Understanding Alternative Histories: Mittelafrika

Understanding Alternative Histories: Mittelafrika

January 28, 2021By GuthixianBlog Posts, In Depth

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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The Value of Alternative History

The Value of Alternative History

January 21, 2021By GuthixianBlog Posts, In Depth

“What-if” history tends to get a bad reputation in the world of academia for being imprecise and subjective, yet the process behind making alternative history models for video game scenarios can be as complex as any proper research. How does alternative history benefit the gaming experience and how are these scenarios made?

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Stratigraph: an Ode to Wikipedia

Stratigraph: an Ode to Wikipedia

January 19, 2021By oomzerBlog Posts, Field Reports, Stratigraph

Last week (15th of January), Wikipedia celebrated its 20th anniversary. Those who watch some of our streams know that Wikipedia holds a special place in these play sessions, as we often need to look things up in the online encyclopedia (Wiki-crutch). Because of all that it’s done for us and you, here’s an ode to Wikipedia!

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Introducing the VALUE intern!

Introducing the VALUE intern!

January 14, 2021By GuthixianBlog Posts

As of January 1st 2021 I have started working as an intern here at VALUE. In the coming weeks I will be contributing a host of in depth articles for Interactive Pasts, particularly on the many uses of alternate history storytelling. In this article I want to briefly introduce myself. My name is Jochem “Guthixian” … Read More

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Bulletin: Nunami, The Anything Gallery, Hades and more!

Bulletin: Nunami, The Anything Gallery, Hades and more!

January 1, 2021By oomzerBlog Posts, Bulletin, Field Reports

It’s the first bulletin of 2021! Let us start by wishing you all a happy New Year, and lets hope it will be different from 2020. The bulletins will stay the same however! In this week’s bulletin, we discuss Nunami, fire in video games, The Anything Gallery. Game Maker’s Notebook: Hades, an exhibition about Animal Crossing and an update to Workers & Resources: Soviet Republic!

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