Authored by: Simon Dor

The Routledge Companion to Video Game Studies

Print publication date:  December  2013
Online publication date:  January  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415533324
eBook ISBN: 9780203114261
Adobe ISBN: 9781136290510


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Strategy games have their roots in wargames. One of the first known war simulations was Kriegsspiel, a nineteenth-century board game made by a Prussian lieutenant in order to depict combat situations, as opposed to chess, in which the war theme is merely symbolically represented by the pieces (Egenfeldt-Nielsen, Smith, & Tosca, 2008, p. 46). There are different tendencies in today’s strategy games, some inherited from their wargames history, while others are inherited from sports and competition games.

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