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Hidden History of Virtual Reality

It turns out, virtual reality isn't as new as we thought. The earliest example of the technology dates back to 1480 with Michelangelo's painting of the Sistine Chapel. Although it's not exactly the headsets and alternate worlds we know today, the viewers get immersed in the painting and transported into a virtual reality. From there, VR can be found throughout history in theater, simulators, and, of course, headsets.

  • How the Inventor of Mario Designs a Game

    Shigeru Miyamoto has created some of the most popular videos games in history. Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros., and The Legend of Zelda helped to redefine what video games were and what they could be. Miyamoto's combination of movement, control, and storytelling paved the way for today's epic games, with budgets the size of blockbusters and storylines that could fill a novel — and sometimes do. Miyamoto sat down with Vox to talk about his philosophy about designing games, and the next frontier for Nintendo: mobile gaming.

  • The Snow Guardian

    Billy Barr has spent the last 40 years living in a small cabin in the deserted ghost town of Gothic, Colorado — alone. With so much time to fill, Billy began recording the snowpack around his home to simply pass the time. When climate researchers at the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab discovered Billy's detailed records spanning decades, they had an invaluable resource for tracking how climate change is effecting our planet.

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