American university uses games to teach history


With Red Dead Redemption, students at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville will have the opportunity to combine video games with education. Professor Tore Olsson has announced that the game will be used to teach American history.

The Red Dead Redemption franchise is well known for picking up the most important themes in American history. Rockstar Games has always aimed to make the western franchise as realistic as possible based on real events. Released on consoles in 2018, Red Dead Redemption 2 arrived on PC the following year. The story of this opus begins in 1899, twelve years before the events of Red Dead Redemption.

Affiche de Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2 poster – Credit: Rockstar Games

So, it’s not really surprising that universities decide to use such a popular game to successfully capture the attention of students while teaching them. american history. Professor Tore Olsson shared the good news on Twitter for all students at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

The events of Red Dead Redemption take place between 1899 and 1911

Tore Olsson said: “ who said video games have no place in classrooms ? “. He will therefore teach a new course entitled ” HIUS 383 : Red Dead America ”Starting next fall. This will allow students to immerse themselves in the main events that shook the United States between 1899 and 1911. The professor is surely a franchise enthusiast who has noticed its potential in terms of teaching. Moreover, the original Red Dead Redemption could enjoy a remake on Xbox Series X and PS5 and thus reach even more players, but this is not yet confirmed.

At the moment, Professor Tore Olsson has only 35 spots available for his course on Red Dead Redemption. However, he assured to do his best to have more if the waiting list is long enough. Of course, Tore Olsson wished to recall that Red Dead Redemption isn’t always perfectly accurate from a historical standpoint, but it contains the main themes such as wealth inequalities, colonialism, the Mexican revolution, etc. It is therefore a very solid basis to be able to then develop the course and detail the events with more precision.

Finally, the Red Dead Redemption franchise is far from the only one that is based on real facts. For example, Ubisoft has indeed always done the same with Assassin’s Creed. By the way, don’t forget that Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China is available for free on Ubisoft Connect until 5 p.m. today, Tuesday February 16.

Source : Screen Rant





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