Terrestrial Mollusca in The Legend of Luo Xiaohei

Guoyi E. Zhang¹ ¹College of Life Sciences, Shandong Normal University, Jinan, China. Email: starsareintherose (at) 163 (dot) com Download PDF Since the beginning of 2019, the web cartoon and flash animation “The Legend of Luo Xiaohei”[1] (in short, Luo Xiaohei) has been viewed more than 72 million times on barrage video website Bilibili (https://www.bilibili.com/). ItContinue reading “Terrestrial Mollusca in The Legend of Luo Xiaohei”

Pokémollusca: the mollusk-inspired Pokémon

Rodrigo B. Salvador¹ & Daniel C. Cavallari² ¹ Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand. ² Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil. Emails: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com, dccavallari (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF The phylum Mollusca appeared during the Cambrian Period, over 500Continue reading “Pokémollusca: the mollusk-inspired Pokémon”

Through the Darkest of Times: life as the resistance during the Third Reich

Interview with Jörg Friedrich Download PDF Through the Darkest of Times is a historical strategy video game taking place in Berlin during the Third Reich, from Hitler’s seizure of power in 1933 to Germany’s surrender in 1945. The player leads a civilian resistance group fighting off the new regime how they can. The resistance isContinue reading “Through the Darkest of Times: life as the resistance during the Third Reich”

Playing with the past: history and video games (and why it might matter)

Jeremiah McCall Cincinnati Country Day School. Cincinnati, OH, USA. Email: jmc.hst (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF HISTORYING, PUBLIC HISTORYING, AND HISTORICAL VIDEO GAMES While traditional history, as a discipline, is important, that should not obscure the fact that doing history, sometimes called “historying,” is something everyone does. For history is fundamentally just the communicationContinue reading “Playing with the past: history and video games (and why it might matter)”

The scientists of Assassin’s Creed – Part 1: James Cook and Charles Darwin

Rodrigo B. Salvador Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington, New Zealand. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF It feels like a long time since Altair first adventured through the Holy Land. Now Assassin’s Creed, by Ubisoft, became one of the highest selling video game franchises of all time. It is evenContinue reading “The scientists of Assassin’s Creed – Part 1: James Cook and Charles Darwin”

You’re an oegopsid now: the phylogeny of squid kids from the future

Henry N. Thomas University of California, Berkeley, CA, U.S.A. Email: h.thomas (at) berkeley (dot) edu Download PDF The main characters of Nintendo’s 2015 video game Splatoon and its 2017 sequel Splatoon 2 are Inklings, a species of sapient cephalopod with the ability to transform between a humanoid form and a more traditional coleoid form. AlsoContinue reading “You’re an oegopsid now: the phylogeny of squid kids from the future”

Wingspan: how birds colonized board games

Interview with Elizabeth Hargrave Download PDF Wingspan is a game entirely about birds and it has been a wonderful surprise, being considered one of the hottest titles for 2019[1]. This is the first game from designer Elizabeth Hargrave, published by Stonemaier Games, and will be available in March this year. In this game, the playersContinue reading “Wingspan: how birds colonized board games”

Valleys Between: bringing environmental issues to games

Niamh Fitzgerald Little Lost Fox. Wellington, New Zealand. Email: niamh (at) littlelostfox (dot) com Download PDF Valleys Between[1] is an environmental puzzle game, where your goal is to grow your world for as long as you can while protecting it from threats that will damage its health. When we started designing Valleys Between we wanted toContinue reading “Valleys Between: bringing environmental issues to games”

Cephalopods of the Multiverse

Mark A. Carnall Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Oxford, UK. Email: mark.carnall (at) oum.ox.ac (dot) uk Download PDF Magic the Gathering (MTG) is a popular trading and collectible card game, first published by Wizards of the Coast in 1993. Although the game now spans many formats and game types, the core concept pits twoContinue reading “Cephalopods of the Multiverse”

Moa v Superman

Rodrigo B. Salvador Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington, New Zealand. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF During his heroic career Superman fought several foes. Some of these stories are truly memorable, like The Death of Superman (1992–1993), when he faced Doomsday. But many stories just ended up completely forgotten. Granted,Continue reading “Moa v Superman”