Leave Behind What You Love

Between the lack of care about women being harassed and the maddening excuses given when faced with overwhelming evidence that their platform is tainted by white supremacists (“There’s now a 0.8 loading screen between you and that swastika! Nailed it!”), there is still one benefit to the double-edged sewer pipe that is social media in…

Nothing But Garbage: Part 4 – The Belts

From the outside, professional wrestling (or ‘sports entertainment’ as WWE likes to call itself) is a confusing clash of sweat, skin and insane-looking people. Outlandish characters fly off the top rope and yell into microphones to the delight of thousands of screaming fans. If you’ve never even watched a single match, you probably still have…

Nothing But Garbage: Part 3 – Say Hello To The Bad Guy

It’s October 1987 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Mecca Arena holds around 11,000 and people have bought tickets tonight to see a taping of the pro-wrestling show WWF Superstars. The weekly program had been created the year before to showcase the World Wrestling Federation’s hottest stars and tour the country for fans everywhere. The hour-long show…

Life Is Strange: I’m Ready To Be Hurt Again

I know what people say. They see a few cut scenes or read a couple of lines of dialogue and write it off. It’s trying too hard, they say. Typical video game writing attempting to sound like it’s in touch with ‘the kids’. I’m not lowering myself to play that. I consume media that isn’t…

Nothing But Garbage: Part 2 – The WWE Machine

World Wrestling Entertainment, the largest and most successful wrestling company in the world, is like that friend you knew in your early-20’s who wanted to party all the time. Boundless energy, a seemingly unlimited source of revenue and the ability to slam back vodka shots all night. They could exit the club at 7AM and…

Brutal, Savage, Rekt: The Open Glory Of Artificial Violence

It wasn’t that long ago that video games were the devil. Just like heavy metal or comic books before them, there was a period of time when a kid in school displayed anti-social or violent behaviour, video games were immediately named as the cause. This angry boy lashed out at a teacher but wrap it…

The New Twin Peaks: Back Once Again With The Ill Behaviour

Whenever I watch promotional material for a film or television series, there’s the inevitable interviews with the cast members who praise the director and their vision. They say the cast is wonderful and the finished product is going to be just great. Mark my words, they say, this thing I’ve been working on has been…

Details: Horizon Zero Dawn

Based in Amsterdam, development studio Guerrilla Games spent six years to create an extraordinary living world featuring a smart, convincing protagonist, fascinating enemies and probably the most compelling story ever realised in an open-world game. Every inch of Horizon Zero Dawn consists of staggering work. The character relationships, the behaviour of the animals, the weather…

Mad Max – The Most Terrifying Game Ever Made

On a whim, and thanks to a friend’s recommendation, I bought Avalanche Studios’ 2015 game Mad Max when it was on sale on for eighteen dollars. Here’s what I found. All screenshots taken on a Playstation 4. Out of nowhere, breaking the wind-swept, sand-covered landscape, appears a plane fuselage. Half of it is buried in…

The Music Of Battlefield 1 – An Interview with Johan Söderqvist

Three months in, the dust is only now starting to settle. Field manuals have all been collected. Every corner of Monte Grappa and Argonne Forest scouted and manipulated. Operations Mode has been fought through thousands of times with battles lasting upwards of an hour – exhausting players not only when they win but even more…