Egypt by exploring Assassin’s Creed



Playing In The Past is a guide to the past through Ubisoft’s open-world RPG

Individuals behind the stream are Gemma Renshaw, a paleo history Ph.D. understudy at Southampton University; Dr. Kate Sheppard, a partner educator of History and Political Science at Missouri University of Science and Technology; and Dr. Chris Naunton, an author and telecaster just as an Egyptologist. 

Over email, Gemma reveals to us how the thought came to fruition: "I had been considering accomplishing something like this for some time - or for figuring out how to interface scholarly research with portrayals of notable individuals and spots in games." After seeing Chris tweet about needing to see Alexandria in Assassin's Creed, Gemma says: "From our discussion on Twitter a few people, other than Kate, remarked that they would be intrigued likewise in watching the visit so when we got together at first we concluded we would do it again yet broadcast it. That went truly well and we just idea wouldn't it be incredible on the off chance that we could make a greater amount of these and have different specialists participate, so we could get various voices discussing various subjects." 

Professional killer's Creed is notable for permitting players to investigate its universes and study them with Discovery mode, however, we needed to understand what kind of games like this could play in learning and exploration later on. Dr. Sheppard advises us: "As far as we might be concerned, utilizing those settings to show the genuine history of a spot, time, individuals, or practice, again assists with making it genuine for individuals. It's not simply "goodness, previously these things occurred." You can really show watchers a sanctuary parade."

One of the benefits of the project is that it’s both a boon to gamers and non-gamers alike. As Dr. Naunton explains: “The project provides that opportunity for [a non-gaming] audience, and to add in some Egyptological/historical expertise - mine, Gemma’s and Kate’s - to the experience. I like to think that we can show the Egyptological community that video games can provide an incredibly realistic and immersive experience of a reconstructed past, which can be done with credibility and accuracy! And I guess we hope to provide some of the solid history and archaeology for gamers who are familiar with the game and environment but maybe not the real-world evidence that’s been used to create it.” 

The Playing in the Past project is set for a six-episode run, with a planned episode each month, focusing on topics such as religion, ancient craft and technology, and the people of Ptolemaic Egypt, to name a few. Make sure to follow Gemma’s channel on Twitch to stay up-to-date with each broadcast as it goes live.