History within Video Games

History lends itself to a wide range of game genres. First Person Shooter games like Call of Duty and Wolfenstein let players go through World War Two. Empire building games like Sid Meier's Civilization and Total War allows the player to create their own empire, all based on ones that actually existed. Adam Chapman, a researcher of video games, stated:

Resistance to serious consideration of the videogame is based on not only the specific content of contemporary products and their situated cultural role, but also the nature of the form itself. [1]

The question regarding academics is this: is the history provided in video games a valid representation of history?


[1] Adam Chapman, “Is Sid Meier’s Civilization History?,” Rethinking History 17, no. 3 (September 2013): 313.