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Monthly Archives: March 2013

In terms of the historical games in general (Historical Games in a Nutshell and Playing History), I agree that there are all sorts of historical games out there.  Some of them are quite good and some of them are, well, shit, from a gaming perspective and from a historical perspective.  One thing that really strikes […]

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Balancing fun and education is a slippery slope that i’m sure all of us have found daunting when designing our games. After all what we don’t want is for them to hypothetically end up in the Walmart discount bin.  Trevor Owen said it best: “There is an explicit tension between composing traditional historical narrative and presenting complexity […]

Today in class, one of the groups presented to the class an overview of their game in which they are creating for the final project of the course. The idea of the game is to show how changing one small decision, can ultimately alter the course of history, it a butterfly effect. The ripple theory […]

Today in class, one of the groups presented to the class an overview of their game in which they are creating for the final project of the course. The idea of the game is to show how change one small decision, can ultimate alter the course of history, is a butterfly effect. The ripple theory […]

The first game I chose to play was the ‘Ancient Objects Game’ found when you click on the word ‘archaeology’ on the home page of Playing History. In this game you have a chart with sections labelled Anglo-Saxon, Viking or Norman. It is your job to match the objects on the left side of the […]

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  The first game that I played was an amusing game called BBC – History – World Wars: The Battle of the Atlantic. The entire game doesn’t really consist of a lot of actual gameplay and there was no losing scenario. Most of my time was spent in the ‘briefing room’, looking at the appropriate […]

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This isn’t my actual week to blog/respond and my post doesn’t really involve history but I had a thought about virtual reality gaming and felt compelled to share… Earlier today, one of the presenters was discussing the idea or virtual reality gaming which generated a short discussion on the pros and cons of virtual reality.  […]

Life isn’t fair. That’s just the way it is but, most games are.  There are games that are really difficult like Dark Souls or Slender Man but they’re still beatable and if it’s too hard you can always quit.  The harder a game is and the more immersive the quicker you have to learn the […]

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What can we define as a cyborg? The Terminator? Will Smith in iRobot? That crazy pirate from Treasure Planet with the robotic arm, leg and eye? Or is it much simpler than that? When most of us hear the word “cyborg”, we think of some half human half computer creation that embodies the best of […]

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Cyborgs don’t need to just be humans with robotic body parts or vice versa: they are amongst us right now. They work the same 9 -to- 5 jobs as you or study routinely for assignments, midterms and finals. You speak to them as they come and go, blending in with society; infiltrating from the highest […]

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