Media

Thirteen Year Old Girls

Why is society so determined to undermine and disparage the demographic of teenage women and the media that is catered to this group? To a point where the qualification is used as an insult to any sort of media and meant to denounce its value to any other group? At so many occasions I have seen music, films or individual artists or actors being slagged off and disdainfully put aside…


Star Wars and the Future of Optimism

Is it possible to get nostalgic for a time period that you didn’t experience yourself? The easy answer would be no. That’s also the answer that makes the most logical sense, at first sight. But the truth is more complicated, as I found out. There’s a sense of second hand memories that can pass over to you from the previous generation. Media plays a big role in this phenomenon. A…


Watch_Dogs 2: Contemporary Art

When the first Watch_Dogs games was revealed, it spurred a lot of editorials and opinion pieces regarding its subject matter. In hindsight it’s remarkable that the thematics of Ubisoft’s creation hadn’t been used in videogames before in such prominent manner. It’s a textbook method, to utilise the fears and insecurities present in society. Popular media has been doing this for ages. The Cold War inspired writers for tales about nuclear…


Racism is Not A Trump Card

Today a dark skinned Dutch rapper was stopped by police. The officer openly admitted he that because he hadn’t recognised him and found a black man in an expensive car to be rather suspicious. A few days earlier a white Dutch actor who played a black-face character for years, quit the job because TV execs didn’t agree on his demand to discontinue this tradition. A week before that a black…


Battlefield 1: Opinions, Ignorance and Optimism

Last week DICE announced the new Battlefield game, and it already managed to stir up quite a flurry of opinion pieces and sharply worded tweets. Even before the game was officially announced, the leaked materials caused a debate. Even though the trailer is in-engine, it doesn’t show actual gameplay, but that doesn’t stop some people from already making¬†sweeping generalisations¬†about the style and tone of the game. Slightly more negative opinions…


Awesome Women in Game Journalism

Yesterday I found the most appalling, gross article I read in a long time. I’m not going to link, because they don’t deserve our clicks. A gaming website thought it appropriate to dedicate a feature to women in game journalism. It sounds great, but it wasn’t. Because how were these ladies ranked? Based on good looks, sassiness and sex appeal. Good lord. God forbids we would highlight a marginalised group…


Shut up, George

George Lucas is not a fan of the new Star Wars movie. In a bit of an embarrasing interview with USA Today he compares handing his franchise over to Disney as breaking up with a spouse and at some point even as selling his children to white slavers. Shortly after the article was published he hasted to rectify that awkward metaphor, but obviously as a courtesy call. His deeper feelings…


Grandola Vila Morena

Last weekend I visited a group of comrades from Belgium. After a day of interesting discussions and speeches, the night took a lighter tone with drinks, stories and songs. Alan from the International committee shared memories from the time he was recruited, and how things had to be all hush-hush back in the 70s. Amelie, Bruno and I discussed the quirky differences between Flanders and the Netherlands, and what colourful…


Black Pearls

It’s that time of the year again where critics stumble over each other to find a new perspective for their review of the newest Call of Duty title. As much as the developers must struggle to find ways to tweak and rejuvenate the familiar formula, I suppose it’s not much easier to think of ways to write about it in a way readers are teased once again to read it….