Bonus Round: “Medieval” Games on Steam

Brandon W. Hawk

This post is meant as a follow-up to my previous thoughts about medievalists telling medieval stories. In that piece, I begin by considering a video game and end with reflections on the larger implications for storytelling about the Middle Ages. After writing it, I got to thinking about other medieval video games, so decided to check some more out. Naturally, I went to see what’s offered on Steam.

There’s no surprise that searching by the keywords “medieval” and “Middle Ages” brings up quite a few hits (and some irrelevant results, as far as I can tell). I can’t go through the whole list, but here’s a selection of games released in 2017 that promise some sort of “medieval” experience–and notes on how they seem to represent the Middle Ages, at least on the surface.

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Many of my criticisms are based on what claims each game seems to make…

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