Understanding Alternative Histories: The Ethiopian Japaniser Movement

Understanding Alternative Histories: The Ethiopian Japaniser Movement

February 25, 2021

This fourth article in a series of deep dives into alternative historical depictions of Africa and Colonialism in video games focuses on Ethiopia. In its quest for modernisation, Ethiopia looked east to Japan and the Meiji movement. The Historical Flavour mod for Victoria II simulates Ethiopia’s development throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century. How is the legacy of the Japaniser Movement represented?

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The Alternative History of Neocolonialism

The Alternative History of Neocolonialism

February 18, 2021

This third article in a series of deep dives into alternative historical depictions of Africa and colonialism in video games focuses on post-colonialism. The end of formal colonialism marked the beginning of neocolonialism. A Victoria 2 mod set in the Cold War simulates this with a system of economic spheres of influence. How does it affect Africa?

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Understanding Alternative Histories: Katanga

Understanding Alternative Histories: Katanga

February 11, 2021

This second article in a series of deep dives into alternative historical depictions of Africa and Colonialism in video games focuses on Congo. Following the independence of Congo in 1960 its southernmost province of Katanga broke away as its own republic, receiving heavy Belgian and mercenary support. A popular Hearts of Iron IV mod set in the 1960s depicts an alternative Katanga. How does it fare?

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is a jackpot for Ubisoft

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is a jackpot for Ubisoft

February 10, 2021

We can’t really stop talking about Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, so we won’t! Because of this, we wanted to talk a bit about the financial success Valhalla is. In this Stratigraph, we take a closer look at the monetary gains Ubisoft made from some Viking looting.

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Understanding Alternative Histories: Mittelafrika

Understanding Alternative Histories: Mittelafrika

January 28, 2021

This article is the first in a series of deep dives into alternative historical depictions of Africa and Colonialism in video games, primarily games by Paradox Interactive. In many popular Hearts of Iron IV mods, Germany controls large swathes of Africa as colonies. How would this colonial entity operate, and could it even exist the way it does in those mods?

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: A (mostly) Spoiler-Free Review

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: A (mostly) Spoiler-Free Review

January 25, 2021

We asked Liam McLeod to write a review of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla for us. He’s one of our beacons when it comes to medieval England, so he’s bound to have some good opinions on the game. Liam mainly discusses the landscape and the larger narrative, so no worries about (big) spoilers!

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