Videogames and Memory

Mar 20, 18 Videogames and Memory

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Public Memory is a concept that is intertwined with history in many different ways, so it’s no surprise that memory is a theme that has come up over and over again here on Play the Past.   Memory and videogame intersect in a number of different ways, from prompting us to reflect on the memories of real events to using...

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Oxenfree, Memory, and Public History

Nov 22, 16 Oxenfree, Memory, and Public History

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  Oxenfree is not a game you’d immediately associate with history. The adventure game, released on various platforms in the first half of 2016, follows five teenagers as they visit an island for a party but soon become involved with a supernatural presence. Without giving too much away, the group discovers ghosts, time...

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Open Thread: Public Memory & Pokemon Go

Jul 17, 16 Open Thread: Public Memory & Pokemon Go

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I know. I know. Everyone is writing about how Pokemon Go connects to whatever they work on. But here we are. Given how Pokemon Go has kicked up controversy around how it uses public sites of memory and conscience, without in any way considering if it is appropriate to do so, I figured I would pull together some quotes and links and...

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Big History: or the Curse of Storytelling in Human Knowledge

Apr 08, 15 Big History: or the Curse of Storytelling in Human Knowledge

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This article is the thematic introduction to a series on the future of quantification in history. To read the articles in the series click on the following links for part one, part two, part three, or part four.   Big Data is upon us, and it looks like it’s here to stay. Has Plato’s old dream of bias-free...

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Valiant Hearts, The Great War, and The Shaping of Historical Memory

Dec 10, 14 Valiant Hearts, The Great War, and The Shaping of Historical Memory

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The following is a guest post from Christopher Sawula an Early American Historian of Class, Society, and Culture. CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alabama. You can find him @CGSaw on twitter. Valiant Hearts is the only war game I would ever teach students as a historical text. Focusing on the emotion and personal...

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