This year I’ve been busy in the Digital Lab, going back to my old experiment with using the Unity video game engine to visualize a medieval Islamic villa.
Why am I going back to research I started way back in 2010 or so??
Because video games are one of the most popular ways that people engage with the past today. That’s what makes them potentially a wonderful place to introduce people to times and places that may be unfamiliar, like 10th c. Cordoba.
I’m curious about how immersive game technologies can be used not only as a research tool for visualising the past, but also as a way to make historical research accessible to non-academic audiences.
Let me know what you think!