Methods and Implementations of Historically Accurate Game Design for First Person Shooter Video Games

  • Author / Creator
    Holmes, David M
  • 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 To portray accurately the historical content I designed the game using a Mechanics-Dynamics-Aesthetics (MDA) game design framework.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 I evaluated the game by examining its historical content through these same elements.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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    Fall 2017
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    Master of Arts
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    University of Alberta
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  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Quamen, Harvey (Humanities Computing)
    • Gouglas, Sean (Humanities Computing)
    • Rockwell, Geoffrey (Humanities Computing)