The Most Popular Sport in North America 900 Years Ago

Beneath the freeways of East St. Louis in Illinois there lie the ruins of a city built nearly a millennium ago, around towering earthen pyramids. Today called Cahokia, it held as many as 40 thousand people, and their influence spread throughout the southeast U.S. — mostly due the popularity of a game called chunkey. » 7/14/14 3:50pm 7/14/14 3:50pm

Assassin's Creed Can Actually Teach You A Thing Or Two

Assassin's Creed is a lot of things: blockbuster entertainment franchise, beautiful open-world murder simulator, inspiration for rock climbers the world over. "History textbook" doesn't seem like it would be at the top of this list. Even its dearest fans will admit that Ubisoft's series takes creative license to stray… » 5/14/14 4:00pm 5/14/14 4:00pm

Some People Think The Atari Landfill Dig Is Fake

The excavation of Atari's game graveyard—which unearthed many copies of the infamous failed E.T. game—definitely happened. There are pictures. There are trustworthy witness reports. But somehow, some folks are still skeptical about it. Not everyone actually believes the entire thing happened, amusingly enough. » 4/29/14 4:30pm 4/29/14 4:30pm

The Infamous Atari Landfill Dig Is Finally Happening

Come April 26, 2014, one of gaming's greatest mysteries will finally be solved. Or maybe it will just be get even more convoluted and confusing. In either case, that is the official date Microsoft just announced for when someone is finally going to break ground on the infamous New Mexico landfill that's allegedly… » 4/10/14 12:30pm 4/10/14 12:30pm

An Interview With the Teacher-Turned-Developer Behind 'Oregon Trail'

Oregon Trail, the computer simulation that sends students on a sometimes perilous journey west in the 19th century and that made its way into classrooms across the country in the 1980s and 1990s (and beyond), was originally created by three student teachers — two who led math classrooms and one who led a history class. » 2/24/14 12:03pm 2/24/14 12:03pm