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Bob Whitaker is a history professor at Louisiana Tech University. He is the creator of the video series and podcast 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, 24 Mar 2017 09:51:00 EDT in Design, Production, Console/PC, Serious
Historian Bob Whitaker writes about his experience at GDC 17.


Posted by Bob Whitaker on Thu, 09 Mar 2017 12:13:00 EST in Console/PC, Serious
Historian Bob Whitaker talks with Don Rawitsch, one of the original creators of The Oregon Trail. Topics include the initial inspiration for the game, the research behind the game, and the response of students and fellow instructors. Recorded at GDC 17.


Posted by Bob Whitaker on Wed, 01 Mar 2017 11:00:00 EST in Console/PC, Serious
Historian Bob Whitaker and anthropologist Ivana MaÄŤek discuss This War of Mine and the history of the Bosnian War. Topics include The Siege of Sarajevo, looting, bartering, scavenging, and political violence.


Posted by Bob Whitaker on Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:33:00 EST in Console/PC, Serious
Historians John Harney and Michael Woods discuss Ultimate General: Gettysburg and the history of the Civil War. Topics include war as an object for pop culture and the controversial use of the Confederate flag.


Posted by Bob Whitaker on Tue, 27 Dec 2016 10:07:00 EST in Console/PC, Serious
Historians John Harney and Tonio Andrade talk about Civilization VI and how the game (and series as whole) reflects broader issues when discussing history.


Posted by Bob Whitaker on Fri, 18 Nov 2016 09:18:00 EST in Console/PC, Serious
Historians Bob Whitaker and Chris Kempshall discuss Battlefield 1. Topics include the controversy over the game's depiction of the war, the problems with depicting the First World War in games more generally,and the reality of trench warfare.



Bob Whitaker's Comments

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

I think this essay raises ...

I think this essay raises an important point about all games, not just historical ones. I would say that historical games, on the whole, tend to be more aware of diversity than non-historical games. Assassin 's Creed Freedom Cry and Liberation are the most obvious examples, but there are a ...

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

I 'm a history professor, ...

I 'm a history professor, and I 've used Oregon Trail several times in my US history survey. When it comes to history, I think students have a difficult time putting themselves in the perspective of people in the past. I think games offer a quick and easy way to ...