History grads find future in video game design
Academic research key to game authenticity: historian
School is out for summer, and Canadian history graduates may be wondering about their future job prospects, especially if teaching isn’t on the table.
A new career path could catapult historians into a bold new future: the high tech world of video gaming.
Today's discerning gamers expect their digital realm to be fun and realistic; and video game makers are turning to qualified historians to create that authenticity.
Maxime Durand says he was snatched up by Quebec-based video game company Ubisoft.
“They were looking for a historian, someone who had knowledge of the 18th century at that moment for America but also for Europe.”
For more than a year, Durand did intensive historical research for Assassin's Creed III, a video game set in the American Revolution.
Meanwhile, universities are looking to these video games as a way of making history entertaining and accessible for their students.
Be sure to watch Deana Sumanac’s report in the attached video (above) for more on how history grads are finding high tech applications for their classical knowledge.