar with it, Colonization puts players in the shoes of a European power and sets them loose to colonize the Americas. Originally released in 1994 an updated version of the game was released in 2008. Many people could relate...

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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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Play the ancient game

May 10, 16 Play the ancient game

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I’m glad to say that I have real hope of starting to contribute to PlaythePast again. I’m working on a book I’m excited about, though I have no idea whether it will ever actually emerge in any traditional “book” format. In any case, I’m going to start broaching the subject of the book, tentatively...

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