Art by Jeremy Fenske

Nintendo has proven to be a great company many times, but I think it’s only with the release of Breath of the Wild that they have proven to be legendary: committed artists and creators who really want to create innovative and beautiful video games, which is something that’s rather uncommon as most major developers and corporations mainly care about short-term profit rather than about making games that are really memorable and fun, especially for new generations that will surely keep playing these games in the future.

It’s especially impressive since this is the third time The Legend of Zelda series…


WandaVision (1 AC)

The most annoying thing for someone who pretends to be an expert on textual analysis is seeing people analyze a piece of media by ignoring large parts of the content being presented, or even by inserting their own preconceived interpretation of the material that doesn’t actually fit with the ideas and symbols presented by the text itself. This has become a pathological problem for the discourse around Marvel movies, especially as they have become such a commercial juggernaut that they are now at the center of global consumerist culture.

These days is easy to see people boldly claiming that the…


cool promo art tho

Varg Vikernes is a famous black metal musician, an esoteric cultist, a former murderer, a neo-Nazi, a probable arsonist, a video blogger, and a convicted anti-Semite. Due to his reputation as a reactionary musician he has gained a weird online following of edgy kids and reactionaries over the years. And before he was banned his video blogs were kinda mundane as he shared his opinions on media and politics, but infused with an ideology that mixed paganism, traditionalism and fascism.

His YouTube channel was deleted last year as part of a push by the company to reduce hate speech on…


The concept of ‘ludonarrative dissonance’ is one of the most annoying ideas in the gaming industry. Mainly because it disregards the idea of analyzing video games as an unified whole by instead trying to separate story and gameplay, rather than analyzing them together. In any game the story is part of the gameplay, and the gameplay is part of the story. The dissonance argument is also often used by “critics” to give developers a pass for creating incoherent characters. …


The greatest lie in the history of the United States and Latin America is that the struggle for independence represented a shift away from colonialism. On the contrary, the creation of new independent liberal nations such the US and Argentina actually led to an even greater slaughter of indigenous peoples in order to steal their land and give it to white settlers so they could exploit the land, which is ultimately the main goal of economic liberalism.

The British Empire actually restricted the expansion of settlements in the American continent, and so US independence was largely about these colonies setting…


Death Stranding (2019)

Before the pandemic started I was already washing my hands constantly out of irrational paranoia, and some years ago I was isolated in my house with highly reduced social contact with the outside world during a long depression, so it’s somewhat unnerving to look at the state of the world and see similarities with my own personal problems, as if the world itself is morphing in a magical fashion to reflect my own paranoia and depressive episodes.

Obviously there is no need to delve into such paranoid insanity, especially considering that millions of people experience these same problems. Even more…


The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

Star Wars is dead. Star Wars remains dead. And we have nothing to do with this because the franchise died ages ago, it has been kept in a zombified state for several decades, the harsh reality that we have refused to admit is that the franchise has never been very good to begin with. …


Dr. Stone (2019)

In the last few decades human civilization has come to terms with the fact that it might soon collapse and that it’s probably gonna be our own fault. Pretty much all civilization-ending threats we currently face have been created by humans: nuclear warfare, global warming, superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics, ‘colony collapse disorder’ among bees, and some even think the main threat comes from artificial intelligence, which might be intelligent enough to realize that we should probably be replaced, soon.

Humans aren’t just aware of the reality of an impending apocalypse, they have created an endless amount of movies…


Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

A long, long time ago, The Escapist collapsed when they fired nearly all of their employees, leaving nothing but an online skeleton of what once was a very successful website, what remained was basically a glorified hosting platform for Zero Punctuation, which is a never-ending series of satirical game reviews that has been publishing new videos since the dawn of time.

The collapse itself wasn’t that surprising since the website was mismanaged into oblivion by a group of people that had direct ties to Steve Bannon, although that also makes you wonder how a website that used to host so…


Photograph: François Guillot/AFP/Getty Images

France is in the middle of a political crisis as its president Emmanuel Macron is facing extremely low approval numbers while protests are intensifying to the point the government cannot contain them. For me this is kinda baffling, how such a wealthy and stable country like France could see such large and enduring protests that suddenly implode in violence, with rioters joining the peaceful protesters, followed by police responding with violence to the point of shooting students at point blank.

I don’t think this is just about the incompetence of a neoliberal centrist government that has utterly failed at gaining…

Vargas Salvatierra

pseudo-philologist writing about politics and war, also video games

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