Field Reports – A New Direction

April 1, 2018By Bram van den HoutField Reports
I've had the pleasure to report on a wide variety of topics about video games, archaeology, and video games for the past 1,5 years. News about the newest Assassin's Creed, interesting discussions concerning violence and video games, the representation of colonialism in strategy games: you name it, and I've written about it. But it's time [...]

Interactive Pasts Hype! New conference, new website!

March 12, 2018By YmirBlog Posts
Hype: when a person is excited about something, or the prospect of something. And boy, are we hyped! Not only are we organizing a new Interactive Pasts Conference, but we are launching it on our new shiny website! Papers Please The time has come! The Call for Contributions for The Interactive Pasts Conference 2 is now up [...]

Field Reports #35 – Writing Stories And History

March 5, 2018By Bram van den HoutField Reports
As if writing interesting and captivating stuff isn’t hard enough, someone had to go and invent video games. The once intimate bond between a writer and their editor has been forcefully disrupted by the need to cooperate with graphics, gameplay, and audio. No longer is the writer free to do as they wish, but they’re [...]

Games We Dig – Skyrim

July 7, 2017By Dr. RandomBlog Posts, Games We Dig, Kickstarter
Skyrim.... It seems ages ago that Bethesda published the last entry in its epic Elder Scrolls Series. I played the game quite a lot when it first came out, but then a PhD thesis had to happen and I never revisited its cold mountains, barren shores, and Viking-boutique towns. Since then, many E3s have come and gone [...]

Games We Dig — Kingdom

November 3, 2016By Dr. RandomGames We Dig
A little while ago VALUE did a stream on the Post-Apocalypse. We discussed its mechanisms, historicity and representation in Fallout 4, a big-budget game that takes place after the collapse of American society. I do not think Fallout 4 is a particularly good game about apocalypse. Kingdom is. — By Doc Random In Kingdom you [...]

Games We Dig — Fragments of Him

May 19, 2016By Dr. RandomGames We Dig
Fragments of Him is a game about dealing with loss. The loss of a friend, lover, or family member and how this impacts those who took part in his or her life. It is also a game about how we are all part of an assemblage of persons and things that pattern and punctuate our daily [...]