Have you ever had that feeling when you just stare into space for a minute, because there has always been an obvious solution to a problem but you just didn’t see it before? Happened to me. The problem is the representation of female leaders in 4X games: (more…)
The 2017 Jackie Chan movie “Kung Fu Yoga” features professor Jack Chan, most famous archaeologist of China, on his quest to find the treasure of Magadha. During his adventure, he uses a couple of interesting (fictional) technologies, which we will take a closer look on…
Recently I had some time on my hands I could dedicate to reading something new, and encouraged by many enthusiastic tweets, I chose Colleen Morgans “Avatars, Monsters, and Machines: A Cyborg Archaeology”. I loved it! One thing especially stuck with me: (more…)
Now, finally: The last thesis we featured in the discussion about Concepts of the Past in Computer and Video Games, which Jan Wieners and I organised for our class on archaeogaming in January 2019 is my favourite one. How important is “accuracy” in comparison to “representation” in Computer and Video Games? (more…)
So “10 things to”-lists are pretty popular these days, so we give it a try. If you are interested in Archaeoinformatics, you can do a couple of things to get into the subject and start learning how to do archaeology today.
Here I continue to describe and elaborate on our discussion about Concepts of the Past in Computer and Video Games, which Jan Wieners and I organised for our class in archaeogaming. Let’s discuss now: Are games great knowledge communicators? (more…)
Together with Jan Wieners (@docfnord on twitter) I teach a course on Video- & Computergames and Archaeology this semester. This may develop into a series on content and thoughts regarding this course. Pt 1: What are we aiming at? (more…)
In this series of posts, I want to test in what capacity a AAA-game in a historical setting can actually teach me – as an archaeologist – something I don’t know about history. I have studied Near Eastern Archaeology, Prehistory and Assyriology, but never Egyptology, what would be the perfect branch of study for this game. Nevertheless I still can learn and by playing Assissins Creed Orgins and researching the scientific facts behind it, I want to find out if the game is well researched and document what I learned from it. Spoilers ahead!
Wissenschaftskommunikation in der Archäologie. In den letzten Wochen scheint mir das Thema immer bekannter geworden zu sein. Vielleicht liegt das am “11. Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation”, das Anfang November in Bonn stattfand. So richtig qualifiziert fühle ich mich nicht, aber …
Science Communication in archaeology. In the last couple of weeks this topic seems to have gained a lot of attention in Germany, fuelled by the “11th forum on science communication”, which took place in Bonn beginning of November. I don’t feel entirely qualified to blog about this topic, but…
In my class “3D modelling and reconstruction in Archaeology”, my students created a Virtual Reality experience, from the initial research to the final portation to a game engine. Besides some advice, the students did archieve the end result all by themselves.
“Digitalisation” is a buzzword in the humanities, closely connected to the Digital Humanities, to open access, reproducibility, sharing heritage and so forth. I believe it is a very important step to a better and more open science. There is one point though, that is important to me: I’ve worked with books 115 years old. How can we make sure people will be able to read our digital output in another 115 years?
The new Assassin’s Creed game takes place in Ancient Egypt. Beside the usual gameplay, where you have to follow a story, collect items and explore the world, you can experience the game totally free from that as a kind of observer in order to learn something about Ancient Egypt. Is this concept ready for the classroom?