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Subject/Keyword
evaluation of historical accuracy in video games
video games
game design for historical accuracy
first person shooters
theory for historical accuracy
first person shooter
historical accuracy
evaluation of historical accuracy
historicity
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Holmes, David M
Supervisor and department
Gouglas, Sean (Humanities Computing)
Examining committee member and department
Gouglas, Sean (Humanities Computing)
Rockwell, Geoffrey (Humanities Computing)
Quamen, Harvey (Humanities Computing)
Department
Humanities Computing
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Date accepted
2017-09-01T08:47:13Z
Graduation date
2017-11:Fall 2017
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Video games have become a common and often consumed medium to portray and to learn about history. Building on the work done by historians to understand historical accuracy on film, I design and built a first person shooter (FPS) video game that could be considered historically accurate by the historical community. The game centres on Operation Deadstick, an opening mission of the Normandy landings on D-Day, 6 June 1944. To portray accurately the historical content I designed the game using a Mechanics-Dynamics-Aesthetics (MDA) game design framework. This framework guided the implementation of the historical elements in all aspects of the game’s design including its cosmetics, gameplay mechanics, and themes. I evaluated the game by examining its historical content through these same elements. Although the game was incomplete, I believe it represents a positive first step towards the design of historically accurate interactive content.
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English
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doi:10.7939/R3KS6JJ61
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This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private, scholarly or scientific research. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
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