Holly Nielsen looks at the ways in which history is used in videogames: from the historical tourism of Assassin’s Creed, the grand narratives of Sid Meier’s Civilisation, to emotional histories explored in indie games.
Holly Nielsen is a videogame journalist and historian who researches the history of British board games. She has written for numerous sites including The Guardian. She regularly gives talks and lectures on the history of games, and how history is used in games. Her chapter, “‘The British Empire would gain new strength from nursery floors’: Depictions of travel and place in nineteenth century British board games”, will be published in the edited collection Homo Ludens later this year.