Hi, my name is Maxim Klose, I am student at Bard College and I am conducting research for my project on the player’s experience with wargames and how player’s experience and understand historical knowledge. For this research I need opinions and responses to some questions that I invite anyone to answer as your thoughts are what I am most interested in. Participating in this forum discussion, per post should take no longer than 15 minutes. If you decide to participate in this discussion, you may experience some direct risks in that you may feel discomfort due to eye strain at looking at a screen while you respond. Also, I intend to maintain confidentiality of any who decides to participate and in my research, I won’t refer to your account names and use pseudonyms, like Participant 1 or something like that. Some benefits from your engagement are that we engage in a thoughtful discussion on some questions that I pose and that you can post your thoughts freely on your own subjective experience with Napoleon: Total War.
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So here is a question to start this discussion off: To what extent do you think the developers were encoding some kinds of historical knowledge into Napoleon: Total War? What might be some encoded elements of historical knowledge?
I will also post new questions later as time goes on.