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Playing the Past: History and Nostalgia in Video Games

by Zach Whalen and Laurie N. Taylor
Vanderbilt University Press, $27.95

This collection of essays on the history of video games brings together a group of interdisciplinary scholars, including Tracy Fullerton, assistant professor in the Interactive Media Division of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, to examine the notions of history and nostalgia as they are expressed through video games and in gaming culture. Reflecting on “Ms. Pac-Man,” “Space Invaders,” “Call of Duty” and “JFK: Reloaded,” the essays in this volume show how the games we play help us communicate ideas about real-world history.

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