Category: Culture

21. February 2020

Modern Age | Politics

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Johann Rudolf Schmid von Schwarzenhorn – a Swiss gentleman at the Sultan’s court

by Elisabeth Schraut

While the 16th and 17th-century ‘fear of the Turks’ is still present in the collective consciousness of Central Europe, very few people are aware that there are also numerous examples of a lively cultural exchange during the same period. Right in the thick of it was a Swiss man, Johann Rudolf Schmid von Schwarzenhorn, born in 1590 in Stein am Rhein.

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19. February 2020

20th / 21st century | Review

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Yves Saint Laurent as ambassador for Lyon silk

by Hibou Pèlerin

Soie ou saucisson – in the traditional Lyonnaise families, you belonged to either the silk camp or the sausage camp. Both have left their mark on the city’s economic development. Visitors to the Musée des tissus in Lyon can now discover what links the silk camp with the renowned fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.

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31. January 2020

20th / 21st century | Technology

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Back to the early days of computer gaming with text adventures

by Dominik Landwehr

In the early days of the computer, there were games that were based entirely on text. Although they were soon replaced by graphics-based games, this genre is central to understanding the history of the computer, and the games still have their fans today.

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29. January 2020

20th / 21st century | Technology

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The history of video games

by Alexander Rechsteiner

Eating dots with Pac-Man, rescuing the princess with Mario and Luigi, or wiping out your opponents in Fortnite: over about three generations now, video games have shaped the childhood of millions of people. A look back at 50 years of gaming history.

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17. January 2020

20th / 21st century | Technology

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Where fox and hound hunt

by Marc Bodmer

In the early days of video gaming the games were just too abstract, but it was fun to play them even 50 years ago. A brief look back.

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