The Alternative Universe Of Soviet Arcade Games

When you walk into the Museum of Soviet Arcade Games in St. Petersburg, the first thing you’ll see is a series of gray, hard-edged soda machines from the early 1980s. If you choose the one in the middle, it will dispense a tarragon-flavored and slightly fermented soda whose recipe relies on a syrup that has not been… »9/06/15 6:30pm9/06/15 6:30pm

Read Over The Entire History of Gaming In A Brief History Of Video Games

I’ve been fascinated by all things ‘Geek History’ in the last couple of years, and recently, I’ve been trying to read up a bit more on the history of gaming. If that’s something that you’d like to read up on a bit more, Richard Stanton’s A Brief History of Video Games: The Evolution Of A Global Industry is probably… »8/29/15 5:30pm8/29/15 5:30pm

Is This a Long-Lost Prototype of the "Nintendo PlayStation?"

At the summer Consumer Electronics Show in 1991, Sony announced that it was jumping into the video game hardware market for the first time, partnering with Nintendo to release something called a “PlayStation.” The device never made it to market—for reasons I’ll explain shortly—but someone on reddit may have come… »7/03/15 6:30pm7/03/15 6:30pm

How Dungeons And Dragons Shaped Some Of Your Favorite Authors

Junot Diaz was a Dungeon Master when he was young, and he now says that RPGs were “a sort of storytelling apprenticeship.” He “learned a lot of important essentials about storytelling, about giving the reader enough room to play.” China Miéville says a childhood playing RPGs gave him a “mania for cataloguing the… »6/19/15 6:40pm6/19/15 6:40pm