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Shaping the Past

Counterfactual History and Game Design Practice in Digital Strategy Games

Ylva Grufstedt investigates the role of counterfactuals in uses of history through game designers and through digital strategy games. It discusses the content, form and perspectives that define different types of counterfactuals in the context of game-making – an effort to outline and detail the values and frameworks that shape the past in this popular media.

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Ylva Grufstedt, University of Helsinki, Finland.
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Audience: Scholars of history, popular uses of history, and historiography; Game scholars, Game designers, students