Denis Villeneuve’s Depthless, Boring Dune (2021): A Critique

RND/ To consider a critique of Dune (2021, Dir. Denis Villeneuve): – Quick capsule review; “One big, laughably embarrassing deadpan ‘Meh’. Blame Canada.” – To turn the usual toxic internet language around on itself, much like a worm that eats its own sad tale: ‘these fragments of critique are not for everyone.’ – Violently unmemorable, … Read more

Star Citizen Eyes” of Gamedev Desperation: A Satirical Painting

RND/ In which the closer you look, the more you can’t fail to notice the utter silent desperation behind the dead eyes of Star Citizen developers – a cringy, often darkly hilarious cross of burnt-out hound dog looks, rapidly phasing in between implied meanings such as: ‘everything’s fine we swear’ ‘being forced to lie’ ‘utterly … Read more

Sable Videogame: Widescreen Virtual Photography Screenshots (PC)

RND/ To consider widescreen virtual photography screenshots of Sable videogame 3440 x 1440 .jpg (PC) A perfectly serviceable and beautiful looking game, offset by painfully slow desert hoverbike travel and a lack of genuine threats – other than rapidly increasing terminal boredom. A sterile nonplace of fetch questy repetition, despite its rich worldbuilding. While impressive … Read more

Annapurna, Davy Wreden and White Indie Videogame Development Privilege

RND/ To consider how something about Davy Wreden faintly grates on your tits and maybe always has. A scenario, in which the LA videogames publisher Annapurna Interactive had a showcase in 2021. Despite being entirely happy, smooth, slick and obviously well produced, its overall atmosphere of patchouli scented Glade Plugin whiteness and whimsy felt cloying. … Read more

A Reality Theory Of Videogame Emptiness: Paintings

RND/ To consider a philosophical reality theory of videogame emptiness. Some paintings: 3440 x 1440 .jpg – via SCUM (just another D.O.A. survival multiplayer game-thing, by ‘Gamepires’) In which you’ve often considered why the vast majority of videogames have not truly appealed to you for a long time. That it might be something to do … Read more

Quentin Meillassoux: Another Laughably Bad, Pseudo-Philosopher Charlatan ‘Exposed’

RND/ In which, by even merely mentioning such embarrassingly dire, grifting hacks such as ‘Quentin Meillassoux’ – not that anyone’s even called that in reality – you feel you’ve already given them too much intellectual credit. Is his work really the best that philosophy in France (not ‘French philosophy’) has to offer today? Reading the … Read more

Review: “Chronosis” comic book by Reza Negarestani is awful

RND/ To consider theory-fiction cosmic horror comic splurge “Chronosis” by laughably poor pseudo-philosopher Reza Negarestani (with Keith Tilford and Robin Mackay) as total bollocks. My 3 year old daughter loves the drawings! – Brian on Goodreads rated it: amazing In whichi Reza Negarestani is an Iranian philosopher-hack and writer, known for ‘pioneering the genre’ of … Read more