Horizon Zero Dawn explores themes in the placement of ruins and artifacts for the digital game world. Archaeogaming is the archaeology in and of games and the way that Horizon Zero Dawn explores the archaeological theory behind analysis of artifact.
The definition of archaeogaming needs to expand and encompass tabletop (or analogue) gaming and games. The archaeology in and of tabletop gaming provides an insight into the culture of the historic period but also our own. Historical games found in archaeological excavations and in historical documentation should be encompassed in the definition of archaeogaming since gaming is much more than digital games.
An Introduction to the Archaeology in (and of) Horizon Zero Dawn by Guerrilla Games (2017), on the PlayStation 4. Discussing the archaeogaming aspects in Horizon Zero Dawn as the first of a series of posts exploring the subject of the archaeology in and of Horizon Zero Dawn.
E3 occurred this week and new games, new installments to old franchises, and exciting news for archaeology in and of digital games. Exploring the new archaeogaming potential from the announcements and trailers for E3 entertainment expo.
Dr. Stéphanie-Anne Ruatta is an ancient historian and expert in Classical languages who works full-time for Ubisoft: Québec, that rare career path in which some historians and archaeologists see themselves […]
Heaven’s Vault is a new, archaeological digital game (available Spring 2019 from inkle Studios) that breaks many boundaries in how archaeology and archaeologists have been portrayed. In the game, players: …uncover […]
Over the past few days (thanks to Peter Campbell) I have read about hyperobjects (Timothy Morton), manufactured/intentional landscapes (Edward Burtynsky), and archaeological drift (Þóra Pétursdóttir, Bjørnar Olsen), which have become […]