An opinion on how the modern world, with its ongoing progress in technology, can help us in exploring the past and our cultures from all different perspectives across the different times of the past.
The landscapes of our countries have changed over the long course of history – from the earliest communities in the stone age to the modern cities and villages of today. Photography hasn’t always existed, but archeological findings and historic surviving buildings give us insight into a world of our ancestors.
There’s been certainly a point where a lof of people asked themselves: how did the people live back then, and how did it look like?
Answers to these questions were given in the form of movies and books (not always accurate, though); later on through more research on it from a objective and scientific view which slowly complete the whole picture of the past.
Technology, as it progressed over time, tremendously helped in the research, discovery and (sometimes) restoration of historic findings. In the current day and age, it could help us to understand the past better through devices like VR (Virtual Reality).
In order to realize the correct visualization of the different time periods, the help of archeologists, historians, and other experts is required. It may take a while, but it ensures that a historic accurate version is displayed in the virtual world.
The VR world would not only be interesting for experts on the issue and students who study culture and/or history, but also for the whole of society to experience the past and how their country and culture came to be. Whether it is done by releasing it as a game accessible to everyone that way, or implemented as a leisure facility, can be along the way.
A similar simulation already exist, but by developing virtual reality further it can be improved and allow for greater accessibility.
Education and Understanding
A guide within the simulation, or some sort of information retrieval through a different function, contributes to the overall education of the period and leads to historic understanding. Some may want to go to London during the first industrial revolution and learn how it looked like, what the living conditions were, and meet some historic figures.
Furthermore, game developers can use the information and implement it in their games – as well as screen writers and authors. Perhaps, to put it in an optimistic view, there’s going to be a revolution in historic thinking and cultural understanding.
In a globalized world, which is stronger connected than it was in the past through tourism – trade, exchange and else existed for centuries -, this may even be ideal.