Computer games provide an accessible, powerful, visually enticing and interactive platform for engaging with cultural heritage.
The Vista Centre is committed to the research and development of computer game applications in heritage and archaeology, with work ranging from the visualisation of the submerged prehistoric landscape of the North Sea to the creation of community focused interactive virtual worlds. Our work is engaging with a number of themes, including:
Engendering community engagement with digital heritage, landscape and narrative through immersive collaborative games.
Methodological developments in the game-based visualisation of GIS-derived large landscape data.
Developing workflows to represent archaeological survey data in gaming environments.
Our game-based simulations include Stonehenge Interactive representing an idealised Stonehenge, developed as a technology showcase, Virtual Laxton, a collaborative game-based exploration of a medieval castle based on digital survey data, and Made in Light, a meditation on landscape, light and time, developed using CityScape. Other virtual environments include Wooden Henge and Geldeston Ironage Site.