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The Battlefield Subreddit Has Banned Complaining About 'Historical Accuracy'

“We're done, its over. New rule: No more bitching about historical accuracy, it's a game, not a history book. Violations will have consequences.”
Matthew Gault
6.15.18
Tedium
Tedium

Why the PDF Is Secretly the World's Most Important File Format

The story of the PDF, the file format that’s become one of the internet’s defining information tools. It’ll be with us after we’re long gone.
Ernie Smith
3.5.18
Gaming
Gaming

A Harvard Egyptologist Explains the Historical Accuracy of 'Assassin's Creed: Origins'

A deep dive into the game's architecture, death cults, and political strife.
Matthew Gault
2.21.18
Tedium
Tedium

The Story of the Trackball, Canada's Earliest Gift to Computing

The evolution of the trackball, which is more than an upside-down mouse. It's the Royal Canadian Navy’s greatest contribution to modern-day computing. Really.
Ernie Smith
1.17.18
lost art
lost art

You Can Now Play the First LGBTQ Computer Game, For the First Time

‘Caper in the Castro’ was thought to be long lost.
Jordan Pearson
12.20.17
Actually
Actually

Historians Are Calling Out Trump Online Whenever He Misreads the Past

Engaging with new media is no longer a dalliance for the history profession in the misinformation age.
Daniel Crown
12.14.17
history
history

The Greatest Computer Network You’ve Never Heard Of

How the PLATO system, a pre-internet online platform that first came to life at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the 1960s, quietly fostered some of the first digital natives.
Ernie Smith
11.13.17
Skelux
Skelux

Nintendo’s Old Flash Games Are Being Rescued from the Bowels of the Internet

These web games were abandoned by Nintendo. A modder is bringing them back.
Jason Johnson
11.3.17
Collapse of Civilizations
Collapse of Civilizations

Cleopatra's Downfall Was Partly Sparked by Climate Change and Volcanoes

And ours could be too.
Becky Ferreira
10.17.17
hipstamatic
hipstamatic

Remember Hipstamatic? It's Still Alive

"It's weird—and sometimes sad—to look back and realize that we had a major role to play in the very existence of Instagram."
Claire Downs
10.9.17
hypersonic
hypersonic

Why the Piloted Flight Speed Record Hasn’t Been Broken in 50 Years

It all goes back to the history of the X-15 A-2, an unmistakable rocket-powered product of its moment.
Caroline Haskins
10.6.17
Meat and Greet
Meat and Greet

Inside the World of the 'Bitcoin Carnivores'

Why a small community of Bitcoin users is eating meat exclusively.
Jordan Pearson
9.29.17