Bob Whitaker's Blog
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
[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 ...
[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 ...