History’s Creed: ARTE Web Series on History in Video Games

Feb 27, 18

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Fresh on the heels of our editorial team transition, Play the Past is pleased to announced that the French-German TV channel ARTE is releasing a new web doc series on the treatment of history in video games. The series, commissioned by ARTE Creative and produced by Tournez s’il vous plait, is hosted by popular French History...

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Commemoration, Video Games, and Remembrance Day

Nov 11, 14

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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

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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

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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

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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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