The 20th Century saw unparalleled development and progression of technology for its time. At no other point of recorded human history had the world saw profound change as quickly. The 21st Century has only continued to see further advancements of technology and has seen mankind enter a digital age allowing for new ways to teach and interact with history.
New and emerging technologies have and will continue to enter our lives at home and at work. Public historians have long had a well structured system of teaching and demonstrating history to the public. Museums, Libraries, and Archives have all served as means for public historians to conduct their work. Over the years public historians, like so many other professions, have incorporated technologies into their fields to improve and become more efficient. They have also begun to use other mediums brought about as a result of technology, such as video games.
In recent years video games have grown into a dominant industry that generates billions in revenue and with a competitive market. Video games remain at it’s core a form of entertainment, however it has also demonstrated to be capable of being more then just a simple digital toy. Video Games have become diverse and complex, with advancements in technology allowing for realistic graphics and compelling narratives rivaling that of Hollywood films.
For the latest addition of Assassin’s Creed, Assassin’s Creed Origins, a discovery tour mode was added. This game mode, which was released as a free update, contains 75 in game tours that allow delve into the history of the reconstructed world of ancient Egypt. Essentially creating a virtual museum. the tour allow players to gain insight and a look at the incredible research done to create such a vibrant world. Never before have players been able to experience history to such a gr
One of the best selling franchises happens to be Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed series of video games. Assassins Creed games are known for their unique narratives that incorporates real world historical settings and events into its fictional narratives. The games each take place in different time periods and allow the player to interact with video game versions of historical figures such as Leonardo da Vinci, Pope Alexander IV, George Washington, Cleopatra, and Julius Caeser to name a few. The games have a fictional narrative, however the players are always alerted to the fictional elements of the game versus the actual historical elements. The games have gained recognition for retaining as much authenticity into their games. Video game
developers always try to keep authenticity in the game to make the world as vibrant and alive as possible. The games also contain databases which the players can easily access. The databases contain historical information on historical figures, events, and locations.
For the latest addition of Assassin’s Creed, Assassin’s Creed Origins, a discovery tour mode was added. This game mode, which was released as a free update, contains 75 in game tours that allow delve into the history of the reconstructed world of ancient Egypt. Essentially creating a virtual museum. the tour allow players to gain insight and a look at the incredible research done to create such a vibrant world. Never before have players been able to experience history to such a great degree
History has always had its place in forms of entertainment. The movie and television industries have always taken history as source material for projects, and even writers take inspiration from history to create interesting stories. Technology has progressed to the point where video games have no become a series and incredible medium that public historians can use to showcase history. Public historians would be able to reach a large audience they normally wouldn’t reach through traditional platforms.
Senior Public History Major/ International Relations Minor