Watch How a Video Game Was Used to Illustrate History in a Real Life Museum

While organizing the Storms, Wars and Shipwrecks exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, UK, someone must have thought “why spending tons of money in CGI or live action to re-enact an ancient naval battle when we have Total War: Rome II?”

The Creative Assembly released a video today showing how the game’s engine and assets were used to simulate the battle in a video showcased at the exhibition, giving a glimpse of what the Battle of the Aegadi Islands, that pitched Rome against Carthage, in  241 BC might have looked like.

You can see the exhibition for yourself at the The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology in Oxford until September 25th, and witness how a video game made history, pretty literally.

Incidentally, this isn’t the first time that the Total War franchse has been used for this purpose. For instance, the first Rome: Total War was used extensively to simulate battles in the Decisive Battles series of documentaries on History Channel.

Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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