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…