Games

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…


The Gut-Wrenching, Bleak Misery of Kane & Lynch 2 is Now Free. Go Play it!

Kane & Lynch 2 Dog Days is free for Xbox Live Gold members next month. If you own an Xbox and you didn’t play it yet, I highly recommend this game. Not because it’s that good, but because it’s an experience. And you might end up hating it, or loving it, or both. But that’s why it’s great that it is free. Kane & Lynch 2 is a bit like…


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…


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…


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…


Violent Videogames

Is there too much violence in videogames? Not so long ago I would firmly answer “No” to that question. Because I don’t have a problem with violence in fictional media and I don’t believe it encourages people to be violent in real life. But there’s an interesting case to be made for this that I hadn’t thought of before. This basically starts with defining the meaning of “too much violence”…


Grand Theft Auto and Open World Games in 2017

Since the early beginnings the (in)famous Grand Theft Auto games have been modelled around a concept of a somewhat a-linear mission structure. Rockstar’s flagship can pride themselves in popularising the essence of open world games in a media format that was previously known for things as levels, boss fights and high scores. One can argue if GTA was the first one, but they’re definitely the most well known. Its urban…