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College class explores video games' version of history

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Samit Sarkar (he/him) is Polygon’s deputy managing editor. He has more than 15 years of experience covering video games, movies, television, and technology.

History buffs who enjoy video games may want to enroll at the University of South Carolina and sign up for the "Computer Games and History" course scheduled for the spring 2013 semester, as spotted on Reddit.

According to the description from Associate Professor Joseph November, the undergraduate course "examines the ways history is presented in computer games" by "pairing selected games and pieces of written historical scholarship." Students will be evaluating the respective games' versions of history in class discussion for 75 minutes twice a week, as well as in written assignments.

The students may have less difficulty coming up with 18 to 20 pages about games such as Assassin's Creed 2 and Fallout 3 than about something like Tinker v. Des Moines. Either way, this continues the trend of bringing video games into classrooms as modern teaching tools. Check out the course's full flyer below.


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