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Digital Shogun and Electronic Imperialism: Japanese History through the Lens of Historical Videogames

  • Aldo Giuseppe Scarselli

This chapter looks at how Japanese history is represented in videogames. The focus is on the difference between historical videogames produced in the Western world and those produced in Japan. I am going to highlight how videogames are often influenced by Orientalism and Eurocentrism and how this is quite evident for Western products set in historical Japan. After that, my focus will be on how Japanese game developers re-imagine their history, moving away from concepts of historical authenticity towards a freer and more elastic representation of the past.

  • Keywords:
  • Historical videogames; History of Japan; Samurai; Cultural Representations,
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  8. Age of Empires II: the Age of Kings (Ensemble Studios, Microsoft 1999)
  9. Age of Empires III: Age of Discoveries (Ensemble Studios, Microsoft 2005)
  10. Age of Empires III: the Asian Dynasties (Ensemble Studios, Microsoft 2007)
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  13. Civilization II (MicroProse 1996)
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  16. Civilization V (Firaxis Games, 2K Games 2010)
  17. Civilization VI (Firaxis Games, 2K Games 2016)
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  19. Genpei Tōma Den (Namco 1986)
  20. Hakuōki: Shinsengumi Kitan (Idea Factory 2008)
  21. Hearts of Iron series (Paradox 2002-2016)
  22. Kessen (Koei 2000)
  23. Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault (EA games 2004)
  24. Nioh (Team Ninja, Koei- Sony 2017)
  25. Nobunaga’s Ambition (Koei 1983)
  26. Onimusha Series (Capcom 2001-2006)
  27. Romance of the Three Kingdoms series (Koei 1985-2017)
  28. Sengoku Basara (Capcom 2005)
  29. Shogun: Total War (The Creative Assembly, Electronic Arts 2000)
  30. Total War: Shogun 2 (The Creative Assembly, Sega 2011)
  31. Valkyria Chronicles (Sega 2008)
  32. Way of the Samurai series (Acquire, Spike 2002-2012)
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Chapter Title

Digital Shogun and Electronic Imperialism: Japanese History through the Lens of Historical Videogames

Authors

Aldo Giuseppe Scarselli

Language

English

DOI

10.36253/979-12-215-0242-8.15

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2023

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Book Title

East and West Entangled (17th-21st Centuries)

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Rolando Minuti, Giovanni Tarantino

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228

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2023

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© 2023 Author(s)

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Firenze University Press

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10.36253/979-12-215-0242-8

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Connessioni. Studies in Transcultural History

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