This is Alan Padziński. Actual human being, but also master of the various sword styles of The Witcher universe.
Master swordsman Isao Machii is back! This time he’s here to cut a fastball in two.
That’s Isao Machii, a master Japanese swordsman. Here, he is battling deadly foes like fresh produce and fried seafood.
Let’s say you’re cool with the violence of mixed martial arts, but feel like it’s missing something. The kind of thing you can only really get from two medieval dudes covered in armour beating the shit out of each other with swords.
Down a stretch of country road in upstate New York there is a shed. The shed itself is nothing spectacular, a whitewash number with years of weathering. But inside sparks fly, fires breathe, and slabs of steel are fashioned into capable killing machines. This is Odinblades, a grimy shrine to the ancient art of…
The martial art Kalaripayattu is elegant and beautiful. Those flexible swords the two men are wielding? Goodness, they're scary.
Think the dodge roll, a video game avoidance maneuver popularized by everything from Dark Souls to Legend of Zelda, is the height of armed combat, a stroke of tactical genius? This swordsman says you're very, very wrong.
Swords are great and games are great, so why don't two great things go great together? Video games let us hack 'n' slash, sure, but it's often ultra-basic or even clunky. Why are games so good at giving us realistic guns, but not realistic swords? Let's find out.
Sure, some people aren't fans of Pokémon that resemble man-made objects. But having Pokémon like, say, Honedge—which resembles a medieval sword—means one thing: we can actually make these Pokémon a reality. (Without having to resort to horrific genetic experiments, I mean.)
Japanese katana are not only legendary, but sharp! You have to know what the hell you are doing.
Reader Adam had a smith craft him a replica Master Sword. It's so good I hope he goes and hides it in a temple somewhere.
I know it's just an advertisement for ClearPlex screen protectors, but I just can't stop watching it.
When he's not making playthroughs of video games on YouTube, Will Keith is killing water bottles. Killing them with flair.
The West might have been won with the Winchester. But Japan was ruled with the katana. It's not simply what the gun is to Americans, the sword is to the Japanese. It's much more, and then some.
Webcomic mavens T. Campbell and Jason Waltrip whipped up this excellent celebration of vorpaliciousness for you, showcasing 10 of the most awesome swords in the multiverse. Can you name them all? Answers below.
Yesterday we got our first look at Anarchy Reigns' Ice Queen Sasha in action. Now we meet Zero, a dual-wielding swordsman who could give Metal Gear Solid's Raiden a run for his money.
But first he has to put on some makeup. With a Sharpie. And then find his sword.
Of all the ways to play using motion-detecting video games, swordplay seems to offer the most potential for fun.