Some Early Thoughts on History and Games And Collective Identity

von Eugen Pfister

The following essay is partly based on my presentation at the Clash of Realities conference November 2019 .: „Playing „History as it really was“ – The Myth of Historical Accuracy in video games and its ideological functions“.

History vs. Historical Studies

If you’re a historian working with/on video games it is inevitable, that at some point of your career you will be confronted with a question like this: „Is x in game y historically accurate?“

The ongoing search for (imagined or factual) anachronisms can be quite entertaining, but the gain in knowledge for our historical studies and our society is rather limited. [1] Trouble is, we touch a sore point of our self-conception as historians. The impulse to understand historians as reviewers of a „correct“ representation of history contradicts our self-image as scholars.

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