Today I took a break from work to have coffee with a friend. I headed towards our usual – a coffee place across the road from Parliament – and along the way I walked over a number of messages written in chalk on the footpath: “Ban 1080” they said. Fine, I thought. People protest stuff […]Read more "Dilemma: The Power (and Danger) of Belief"
“Show, don’t tell.” It must be one of the fundamental principles of good fiction. It’s been quoted at me countless times in critiques of my writing, and it’s a criticism I personally make of various works fairly often. I’d like to explore in this post whether “show, don’t tell” as a principle is really as […]Read more "Dilemma: “Show, don’t tell”"
No, this is not a piece about male gamers feeling marginalised or threatened by the rising number of female-led or -empowering games on the market. When I say God of War is a game men need right now, I don’t mean that it’s a game only for men, one that male gamers can just play […]Read more "Why “God of War” is a game men need right now"
“Why would I learn Māori when it has no use outside New Zealand?” “I don’t care if Māori want to learn it, I just don’t want it jammed down my throat.” “It’s been Rimutaka for as long as I’ve known it!” Just a few examples of the types of responses you could expect from ignorant […]Read more "Bilingualism: What Aotearoa / New Zealand can learn from Éire / Ireland"
As a Star Wars fan, I was hugely let down by The Last Jedi. I had big expectations following the previous film, The Force Awakens, which, despite criticisms that it was essentially a rewrite of A New Hope, just felt like Star Wars to me. It’s a hard concept to explain, but I’m sure other […]Read more "This isn’t the “Star Wars” film you’re looking for"
Last week I started my two-part piece on my first impressions for Destiny 2, based on the Beta build that recently closed. In Part 1, I covered general improvements and all-new features, concluding that, despite some small concerns, things look pretty positive on the whole, especially due to the new focus on story. This week, I […]Read more "Destiny 2: First Impressions (Part 2)"
When I first started Tihema’s Dilemmas I wrote in the “About” section that one of the things I might write about was gaming. I haven’t made good on that yet, so I’m trying something new. In September this year, one of my most anticipated games is being released: Destiny 2, the sequel to Destiny, one of […]Read more "Destiny 2: First Impressions"