Playing with Power: An Alternative World War 2 Role Play

Aug 29, 18 Playing with Power: An Alternative World War 2 Role Play

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Michelle Low is an educator with an interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Science background who spends her time outside of lecture rooms, tweeting and blogging about gaming and pedagogy, watching gameplay, and researching and writing about Ancient Egypt Reception Studies and archaeogaming.   Imagine an alternate universe...

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Teacher Design Notes: Using Civilization IV to Learn about Agrarian Societies

May 21, 14 Teacher Design Notes: Using Civilization IV to Learn about Agrarian Societies

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Before I begin, a short preface. I have made it something of a personal mission, both as a researcher and writer on historical simulation games and as a classroom teacher, to crack the Civilization IV code. In other words, to find ways to make its educational value commensurate with the significant amount of time and effort it takes...

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The Cat and the Coup

Jun 21, 11 The Cat and the Coup

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While browsing my friends on Steam the other day, I noticed a game some of them had been playing called “The Cat and the Coup”. As a lover of cats (especially those politically inclined), I couldn’t help but be interested. Termed a documentary game by its creators Peter Brinson and Kurosh ValaNejad, this game tells the story...

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The Achievement Game

Jun 16, 11 The Achievement Game

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I stumbled upon this delightful image while browsing the web for some project of mine. It prompted me to start wondering just how much of the game frameworks we spend so much time in have impacted our worldview. Occasionally, I’ve thought of my own needs in terms of The Sims – maybe I’ve been working at home too much and my...

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History as Context: Civilization V

Jan 19, 11 History as Context: Civilization V

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Sid Meier’s Civilization is one of the most-loved franchises in gaming, particularly among those with a historical bent, even though it doesn’t provide a realistic narrative of history. The latest iteration in the series came out a few months ago and adjusted many aspects of play for better or worse depending on whom you...

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