Jeremiah McCall, Video games as participatory public history

From the initial planning and research to the gameplay and public discussions, historical simulation games are an important participatory form of public history. The games themselves offer interpretations of the past in the form of simulations. Indeed it is the interactivity inherent to the medium of video games that most shapes how developers take their ideas about documentable history and adapt them for their audience. The participation of players is not limited to playing, however, and passively accepting the play experience. Rather players can and do actively engage not only by implementing their own rules of play and creating mods, but by debating the historical accuracy of the game in the internet forums. In this final arena, the game forum, players engage in their own historical debate and conduct their own form of public history. Source: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/9781118508930.ch29

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