Nintendo — a name we’ve all heard before, one synonymous with gaming. Even if you’ve never played a Nintendo title before, or owned any of its consoles, you’re likely familiar with its creations. Even people who’ve never played a single game in their lives likely know Mario’s face when they see it, or know where Pikachu comes from. The company and its achievements permeate the entire gaming community, not least because it’s one of the most successful gaming companies to have ever existed.

Now, admittedly, Nintendo has its faults. Even a die-hard fan like me can’t deny that, and plenty…


If I was to ask a room full of people to think of art, every person would think of something different. One might picture Van Gogh’s The Starry Night (1889), while another might think of the well-known Marilyn Diptych(1962) by Andy Warhol, or even Picasso’s Guernica (1937). Others still might first think of Marcel Duchamp’s infamous Fountain (1917), or Tracey Emin’s My Bed (1998). …


Fans of indie horror games will likely be familiar with the name Puppet Combo, the one-man band behind such delights as Babysitter Bloodbath (2013), Power Drill Massacre (2015) and his most recent, Christmas Massacre (2021). Several of his titles have been played by the biggest names in YouTube Let’s Plays, including PewDiePie and Markiplier, and all in all, over the course of a decade, he’s developed and released 23 games.

In a world where indie horror games are saturating the market, some even gaining more success than AAA titles, what makes Puppet Combo’s body of work stand out? It’s a…


With the recent proliferation of true crime media, I see more and more people wondering where the appeal of such morbidity comes from. It’s a question worth asking, particularly since the popularity of true crime in this new decade only seems to be growing. The modern-day true-crime boom that appeared to begin with the likes of Making a Murderer has birthed a new generation of people who consider the study of true crime a hobby like any other — but, to go back to that original question, why?

While ‘true crime’ may be a relatively recent term, our fascination with…


The word ‘parent’ has broad and varied meanings. Mothers, fathers, religious figures, a company that controls subsidiaries — even God himself is considered our universal parent. But as we understand it, ‘parent’ means the people who raise us, the people who take care of us, even after we’ve fled the nest and maybe even become parents ourselves. As most mothers and fathers will tell you (usually without prompting), being a parent is a forever thing. But we all know that that isn’t an objective truth. Some parents just don’t care for all that ‘forever’ stuff.

It’s 2020, and that means…


When YouTube was first founded back in 2005, it began as a small video-sharing website with the intent of spreading original, creative content. It may be fair to say that, at its core, YouTube is still the same 16 years on — a video-sharing website, with original, creative content being uploaded every second. Today, however, it stands as the most visited website in the US. Not only that, but making videos on YouTube is now considered a legitimate career path, and has been proven to be a lucrative choice for a number of people. …


Emetophobia is a word that most won’t recognise. Like a lot of phobias, the term isn’t really within the bounds of popular usage. There are too many phobias for any of us to possibly remember every single one. Quite simply, there’s a phobia for everything, and only a few any of us will recognise the names of — claustrophobia, or arachnophobia, for instance.

Emetophobia is the phobia of vomit, to put it simply. For some emetophobes, that revolves around committing the act. For others, it’s seeing or hearing the act, whether in real life or on television. …


Back in 2010, Patton Oswalt, famous comedian, actor and author, wrote an article for Wired titled, Wake Up, Geek Culture. Time to Die. You may or may not have heard of it. At the time, I was a 16-year-old finishing up my GCSEs and had barely even heard of Wired, let alone Patton Oswalt. I had no time or inclination to focus on what comedians apparently deemed pressing issues, so I never read it. I can only assume some of the praise and controversy it stirred up has been lost to time in the ten years since its publication.

I…


School can be a shark tank for any kid. The trends and unspoken rules of society at large tend to trickle down into schools, creating the kind of dog-eat-dog world that is often worse in the classroom than the office. Bullying among adults is at least a lesser issue, though not a completely non-existent one. Sure, the underlying attitudes are still there later in life — with what you wear, how you look and who you associate with being things that people will always judge you on — but in the pressure cookers that we call schools, judgement is freely…


The Simpsons Problem: Knowing When to Stop

Like so many kids of the 90s and beyond, I grew up watching The Simpsons. I’d sit down every week at 6:00pm and wait with baited breath to see which episode it’d be. The best thing was, they were all brilliant. There was no way to lose because around 1999, when season 10 was new, there wasn’t a single episode that could be called bad. Sure, some weren’t as good as others, but none were truly unwatchable.

But around this time, things were admittedly starting to take a downward turn for the show…

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Just a random trivia enthusiast enjoying the magic of words, sapphic life, and imagining myself in a cartoon universe.

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