Teaching Historical Theory through Video Games

Sid Meier's Civilization IV

The potential of video games for teaching history is receiving increasing recognition. However, the greatest emphasis is on their use as tools in secondary education. The few studies focusing on undergraduate education demonstrate the use of games to create an immersive historical experience with counterfactual options.

When Reality Becomes Fantasy: How Video Games are Hijacking the Middle Ages

Skyrim Nord Warrior. (www.comicvine.com)

“The Middle Ages is a space where White Supremecy is legitimised. The maintenance of white privilege. The gamer community use ‘historical facts’ to legitimise this kind of literacy.’

Minecraft and the Middle Ages

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It is one of the most popular video games ever created. Moreover, educators are finding ways to use Minecraft as a teaching tool, and one that could be ideal for learning about the Middle Ages.

New App: Prosperity – Italy 1434


Looking for a new game to get you back to the Middle Ages? Prosperity – Italy 1434, based on factual characters and events, and which allows you to get involved in alliances, assassins, corruption and battles, is now available for Android as well as IOS users.

The other possible past: simulation of the Middle Ages in video games


The video game phenomenon is marking our current and future the perception of the medieval past.

Top 5 Medieval Video Games

Top 5 Medieval Video Games

From JazReviews, here are the top five Medieval Video Games!

Which Assassin’s Creed Character Are You?

Assassin's Creed Character

Assassin’s Creed and its sequels have created some memorable characters. Which assassin would you be?

Grand Ages: Medieval coming to your computer screens in 2015


A new video game will soon allow players to explore, build up and go to war in 30 million square kilometres of pixelated medieval Europe.

Get ready to play ‘Bridge Constructor Medieval’

Bridge Constructor Medieval

On May 1st, HeadUp Games will be releasing the video game app Bridge Constructor Medieval for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.

Smearing the Medieval: Architectural Objects and Time Travel in Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Amnesia: The Dark Descent

In late 2010, a small game development company known as Frictional Games launched Amnesia: The Dark Descent, a survival horror game fixated upon medieval and Renaissance traditions.

Dungeons, but no dragons: new video game wants to give a realistic portrayal of the Middle Ages

Kingdom Come Deliverance

A group of Czech video game makers have already raised over £430,000 on Kickstarter to create Kingdom Come: Deliverance, a RPG that will allow players to quest and fight in a more historically-realistic medieval world.

Fief, 1429 – classic French game being updated for English audience


Having already raised over $66,000 on Kickstarter, an American-based gamemaker is set to release a new version of the classic game Fief, 1429.

Knighthood in later medieval Italy

The murder of Corso Donati and Gherardo Bordoni (1308)

There is a clear reason for this general discounting of Italian knighthood in the later Middle Ages. The traditional focus of northern Italian historiography being cities and civic life, knighthood has struggled to find a place in the world of communes and city-states, merchants and markets.

Great Battles Medieval released on iPad

great battles medieval ipad

If you are looking to re-fight the Hundred Years War on your iPad, the game Great Battles Medieval might be for you!

Video Games: the Virtual Classroom


It was then that I came to a rather drastic realization about the gaming industry. Video games were no longer just a tool for entertainment. This was a new platform for historians to assemble takes on history. This was the future!

Knights & Dragons: Rise of the Dark Prince

Knights & Dragons: Rise of the Dark Prince

For iPhone, iPad and iPod touch – save a medieval kingdom!

Medieval card game looking for backers through Kickstarter Campaign


For those looking to support a medieval-themed project, Blazon! The Card Game might be just what you are looking for

Chivalry: Medieval Warfare

Chivalry Medieval Warfare video game

This first-person multiplayer action video game is currently in production by Torn Banner Studios, and has similar gameplay mechanics to Half-Life 2.

I’m the King of the Castle: Historvius launches social-travel game

Tourists can share their tips and pictures from places they’ve visited and build their virtual empire as they travel

Leading history travel website Historvius.com has launched a new social-travel game allowing people to truly become King of the Castle or even Emperor of the Colosseum. Users can rule historic sites they’ve visited, earn points, titles and badges, share with their friends and build their very own virtual empire while they travel.

Stronghold 3 adds Castle Builder extension


The makers of Stronghold 3, which was launched this fall, have added a medieval castle builder extension to enhance their video game.

CastleVille – the latest video game craze


For millions of fans who wanted to command their own castle, the new game CastleVille is giving them the opportunity to do so – at least in the online world.

First trailer released for Crusader Kings II

crusader kings ii

Paradox Interactive has released the first in a series of seven live action trailers for medieval strategy / RPG Crusader Kings II. The video features a ‘unique’ attempt to storm a medieval castle ;)

Who says history can’t be fun?! Medievalists.net chats with Simon Bradbury about the medieval gaming world of Stronghold III


Who says history can’t be fun?! Medievalists.net talks to Simon Bradbury about the medieval gaming world of Stronghold III How did you get into video game creation? My first game was a side scrolling arcade game called Elf – back in 1985 – in the days when the whole game could be made in 3 months by […]

Stronghold 3


Stronghold 3 Developed by Firefly Studios To be released in October 2011 For the PC Your castle walls are being smashed by siege engines, an enemy catapult surrounded by troops is rumbling ever closer, your villagers are starving, wolves have been spotted in a nearby cave, your barracks are desperately empty… Just another typical day […]

LandGrabbers – medieval conquest strategy for the iPad


LandGrabbers, a new title for iPad, is set in a medieval/fantasy world. It combines classic elements of strategy, simulator, and resource management, which is unique to the world of casual games. Game Overview: The main aim of LandGrabbers is to capture enemy fortresses and maintain your winning march through four diverse locations – woods, desert, […]

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