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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.


Expert Blogs

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.

Posted by Bob Whitaker on Wed, 26 Aug 2015 01:09:00 EDT in Console/PC, Serious
Historians Bob Whitaker and Matthew Gabriele discuss the medieval inspired worlds of Dragon Age Inquisition and The Witcher 3. Topics include violence, race, religion, and dragons.

Posted by Bob Whitaker on Fri, 24 Jul 2015 06:24:00 EDT in Console/PC
John Harney of History Respawned talks with Dr. Renata Keller of Boston University about Tropico 5. Topics include the history of US-Cuba relations, racial dynamics in the Caribbean, and the tricky process of trying to use humor to relate tragic history.

Posted by Bob Whitaker on Wed, 24 Jun 2015 06:17:00 EDT in Design, Production, Console/PC, Indie
History Respawned talks with the lead writer of Never Alone, Ishmael Hope. Topics include Iñupiaq storytelling, the character of arctic weather, and the challenges of presenting indigenous culture in western media.

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 ...