The bow and arrow is one of humanity’s most primitive weapon systems, right up there with stick attached to rock. Stuart Brown of YouTube’s Ahoy channel explores the history of the bow in reality and video games, from prehistoric hunters to modern-day marksmen.
The bow and arrow isn’t only one of the earliest projectile weapons created by humanity, it’s also one of the most pervasive, a staple of hunting and warfare in ancient cultures spanning the globe. Fitting a piece of string to flexible wood and using it to fling pointed sticks at things remained a staple of warfare until guns came about.
As for gaming, there’s just something about drawing a bow that makes it so very satisfying in a video game environment, even in modern settings where they’re a lot less practical.