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Post apocalyptic politics in The Last of Us Part 2

In this video, I talk about the way human nature is interpreted by The Last of Us, The Walking Dead and similar franchises, and how this doesn't stack up with reality. Cooperation and mutual aid is a key part of how we survive, not something forced upon us by social order, and the complete collapse of that spirit would threaten true extinction for our species. This is something that the Last of Us series could choose to lean more into in future instalments, offering true hope for humanity.

Videos, Writing about writing

Eliminate Unnecessary Words

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LX8EuUPL5I The first rule of good writing is "eliminate unnecessary words," so let's talk about that using "the classics" as examples. “Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.”… Continue reading Eliminate Unnecessary Words

Video games, Videos, Writing about writing

The hope in The Last of Us Part 2’s ending

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j0oo-YKYfQ&t Ellie's decision to spare Abby's life at the last moment in The Last of Us Part 2 is one of the reasons why the story works so well. In this video, I talk about what this decision means for the narrative and for both Ellie's and Abby's character arc, including the importance of an… Continue reading The hope in The Last of Us Part 2’s ending

Videos, Writing about writing

New YouTube channel for my writing

I've finally created a separate YouTube channel for my writing and books content, including my podcast serialisation of From the Hill of Megiddo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_9dZbQOR50 This now means that my AKblackandred channel is now dedicated to my video game content, and for everything relating to my writing you should subscribe to Philip Dickens Books. This also… Continue reading New YouTube channel for my writing