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HD-50573-09Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Start-Up GrantsMichigan State UniversityRed Land/Black Land: Teaching Ancient Egyptian History Through Game-Based Learning4/1/2009 - 3/31/2012$49,575.00EthanC.Watrall   Michigan State UniversityEast LansingMI48824-3407USA2009Media StudiesDigital Humanities Start-Up GrantsDigital Humanities495750495750

The development of a modification of the game Civilization IV that would allow students to explore ancient Egypt.

This project will produce a robust Civilization IV mod (a modification to an existing game) allowing players to explore the society and history of Ancient Egypt. The project has three goals: 1) players will explore the process of social and historical change from the early Predynastic period to the end of the Third Intermediate Period (ca 4000 - 525 B.C.); 2)supplementary game content will help players explore the construction of historical knowledge-- how Egyptologists and archaeologists know what they do about ancient Egypt; 3) the mod will provide an accurate counterpoint to many mainstream commercial videogames that perpetuate pseudo-historical and pseudo-archaeological notions of ancient Egypt. This game-based learning approach will provide a far deeper, more experiential understanding of the subject than might be gained through more traditional means such as textbooks or lectures.