Press "Enter" to skip to content

Category: Blog

Ramen is now my personal staple food

During my travels in London (of all places), me and my best friend stumbled upon Wagamama and their tonkotsu ramen. While it wasn’t the best I’ve had, it was all I could get at that moment. It also kickstarted this primal need for more ramen. London gave way to Shoryu, but in the Netherlands anything that has to do with the dish seems to translate to “noodles” and “wok”. I like yakisoba, but you can’t really compare it to a great tonkotsu. Luckily, as of late there have been some options available in the Netherlands. Especially in Amsterdam: Hakata Senpachi – currently…

The good and bad side of games

For these researchers, incredibly, enjoyment is not the primary reason why we play video games. Enjoyment is not the primary motivation—“it is rather,” they wrote, “the result of satisfaction of basic needs.” Video game worlds provide us with places where we can act with impunity within the game’s reality. And yet, freed of meaningful consequence, law abiders continue to abide the law. The competitive continue to compete. The lonely seek community. Wherever we go, there we will be. Source: How Video Games Satisfy Basic Human Needs – Facts So Romantic – Nautilus Yup, games help you to define yourself and…

Apple is the new Nintendo

You may get the impression that everything about Apple is negative, but that’s not true. This is not Apple with the engine on fire, this is Apple where they need to recalibrate a few things to get the engine operating smoothly and effectively again. They’re still doing a lot of things right. Source: Apple’s 2016 in review The above quote from Chuq Von Rospach made me realise that Apple is getting close to the business nature of Nintendo. It might not be consciously throwing underpowered hardware at its target audience in the hope of dazzling with innovations and gimmicks, but it’s…

France introduces opt-out policy on organ donation

Change in law means consent for organs to be removed is presumed unless person joins official ‘refusal register’ Source: France introduces opt-out policy on organ donation While the Netherlands continues to stumble over this form of organ donation, multiple countries are adopting an opt-out approach. Considering we are looking into the possibility for ending a “fulfilled lifetime”, I find it slightly crazy that we’re negating the opposite side of this aspect of health. The current wave of Dutch nationalistic conservatism might make an adoption of opt-out an impossibility.

Long-term stress erodes memory

Sustained stress erodes memory, and the immune system plays a key role in the cognitive impairment, according to a new study from researchers at The Ohio State University.The work in mice could one day lead to treatment for repeated, long-term mental assault such as that sustained by bullyin Source: Long-term stress erodes memory – Science Bulletin It sounds logical when you think about it, but it could also potentially explain why children from low-income households may have more difficulty in escaping from their “roots”, so to speak. If your cognitive functions are impaired by stress generated by a not so…

Samurai Warriors 4 is a bowl of instant ramen

For many years people have watched Koei’s Warriors series of games and collectively shook their heads at it. So how could Samurai Warriors 4 possibly be fun? Battle after battle fighting against lifeless dumb soldiers while running around a random environment with the occasional similar sounding general uttering nonsensical battle cries.

Are nerds the problem?

Well, this is awkward. Most core gamers know of the Gamergate group, its ties to the alt-right and the sheer indecency and awkwardness it brings along. But here Willie Osterweil actually goes one step further and proposes that the stereotypical nerd is an entitled hero of sorts. An underdog that in the end will get the girl. Osterweil points out films and games that seem to point towards this convergence of knowledgable superiority combined with social awkwardness. The result being a person that wears the concept of social outcast and ‘different than normal’ as a badge of honour, yet at the…

RSS is back on the YouTube menu

Still using an RSS reader to curate your own news? Excellent! So do I! Good news then that YouTube has started supporting RSS once more. Either add individual channel-URLs, or download all of your subscriptions through YouTube’s Manage Subscriptions page. You’re welcome.  

Xbox-as-a-Service VS. muddled PlayStation messaging

After the somewhat awkward presentation of the PlayStation 4 Pro a lot of people were understandably confused about the future of PlayStation. Was this aimed at 4K-enthusiasts? If so, why wasn’t there support for 4K Blu-ray? And why weren’t the games truly running at 4K? Was it aimed at ‘pro’ gamers demanding higher framerates? Then why did it only offer improvement on a per game basis going forward and doing nothing for existing framerate-locked multiplayer games? (Arguably the only area where improved framerates really matter?)

European colonialism as a game setting

Developer Wispfire doesn’t want to keep quiet, deny, or forget the world’s colonial past—it wants you to be a part of it. It wants to simulate experience, and teach you “something about yourself and the world around you,” Witsel said. With (Dutch) colonialism frequently overlooked during my own school time, I find it more than intriguing to find the topic being handled as the setting for a game called Herald. In my opinion, the entire “Zwarte Piet” discussion is a result of the “keep mum about intolerance, to look tolerant” movement that’s been ingrained into Dutch culture, so putting it into…