In one of my last blogs I pitched my new project for my uni subject BCM206.
Working with my partner fo this project, we sat down and recreated a more informative pitch with more information and clearer discussion on our direction. Check it out:
Playing History, our new project, is our answer to learning history through games.
Homeschooling is the future. The evidence for this is piling up. Last year 6000 registered students homeschooled in NSW alone. These numbers increase outside of NSW to unprecedented figures. Homeschooling is becoming more and more popular with the increase of tools and technology available and the increasing evidence of traditional classroom teaching failing.
A common tool homeschoolers are turning to is the use of games to educate students. From math games to spelling challenges. Games are paving the way foward as kids pay more attention, engage more effectively, and retain more. Most importantly they tap into kids motivation and inspiration to learn. This is because the participatory nature of video games allows individuals to become deeply engaged in the historical setting.
The Assassins Creed franchise is a third person, role playing, historical fiction game. Due to its strong ties to true historical accounts (within a historical fiction game format) many teenagers find it a fascinating tool for experiencing history through the eyes of people in respective time periods.
Together, Kurt and I will delve into this world of history and give our impressions on the representation of history in some of these games. Through roundtable-esque discussion, we will specifically look towards Assassin’s Creed Origins, Assassin’s Creed 2, Assassin’s Creed 3 and Assassin’s Creed Unity and implicitly determine the educational value these games possess.
To support our discussion, we will be considering scholarly articles that have attempted to address the historical value of games over the years. As well as this, we will refer to interviews lead game designers have given as they explain their motivations behind building their historical and educational worlds.
As we plan to release a video every fortnight to Playing History we have lined up 5 games to share our impressions on. Stay tuned for our first on this topic this Friday..
Assassin’s Creed II (2009). Ubisoft Montreal
Assassin’s Creed III (2011). Ubisoft Montreal
Assassin’s Creed: Unity (2014). Ubisoft Montreal
Assassin’s Creed: Origins (2017). Ubisoft Montreal
Cool Math Games, Available at: https://www.coolmathgames.com
Game Informer (2012). The Historical Setting of Assassin’s Creed 3. Youtube. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmBXkWyLRXo&ab_channel=GameInformer(Accessed 20 August 2020)
Gamespot (2018). Battlefield V- Official Trailer. Youtube. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7ZpQadiyqs&ab_channel=GameSpot (Accessed 17 August 2020)
Menon, Lakshmi (2015) History First-Hand: Memory, The Player and the Video Game Narrative in the Assassin’s Creed Games, Rupkatha Journal On Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities, Volume VII (1) 108-113. Available at: https://www.academia.edu/13414289/History_First_hand_Memory_the_Player_and_the_Video_Game_Narrative_in_the_Assassin_s_Creed_Games (Accessed 25 August 2020)
Spelling city, Available at: https://www.spellingcity.com/spelling-games-vocabulary-games.html