Who has come closest to winning Civilization in real life?

Games in Sid Meier's Civilization series are loosely patterned off the rise and fall of real-life civilizations. And some of these real-life civilizations had exactly the kinds of ambitions that would win a game of Civilization. Which raises the obvious question: did any of them get close? Has anybody won? Are we all… » 12/22/14 12:04pm Monday 12:04pm

I'm Rather Worried About Assassin's Creed Coming to Victorian London

Fifty quid says Queen Victoria is a Templar. Empress of India seems like a Templar-y thing to be, and the history books have it that at least eight people tried to off her. I'm placing another twenty on Jack the Ripper turning out to be at once a nice guy and a flawlessly animated woman. » 12/11/14 5:00am 12/11/14 5:00am

10 Lessons From Real-Life Revolutions That Fictional Dystopias Ignore

Today's genre books are full of future dystopias, which only have one weakness: teenagers. And everybody knows that most dystopias are kind of contrived. But here are 10 lessons from real-life rebellions against repressive regimes, that we wish the creators of fictional dystopias would pay attention to. » 9/15/14 1:39pm 9/15/14 1:39pm

The Inventory Of A Soldier, Over 1000 Years Of War

Photographer Thom Atkinson is to thank for this captivating series of shots that show everything an English soldier has carried into battle (or at least near a battle) over the last 1000 years. As you can probably guess, there are more magazines and snacky treats now than there were at the Battle of Hastings. » 8/04/14 8:45pm 8/04/14 8:45pm

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