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 the No Man's Sky Archaeological Survey (#NMSAS) and look over the challenges the survey has faced in its first month. We talk about the game a bit, and how archaeology works in games like NMS. We also talk about preparing future archaeologists for the digital worlds they're going to encounter, and how to get current archaeologists up to speed.
- No Man's Sky
- Researchers play No Man's Sky like an archaeological dig, but find a mostly empty sandbox
- Paradox Interactive
- Elite Dangerous
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
- Andrew Reinhard
- Meghan Dennis
- Tara Copplestone
- Official Hashtag #archaeogaming
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.