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'Tiger King' and the Post-Truth Culture War

Tiger King -- released during and dominating the streaming-in-lockdown era -- exemplifies in real-time the feedback loop between entertainment and ideology.

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School's Out Forever in 'Class of 1984'

Aiming for an incisive social commentary on the increasing violence of youth gangs, Class of 1984 falls short.

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With Great Vulnerability, Comes Great Brutality: The Evisceration of Lara Croft

Amid a hail of gunfire, the player-character crumples to the ground, defeated, that is, before a loading screen pops to revive her. At least, that's how most action games represent death. In Tomb Raider, I've seen Lara Croft stabbed through the neck, had her head split open on a coral reef, seen her torn apart by wolves.

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Defending Lara

In the past, Lara Croft may have provided a male audience a figure to admire or even leer longingly at, but she didn't serve the normative video game role of that “princess in another castle".

Games

'Shadows of the Damned': Punk's Not Dead?

Visceral, scatological, and sexual... Suda51 is clearly back, but does his punk aesthetic still make sense in the gaming subculture's current climate?

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Electronic Empire Expo: The First World Problem of E3

There is a far larger system of class bias at work with games, namely the one that has to be engaged in just to facilitate the existence of this article.

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'Shock Corridor': The Enemy Within

Sam Fuller’s lurid 1963 potboiler about an egomaniacal journalist going undercover in an asylum strips bare the schizophrenia of postwar America with vicious hyperbole.


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