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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 Mon, 08 Apr 2019 11:11:00 EDT in Console/PC, Serious
Historians Bob Whitaker and Meaghan Walker consider Lucas Pope's Return of the Obra Dinn. Topics include seafaring in the Napoleonic Era, nostalgia for the Age of Sail, the Memento Mortem and historical deduction, and mythical sea creatures.


Posted by Bob Whitaker on Thu, 28 Feb 2019 09:46:00 EST in Console/PC, Serious
Historians Bob Whitaker and Charlie Thomas discuss Far Cry 2. Topics include the game's setting, postcolonial wars in Africa, Cold War ideologies, the African environment and diseases, and displaced populations.


Posted by Bob Whitaker on Mon, 26 Nov 2018 09:54:00 EST in
Historian Bob Whitaker explores the depiction of crime and the Pinkerton Detective Agency in Red Dead Redemption 2. Topics include "testing," train robbery, and informants.


Posted by Bob Whitaker on Mon, 22 Oct 2018 09:36:00 EDT in Console/PC, Serious
Historian Bob Whitaker talks with Dr. Kate Cook about Assassin's Creed Odyssey. Topics include the Peloponnesian War, life in Athens and Sparta, women in ancient Greece, and the importance of the arts and artists in Athenian society.


Posted by Bob Whitaker on Thu, 22 Mar 2018 01:35:00 EDT in Serious, Console/PC
Historians John Harney, Bob Whitaker, and Robert Greene II discuss the treatment of twentieth century American history in Machinegames' Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.


Posted by Bob Whitaker on Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:09:00 EST in Console/PC, Serious
Historian Bob Whitaker talks with Harvard Egyptologist Peter Der Manuelian about Assassin's Creed Origins. Topics include Ptolemy, Cleopatra, Cultural Imperialism, "Blackwashing" vs. "Whitewashing," the Giza Pyramids, and tourist traps.



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 ...