It’s well-known that Nintendo was originally founded in Kyoto, Japan as a maker of playing cards in 1889. But a recent historical project by the city of Kyoto has turned up, for the first time, a photograph of what the company’s headquarters looked like in that year.
Once a means of passing the time while sailors engaged in back-breaking labour on a ship, 2013 saw sea shanties take centre stage in Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed IV, where they promptly stole the show.
Holdfast: Nations at War is a multiplayer game set during the Napoleonic era. Matches are a mixture of well-disciplined line battles and lone wolf shitheads. It’s massive, chaotic, and one of the most charming games I’ve played in a long time.
Call of Duty has returned to World War II. It wasn’t so long ago that Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare saved us from drowning in World War II games. Unfortunately, its success meant we spent the next several years drowning in modern military shooters instead, and when we got tired of that, game devs gave us near-future…
Nioh takes a lot of liberty with its historical setting but still maintains a large cast of famous warlords, samurai, explorers, and ninja. Every one of them has a story. Here’s a quick primer on what history tells us about these individuals.
I’m a big fan of the Order of Battle series, and while that’s mostly down to its snappy turn-based strategy, it’s also because the games dare to visit theatres of the Second World War that competitors never even consider. The latest example: asking you to take a break from a war against Japan to go and arrest Gandhi.
Since Fate/Grand Order made its way stateside, we’ve been embroiled in unlocking more and more historical figures for our digital Holy Grail War. The Fate series is basically a giant battle royale between famous people, both real and mythological, but their representation has varied from the odd to the utterly…
Happy Fourth of July, Americans. Time to spend the day playing Sid Meier’s Colonization, the quintessential game about American independence, over and over until you pass out.
Silent, deadly, and destructive, creepers are probably the most dreaded mob in Minecraft. Fittingly, the creeper has a twisted and horrifying past that ranges all the way back to one of the first editions of Minecraft.
Battlefield 1's upcoming DLC In The Name Of The Tsar will open up the Eastern Front with the addition of the Russian Army. In doing so, it will bring an underrepresented group to the battlefield: women. Who will kick your ass.
Battlefield 1's newest DLC They Shall Not Pass adds one of the largest battles from World War One: the Battle of Verdun. But how does this depiction compare to reality?
From Gladiator to Braveheart, most historical fiction about fighting with swords is kinda wrong, influenced more by performance art than how people actually fought each other with blades. Back to the Source, a documentary about Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA), is looking to show people how it was actually done.
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.
Since 1927 the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been filling the skies of New York with colorful balloon representations of pop culture icons. Video games didn’t enter the picture until 1993, and only three gaming icons have made the cut so far.
Turns out, Pokémon didn’t start with Nintendo and Game Freak. Or at least, the word didn’t.
Exploration has always been at the heart of the Pokémon series. A young person strikes out on a monster-collecting adventure, learning about the world around them along the way. My brief time with Pokémon Go felt like that, albeit on a slightly smaller scale.
This is one of the coolest things you could see at a K-Mart back in the late ‘70s. The kiosk, not vintage video game collector Jason Brassard, who shows off the beige beauty in Trade-in-Games’ video. He’s pretty cool too.
The internet is abuzz with the news that, come July, Reese’s is putting out Peanut Butter Cups with tiny Reese’s Pieces inside. Corn-looking yellow candy piece aside, this doesn’t seem like that great of an idea.
In 2008, Star Wars: Rogue Squadron developer Factor 5 teamed with up-and-coming publisher Brash Entertainment to create an ambitious open-world game based on DC Comics’ Man of Steel. By May of 2009 Factor 5 was no more. Thanks, Superman.
Last year, a pair of German artists claimed to have “stolen” scans of a priceless bust of Queen Nefertiti—housed in Berlin’s Neues Museum—using nothing but a Kinect. Now, experts are lining up to call bullshit.