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I am a researcher interested in games, play and philosophy. I design, analyse and write about games for fun and for a living.

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Watched IO

Not a very subtle, but a very beautiful story about humans' relation to our planet. I hope I don't look back to this in 30 years and see how it predicted our approach to climate change.

Watched on Netflix

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A superhero series about messed up childhood and emotional baggage. A lot of the plot is everybody running around, just missing each other and not owning cellphones. One of the characters carries the plot forward, while everyone else is busy figuring out their emotional damage. If you've ever seen anything with superheroes, you know how this ends.

Watched on Netflix

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Watched Nightflyers s1

Space series that hovers between horror and psychedelia. Can be an entertaining watch if you don't mind that the plot makes absolutely no sense and the characters keep making incredibly bad choices. I like the theme of encountering something so alien that it goes beyond your comprehension, but there are probably better ways to handle that theme.

Watched on Netflix

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Watched Mr. Robot s3

This season plays less realities, but gets more personal. It's a good season, but only if you were alredy into the characters. Still enjoying the aesthetics.

Watched on HBO Nordic

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Watched Cold War

A really fascinating love story with the cold war as a distant background. Actually, everything in the movie is a distant background after the very beginning: the movie focuses exclusively on the two people wrapped in an on/off-romantic relationship, making even the other people in their lives appear as just props for their story. This is not a critique: the story is brilliantly told.

Watched on St. James Cavalier, Malta

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It's very 2018 that the series that probes the hard existential questions in life stars a cartoon horse. Hey kids, wanna watch a series where one episode is nothing but a long eulogy to a mother from a son who hated her?

Watched on Netflix

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This was a weird movie. 80's nostalgia played straight-faced in world where everyone pretends that it's not a horrible dystopia. Everything bad is blamed on the evil corporation, when all the structural problems in the world are due to what the "good guys" have done. There is even a "resistance," but somehow they manage to miss that what they are actually resisting is capitalism and escapism. It's hard to revolt when you're too busy collecting virtual coins.

Watched on a plane

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Can't help but love a show about ethics, even if it was far from perfect. They weren't very consistent on how ethics was used during the show -- even forgetting how the rules of The Good Place worked midway through the season.

I heard there might be as second season coming, but I'm not sure if it needs one, considering how they ended the first one. Still, I'm glad they did the first season. What's next, a show about epistemology?

Watched on Netflix

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Watched Jarhead 2

The first one tried to be the new Full Metal Jacket. It didn't quite succeed, but got occasionally close. This one is just an average, preachy war movie. 

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