The Talos Principle

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The Talos Principle is a first person puzzler game which has beautiful graphics and wonderfully memorable music. The atmosphere of the game grabs you from the start with its amazing puzzle design and great writing. Provoking narrative, philosophical and metaphysical questions, this game really makes you wonder. Even though it’s very demanding and intense, I couldn’t put the game away when I played it. You constantly have questions that you want answered and it makes you keep thinking, even when after you stop playing.

You play as a sentient artificial intelligence placed within a simulation. From the start you have this narrative voice who explains himself as your god, your creator. You question his logic and you read from other people who both obey and disobey him. As you follow the storyline you read a lot of texts which are written by various people. Here’s one example of the many texts you throughout the game:

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As you are artificial intellige nce yourself you also communicate with a help program who asks you tons of questions. You constantly wonder why you are in this simulation, how to get out, what’s outside of the simulation, who’s behind it, there’s always so many questions!

One thing I didn’t like about the game or what I would want to see more of, is that you should question Elohim (your god) and his logic straight to his face. I would like to see more chaos from Elohim and his reaction as you confront him. Much like Glados from portal who tries to kill you when you don’t do as she says.

If you’re not the kind of guy who plays for the story, tries his best to read everything and follow every single bit then maybe this game is not for you. But this is one of my favorite and most memorable games I’ve ever played and I would suggest this game even though it’s so challenging.

   -Ludwig Sundell

Where the Wild Things Are

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Where the Wild Things Are is a well written cold drama about the problems that can be caused by a closed group of people, the trouble with leadership and the cost of selfishness.

Since there is an insane amount of mixed feelings about this movie, I shall start with that I actually enjoyed this movie very much. It’s not the best I’ve seen obviously, but I would say it’s in around my top 25 maybe. This movie is so different and unique and I think that’s why so many people dislike this movie, it’s nowhere near what you expect and makes it very confusing to watch.

This might just be me, but I love watching weird and confusing films. I don’t know if that’s something positive or negative, but I almost always have an open mind before I watch a movie, which is good! This is probably why I loved this movie; I didn’t expect a kid’s movie, or a regular family adventure. I can imagine it wouldn’t be the best movie for a parent to go and watch with his/hers kids since of the dark and moody atmosphere. But I love that kind of stuff! I love how they balance the feeling of creepy and cozy at the same time, maybe more towards creepy though.

Now if I think if you should go and see this film or not is up to you and what kind of person you are. I wouldn’t recommend this as to any family at all, I think kids would either get afraid or bored of it. If you’re an open minded person that likes any kind of drama then I definitely recommend it. It will probably be a different experience and will leave you with a ton of questions, which in my opinion is often good. I love to think about things I’ve watched.

   -Ludwig Sundell

Zes

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Zes is an electronic music producer from Netherlands. He himself chose to call the music genre he produces as melancholy/breaks. I don’t know if you can call melancholy a music genre but the word could be explained as a gloomy state of mine or just sadness. Which is a fits his music good in my opinion. Breaks (or breakbeats) is an electronic music genre where the drums usually are on a non-straightened 4/4 drum pattern (percussion instruments don’t okay directly on beat). As opposed to the steady beat of house, techno and trance. This just basically means that the drums are more advanced than a regular EDM genre.

Zes is an underrated producer, which might be because his music is not like much of the mainstream music. His music differs from much other and is overall quite unique. I personally love this kind of music, it’s chill and has unique and powerful drums. Great music to crank up the volume on your subwoofer.

I would recommend you to give his latest EP from 2014 a try, the feel and atmosphere of his music is amazing, it’s very unique and there’s no other that have such an similar style.

I think this deserves a lot more attention than most of mainstream house producers etc. His music is harder to produce and actually stands out which is why I dislike that Zes is so underrated. But I guess that’s how a lot of music works now nowadays, people enjoy to listen to the same thing over and over again on the radio. But we all have different music taste. Personally I love to find an underrated artist that stands out. One thing that especially makes me happy is when an artist or producer who is different goes mainstream. Example of this is one of my favorite producers: Cashmere Cat. I listened to him a long time ago, now he has millions of plays on spotify and has recently made a song with Ariana Grande. I still listen to him and I love his music.

   -Ludwig Sundell