Lest They Forget: Exploring Commemoration and Remembrance Through Games and Digital Technologies
The centennial of the First World War has encouraged a wide range of projects to commemorate the participants and communities affected by the conflict. This chapter considers how games and interactivity can be used to enhance commemoration and remembrance with new audiences. The digital commemorations undertaken for the Battle of Loos, and as part of the wider “Great War Dundee” project, are discussed. Emphasis is placed on how game design techniques and technology were utilized to plan an empathy game and then further developed into the interactive documentary and visualization, Loos: The Fallen Fourth. The chapter concludes with a consideration of how these narratives engaged with the community and helped shape a wider understanding. The digital components of this project can be accessed via greatwardundee.com and greatwardundee.itch.io.
The research presented here was funded by the Nine Trades of Dundee through their internship programme and was part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Great War Dundee project. The author gratefully acknowledges the financial support and thanks all the partners of the Great War Dundee project.
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