In the ’98 war film Saving Private Ryan, Tom Hanks plays Captain Miller who is hunkered against a wall of sand, taking cover against machine gun fire. Intense shelling sends huge clumps of sand into the air to cascade down around Miller as his troops cower in fear. He is hunched beside a radioman whom […]Read More The problem of War and Video Games
Storytelling in games is an experiment that few games have successfully managed to fully grasp. This often means that games will either be a distracting spectacle of explosions and frivolity or they’ll double down on cinematic excellence to compete with their celluloid cousins. Not that that’s a bad thing, mind you. Games like The Last […]Read More How Tyranny avoids oppressive storytelling
Far Cry 5 arrives at quite in interesting flash point in US history. America is simultaneously a country that is as politically conscious as it’s ever been, but also just as violently unfair as it’s ever been. With the election of Trump at the end of 2016, his banal and damaging worldview has only emboldened […]Read More Far Cry 5 is an explosive refresh on familiar ideas, but there’s a catch.
Ever heard the song Rise by Public Image Ltd? It’s one of the groups most recognizable songs, with its glittering guitar spiraling through the track and a rousing bass line that stomps to an almost orchestral climax with punk legend John Lydon chanting “Anger is an energy!” like a mantra. The song is about setting aside your […]Read More Pain like a branding iron: How art can save your life
Resting in the rolling valleys of Montana lays a small, picturesque farm. Armed men roam the farm picking at their skin, occasionally kicking cages that contain ravenous killer dogs. They chat amongst themselves, load and unload their rifles as a church hymn plays over a loudspeaker, followed by a dramatic sermon by one of the […]Read More Far Cry 5 and the moral quandry of player freedom
A thrilling turnout It must be rough being a wrestler signed to WWE these days – all you have to do is look over your shoulder to see how much fun Indie wrestlers are having before floods of green envy fill your veins. These days, if you want quality wrestling entertainment, WWE is really stuck […]Read More NJPW’s Strong Style Evolved: Should the McMahon empire be worried?
“The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun” according to the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre “is a good guy with a gun”. The executive vice president of the NRA said that the last time a school full of children was shot dead for no reason and he said it again, today, breaking his […]Read More The NRA will win this one.
The year is 2018. You’re an awkward, nerdy type shuffling your way through a crowded party with a luke-warm drink in your hand. As you elbow your way through the crowd and spill beer everywhere, you start to recognise a lot of your fellow party goers – they look an awful lot like you. What […]Read More Daring to be different with Dandara
Hey, remember the 90’s? You know, Mr. Blobby, The Spice Girls, that sort of thing? Apart from crap novelty music and terrifying space blobs that passed as prime-time television, the 90’s was also host to great PC magazines. Namely, PC Zone which was where the world may have first heard of the writer and producer […]Read More Peaks, troughs, and more troughs: the pros and cons of misery in Black Mirror
Despite what social media might be telling you this modern era spoils us: in 2018, Netflix and its imitators graciously drown our culture in lusciously detailed TV dramas on an almost weekly basis and this renaissance of high-quality entertainment has the shadow of Tony Soprano looming large over its shoulder.Read More What The Sopranos can teach us about morality