Designing an Undergraduate Course in Historical Game Studies: Interview with Thierry Robert

Dec 10, 19

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At Play the Past, we’ve had a long-standing interest in the intersection of history, games and education. Many of our current and legacy contributor hail from the world of education, and you can read them on as varied topics as video games and educational theory, gamification vs. game-based learning, educational design and...

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The Bethesda Style, 2: Progression by Performance

Jun 06, 18 The Bethesda Style, 2: Progression by Performance

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I apologize for not replying to comments on the first post of this series! I’ll remedy that now, and promise to be more vigilant with this post! Digital RPGs have a wide variety of ways to allow the player-performer to progress their player-character towards greater prowess. The process is universally referred to as leveling...

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The Bethesda style of oral formulaic epic, part 1

May 22, 18 The Bethesda style of oral formulaic epic, part 1

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In a series of essays starting in 2004 and including a series of posts here on Play the Past, I’ve described player-performance in adventure games of various genres as examples of what Albert Lord, in The Singer of Tales, the seminal work on oral formulaic composition of homeric epic, calls thematic recomposition. Briefly put,...

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History’s Creed: Episodes 6 to 10

Mar 06, 18

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Below are episodes 6 to 10 of History’s Creed, and ARTE Web Series on History in Video Games. To read Play the Past’s introductory remarks on the series, please click on this link. Episodes 1 to 5 are discussed here.   Note: if subtitles do not autoplay, please click on the settings wheel at the bottom right of the...

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History’s Creed: Episodes 1 to 5

Mar 01, 18

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Below are episodes 1 to 5 of History’s Creed, and ARTE Web Series on History in Video Games. To read Play the Past’s introductory remarks on the series, please click on this link. Episodes 6 to 10 are discussed here.   Note: if subtitles do not autoplay, please click on the settings wheel at the bottom right of the...

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