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Virtual history : how videogames portray the past

Author: A Martin Wainwright
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Virtual History examines many of the most popular historical video games released over the last decade and explores their portrayal of history. The book looks at the motives and perspectives of game designers and marketers, as well as the societal expectations addressed, through contingency and determinism, economics, the environment, culture, ethnicity, gender, and violence. Approaching videogames as a compelling  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wainwright, A. Martin, author.
Virtual history
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019
(DLC) 2019009466
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: A Martin Wainwright
ISBN: 9781138069084 1138069086 9781138069091 1138069094
OCLC Number: 1084410051
Description: xiii, 219 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Historians, consumers, and the videogame industry --
The meaning and presentation of history --
Portraying historical research --
Designer preference vs. marketability --
Designer intent and consumer reception --
Theme and mechanics --
Mechanics --
Compression and focus --
The problem of hindsight bias --
Contingency and determinism --
The scholarship of counterfactual history --
Contingency and technology in civilization --
Great individuals and events --
Wars and battles: Hastings and Gettysburg --
Economics and resource-management --
Economic history --
Resource management --
Trade --
Mercantilism in games portraying the early modern era --
Laissez-faire and planned economies --
Ecology and the environment --
Environmental history and the Columbian Exchange --
Applying the Columbian Exchange in the virtual world --
Disease --
Climate change and geological events --
Culture and ethnicity --
The cultural turn in history --
Characterizing cultures in action videogames --
Characterizing cultures in strategy games --
Religion --
Gender --
Gender in the study of history --
Sexism and the female market for historical videogames --
Female characters in the virtual past --
Male characters in the virtual past --
Portraying non-heteronormative gender roles --
Violence and oppression --
Historical scholarship on violence and oppression --
Combat and the treatment of civilians --
Slavery and genocide --
The future of the virtual past.
Other Titles: How video games potray the past
Responsibility: A. Martin Wainwright.

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"Virtual History examines many of the most popular historical video games released over the last decade and explores their portrayal of history. The book looks at the motives and perspectives of game designers and marketers, as well as the societal expectations addressed, through contingency and determinism, economics, the environment, culture, ethnicity, gender, and violence. Approaching videogames as a compelling art form that can simultaneously inform and mislead, the book considers the historical accuracy of videogames, while also exploring how they depict the underlying processes of history and highlighting their strengths as tools for understanding history. The first survey of the historical content and approach of popular videogames designed with students in mind, it argues that games can depict history and engage players with it in a useful way, encouraging the reader to consider the games they play from a different perspective. Supported by examples and screenshots that contextualize the discussion, Virtual History is a useful resource for students of media and world history as well as those focusing on the portrayal of history through the medium of videogames."--

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