Games

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…


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…


A Philosophical Reflection on Rise of the Tomb Raider

“As children we question the world around us, we learn, we accept and gradually we lose our capacity to wonder. But some do not. The explorers, the seekers of truth. It is these pioneers who define the future of mankind.” There are many reasons why I enjoyed Rise of The Tomb Raider so much. One of them is the deep level of familiarity and relatability I came to feel for…


I Can Be Civilized!

  I suffer from anxiety. Not to a clinical degree, but it’s something that hinders me in daily life. Or used to hinder me. I take medication for it and it helps. I also learn how to deal with it better, which includes avoiding triggers and teaching my body to stay calm during a bad spell. I also have simple home remedies. Comfort treatment to zone me out of the…


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….


This Is Not For Us

A few weeks ago a female friend of mine was describing her experiences with Duke Nukem Forever. She was familiar with the chauvenist nature of the game and the bad ratings it received, but as a fan of the older releases and first person shooters in general, she decided to give it a try. For a good part of the game she thought it wasn’t actually that awful, and still…