Excavating Code: An Archaeological Record of Software Development

Oct 22, 14 Excavating Code: An Archaeological Record of Software Development

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Over the last few weeks, I’ve been in the process of relearning C++.  Of course, saying that I am “relearning” is perhaps giving me too much credit, as it has been almost fifteen years since my first attempt at mastering the language.  While it shares a good deal of syntax with other languages I’m more...

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The Babylon of Babylonian Twins

Oct 17, 12 The Babylon of Babylonian Twins

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Thanks to the game Babylonian Twins, iPhone and Android users can explore creative renditions of monuments in and near ancient Babylon, including the legendary hanging gardens, the Ishtar gate and processional way, and the ziggurat some believe to be the Biblical Tower of Babel.  As players guide the twin princes Nasir and Blasir...

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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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The Adventuring Archaeologist Trope

Jun 28, 11 The Adventuring Archaeologist Trope

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Archaeology is a fairly common video game theme, and why wouldn’t it be? Distant lands, searching for lost treasures, the threat of competing looters and foreign governments, the possibilities of cursed tombs, with only the lone archaeologist to right the wrongs and triumph. This fantasy is not unique to the digital era; the...

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