Robert Rath

Robert Rath is a freelance writer, novelist, and researcher based in Hong Kong. His articles have appeared in Vice, Playboy, Slate, Zam and The Escapist. You can follow his exploits at RobWritesPulp.com​ or on Twitter at @RobWritesPulp​

Religion and games

In Thailand, Buddhist Monks Grapple with the Meaning of Video Games

Discussing games and reincarnation with Monks at Wat Chedi Luang in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Robert Rath
2.5.18
Board Games

Board Games Were Indoctrination Tools for Christ, Then Capitalism

The very weird tale of how American board games used to teach you how to get to heaven, and later, how to make bank.
Robert Rath
11.30.17
Critical Intel

31 Days on the Road with the Switch, Nintendo's Ultimate Travel Console

International travel is made just a tiny bit less painful by Nintendo's latest.
Robert Rath
9.29.17
Wonder Woman

Everything You Need to Know About the Nazi Villain from 'Wonder Woman'

Ludendorff, the real life general, is a well-chosen counterpoint to Diana.
Robert Rath
7.6.17
Critical Intel

With Mr. Rogers Twitch Marathon, PBS Faces Public Television's Cloudy Future

Won't you be my neighbor in this new TV landscape?
Robert Rath
6.21.17
Critical Intel

'Call of Duty: WWII' Seems Like Yet Another Hollywood Take on World War II

Our understanding of WWII has expanded since 'Saving Private Ryan' and 'Medal of Honor.' Will the new Call of Duty understand that?
Robert Rath
5.18.17
Critical Intel

Guess What, Inventory Management Is Surprisingly Hard While Climbing the Himalayas

When what you put in your pack means actual life or death, min-maxing takes on new meaning.
Robert Rath
4.26.17
Critical Intel

'Battlefield 1' and 'Verdun' Celebrate the Unsung Heroes of WW1

French WW1 soldiers deserve much more respect than they get in pop culture. WW1-themed games 'Verdun' and 'Battlefield 1' understand this.
Robert Rath
3.29.17
Critical Intel

'Ghost Recon Wildlands' Draws from the Real-Life Cartel War

Ubisoft's new game may seem ridiculous, but the over-the-top tactics are—unfortunately—more realistic that you might think.
Robert Rath
2.28.17
Critical Intel

'Pokémon Sun and Moon' is a Tourist's Version of Hawaii

Pokémon paradise it may be, but it doesn't represent the real folks who live there.
Robert Rath
2.9.17
Critical Intel

Cutting Arts Funding Will Imperil Video Game Projects

For games that depend on federal arts and humanities funding, the possibilities could soon dry up.
Robert Rath
1.25.17
Mini Metro

We Asked a Transit Planner How to Up Our 'Mini Metro' Game

'Mini Metro' may look simple, but it has plenty of lessons for real-life transit puzzlers.
Robert Rath
1.11.17
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