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…


Leicester City and the Purge of the Elite

On the eve of Leicester City’s conquest of the Premier League, the whispers of a break-away European Super Liga continue. It’s not a coincidence that these rumours start popping up again as the surprise success of Raineiri’s team seems unstoppable. It started with proposals of wild card system. The Champions League should allow big names like Manchester United to enter the competition every year even if their place at the…


Children, Teachers and the Stupid Things They Do

When I was eight years old, I went with a friend behind the school building and we drew on the wall with markers. I was already a little antifa back then, so I drew swastikas with a prohibitory sign. Like, red rim and diagonal red stripe through the middle. But, obviously markers on a wooden wall; you can’t see colour. So a teacher caught us, and figured we were drawing…


FIFA, Conformism and Toxic Chauvinism

Dark, ominous clouds are packing above BJK Inönü stadium. Bright lights appear against the night’s sky and a thunder rumbles from the stands. Thousands of voices group together in a booming chant, rolling down to the pitch and echoing through the streets of Istanbul. As the glow and smoke of the roman candles slowly drifts apart, the faces of the fans become visible and we see the passion and anticipation…


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…


A Conversation With Mario

It’s unusually quiet in the Italian diner. The lights are dimmed and only flickering candles in tacky glass bottles illuminate the place. The buzz from the street outside is sparsely heard. It’s February and cold. Nobody wants to be out. The waiter comes and fills a glass with red wine for me. “Garlic bread, sir?” The patron of the joint stands at the bar and his piercing eyes scan the…


Unravel, Ikea and Swedish Meatballs

A friend’s comment about Unravel made me think about something. We hardly ever realise which country our games are from. Unravel is Swedish, and we know that because the game is using the Scandinavian country as backdrop for the adventures of its adorable little protagonist.But normally, in 99 percent of the cases, the country of origin is not reflected in the product. My friend discussed with another friend the achievements…


AfterBerner

Bernie Sanders might not be the next president of the United States. Bernie knows that he might not be the next president but he knows that many more presidents will be elected in the time that is ahead of us. That’s why Sanders is doing something that no candidate before him has done: he is campaigning for something more than just himself. The politics of America are a tight system…


Football and Class Struggle

What is football? Ask ten people and you get ten different answers. “The most important side-issue” is a popular saying in Europe. “Ballet for overpaid nancy boys”, is another. ” Football is emotion”, you’ll hear from people to justify verbal or physical violence as a result of the ‘Beautiful Game’ (British term). Brazilians like to say “God is round” (though that might refer to their fondness of big butts?) Che…