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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.

 

Expert Blogs

Posted by Bob Whitaker on Fri, 19 Jul 2019 10:31:00 EDT in Console/PC, Serious
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, Bob Whitaker talks with Dr. Roger Launius about Kerbal Space Program. Topics include the history of the Apollo Program, the Space Race, the Cold War, and Apollo 11.


Posted by Bob Whitaker on Mon, 01 Jul 2019 10:46:00 EDT in Console/PC, Serious
Historians John Harney and Maggie Greene discuss Creative Assembly's latest Total War title, Three Kingdoms. Topics include the Three Kingdoms period, Confucianism, and Chinese literature and cultural history.


Posted by Bob Whitaker on Fri, 21 Jun 2019 10:21:00 EDT in Console/PC, Serious
Bob Whitaker talks with archaeologist Andrew Reinhard about Heaven's Vault, the latest game from Inkle Studios. Topics include archaeology, the depiction of archaeologists in games, parsing ancient languages, and artifact colonialism.


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.



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 ...