Games

Red Dead Redemption and the Complexities of Historical Accuracy

Historical accuracy is a tricky thing. Because it’s a very subjective matter. We like to think that history is based on facts, but it eventually comes down to the interpretation of the people that are there to record it. Or, as Napoleon Bonaparte put it in his famous quote: “history is the version of past events that people have decided to agree on.” And often without realising it, we’re basing…

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Movie Review: Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider with Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft is a fascinating reflection of a twenty year old franchise, being rocked back and forth between fame, brilliance, failure, controversy and reinvention. Everyone who has been part of that long running journey, no matter if you’re a fan or creator, might find something in this film that connects with their involvement. (this review will contain spoilers) The 2018 movie feels like a…


Call of Duty World War II – Review

“Incomiiiiiiing!” The soldier next to me bellows over the sound of gunfire and you can hear the anxiety and fear in his voice. Without thinking twice I hit the B-button on the Xbox One controller to throw myself on the ground. My character “hits the deck” as it is called, I see his hands breaking his fall and the muddy cobblestones zoom towards me. Trucks and jeeps drew deep tire…


Don’t Vote with your Wallet – Vote with your Protest!

When I was a kid, I used to collect Panini stickers. You buy an album, and get card packs with random stickers to fill up the empty squares. You never know what stickers you’re going to get. But for the joy of opening a pack, the excitement of getting new ones and trading the doubles, you gladly paid a price. When you think about it, it was scale model capitalism:…


Winter Wonder Game

Last week, Skyrim was free to play for the weekend. Despite previous reservations I decided to give it a go, using the opportunity to do so without buyer’s regret. I’ve been, in the past, disappointed by the bland emptiness of Oblivion and maintained the conviction that Elder Scrolls games were just not for me. Although I like open world games, I felt that the minimal narrative and complete lack of…


The Amazing and Fearsome Hessians

Ever since playing Assassin’s Creed 3, I have a mild obsession with the Hessians. I think it’s about time we talk about this and take a look into the interesting history of these German mercenaries and the many strikingly correct and incorrect ways they are depicted in the game. Anyone who played Assassin’s Creed 3 is familiar with the Hessians, or Jägers as they are referred to in the game….


Gamescom turned out to be a History Game Bonanza and I couldn’t be Happier

Gamescom turned out to be a history game bonanza and I couldn’t be happier. The European version of E3 in Cologne kicked it off with a trailer of the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Origins, revealing to take place against the background of Julius Caesar’s invasion and the game of thrones (pun very much intended) he played with Cleopatra. Then there was the announcement of Age of Empires IV being in production,…


Amazing Games I Don’t Want to Play

Sometimes there’s those types of video games that you know are not for you. But you like to hear about them nonetheless. You appreciate them from afar, you get how other people are really into them, and maybe you’re tricked that way into thinking you would actually like them too. But you don’t, you really don’t. As gorgeous looking, well crafted and unique as they are, they don’t hit that…


In Defence of CAH

With a recent release of a new set, the party game Cards Against Humanity is trending on social media again. The new set, by the way, is exactly the same as the existing main game, only it’s pink coloured and 5 dollars more expensive. It’s branded “For Her” and released as a spoof on gendered products. The profits go to Emily’s List, a charitable organisation that helps pro-choice women of…


Conflict, Love and Violence

Observation: People that argue that violent video games have a bad influence on you, will counter the argument that violence also occurs in film and television with; “Yeah but in games you are the one doing it, instead of watching passively.” Which is a flawed argument, since the things are still being carried out by someone: the actors. Assuming the role of someone you are not, is exactly what video…