A Video Game Shows the True Colors of Ancient Greece #ArtTuesday
The landscapes of modern video games are sights to see in their own right. From breathtaking sunsets to shadowy alleyways devs are packing in more detail than ever before. Assassin’s Creed Oddyssy beautifully recreates Ancient Greece. Via Hyperallergic:
For a video game that includes bloody mercenaries, extraterrestrial beings, and time travel, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey is shockingly faithful to our contemporary historical understanding of what Ancient Greece looked like during its golden age. The Ubisoft development team behind the game even hired a historical advisor to help them recreate a meticulous version of the Ancient World, one that includes hundreds of polychromatic statues, temples, and tombs.
Upon the game’s release, a handful of classics scholars debated the merits of Odyssey on Twitter using the hashtag #ACademicOdyssey, created by Professor Hannah Čulík-Baird, Assistant Professor of Classical Studies at Boston University. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with researchers noting how a game focused on world-building had to incorporate multiple fields of study (i.e., art, history, epigraphy, architecture, archaeology, ancient languages) to create a believable setting for gamers. Such immersion also allows academics to contextualize their own specializations vis-à-vis the expertise of others.
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