Nope, I’m not talking about gaming history. I’m talking about real history history.
Personally I’ve got my own interests for History, nothing specific really I’m fine with warfare, myths and the sort but sometimes I find myself randomly browsing websites clicking on links as I gradually get more and more off topic to what I was originally reading about.
Let’s take the Total War games as an example, Real Time Strategy games where warfare tactics play an important role in gameplay. I used to play a lot of Total War: Rome with a friend of mine and I remember reading about Shaka Zulu (Thanks Civilisation V) and his Buffalo Horn tactics. Essentially he revitalised the classic warfare strategies of Africa which involved throwing spears and instead changed this to using, you know normal stabby spears. Additionally he would have the ‘Horns’ of his forces, usually younger and swifter troops to reach out and flank from the sides while the ‘Head’ of his force, basically the core units, would advance while the horns enveloped the enemy. Quite a basic summary but this is basically what I adapted into my gameplay and it ended up working well.
I mean sure, flanking is a part of pretty much every strategy game but now I could say that I was using good ol’ Shaka Zulu’s buffalo horn strategies and sound extra fancy :D.
I won’t go on a crazy long history rant but the message is that history helps with game play, especially the warfare kind, because of all the similarities between them. Psychology plays a role, movement and a lot more. Basically, learn from real life history and apply it to your games. It makes you sound smart and generally helps out.