S2E18: Playing the Past, with Dany Guay-Bélanger

We can all name video games with history in them: Age of Empires, Assassin’s Creed, or the classic Oregon Trail. But have you ever thought about the history of video games themselves? Video games are an art form, a story-telling medium, and a part of modern culture. Not only do they communicate history, but they themselves have and are a part of history.

In this episode, our hosts are joined by Dany Guay-Bélanger, Know History Associate and creator of project Deadplay. Join Dany as he discusses the study of video games, asking how they have been studied, what exactly is a video game, and whether there such thing as a Canadian video game history. It might change the way you view this popular pastime!

About Our Guest

Dany Guay-Bélanger is a public historian and game scholar whose research investigates the history and preservation of video games. He is also the francophone member-at-large of the Canadian Game Studies Association. Dany has presented his research at several national and international conferences. He currently works as an associate at Know History. You can follow Dany on Twitter @danygbelanger.

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Credits

Hosts: Robin Mullins, Nick Bridges, and Keely McCavitt

Guest Host: Dany Guay-Bélanger

Producers: Robin Mullins and Emily Cuggy

Audio Editing: Meghan Lundrigan

Web Content: Casandra Masse

Image Credit: Dany Guay-Bélanger