Playing the Past: History and Nostalgia in Video Games
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Playing the Past: History and Nostalgia in Video Games

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"Playing the Past" brings together a group of interdisciplinary scholars to examine the complementary notions of history and nostalgia as they are expressed through video games and in gaming culture. The scope of these related concepts moves from the personal to the cultural, and essays in this collection address video game nostalgia as both an individual and societal phen...more
Paperback, 286 pages
Published October 17th 2008 by Vanderbilt University Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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"Playing the Past" is an anthology book that examines the way videogames play with history and nostalgia. The essays cover an impressive range of theories and themes. Natasha Whiteman's "Homesick for Silent Hill" applies fan related cultural studies to the Silent Hill series; "Remembrance of Things Past" by Anna Reading and Colin Harvey (which wins for best title pun) uses affection and nostalgia to create a reading of the Battlestar Galactica video game, and James Campbell goes back to Johan Hu...more
The best essays in this book are the ones near the end that discuss the documentary potential of video games. A lot of the rest of them are kind of absurdly inaccessible, pairing the most banal subject matter with the most impenetrable academic language.
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