When Videogames and Technology Bring History to Life
On April 15, 2019, Notre-Dame was nearly destroyed in a devastating fire. As the tragedy unfolded, people began sharing photos and videos of the Cathedral. Others chose to relive their memories virtually through Assassin’s Creed Unity, the videogame.
Italian Renaissance, French Revolution, Ancient Greece… for more than 12 years, the Assassin’s Creed series have been recreating history to make it everyone’s playground. Today, even non-gamers can learn about Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece as the game’s world evolves into a virtual museum with the educational mode, the Discovery Tour, curated by historians and classical experts.
One step beyond video-games, technology, culture and entertainment can also converge to raise awareness of social issues and turn museum visitors into caring citizens via immersive giant-screen projections and VR experiences, as in the exhibition “”From Mosul to Palmyra, A Virtual Journey through the World’s Cultural Heritage”” (Paris, 2018 / Bonn, Aug-Nov 2019).
1. Understand how video-games recreate history and bring it to life.
2. Discover how technology and games collide with culture and serve broader purposes like teaching, engaging and generating awareness.
3. Explore techniques used to digitally archive historical heritage and make it accessible to everyone.