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

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“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

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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

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

Genre Medievalisms: Geek Goes Chic!

Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in HBO's, 'Game of Thrones'. Photo courtesy of blastr.com (TV Guide)

Is Cersei a collection of bad medieval stereotypes? Have nerds gone mainstream? Were American cowboys a modern retelling of the medieval knight? Put down that comic, put away your bag of dice, and indulge your inner nerd.

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?

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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

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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.

Staging Medievalisms: Touching the Middle Ages through Contemporary Performance

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Examining the Middle Ages through modern eyes: movies, TV, stage, tourism and books. How do we perform the Middle Ages?

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.

‘It’s the Middle Ages, Yo!’: Race, Neo/medievalisms, and the World of Dragon Age

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This article examines ways in which the idea of an authentic Middle Ages is deployed in fan debates over perceived racism in the role-playing video-game Dragon Age: Origins (DAO), its sequel Dragon Age II (DA2), and the forthcoming third game.

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

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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.

Medievalism as fun and games

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Medievalism hides in many guises in contemporary culture, of which four will be examined here.

Great Battles Medieval released on iPad

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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

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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!

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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, […]

Sims: Medieval released

Sims Medieval unveiling at Medieval Times

Sims: Medieval, a new video game that allows people to recreate the Middle Ages in SIMS fashion, was launched earlier this week. The official launch took place at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament in Buena Park, California, with more than 1,000 guests on hand to play the game and receive a digital download. Sims: Medieval […]

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