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Michael Berry and Chiho Sawada

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824851514

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824851514.001.0001

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History and its Alternatives

History and its Alternatives

War Games as Social Form

(p.252) Chapter 11 History and its Alternatives
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Eric Hayot

University of Hawai'i Press

In his chapter “History and its Alternatives: War Games as Social Form,” Eric Hayot begins with prophecy and speculative fiction, which he defines as “histories of the future” from the early 20th Century that projected an impending world conflict before moving to the present moment’s fascination with internet and computer based “war games.” The chapter eventually goes on to outline three categories of historical fiction, “history of the future,” “history of the past/historical fiction” and “alternative history,” which Hayot examines through both fiction and different forms of video games. Along the way, the he explores the inherent challenges posed to those engaging in critical studies of video game representations of the Pacific War due to the very nature of a medium in which “form absolutely dominates content.”

Keywords:   speculative fiction, video games, war games, Pacific War

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