I’m very happy to welcome everyone to the official launch of Play the Past – a project that has been brewing under the radar for longer than I care to admit. At its core, Play the Past is a collaboratively edited and authored blog dedicated to thoughtfully exploring and discussing the intersection of cultural heritage (very broadly defined) and games/meaningful play (equally broadly defined). Play the Past contributors come from a wide variety of backgrounds, domains, perspectives, and motivations (for being interested in both games and cultural heritage) – a fact which is evident in the variety of topics we tackle in our posts.
It is very important to note that Play the Past isn’t just about digital games, its also about non-digital games (boardgames, tabletop games, collectible card games, etc.), alternate reality games (ARGs), barely games (a term originally coined by Russel Davies – no, not the Doctor Who Russel Davies – and built upon by our very own Rob MacDougall), and playful mechanics (or “gamifying” as its been recently called).
We are also very interested in exploring the spectrum of approaches to games – from the more “philosophical” (as some might call it) games studies side of things, to the more practically applied serious games/meaningful play side of things (and just about everything betwixt and between).
Play the Past will be publishing content regularly 2-3 times/week. One of the best way to keep up with posts and news is to follow us on Twitter (@playthepast).
Its also super important that we give credit where credit is due right off the bat. One of the greatest inspirations for Play the Past comes directly from ProfHacker. You can see the fingerprints of ProfHacker all over Play the Past. From the way we do business behind the scenes to our commenting and community policy (which is pretty much shamelessly lifted verbatim from ProfHacker). This is no great surprise as I (Ethan Watrall – Play the Past’s editor) was in the first batch of ProfHacker writers (and was incredibly inspired by ProfHacker’s runaway success). In this regard, we are extremely grateful to ProfHacker – and particularly ProfHacker’s two Editors: George H. Williams (@georgeonline on Twitter) and Jason B. Jones (@jbj on Twitter).
Its also worth staying at this stage of the game that we’re always looking for new contributors (either on a regular basis or as a “one shot” guest author). If you think you have something to contribute, we’d love to hear from you. Drop us a line here and tell us a little bit about yourself and how you might contribute.
You should also consider this post an open thread – introduce yourself and tell is why you are interested in games & cultural heritage. This thread is also a great opportunity to tell us what would you like to see on Play the Past?