A Norse Historian Has Started A Weekly Livestream About The Historical Accuracy Of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
A Norse historian has started running a weekly livestream on Twitch discussing the historical accuracy of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
For over a decade, the long-running Assassin’s Creed series has taken gamers across the globe to multiple continents across a variety of different time periods. It’s a franchise that has always prided itself on its historical accuracy, showing us key moments in history from the Peloponnesian War all the way up to the First World War.
However, the series sometimes treads on the fine line between historical accuracy and utter nonsense. The more recent Assassin’s Creed titles have focused a lot more on mythology, so much so that Kassandra was killing ogres left and right in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. This tendency to overlook certain historical aspects of different cultures has led one streamer to start a weekly livestream dedicated to the historical accuracy of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
Twitch streamer ludohistory is a qualified Norse historian with an MA in Viking and Medieval Norse studies, so probably knows what he’s talking about more than most. He also claims to have spoken at several conferences about the depiction of Vikings in video games and specializes in Norse literature and historical climate and environment.
Even in his first stream, he talks about some interesting topics. For example, he talks about how Hel is often wrongly depicted in video games. Games that focus on Norse mythology like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and God of War (2018) often have Helheim as one of the nine worlds, although that isn’t the case. In fact, ludohistory explains that Hel is actually situated in Niflheim, and is icy and foggy rather than constantly on fire.
If you’re a big fan of Norse history and mythology, or simply want another perspective on the latest Assassin’s Creed title, go check out ludohistory on Twitch. The Assassin’s Creed games have always been very promising educational tools, and it would be nice to see additions to future games like Assassin’s Creed Origins’ Discovery Mode. However, it’s nice to see professional historians teaching people about history in an approachable way.
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