A piece that I wrote in response to an internal mental health campaign in my work place that received a good deal of positive response. Near the end 2021 I was diagnosed with Cyclothymia, a rare offshoot of bipolar that causes similar – though often less extreme – fluctuations in mood and the other fun… Read More #GetReal Mental Health Week – from an employee with a mental illness
Originally Published on ClipThrough.com This article contains minor spoilers for Katana Zero. In a world saturated with “live services,” loot boxes, and battle royales, something has been missing from gaming lately and now I know what it was: an incredible synth soundtrack and an urban samurai who can see all possible outcomes of any situation.… Read More Katana Zero Review: Live. Die. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
Originally Published on ClipThrough.com How is it that the smallest games pack the biggest emotional punches? What Remains of Edith Finch, Gone Home, and The Unfinished Swan all immediately come to mind when I think about A Mortician’s Tale. Games dealing with challenging and emotional subjects in unique ways that come close to demonstrating what… Read More On A Mortician’s Tale: Death Inc.
**NOTE: This is a piece that I wrote in 2013 when I was 23 years old. I had been working in and around the music and arts scenes on Vancouver Island and was absolutely feeling frustrated. I realize that this might not actually be particularly relevant anymore, and I haven’t been connected as much as… Read More Why Your Local Art Scene Is Dying
There are sure to be a lot of divided opinions in the next few weeks about which adaptation of Stephen King’s 1986 horror classic is better. The television mini series from 1990 receives a tremendous amount of nostalgic love, particularly when it comes to the performance of Tim Curry as Pennywise the Dancing Clown. I’m… Read More IT: Better the Second Time
originally published 07/19/2017 on ClipThrough.com This article contains spoilers for What Remains of Edith Finch. As the shortest gaming experience I’ve had this year, What Remains of Edith Finch managed to pack a more powerful punch in its story and themes than any AAA release so far–in a year that has already boasted some of the best games… Read More Death, Dying, and the Ways We Deal in What Remains of Edith Finch
From my 28th to June 3rd I was fortunate enough to be chosen by VIU to attend the Congress 2017 conference, as well as attend presentations and the AGM for the Canadian Association for Social Work Education. The conference took place over in the great big city of Toronto, and made for the first time… Read More Reflections on Congress 2017
originally published 05/26/2017 on ClipThrough.com Horizon: Zero Dawn is an excellent videogame, how could it not be? The pitch alone is worthy of your attention: A post apocalyptic world where human beings have gone back to living in tribal communities, nothing remains of the people who came before, except the skeletons of buildings and, of course,… Read More Horizon: Zero Dawn : Brave New Frontier
originally published 11/16/2016 in The Navigator Newspaper A stranger arrives in a little village and soon after a mysterious sickness starts spreading. A policeman is drawn into the incident and is forced to solve the mystery in order to save his daughter. We’re taking a trip back to South Korea, because Train To Busan has ignited a… Read More The Wailing: A Korean horror epic
originally published 11/02/2016 in The Navigator Newspaper “Fentanyl. Humanities Herbicide. 100 percent effective. Warning: Side effects include reducing… Residential B&E by 50 percent. Commercial B&E by 97 percent. Home Invasions by 52 percent. Auto Thefts by 63 percent.” These words were written on what looks like a cardboard box advertisement for a brand-new product. This… Read More Comically unfunny