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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 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.

Posted by Bob Whitaker on Mon, 29 Feb 2016 06:15:00 EST in Console/PC
Historians John Harney and Christine Baker discuss Crusader Kings II: Sword of Islam. Topics include the use of piety and decadence as game mechanics, Muslim experience of the Crusades, and religion and geopolitics in the medieval Islamic world.

Posted by Bob Whitaker on Mon, 01 Feb 2016 01:13:00 EST in
On this episode of History Respawned, Bob Whitaker talks with scholar John Morán González about the history behind Red Dead Redemption. Topics include the west in American imagination, racial violence, and the Mexican Revolution.

Posted by Bob Whitaker on Mon, 28 Dec 2015 01:57:00 EST in Console/PC, Serious
Historians Bob Whitaker and Jonathan Hunt discuss Fallout 4. Topics include the implications of nuclear war on animals, the environment, and construction (no trees for building). Also, we learn that the Fat Man weapon had a real life counterpart.

Posted by Bob Whitaker on Mon, 02 Nov 2015 03:29:00 EST in Console/PC, Serious, Social/Online
Historians consider BioShock Infinite's section on the Boxer Uprising as well as the game's depiction of early 20th century American life.

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 ...