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The world is currently awash in historical video games, but these games often provide little in the way of background or context for players. Where can interested players turn for knowledge about the past? History Respawned is a video and podcast series where professional historians provide background for players interested in knowing a bit more about their favorite games, and answers questions such as: Is this game historically accurate? Am I getting the full story or is there more to know? What led to the events depicted in this game and what happened after them? With History Respawned, you don’t need to turn to an unreliable Wikipedia entry or even go to the library (you should absolutely do that if you have time, though!). We bring world-renowned scholars, with their decades of reading and expertise, to you to talk about the games and history you love.

The series has already examined the history of piracy as depicted in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, experiments with alternate history in Wolfenstein: The New Order, representations of witchcraft and demonology in Diablo 3, and more. History Respawned looks at the way video games represent the past and how these depictions, narratives and interpretations interact with discussions already going on in academia.

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Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Holly Nielsen on Historical Board Games and AC Odyssey

Holly Nielsen on Historical Board Games and AC Odyssey