The History and Games Lab hosts a regular seminar series, as well as formal and informal events such as worshops, playtests and participation at game conventions. Our events are open to all, within and outside the university.

For queries please contact Gianluca Raccagni (gianluca.raccagni@ed.ac.uk).

Semester 1, 2020/21

DateSpeakerTopicNotes
Friday 25 September
5 pm British Time
David Silkenat (University of Edinburgh)Pirates of the Digital CaribbeanThe seminar is free, open to the general public, and will take place online via Zoom. Please register using this link: shorturl.at/tuGT6

Abstract:

This paper is part of a book project that examines how American history has been presented in video games. It compares two landmark games: Sid Meier's Pirates! (1987) and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (2013). The differences between the games reflect not only nearly three decades of technological development, but alternative interpretations of the past. They demonstrate an evolving scholarly understanding of the role of pirates in the colonial Caribbean, changing public expectations about representation and authenticity, and a profound transformation in the video game industry.
Friday 30 October,
5 pm British Time
William Huber (Abertay University)Truth, Contingency and Necessity: the rhetoric of historical gamesThe seminar is free, open to the general public, and will take place online via Zoom. Please register using this link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/manage/events/122676848757/online-event
Friday 27 November5 pm

Semester 2, 2020/21

DateSpeakerTopicNotes

Archive Photos - Previous Events

Workshop on Medievalism and Games Industry with Ian Livingstone, founder of Games Worshop.
Roundtable on History and Games at Blackwell's bookshop with Daniel Mersey, author of Lion Rampant: Medieval Wargaming Rules, and Daniel Faulconbridge, editor of the magazine Wargames Illustrated.
Roleplaying playtest for the forthcoming medieval expansion of Chaosium's Call of Cthulhu, in collaboration with The Edinburgh University Roleplaying Society.