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History FTW: European Expansion and Native Americans

January 20, 2009 1 comment

Now the title I’ve selected is pretty broad, as it covers the dealings between Native Americans and Europeans on two major continents over the course of about three of the most important centuries in human history.  The subject is also controversial, owing to the European domination and abuse of Native Americans as we see it today.  The Europeans, the Spanish and the English in particular, have been seen as especially hard on the Native Americans in terms of their treatment of them during peace and war.  I don’t believe, however; that this is necessarily true.  The fact that the Native Americans were severely mistreated is certainly true by today’s standards.  The question is why the Europeans pursued the path they did in dealing with the Native Americans. Read more…

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History FTW: Alternate Endings

September 20, 2008 Leave a comment

In this edition of History FTW, I will try to examine what would happen if one thing happened differently.  It is interesting to think about what would happen to the world, to our civilization, to our video games!  We cannot truly determine what would have happened, but we can come up with some reasonable guesses.  Obviously, other people will have different opinions, so they are welcome to post them here.

Today’s alternate ending: William the Conquered.

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Knight vs. Samurai: A calculated response

September 18, 2008 8 comments

I would like to acknowledge that yes, the following is completely and utterly ridiculous but it is what some nerds do.

A recent article posted by a fellow writer made the claim that a medieval knight would hands-down defeat a Samurai in combat. The situation described was unfair at best, the Knight was able to choose from upwards of three different weapons that knights had been known to use, why then, was the Samurai not entitled to a bow? A knight would have a difficult time mustering the flexibility to utilize a bow, while the Samurai’s mobility would easily allow the use of this ranged weapon that he had been trained to use in combat. While the armor of a knight was obviously resistant to the piercing of an arrow, it could not prevent a possible concussion, or even a chance shot to a soft spot. From twenty feet away, getting off a shot with a bow can most certainly be lethal or simply disorienting to the recipient.

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History FTW: A Nerd’s History of Everything

September 18, 2008 1 comment

Samurai vs. Knight

I am, as you can likely imagine, a history nerd.  I have always loved history, and I imagine I always will.  If it weren’t for the amazing history of the world, we wouldn’t have many (or all) of the games we take for granted today. RTS games are based primarily on strategies and tactics used by generals in real wars, involving real people.  It should be obvious where most FPS games get their content, especially games like Call of Duty and Battlefield.  It is because of this that I have chosen to enlighten the masses about the fascinating study of the past.  To better understand one’s past, is to better understand what one can put into a game later.

I’ll begin with a simple subject, but one that many people not involved in history often find interesting. Who would win in a fight, a samurai or a Western knight? Read more…