History

Red Dead Redemption and the Complexities of Historical Accuracy

Historical accuracy is a tricky thing. Because it’s a very subjective matter. We like to think that history is based on facts, but it eventually comes down to the interpretation of the people that are there to record it. Or, as Napoleon Bonaparte put it in his famous quote: “history is the version of past events that people have decided to agree on.” And often without realising it, we’re basing…

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Call of Duty World War II – Review

“Incomiiiiiiing!” The soldier next to me bellows over the sound of gunfire and you can hear the anxiety and fear in his voice. Without thinking twice I hit the B-button on the Xbox One controller to throw myself on the ground. My character “hits the deck” as it is called, I see his hands breaking his fall and the muddy cobblestones zoom towards me. Trucks and jeeps drew deep tire…


The Amazing and Fearsome Hessians

Ever since playing Assassin’s Creed 3, I have a mild obsession with the Hessians. I think it’s about time we talk about this and take a look into the interesting history of these German mercenaries and the many strikingly correct and incorrect ways they are depicted in the game. Anyone who played Assassin’s Creed 3 is familiar with the Hessians, or Jägers as they are referred to in the game….


Gamescom turned out to be a History Game Bonanza and I couldn’t be Happier

Gamescom turned out to be a history game bonanza and I couldn’t be happier. The European version of E3 in Cologne kicked it off with a trailer of the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Origins, revealing to take place against the background of Julius Caesar’s invasion and the game of thrones (pun very much intended) he played with Cleopatra. Then there was the announcement of Age of Empires IV being in production,…


Wolfenstein and Being Woke in 2017

After my previous piece about the old 1992 game, I felt the new series deserved their write-up too. Because it’s very different from the original, but also very, very brilliant. Last week, as I predicted in my previous article, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus was announced at E3. When the name of this new game was leaked ahead of the reveal, it didn’t immediately click with me. But a little…


Wolfenstein, Horror, Camp and Something About Hitler

The player nor the many enemies in Wolfenstein 3D ever saw daylight. Just endless ceiling lights sliding by as you navigate the underground network of caves and tunnels. No war, no Nazi regime, no struggle, no outside world, just nine floors of horror in a realm that wasn’t quite ours. This weekend the E3 kicks off, and Bethesda is expected to announce a new game in the Wolfenstein series. I…


9th of May and The Great Russian Victory

Tomorrow it’s the 9th of May. On that day Russia and many ex-Soviet countries celebrate Victory Day. The day that Nazi Germany was defeated and the flag of the USSR was planted on the Reichstag in Berlin. For many folks outside Russia this not known or has very little significance. But it deserves to be recognised and the Russians deserve to be recognised as the ones that won the Second…


The Comfort Zone of World War II

Call of Duty is going back to familiar grounds. This year’s game is made by Sledgehammer and will take us to the famous campaigns of the Second World War. Once I tried to impress my crush by telling about my fascination with the Second World War. It did not have the desired effect. “Ugh, what is it with all the men being obsessed with that war? There are so many other…


I Want To Know

“I used to be very scared of death, I’m sure you are too.” It was with this sweeping generalisation that the young lady at the train station tried to convert me to her religion. I live in the Bible belt of my country, and occasionally people in the street, at the station or at the entrance of public buildings will try to tell you that Jesus is my Lord and…


Red Dead Reactionary

Last Sunday, Rockstar Games teased the reveal of their next game. In the days that followed it quickly turned out to be a sequel to their megahit Red Dead Redemption. Yesterday (Thursday the 20th) they released a trailer. Apart from a lot of enthusiastic reactions, we also noticed a few sceptical comments. This is regarding representation of women, both in this game and in Rockstar Games in general. There was…