My name is David Hussey and I’m a soon to be Masters History graduate at the University of Waterloo. I did my undergrad in History, also at Waterloo. I focus on Culture, Digital, and Video Game History as my area of specialization, which is to say that most days I’m ‘researching’ by playing old games while desperately trying to not forget to take notes.
I was born in Kitchener and spent much of my life in the city before moving to Guelph in grade 6. I completed my last years of grade school and then later high school before moving back to KW to attend the University of Waterloo. I originally was a Computer Science Co-op major before realizing that, while I was more than proficient at coding, I wasn’t enjoying school anymore, which had a detrimental effect on my academic performance. So, in the summer of 2011, while in my 2B term, I forwent the opportunity to make a crap-ton of money right out of school and transferred into history, which I had been minoring in up until that point.
I spent the early years of my history academic career taking a wide variety of courses: international history, British colonial history, World War II, and other courses took up my time but I had yet to find a field that truly drew me. After beginning my Digital History class in January of 2013, I had my epiphany moment and realized that I could combine my interest with video games and history into what would be the next three years of research. I have been a massive video game enthusiast for much of my life, dating all the way back to the mid-90s where my brothers and I would play through The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past together, solving the puzzles and dungeons as a collective. I must say that while much of my inspiration for starting this project comes from the Assassin’s Creed series. Other favourite series include Ratchet and Clank, Jak and Daxter, Final Fantasy, Golden Sun, Advance Wars, Uncharted, Chrono Trigger, and many more that I have forgotten. I honestly believe that we have only touched the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what video games can reveal about history and the larger humanities.
So this is me, I hope that your trip through my site reveals some of the research I have conducted and what kind of person I am. Until then, enjoy.
David R. Hussey