Analysis · Books · Games · Not Film

Looking at: The Handmaid’s Tale and Analogue: A Hate Story

There is a link between participatory media and consent. Unless you’re in a Clockwork Orange type situation the audience always has the option of disengaging with a work of art. We can put down the book, walk out of the theatre, turn off the television. By making the active choice to continue engaging with a… Continue reading Looking at: The Handmaid’s Tale and Analogue: A Hate Story

Analysis · Games · Not Film

Looking at: System Fidelity and World Design in Ratchet 2 and Jak II

I had a PlayStation 2, Ratchet and Clank and Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy were two of the first games I played on it. Their sequels were made in very short periods of time. I believe Jak II was two years in development, Ratchet and Clank 2: Locked and Loaded for only one. You… Continue reading Looking at: System Fidelity and World Design in Ratchet 2 and Jak II

Analysis · Games · Not Film

Looking at: Monster Factory’s positive creativity

There’s a moment I love in the 31st episode of Monster Factory. Well, there’s moments I love in every episode of Monster Factory but this one is illustrative. Griffin and Justin McElroy are playing 2009 MMO Champions Online, staring at the create a character screen, they have to choose a superpower, each represented by a… Continue reading Looking at: Monster Factory’s positive creativity

Analysis · Games

Can we talk about Ghost Recon: Wildlands’ weird racist and sexist trailer?

So, the clumsily titled Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands is out. Surprising, as I had heard just about nothing about it. I guess it was doomed once they figured out it would be going head to head against Zelda and the Switch. Nothing dominates the conversation like first party Nintendo software, even more so when… Continue reading Can we talk about Ghost Recon: Wildlands’ weird racist and sexist trailer?

Games · Review

Fist Fight: Improv is no excuse for tastelessness

I think the actors in this joint were afraid of the grown up swears. Like, when filming nobody was too sure whether they were aiming for the PG13 or the R rating. In America your fucks, shits, and cunts are the grown words; your bitches, however, are fine. The characters in this film say ‘bitch’… Continue reading Fist Fight: Improv is no excuse for tastelessness