Simulating D-Day: Operation Overlord in Games
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the launch of Operation Overlord and its D-Day invasions, which took place on June 6, 1944, Neil Randall will present a history of games that simulate this massively significant historical event. Contextualizing the invasions in the broader scale of events surrounding the war at that time, Dr. Randall will examine boardgames, card-driven games, and simulation-style videogames that have focused on Overlord at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels. The discussion will explore some of the problems with simulating military operations and strategies, ranging from accuracy of representation through controversies surrounding omission of important details.
Associate Professor, English Language and Literature | Executive Director of The Games Institute
In addition to directing The Games Institute, Neil Randall has also earned large grants for The Interactive and Multi-Modal Research Syndicate (IMMERSe) and the Waterloo Game Analysis and Monitoring Environment (WatGAME). He is the faculty founder to the Games Institute's First Person Scholar. He helped establish the undergraduate Rhetoric and Professional Writing program, and graduate programs in Rhetoric & Communication Design, and Experimental Digital Media. In practice, he consults for various technology companies on digital media creation, methods of effective communication, proposal writing, copyright and patent issues, and public relations.