Episode 44: History for Gamers

PodcastFor those of us who teach history, we often worry that video games are just a distraction that our students play instead of doing their homework. However, history and historical thinking have long been tied to video games, from Oregon Trail through present-day titles such as Civilization and Assassin’s Creed. Host John Fea reflects on his experience playing Assassin’s Creed III. They are joined by historian and host of the podcast History Respawned (@historyrespawn), Bob Whitaker (@WhitakerAlmanac).

Sponsored by the Lyndhurst Group (lyndhurstgroup.org) and Jennings College Consulting (drj4college.com).

J.L. Bell on Assassin’s Creed 3

It is good to have a historian talking about these kinds of things.  Bell was recently interviewed about Assassin’s Creed 3, a video game set in revolutionary-era Boston. The game focuses on a character named Connor Kenway, a patriot with native American roots who fights violently for justice against the British “Red Coats” occupying the city.  (No such person ever existed). The creators of the game claim that the background is based on 18th century maps.

According to Bell, the historical backdrop to the video game looks pretty accurate, but it also has some historical problems.  It also contains a lot of violence and dead British soldiers.

Listen to the interview on Radio Boston. Or read about it on Armchairempire.com.