Welcome to the website for the Centre Term class “History and Video Games” as taught in January 2018. The class worked very hard to produce video games with clear historical themes or settings. This site contains student work done as part of class assignments and in preparation for the final production of their games. You will find daily updates from all the groups as well as descriptions of their game projects.

It was a lot of fun! We had Camp Antioch, a game that looked at life in a Japanese-American internment camp in World War II and that looked to give players insight into an under-treated moment in American history and to explore generational differences among the internees; Love and Death in the Wild West, a game that based some information on the life of Billy the Kid to explore themes of violence in the American West; and Cold War 1776, a genre-twisting time travel tale involving Josef Stalin, John F. Kennedy and the American Revolution that begat some fascinating conversations about the nature of American nationalism.

I want to thank my students, who took this seriously from day one and produced some great work. I must also thank the staff of the Center for Teaching and Learning here at Centre College for their ongoing support without which I could not teach classes like this.

If you would like to know more about this class, please feel free to contact me.

 

John Harney
Assistant Professor of History, Centre College