At the 2018 Society for American Archaeology meetings in Washington, D.C. in April, APN founder Chris Webster sat down with archaeogaming enthusiast Adam Spring to talk about Pokémon Go and whether it helped destroy historical and archaeological sites as was predicted in the summer of 2016 when it was released. They also talk about other augmented reality games and their potential impact on history and historical sites.
It's a four-year-old article from SAA Advances but brings up some interesting thoughts about teaching archaeology - It's called Red Land / Black Land. The article is by Ethan Watrall and discusses an effort to create a "mod" for the Civilizations 5 gaming platform where you work through Egyptian history and learn along the way. They had some unexpected challenges and some unexpected outcomes.
We also have a great App of the Day segment with one newcomer on the block and an app to look out for and NOT download.
App of The Day
This is a cross-over episode that was recorded at GenCon 50 earlier in 2017. Sara Head joined the hosts of Gaming with Scott to talk about the intersection between archaeology and gaming.
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On today's show we talk with ArchaeoGaming pioneer and expert, Andrew Reinhard. We find out what archaeogaming is and why it's important to the public. It's not just about the ethics of archaeology as represented in games, but, the games themselves.
Raiford Guins (Indiana University) joins Andrew Reinhard for a discussion on the history of video games.
- Raiford Guins website
- Raiford Guins (2014) Game After: A Cultural Study of Video Game Afterlife
- Raiford Guins (2016) Debugging Game History: A Critical Lexicon
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Daniel Kwan, host of the Curiosity in Focus podcast, visits the APN booth at SAA2017 to tell us about his interesting and diverse work at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto with his Role Play program.
The Archaeogamers are back!
The hosts discuss representation of archaeology in games; review the Hoyuk board game; and explain and discuss "procedural generation" and how it relates to archaeogaming and the user experience.
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On today's episode, the recent release of GlobalXplorer, a project to combat looting and archaeological site destruction, prompts a discussion on the ethics of gamification for archaeological researchers. The panel talks about ethics as they apply in digital archaeology and the archaeology of video-games.
Crowdsourced Archaeology and Heritage Projects:
On today's episode Andrew Reinhard talks about video games and archaeology. Can video games be archaeological sites?
The panel discusses new and inventive ways to communicate their work in ArchaeoGaming. What's the best way to present data about gaming? Maybe write your own game? Create a video? Podcast about it? And is Academia ready for a shift away from traditional ink and paper forms of presentation and how can we help it along?
Today we talk about ethics in video games as they pertain to archaeology. We talk about heritage use and representation in games, artifact interaction, cultural privileging, and list a bunch of games we think get it right! (you can play them on Steam, Hint Hint)
In the first Episode of 8bit Test Pit: Main Campaign we meet our host panel Andrew Reinhard, Meghan Dennis, and Tara Copplestone. We talk about what Archaeogaming is, the history of the field, and what the overall goals of studying the intersection of gaming and archaeology are. We also talk about the upcoming No Man's Sky Survey and why a survey like this should be done.
- Articles by Andrew Reinhard
- Articles by Meghan Dennis
- Ethan Watrall
- Shawn Graham
- Playing Pedagogy: Videogaming as Site and Vehicle for Digital Public Archaeology
- Colleen Morgan
- Erik Champion
- Catherine Flick
- Stu Eve
- Atari: Game Over
- ET Atari Dig
- No Man's Sky Archaeological Survey (NMSAS)
- THE FUTURE OF ARCHAEOLOGY STARTS WITH NO MAN'S SKY
- Uncharted Game
- The Elder Scrolls Official Site
- The Curious Expedition Game
- Archaeology Is a Brand!: The Meaning of Archaeology in Contemporary Popular Culture by Cornelius Holtorf
- From Stonehenge to Las Vegas: Archaeology as Popular Culture by Cornelius Holtorf
Introducing a new podcast from the Archaeology Podcast Network!
Episode 1 will be out Friday, July 29, 2016!
8Bit Test Pit is here to put Archaeogaming on the map. Hosted by key players in the archaeogaming world, 8Bit Test Pit sets out to explain the weird and wonderful connections between the study of our past and the virtual worlds we like to explore. 8Bit Test Pit breaks the field of Archaeologaming into three accessible formats:
- Main Campaign – is the monthly show featuring a panel discussion, led by Andrew Reinhard, Meghan Dennis, and Tara Copplestone, on a number of issues and topics all of which revolve around the intersection of archaeology and gaming. Everything from coding practices to Ethics in and out of the game realty.
- Dug Up Content – is bit-sized 15 minute episodes, released every 6 weeks, filled to the brim with information, covering key terms and concepts in and about the field of Archaeogaming. These will inform and educate, in the time it takes to load your saved game.
- Archaeodeathmatch – Two archaeogamers enter, one archaeogamer leaves. When a field is new, disagreements are going to happen. Here in the virtual area, two archaeologists debate a topic related to archaeologaming. Hosted about every 5 weeks, or as needed.
Archaeogaming covers not only the study of archaeology in videogames but also the study of games as material culture. Some of our hosts you already may know, Andrew Reinhard – who featured in the documentary ATARI: Game Over, Tara Coppelstone – who studies how games are made through an archaeological lens, and Meghan Dennis – a PhD candidate at University of York who is studying ethics in videogames, plus many more interesting and insightful players in the archaeogaming world are ready load. The show is hosted and produced by Sara Head of Archyfantasies and Tristan Boyle, content creator on the Archaeology Podcast Network.
What is ArchaeoGaming? We talk to Andrew Reinhard, the lead archaeologist behind the Atari Excavations that you may have heard about and the one that started the website, archaeogaming.com. We find out exactly what archaeogaming is, what it's future is, and what it means to real-world archaeology.