Game Bits

At the Past-at-Play Lab we care about games and about the past.

And that means that we want to give certain games that we believe can teach us something about the past some special attention.

During the Game Bits, all of us give the spotlight to some of our favourite games that relate to the past in a short 3-minute video.

Some games’ relation to the past are obvious. Others, not so much. Even others you might think you have it all figured out, but realise that you missed a certain aspect of the game.

Stop by and let us show you what exactly it is that we love about games.

And who knows, maybe you’ll learn something!

Or maybe you can join us in the comments and teach us!

Streaming the Past

We love playing games, even more so when they relate to the past.

On twitch, we regularly stream game-sessions of our people and those of the Value Foundation.

Almost every day, from 18:30 GMT+1 onward, you can join our people live as they discuss topics such as historical accuracy and share fun facts.

That, and of course you get to watch as they play a cool game!

Past-at-Play Course

We’ve told you plenty of times that we love games.

So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that we want to share our knowledge and help everyone else enjoy games and all they have to offer.

It is for this reason that we have set up our very own study programme: the Past at Play! course at Leiden University. Because of Covid, most of our classes were given in an online environment, so you can watch all the lectures on youtube and partake if you wish.

During the Past at Play! course, our esteemed members Dr. Angus Mol, Aris Politopoulos Ph.D. and Prof. Dr. Sybille Lammes give short lectures on Johan Huizinga’s Homo Ludens, fun in play, time and more!

You can also visit our collection of lectures and let’s plays on our youtube channel and browse things at your own leisure.