50 Years Later, Remembering Pong's Success
Pong's develper and Atari cofounder Allan Alcorn: "I didn't think the company would last long because most startup companies didn't. And so I thought it would fail after a while, but it'd be a lot of fun."
SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
From "Oregon Trail" to "Uncharted," How Video Games Have Helped Teach History
by Julio Capó, Jr.
The popularity of immersive historical narratives in video games means they have the ability to engage players deeply – historians need to understand the potential and limits of games for teaching.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
What Happens When Kids Get Their History from Video Games?
Bret Devereaux is trying to lead fellow historians to understand the influence a number of popular strategy games have for students understanding of both historical fact and the "mechanics" of historical change.
SOURCE: The Conversation
Computer Space Launched the Video Game Industry 50 Years Ago. Why Haven't You Heard of It?
by Noah Wardrip-Fruin
The first effort at a commercial arcade video game didn't fail because it was too complicated. It couldn't deliver a quality game-playing experience because it relied on technology developed for television instead of the new, but expensive, processors for computers.
Gaming The System: KU Professor Says 'Call Of Duty' Can Help Teach History
Historians should recognize that many of their students are exposed to views of the past informed by video games and explore how to build on that interest while correcting errors, says University of Kansas historian Andrew Denning.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is Being Used to Teach a University History Course
The popular Red Dead Redemption series of Western-themed video games are the jumping-off point for University of Tennessee historian Tore Olsson's course on the opening years of the 20th century.
SOURCE: The Drift
First-Person Shooter Ideology: The Cultural Contradictions of Call of Duty
by Daniel Bessner
"Right now, this one game is teaching millions of young Americans about the epic struggle between their government and the Soviet Union, a century-defining cataclysm that resulted in tens of millions of deaths, reshaped world history, and engendered the ideological struggles that presently bedevil the public sphere." But the lesson is one of cynical resignation to today's state of endless war.
Netflix’s New Doc Is Like The Last Dance for Gamers
The six-part High Score is heavy on nostalgia but light on revelations.
How Games Marketing Invented Toxic Gamer Culture
How early marketing campaigns for online gaming platforms suggested toxicity isn't a bug, it's a feature.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Confronts the U.S.’s Racist Past and Lets You Do Something About It
by Jonathon S. Jones
Poke around the game’s fictional South and you’ll find cross-burning Klansmen, whom you are free to kill.
SOURCE: Time Magazine
Germany Will Now Allow Some Nazi Symbols in Video Games
Here's what to know about the history of that ban.
‘Slave Trade’ video game altered after social media backlash
An educational video game has been edited following a social media backlash over a scene depicting slaves being packed into a ship.
SOURCE: Harvard Gazette
Crowdsourcing old journals
Project uses Web participation, video games to digitize documents.
SOURCE: Fast Company & Inc
This company claims its video games about the French Revolution are accurate
Trois-Rivieres history professor Laurent Turcot sees the potential for video games to introduce students and others to how people lived in the past.
The controversial world of Nazi video games
by Dennis Scimeca
A new game proves that developers might want to be more careful with their Nazi-era imagery.
SOURCE: New York TImes
Video Game Uses Japanese War Criminals as Targets
The game is provocatively titled "Shoot the Devils."
SOURCE: The Guardian
Iran 1979 revolution-based video game to launch
The new project is directed by Grand Theft Auto creative Navid Khonsari and voiced by Argo and Homeland cast members.
SOURCE: Philadelphia Inquirer
Jonathan Zimmerman: [Video] Blame Games
Jonathan Zimmerman is a Narberth resident and a professor of history at New York University. He is teaching a course at NYU's Abu Dhabi campus. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. ...In Washington, stricter regulation of video games has become a post-Sandy Hook cause du jour. Last week, Vice President Biden convened a high-profile meeting with video-game executives. Some have called for warning labels and other precautions.But we still don't know if playing video games makes users more likely to behave aggressively. Research on the subject is spotty and mixed, and millions of Americans clearly play violent games without becoming violent.For the most part, they also play them in a stationary position. So we shouldn't be surprised that video games are very strongly associated with obesity, especially among the young. In 2011, the World Health Organization named video games the single biggest cause of child obesity.Why would playing video games lead to more weight gain than, say, watching television? Nobody knows, although one recent study suggested an intriguing possibility: Video games make you hungry. Boys who played them were found to consume four times as many calories as they burned off....
- Chair of Florida Charter School Board on Firing of Principal: About Policy, Not David Statue
- Graduate Student Strikes Fight Back Against Decades of Austerity, Seek to Revive Opportunity
- When Right Wingers Struggle with Defining "Woke" it Shows they Oppose Pursuing Equality
- Strangelove on the Square: Secret USAF Films Showed Airmen What to Expect if Nuclear War Broke Out
- The Women of the Montgomery Bus Boycott
- New Books Force Consideration of Reconstruction's End from Black Perspective
- Excerpt: How Apartheid South Africa Tried to Create a Libertarian Utopia
- Historian's Book on 1970s NBA Shows Racial Politics around Basketball Have Always Been Ugly
- Kendi: "Anti-woke" Part of Backlash Against Antiracist Protest Movements
- Monica Muñoz Martinez Honored for Truth-Telling in Texas History