Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Serious Gaming With The History Of Halloween At History.com

Serious Games challenging us to play with traditions


Via: History.com - History.com Scares Up the History of Halloween

This Halloween,
History.com takes a look at the 2000+ year old holiday with videos, trivia and a wide array of newly-updated, interactive features.

The newly updated 'History of Halloween' interactive Web site looks at the holiday from all angles, from the ancient origins of Halloween to modern traditions and superstitions.

Visitors
can watch video on the history of Halloween costumes, read the legendary story of “Jack O’Lantern,” learn about historic haunting, and play the Hidden Spirits Game.

The Hidden Spirits Game allows players to conduct a series of investigations in a hotel that has a history of paranormal activity.

Game Play


The Royal Mangnall Hotel was built in 1889 and burnt to the ground on opening day. The Hotel was rebuilt the same year and quickly gained a reputation of cursed property, with several tales of apparitions and other disturbances accumulated over the years.



In 1984, a small group of paranormal enthusiasts, under the name Royal Mangnall Society (RMS) began compiling records on the strange phenomena. The Society is still active today, using modern technology to flesh out dozens of case files.

As the player you are a potential member of RMS.

In order to be considered for full membership you must first pass a field examination: you will conduct a series of paranormal investigations, collecting evidence to support the enclosed case files.



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Among the network's program offerings are hit series such as Ax Men, Battle 360, The Universe, Cities of The Underworld and Ice Road Truckers, as well as acclaimed specials including King, Life After People, 1968 with Tom Brokaw, Lost Book of Nostradamus, Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed and Sherman's March. History has earned four Peabody Awards, four Primetime Emmy® Awards, 12 News & Documentary Emmy® Awards and received the prestigious Governor's Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the network's Save Our History® campaign dedicated to historic preservation and history education.

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