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Bob Whitaker's Blog   Expert Blogs

 

Bob Whitaker is a history professor at Collin College. 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 Tue, 31 Aug 2021 01:01:00 EDT in Console/PC, Serious
Bob Whitaker talks with historian and game designer James Coltrain about his new game Blackhaven. Topics include the challenges of presenting history through games, the importance of questioning official narratives, and environmental storytelling.


Posted by Bob Whitaker on Thu, 12 Aug 2021 10:27:00 EDT in Console/PC, Serious
Historians Bob Whitaker and John Harney play Old World. Topics include the game's perspective on the ancient world, Old World's layers of decisions, and comparisons to Sid Meier's Civilization and Paradox games.


Posted by Bob Whitaker on Mon, 22 Feb 2021 10:57:00 EST in Console/PC, Serious
History Respawned talks with Professor Andre Sorensen about Cyberpunk 2077. Topics include Night City as an urban dystopia, the history of cities as a corrupting influence, and why Tokyo often represents the future in so much speculative fiction.


Posted by Bob Whitaker on Mon, 04 Jan 2021 10:36:00 EST in Console/PC, Serious
Historians Bob Whitaker, Chris Dietrich, and Joe Parrott discuss Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Topics include the Cold War in the 1980s, Operation Fracture Jaw, and the game's depiction of Ronald Reagan.


Posted by Bob Whitaker on Fri, 20 Nov 2020 10:45:00 EST in Console/PC, Serious
Historians Bob Whitaker and Daniel Melleno discuss Assassin's Creed Valhalla. Topics include the history of the Viking Age, raiding monasteries, Paganism vs. Christianity, Viking slavery, Norse Mythology, and Vikings in popular culture.


Posted by Bob Whitaker on Thu, 05 Nov 2020 11:05:00 EST in Console/PC, Serious
Historians Bob Whitaker and Kate Cook discuss Hades from Supergiant Games. Topics include Greek mythology, the Greek underworld, the gods of Olympus, and the Greek gods in popular culture.



Bob Whitaker's Comments

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 ...