André Weiland was born in Amsterdam in the Netherlands on the 9th of March 1987 to Surinamese parents. After the Bijlmer disaster in 1992 led to the loss of his mother, his father implored André to take up soccer to cope with the frustration stemming from the loss. Considered bright pupil as well, he seemingly […]
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Freedom of expression is necessary for the free artistic creation of everything, including video games. I have experienced first-hand this is under threat. Even in those parts of the world renowned for supposedly having it, such as the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. We should understand that free expression requires the right to offend. Earlier […]
Building on the themes explored in Fifth Column, one of the themes in Total Rendition include Post-Truth politics. Deceit in politics have been common since the exploits of Julius Caesar and before. However, Post-Truth politics refers to the recent trend in which connectivity-enabling technologies, like Tim Berners-Lee’s World Wide Web are (mis)used to spread falsehoods. […]
The gameplay of Total Rendition and Fifth Column are similar, as are their themes. In short, Total Rendition and Fifth Column are siblings. Set in an alternate 1960s in which World War II is still ongoing, Nazi Germany has occupied Nagorno-Karabakh. In Fifth Column, this region is disputed between Armenians and Azerbaijanis, as in real-life. […]
It is time to be a bit more explicit about what Total Rendition is not and more importantly, what it actually is. Some time ago, an article appeared on gamesindustry.biz which quoted from a Q&A session with a certain Tommy Francois from Ubisoft. In it, he makes statements about video games like: “They can talk […]