Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Medievalism in Video Games

A couple of months ago I was musing to a colleague that I might consider writing a paper on the conception of medieval political ideology in the transition from Everquest to Everquest II. He suggested that I might put my time to better use, and I agreed.

Given this CFP for papers on medievalism in video games, I might re-think that. I'm still leaning against it, but I'm re-thinking it.


  1. As for Everquest, I cannot speak. I would though read a paper on "representations of medieval political institutions in video games." You could begin with the old Warlords and Stronghold games, not to mention Ultima, moving on to World of Warcraft and Everquest.

    Though I think your time would be much better served doing a thorough analysis comparing the early Dungeons and Dragons setting Greyhawk to the more recent Eberron game world.

    I believe the examination would be richer due to the volume of reference material. You could get in some hefty historiography.

  2. Oooh, oooh, ooh, Mr. Kotter, Mr. Kotter. This is something I know a little about (surprisingly). Actually, I know little to nothing about medieval literature, I know a great deal about fantasy role playing and computer games.

    You are welcome to my storehouse of knowledge. You are also welcome to my Neverwinter Nights computer games.