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Games and history at reddit


Over at r/AskHistorians on reddit, this week’s Monday topic of conversation is “games and history.”

In the wake of many such posts over the past few days (weeks/months — let’s be serious here), and with an invitation of sorts having been extended to certain members of the major gaming communities on Reddit, we’re happy to offer this space today to discuss the many intersections between gaming and history.

Some possible topics to discuss include, but are not limited to:

  • The history of games and ludology generally
  • The use of games as a tool for teaching history
  • Pursuant to the above, which games are most accurate or useful?
  • What about otherwise?
  • Of possible particular interest: given that video games nowadays offer much greater scope for visual artistry than they did in the past — and, consequently, for greater possible accuracy of visual depiction — are there any older games that are nevertheless notable for their rigor and accuracy in spite of technological limitations?
  • Do those creating a game that takes place within a historical setting have the same duties as an historical researcher? The author of an historical novel? If they differ, how do they?
  • On a far more abstract level, of what value is game theory to the study of history?

These questions and more are open to discussion. We welcome any guests who may wish to contribute, but remind them — as we periodically remind all our readers — that /r/AskHistorians has a set of strictly-defined rules when it comes to posting. Please take a moment to read them before diving in! Moderation in the weekly project posts (such as today’s) is still somewhat lighter than usual, so everyone should be fine.

Get to it!

It might not be Monday any more, but the conversation continues.

2 responses to “Games and history at reddit

  1. Rex Brynen 05/02/2013 at 3:22 pm

    And DrFetus also makes a very important point that “games” is broader than “digital games.”

  2. brtrain 05/02/2013 at 3:17 pm

    Thanks, interesting link, especially the kindly hat-tip you got from “DrFetus”….

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