Commemoration, Video Games, and Remembrance Day

Nov 11, 14 Commemoration, Video Games, and Remembrance Day

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The last time I wrote for Play the Past (unfortunately, far too long ago), I examined Valiant Hearts: The Great War as an object of remembrance and commemoration and an excellent way to understand the First World War without glorifying the conflict or understanding the war in a “top-down” view. It understood the people...

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Valiant Hearts: The Problem (and Solution) of Historical War Video Games

Jul 23, 14 Valiant Hearts: The Problem (and Solution) of Historical War Video Games

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Something that I’ve written significantly about recently is the glorification of the Second World War in video games. Games like Call of Duty 2 attempt to portray the war with a sense of realism but the final product often ends up muddled with ever-to-common tropes of heroism and sacrifice with no deeper meaning. The Second...

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Historical Infiltration of Video Game Journalism

Mar 27, 14 Historical Infiltration of Video Game Journalism

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I tweeted about this a couple nights ago but in the last couple weeks Play the Past surpassed the 200,000 all-time view mark, a huge milestone for the website. I believe that the success of this site and other sites like it are indicative of the growing interest in history in video games. In that same light, while academia has...

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The Memoirs of DayZ

Mar 19, 14 The Memoirs of DayZ

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I have taken a particular interest recently in user created histories within video games. My first post on this was on the created history of EVE Online and now I will turn to the interesting case of DayZ. DayZ was a mod for ARMA 2 (2009) and its expansion pack ARMA 2: Operation Arrowhead. The mod was extremely well received and...

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Assassins Creed Week Part I: Introduction

Feb 17, 14 Assassins Creed Week Part I: Introduction

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Welcome to Assassin’s Creed Week. After my plans for reading week fell through, I figured I would put some time into finally writing out some thoughts I have had on the Assassin’s Creed series and never had the chance to put to digital paper. So from Monday to Friday this week, I will be posting something about...

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