These are our Lives

These are our Lives

The debate surrounding the upcoming marriage equality referendum in Ireland has become detached from who it is about: same-sex couples and LGBTQ people are being treated as concepts rather than actual members of society. Through talk about hypothetical situations rather than realities being faced, a lack of representation of LGBTQ individuals in mainstream media, and more…

Into the Dalek

Review: Doctor Who – Into the Dalek

In many senses, Into the Dalek feels like a repeat of what has come before: it is eerily familiar both in its thematic focus and plot. And yet it is by no means a bad episode, managing to add a breath of fresh air in some sorely needed areas, and to build upon the solid foundations of more…

Doctor Who - Deep Breath

Review: Doctor Who – Deep Breath

Deep Breath marks a significant change for Doctor Who, not only due to the change in leading actor and character, but also as a move towards a more pensive and thoughtful show. Gone are the days of thoughtless genocide and murder (see The Silence and Solomon), replaced instead by a production that appears to reflect more…

Entwined

Review: Entwined

Entwined was the perfect title to showcase as a surprise announcement at Sony’s E3 press conference this year: clear gameplay and pretty aesthetics allowed for the core concept to be grasped quickly and effectively. The real question then is how compelling it can continue to be over a lengthier period of play. Despite having very little more…

Review: Mario Kart 8

Review: Mario Kart 8

The power of the Mario Kart franchise should not be underestimated: with successful iterations on every Nintendo platform, including 35 million copies sold on the Wii, it could be the perfect game to bring Wii U back into pole position. Mario Kart 8 certainly sets out to do just that by focussing on the core more…

The Problem of Consent

The Problem of Consent

Last week, I went out with a group of people from university. One of them asked them to stay at mine — quite a common occurrence, given the location of my apartment. I saw no problem, and so the two of us left shortly after. It transpired fairly quickly that there had been some miscommunication: more…