Gaming projects combine the Lab’s focus on immersive technologies with entertainment. Games have the potential not only to entertain, but to make substantive historical knowledge accessible to audiences beyond the academy.
I read you are interested in video games, how can video games successfully communicate history and education? Has it been done succesfully so far?
Yes, absolutely video games can successfully communicate history and education. They provide a way for us to immerse ourselves in history in much the same way that we can lose ourselves in a great historical film or a book. But video games can provide an incredible level of immersion and engagement in history. A video game puts you in the role of active participant, rather than a passive observer, and that provides an opportunity for education that goes beyond film, and even in some ways beyond what a great book can do. And while not everyone might want to read a serious history book, no matter how well-written, lots of people of all ages enjoy playing games and enjoy learning about history. This means that games – digital or analog – have the potential to bring history to much wider audiences. Video games with historical themes are very popular … Because video games have such potential to educate, I would argue that specialists in Islamic history and civilisation should be involved in game creation…Mariam Neza, “Ask The Expert – Glaire Anderson,” Asia House, May 1, 2021, https://asiahousearts.org/ask-the-expert-glaire-anderson/.