Society

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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Review: Pacific Rim Uprising

Are we actually moving away from the Age of Grumpy Old Men now? Or at least, Grumpy Old Men that take the lead in every damn action movie and videogame? Maybe it’s finally happening. That’s what I thought when watching Pacific Rim Uprising last week. Coincidentally I had also been playing Gears of War 4, which in turn has been compared to the new Star Wars movies in some reviews….


Star Wars, Love, Loss and Comfort

When I came back from watching The Last Jedi, I found an e-mail in my inbox from my dad. He wrote to all his children to tell that his sister, my aunt Ada, had died. This didn’t come as a huge shock or surprise. My aunt was of old age, in weak health and had lost her husband a few years ago. She died peacefully. I’m not very close with…


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:…


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,…


The Difference between Having a Choice and Making a Choice

As of lately I notice how “It’s their choice” is often used to wrap up a debate. Like, we don’t need to discuss this because it’s people’s own choice. Or, this problematic behaviour is okay as long as people do it out of free will and are not forced to do so. I think that’s not right and is brushing off the discussion way too flippantly. A choice is made…


Neymar Da Silva Santos, or How Association Football is again the ugliest head on the Lernaean Hydra of Capitalism.

By the time you read this the final details might have been finalized and Neymar Da Silva Santos, better known simply as Neymar, is the newest acquirement of football team Paris Saint Germain. The Brazilian superstar is currently on his way from Shanghai to Qatar. There he will receive a physical examination and meet the chairman of PSG, Nasser Al-Khelaifi. Neymar is currently under contract with FC Barcelona. Considered one…


The Myth of the Good Patriot

Last week actor Ron Perlman got a lot of attention on social media for calling out Donald Trump on a number of issues. Although noble at first sight, a better look at Perlman’s tweets show a staggering limited view on the matter. Perlman referred to the United States as “the greatest nation on earth” – and those five words just completely ruined his entire message. The United States is not…


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…