VALUE Field Reports #26: And there was much rejoicing.

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A year ago, I started writing little news snippets about cool and interesting articles that combined the wonderful worlds of archaeology, history, and video games. Twentysix issues later, not much has changed for this little section of VALUE [Doctor Random: Except for the fact that the bulletin has gotten longer and better with each issue! Thanks Bram!]. For VALUE in general, however, a lot did change: we bought an Oculus Rift, released our book, we secretly took over the world, and gained 500 followers on Facebook and Twitter. And there’s much, much more in the pipelines!

But let’s get back to the most important thing: Issue 26 of the Field Reports!

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VALUE Field Reports #25: Here Comes the Sun

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And it is reflecting on my monitor. How am I supposed to play all these games when it’s so bright outside? People walking around, sitting in parks, driving boats. No one got time for that: look at all this amazing gaming news we’ve collected for you! The lead designer behind the greatest educational game of all time tells in detail how The Oregon Trail came to be, an organisation asks developers to help develop critical thinking, a World Record is called into question, and WE HAVE AN OCULUS RIFT!

Join me, won’t you, for the 25th Issue of VALUE Field Reports.

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It’s Even More Real When It’s Virtual

Earlier this week we pulled the trigger on the choice between the two main rivals in the world of VR, and ordered an Oculus Rift for VALUE! This is a big deal, because this is probably the most important piece of hardware for the RoMeincraft project. Last night it arrived at casa Jaromirr and Caeda, and of course, being a good tech boy, I had to give it a go. So here’s a little write up of that experience! Continue reading

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VALUE Field Reports#24: Things Of Gaming Past

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Oh boy, E3 has come and gone and left excitement and news in its wake. Rumors have been confirmed, dreams have been shattered, hopes have been restored, and a million gamers cried out and then were retweeted when Super Mario Odyssey was announced. The SNES Classic got people nostalgic, Skulls & Bones got them piratical, Assassin’s Creed Origins got them dusting off their robes, and Summer Games Done Quick got them to donate.

It’s been a hectic, but fun, couple of weeks and we’re glad to share all this great news with you in this 24th Issue of VALUE Field Reports!

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Games We Dig – Skyrim

Skyrim (by Dr. Random)

E3 has come and gone and still no new Elder Scrolls on the horizon! It seems ages ago that Bethesda published the last entry in its epic Elder Scrolls Series, 2011’s Skyrim. I played it quite a lot when it first came out, but then a PhD thesis had to happen and I never revisited its cold mountains, barren shores, and Viking-boutique towns. However, during VALUE’s 24 hour stream, I returned to my old save game to discuss how I think archaeology is one of the core elements that make this world so spellbinding.

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Best VALUE at the Steam Summer Sale

It’s summer! And that means… No, for us hardworking videogame archaeologists that does not mean beach, sun, and cocktails (well maybe a bit of ouzo for Ymir as he is back in Greece the coming months). Summer means Steam’s Summer Sale! Fortunately, there are a host of titles on discount that may not transport us to sunny shores, but will get us straight to the interactive past. Below you’ll find a list of a dozen games, in no particular order, that VALUE members have already played and heartily recommend, or have picked up in this sale themselves.
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