Freelance Journalist and Writer.
With the term "toxic masculinity" being thrown around in the gaming industry, we decided to look back at why, after years of violence and exploitation, the creators of God of War ultimately took the series in a different direction.
First, he found God. Then he found death metal. But Father Robert Culat believes there’s no reason the two can’t co-exist.
Since the halcyon days of Italian plumbers rescuing princesses from evil gorillas, narratives in video games have been pretty straightforward. Players control a hero (almost always a man) and are tasked with jumping on unambiguously bad guys until the princess is rescued or the world is saved. But when Sony’s Santa Monica Studio announced a sequel to the popular PlayStation franchise God of War last year, fans were presented with a game radically different from the previous half-dozen games in the series.
A piece on the Rohingya and other stateless populations efforts to utilize blockchain tech to address the identity crisis endemic to their communities.
The province of North Maluku is one of the least densely populated in Indonesia. Its capital, the island city Ternate, rests in the shadow of a spectacular volcanic dome. There, Kety Haji Jalla serves her community as an educator, imparting life and job skills where a large portion of the economy is powered by low-paying agricultural work. A former politician from incumbent president Joko Widodo’s Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), she is supporting like-minded office seekers across eastern Indonesia as a respected matriarch. But since she is a transgender woman, Indonesia as a whole is debating her place in society as intolerant rhetoric and targeted violence is on the rise ahead of this week’s contentious elections.
With the legalization of marijuana, Thailand hopes to carve out a stake in the global cannabis industry.
For the 225 million Muslims who call Indonesia’s 17,500 islands home, the supreme authority on religious affairs is the Indonesian Ulama Council, or the MUI. So when the central MUI issued a fatwa last August backing up a regional council’s decision that the measles and rubella (MR) vaccine was considered haram, or forbidden, many conservative families across the archipelago refused to vaccinate.
Democracy is returning to Thailand for the first time since the 2014 military-led coup. Joining the lineup of political stalwarts and proxy appendages for the military junta ahead of elections this Sunday is Future Forward, a boldly progressive, social-media-savvy party founded by a billionaire. Among its legion of new faces is an outlaw. He’s not an exiled member of the political elite or a shamed member of the royal family, though. He’s a 30-year-old former lawyer who was busted for making craft beer.
A guide to the superhero universe created by a talented team of Egyptians published in Arabic and English.
A visit to Ipoh's historic old town to speak with one of the owners of a gastronomic institution spreading across East Asia.
A profile of the innovative and addictive band Here Lies Man.
An examination of the political and historical tensions that are resurfacing in the wake of Malaysia's historic 2018 election.
The response to Battlefront II is part of a growing retaliation by users against the increasing takeover of video games by so-called loot boxes that combine microtransactions with a randomized, slot machine–style payout to dictate player progression. Microtransactions in themselves aren’t new and have become ubiquitous across the gaming world over the past decade. The $40 billion–strong mobile gaming market is primarily built on free games that offer small in-game purchases that advantage buyers over players who don’t put as much money into the game. But “pay to win” mechanics have now crept into many multimillion-dollar flagship games, even story-driven, single-player affairs, sparking a backlash in both the virtual world — where many have taken to Reddit and other platforms to decry what many see as corporate greed–fueled exploitation — and in the real one, as EA has discovered.
A piece illustrating the trend in some Southeast Asian countries towards accepting cannabis and hemp.