Session1412
TitleThe Middle Ages in Modern Games: 'Climate' - A Round Table Discussion
Date/TimeWednesday 7 July 2021: 19.00-20.30
 
SponsorThe Public Medievalist / Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Research, University of Winchester
 
OrganiserRobert Houghton, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Research, University of Winchester
 
Moderator/ChairRobert Houghton, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Research, University of Winchester
 
AbstractNumerous 'Climates' influence the use of the Middle Ages in modern games. Meteorological climates are used to distinguish settings and regions, to drive plots, or as opponents to overcome. Many games demand the exploration, exploitation, and expansion of these climates. Cosmological climates form world-building elements and present symbols of the occult. Models of political climates form the core mechanics of many games. Modern social climates influence the design and reception of games ranging from demands for 'historical accuracy' to drives for new and inclusive approaches.

This round table discussion builds on the papers presented within this year's 'The Middle Ages in Modern Games' strand to address the role of 'Climates' in the representation, reception, and discussion of the Middle Ages in modern games.

Partipants include Karen Cook (University of Hartford, Connecticut), Katherine J. Lewis (University of Huddersfield), Mariana Lopez (University of York), and Lena van Beek (Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel).