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Bob Whitaker is a history PhD from Austin, Texas. He is the creator of the video series History Respawned, which features professional historians discussing historical video games. You can follow Bob on twitter @whitakeralmanac.

 

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Posted by Bob Whitaker on Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:44:00 EDT in Console/PC, Serious
Historians discuss BioShock. Topics include the historical context of objectivism, business leaders in American politics, and how objectivism relates to other strains of American intellectual thought and political culture.


Posted by Bob Whitaker on Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:36:00 EDT in Console/PC, Serious
Bob talks with Professor William Deverell about L.A. Noire. Topics include the postwar boom, the history of the LAPD, and race and ethnic relations in Los Angeles.


Posted by Bob Whitaker on Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:21:00 EDT in Console/PC, Serious
Historians Bob Whitaker, Christopher Dietrich, and Joseph Parrot discuss Call of Duty Black Ops 1 and 2. Topics include the Cold War, the CIA, Jonas Savimbi, Manuel Noriega, Black Ops lawsuits, and secret operations.


Posted by Bob Whitaker on Thu, 26 May 2016 11:06:00 EDT in Console/PC, Serious
Historians Bob Whitaker and Christopher Heaney discuss Uncharted 4. Topics included archeology versus grave robbing, the real Nathan Drake/Indiana Jones, the meaning of treasure, and traps in tombs.


Posted by Bob Whitaker on Wed, 27 Apr 2016 11:38:00 EDT in Console/PC, Serious
History Respawned's Bob Whitaker talks with historian Zackery Heern about 1979 Revolution Black Friday. Topics include revolutionary ideologies, religion, and America's place in the Iranian Revolution.


Posted by Bob Whitaker on Mon, 21 Mar 2016 02:21:00 EDT in Console/PC
John Harney from History Respawned talks with linguistic experts Andrew Byrd and Brenna Reinhart Byrd about their work on the languages used in Far Cry Primal.



Bob Whitaker's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 03/02/2015 - 05:26]

Fair enough, but libraries are ...

Fair enough, but libraries are pretty awesome and most of the really interesting historical research is kept off of google scholar. That 's less of a problem for the early modern period, which is the setting for this game, but certainly, if you are doing something post 17th century, a ...

Comment In: [Blog - 01/14/2014 - 08:04]

Game 's didn 't teach ...

Game 's didn 't teach me history, but they did inspire me to learn it. This is a great point. I think some instructors get a bit too hung up on the historical inaccuracies of a game, book, or movie. I tend to think anything that encourages the student to ...