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Seeing and Hearing the Past in Video Games

Videogames with historical (or counter-historical) settings often mimic and recreate popular media images of the ‘real world’ as the basis for their virtual environments. Of course, this is a necessity for texts which consciously try to build highly detailed, immersive and interactive virtual landscapes, depicting ‘the past’, in an effort toward facilitating ‘authentic’ player experiences.

But though a technologically advanced and unquestionably postmodern medium, many contemporary video game creators also recreate and utilise ‘old media’ materials, placing these texts and items in-game to be collected or accessed by players.

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Clearly, I’m a collector (Fallout 4)

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What is it with Fallout and American Historical Memory?

N.B. My intention is to keep blogging about Fallout 4 as I go, commenting on anything I find particularly interesting or noteworthy in terms of historical representation or memory. If anyone who reads this wants to point me in the direction of something they think should be written about, get in touch!

And, of course, there will be spoilers.

After less than a week since its release, Fallout 4 is already making history: but in more ways than one.

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