Wolfenstein and Being Woke in 2017

After my previous piece about the old 1992 game, I felt the new series deserved their write-up too. Because it’s very different from the original, but also very, very brilliant. Last week, as I predicted in my previous article, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus was announced at E3. When the name of this new game was leaked ahead of the reveal, it didn’t immediately click with me. But a little…


More Genuine Fun and Love at E3 2017

What shall we talk about from E3 2017? It’s almost a tradition to decide who had the best show, which game stood out most and what was the ‘surprise hit’. That, and of course all the quirky, weird and embarrassing moments (from Ridge Racers and My Body is Ready to Giant Enemy Crab). Things Are Changing But the E3 is changing and we all noticed that in the last few…


Wolfenstein, Horror, Camp and Something About Hitler

The player nor the many enemies in Wolfenstein 3D ever saw daylight. Just endless ceiling lights sliding by as you navigate the underground network of caves and tunnels. No war, no Nazi regime, no struggle, no outside world, just nine floors of horror in a realm that wasn’t quite ours. This weekend the E3 kicks off, and Bethesda is expected to announce a new game in the Wolfenstein series. I…


Dutch Formation Failed Due to Reformism and Capitalism

The Dutch cabinet formation is currently deadlocked. After negotiations between VVD, CDA, D66 and GroenLinks have stopped, there seems to be no viable alternative available. This is caused by a number of options that are ruled out by certain parties. The bourgeois press and political commentators regard this as unwillingness to make concessions for the sake of the national interest. They want to give the impression that the parties are…


Regulating the Market and Responsible Dog Ownership

The Netherlands announced a new law coming in effect next year regarding mandatory schooling for the owners of ‘dangerous’ dog breeds. Dutch Secretary Martijn van Dam, of Economic Affairs, has given the green light for a required course for dog owners. This relates to the owners of an established list of varieties that are characterized as a risk. The immediate cause is an increase in the number of bite incidents,…


Amazing Licensed Music in Videogames

As dozens of “Games in Concert” across the globe can testify, video game music is popular and a genre of music to take seriously. But another thing games are very good at; are licensed songs. Just like Tarantino, Kubrick and Snyder, video game makers are often brilliant at picking appropriate pop songs, oldies or classical pieces to turn their productions into instant cult hits. Either used ironically, dramatically or just…


9th of May and The Great Russian Victory

Tomorrow it’s the 9th of May. On that day Russia and many ex-Soviet countries celebrate Victory Day. The day that Nazi Germany was defeated and the flag of the USSR was planted on the Reichstag in Berlin. For many folks outside Russia this not known or has very little significance. But it deserves to be recognised and the Russians deserve to be recognised as the ones that won the Second…


The Comfort Zone of World War II

Call of Duty is going back to familiar grounds. This year’s game is made by Sledgehammer and will take us to the famous campaigns of the Second World War. Once I tried to impress my crush by telling about my fascination with the Second World War. It did not have the desired effect. “Ugh, what is it with all the men being obsessed with that war? There are so many other…


Activism Against Overproduction: Don’t Stop at Your Boycot

A much debated subject of activism is boycotting. By some considered pointless and idealistic, by others seen as a kickstarter for a bigger movement of resistance. Not only in leftist circles it’s popular to not buy certain products as protest against policies or ethical questions. Also centrist or right leaning folks can take part in it from their identity as consumer. “Vote with your wallet” is a popular vehicle in…


Satire and Generation Exit

Satire is a fine and sophisticated craft of wit, perception and bravado. It’s about understanding the world around you and the skill of zooming in and reflecting on elements that resonate with your audience. It is, to put it less wordy and more metaphorically, more like a marksman carefully picking his targets rather than blasting a blunderbuss into a crowd of men. Satire is not the same as parody even…