Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Assassin's Creed: Black Flag and Pirates

This semester, I taught a course on Piracy in the Americas, 1500-1728. Students were assigned the game Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag to explore the use and usefulness of video games in the study history. Over the past two weeks, students presented their game play and ideas on the historical accuracy of the game and how to employ it as a teaching tool. Below are some links to videos and pictures of students' work.

Hamaad infiltrates one of Havana's heavily guarded forts:
Joe walks us through the pirate town of Nassau:
Joe explains the historical facts and inaccuracies of seizing a ship in Assassin's Creed: Black Flag:

Hamaad analyzes a picture from Assassin's Creed: Black Flag and what we can learn about pirates from it.

William delves into the geographic significance of places in the game, including slave plantations and port cities like Nassau, Kingston, and Havana. 

Joe educates the class on the history of Nassau and why it was the perfect location for the pirates of the Golden Age. 

Elizabeth applies her training in education to demonstrating the usefulness of Assassin's Creed as an educational tool. Here is a link to her presentation: 

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