Playing with the past: history and video games (and why it might matter)

Jeremiah McCall Cincinnati Country Day School. Cincinnati, OH, USA. Email: jmc.hst (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF HISTORYING, PUBLIC HISTORYING, AND HISTORICAL VIDEO GAMES While traditional history, as a discipline, is important, that should not obscure the fact that doing history, sometimes called “historying,” is something everyone does. For history is fundamentally just the communicationContinue reading “Playing with the past: history and video games (and why it might matter)”

The scientists of Assassin’s Creed – Part 1: James Cook and Charles Darwin

Rodrigo B. Salvador Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington, New Zealand. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF It feels like a long time since Altair first adventured through the Holy Land. Now Assassin’s Creed, by Ubisoft, became one of the highest selling video game franchises of all time. It is evenContinue reading “The scientists of Assassin’s Creed – Part 1: James Cook and Charles Darwin”

Valleys Between: bringing environmental issues to games

Niamh Fitzgerald Little Lost Fox. Wellington, New Zealand. Email: niamh (at) littlelostfox (dot) com Download PDF Valleys Between[1] is an environmental puzzle game, where your goal is to grow your world for as long as you can while protecting it from threats that will damage its health. When we started designing Valleys Between we wanted toContinue reading “Valleys Between: bringing environmental issues to games”

The entomological diversity of Pokémon

Rebecca N. Kittel Museum Wiesbaden, Hessisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Natur, Wiesbaden, Germany. Email: rebecca.n.kittel (at) gmail (dot) com. Download PDF Pocket Monsters or as they are better known, Pokémon, are playable monsters which first appeared in the 1990’s as a video game in Japan, but soon expanded worldwide. They are still very successful withContinue reading “The entomological diversity of Pokémon”

One squid to rule them all

Rodrigo B. Salvador Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington, New Zealand. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF When it was released in 2014, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment) proved to be the game all Tolkien fans had been waiting for. Its sequel, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, released inContinue reading “One squid to rule them all”

Dogū: from prehistoric figurines to collectible pocket monsters

Rodrigo B. Salvador Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington, New Zealand. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF As an avid consumer of Japanese video games during my early teens, particularly of the RPG sort, I could not help but notice that some monsters would pop up in several games and typicallyContinue reading “Dogū: from prehistoric figurines to collectible pocket monsters”

History’s first Easter egg

Rodrigo B. Salvador Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Any gamer worth of his/her salt is well acquainted with the term “Easter egg”. It designates any sort of secret message or feature (or even inside jokes) hidden in a video game or any other kind ofContinue reading “History’s first Easter egg”

Ruby Rei: How to make an adventure video game to learn languages

Truan Flynn Wibbu Studios. London, UK. Download PDF Learning is an active process. Goals are set. Achievements are unlocked. Progress is made. So it isn’t a huge leap to marry the worlds of education and gaming as one successful and fulfilling experience. Wibbu’s play-based learning system pulls down the learning barriers that are outlined inContinue reading “Ruby Rei: How to make an adventure video game to learn languages”

Arthropod diversity in Pokémon

André W. Prado* & Thiago F. A. Almeida Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. *Email: awp03 (at) hotmail (dot) com Download PDF Like most regular children in the 2000’s, we were obsessed with Pokémon games and anime series. The experience of exploring new environments, discovering new creatures and collecting them, alwaysContinue reading “Arthropod diversity in Pokémon”

Medjed: from Ancient Egypt to Japanese Pop Culture

Rodrigo B. Salvador Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart. Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Not so long ago I have devoted a good deal of time and effort analyzing Egyptian mythology in the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona video game series (Salvador, 2015). Thus, it was only natural that I wouldContinue reading “Medjed: from Ancient Egypt to Japanese Pop Culture”