Securing the China Market: World of Warcraft and Western Accommodation of Communist Party Restrictions

Guest contributor and friend of the blog Evan Willford places Blizzard Entertainment’s recent censorship scandal in the context of a longer history of the company’s accommodation of the Chinese government. Since this summer, hundreds of thousands of protestors have packed the streets of Hong Kong, demonstrating against Chinese encroachment on Hong Kong’s special status under…

Video Games Can Teach History. Seriously.

Erstwhile’s Sam Bock explains how instructors might productively bring video gaming into the classroom. Mention historical video games to most professional historians at your own peril. The ensuing snort of derision will surely be loud enough to rattle the very masonry of the ivory tower. While this attitude is certainly not unexpected, it is born of  a prejudice…