videogames

We Need To Get Rid of Classic Difficulty Modes

The easiest difficulty setting in the 1994 DOS game “Rise of the Triad” is called “I’m a Chew Toy” – accompanied with an image of a dog with a toy in its mouth. Probably even better known is Wolfenstein 3D’s “Can I Play, Daddy?” featuring a portrait of protagonist William Blaskowicz wearing a baby bonnet and a pacifier in his mouth. Those are classic tropes, and almost everyone who played…


Movie Review: Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider with Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft is a fascinating reflection of a twenty year old franchise, being rocked back and forth between fame, brilliance, failure, controversy and reinvention. Everyone who has been part of that long running journey, no matter if you’re a fan or creator, might find something in this film that connects with their involvement. (this review will contain spoilers) The 2018 movie feels like a…


Winter Wonder Game

Last week, Skyrim was free to play for the weekend. Despite previous reservations I decided to give it a go, using the opportunity to do so without buyer’s regret. I’ve been, in the past, disappointed by the bland emptiness of Oblivion and maintained the conviction that Elder Scrolls games were just not for me. Although I like open world games, I felt that the minimal narrative and complete lack of…


Amazing Games I Don’t Want to Play

Sometimes there’s those types of video games that you know are not for you. But you like to hear about them nonetheless. You appreciate them from afar, you get how other people are really into them, and maybe you’re tricked that way into thinking you would actually like them too. But you don’t, you really don’t. As gorgeous looking, well crafted and unique as they are, they don’t hit that…


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…


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…


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…


Butts and Boobs and Sturdy Boners

Last week my wife and I had a discussion about sex in television series. I usually quite enjoy sex scenes. My wife often finds them superfluous and tacky. Actually, I don’t disagree with her entirely. Sex and nudity in series, films and videogames isn’t hard to find, but rarely done properly or aesthetically pleasing. It often keels over into exploitative territory and becomes nothing more but a shallow shtick to…