Colonialism, Privilege, and Meaningful Play in Dog Eat Dog

Apr 24, 13

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Game designer Liam Liwanag Burke describes Dog Eat Dog as a “fun, compelling game about colonialism and assimilation in the Pacific Islands.” That’s right – Burke created a fun roleplaying game about the inequality inherent to colonialism and its consequences. One player acts as the Occupation (all of it...

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Of Carrots and No Sticks; or, on Teaching Digital History with Gamification

Mar 13, 13 Of Carrots and No Sticks; or, on Teaching Digital History with Gamification

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I’m teaching HIST3812: Digital History (Games and Simulations for Historians) this term.  Past experience has taught me that whenever I actually try to force students to learn some digital skills – to do digital history – I encounter pushback and resistance. Why that should be is fodder for another day, but I...

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Let’s Use Toys to Teach about Playing in the Past!

Feb 27, 13

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The other week when I was teaching a lovely group of 7th graders, I demonstrated how a colonial buzz saw toy works. Grasping both handles firmly, I spun the toy’s wheel around its string a few times and then firmly pulled the handles away from the wheel. I let the string unwind and then repeated this motion – spinning,...

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No More Chocolate-covered Broccoli: Collaboration between Game Designers and Historians is Key

Jan 23, 13

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The following post is a short paper I wrote for a panel discussion on creating game experiences at Civil War historic sites. Our moderator suggested that we share our papers for further discussion and comment before the panel. Please join in the discussion, all comments and concerns are greatly appreciated! My postings on this site...

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Discover Meriwether: An American Epic

Dec 12, 12

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At the end of November, Brooklyn-based indie game studio Sortasoft launched a Kickstarter to raise funds for Meriwether: An American Epic. Inspired by a trip taken along the Lewis and Clark National Historic trail, Meriwether allows players to command the Corps of Discovery as Meriwether Lewis and voyage across North America....

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