All posts by Jeroen de Vries

Jeroen de Vries is a Dutch student in the field of Journalism at the University of Groningen. His interests lie in covering technology and everything surrounding gaming, from gameplay to culture. For now however he dabbles in all topics and all mediums, so prepare for more than just written work. He does this with an eye for detail, an analytical mind, and a tongue that lashes out smooth sarcasm. Follow Jeroen on Twitter @WhispeRar, and for more information shoot an email at j.m.de.vries.11@student.rug.nl

Digital Debauchery

“It’s not cheating when it’s online, is it?” This question is commonly asked on forums as internet affairs are becoming more frequent as research projects suggest that between 20 to 70% of partners have committed adultery, and the internet has made this all too easy. The internet has given us unprecedented access to almost everything we desire, testing our loyalties in ways we never imagined.

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It’s all just sex and games

Bouncing tits, swaying hips and hookers, all just one click away. Videogames are becoming more and more realistic and graphically impressive. One of the latest examples of this is the Witcher 3. With this level of realism and graphical capability a question rises about the place of sexual content in games. Sex has been a means of selling everything, from cars to deodorant, but where does it stand in games?

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Wasting Charlie’s Sacrifice

It’s always easy to say you want something but to stand up and work to get it? A completely different story. And once you achieve it? Well, isn’t everything really worth having also worth dying for?

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Three armed extremists were reported to have killed ten journalists for Paris based satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, and two Paris policemen who arrived at the scene.

The magazine was no stranger to causing controversy and had on several occasions created comics that depicted the prophet Muhammad. Something that was reportedly cause for the shootings, as according to an eye-witness, one of the gunmen was heard to say: “The Prophet is avenged.”

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Turkish press crackdown distracts from corruption

The Turkish president Erdoğan ordered the arrest of several politically critical parties, including Turkey’s biggest paper’s editor-in-chief last Sunday.

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Zaman’s lead editor Ekrem Dumanli was arrested that afternoon. This sparked a number of protests from both employees and readers, and foreign editor Mustafa Edib Yilmaz was there to witness it all:

If they can do this to the editor-in-chief of the largest newspaper in this country, then only God knows what else they can do to the others.

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President Obama weighs in on net neutrality: Protect it!

President Obama has sided with the pro-net neutrality party, protecting the basic value on which the internet is built: equality.

The Federal Communications Commission has been toying with the idea of implementing an act which will do away with the certainty of net neutrality. Now, net neutrality ensures every user of the worldwide web that they and their data will be treated equally, without discrimination or preferential treatment.   Continue reading President Obama weighs in on net neutrality: Protect it!

The misogynistic gaming sphere.

It’s the season to be jolly. Gluhwein is being drunk, possibly contributing to the jolly atmosphere, and gifts are being bought and sold. The game industry releases big titles every year for this season, yet 2014 has proven to be mainly depressing for the gaming sphere with bad game releases and events like gamergate. Feminism in gaming came to rise, and became an issue that can no longer be ignored. To take a look into the importance of the issue Charissa Miller tells her story of being a newfound feminist.

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Let’s rant: No game for the UK. Ubisoft vs. Valve.

 

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One of the most anticipated computer games of the year, Assassins Creed: Unity, releases today in Europe, with most of its digital copies likely being sold through Steam. The exception for this is the United Kingdom, where Ubisoft and Valve stopped working together.

This means that some of the most highly anticipated games of 2014’s holiday season will not be available on the people’s choice of Best Platform, the platform they want to buy their games on. PC gamers will have to go through uPlay, Ubisoft’s own software client, to get access to Assassins Creed Unity, Far Cry 4, and The Crew. But why is there this falling out between two of the biggest players in the video game industry, and why is this such an issue?

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