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Jun 19 2020

The Last Of Us Part 2: A game I will never play

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I’m a huge fan of the zombie genre, but The Last Of Us: Remastered is a game I’ve only played once. Why? Because it never felt right to me. The tone was too bleak, I never wanted to hunt animals, and truth be told, the game world was depressing and had nothing to offer that attracted me to spend more time in it than necessary. The Last Of Us: Remastered was a huge mood killer for me.

So, yes, I was already was very skeptical about the sequel when I first heard about it.

After having watched several game play videos and after having read over a dozen of reviews, I found this one sentence that sums up my own impression of everything I saw from The Last Of Us Part 2 quite nicely:

“I didn’t want to bash that lunging dog with a hammer or slice at that defenseless woman with a knife.”

That quote is from The Verge, if you want to look it up:

https://www.theverge.com/21286964/the-last-of-us-part-2-review-ps4

Another review also explicitly talked about the cruelty the game forces you to inflict not only on other humans, but especially on dogs.

I generally don’t have a problem with violence in video games, but I have a problem with games that force me to kill animals, and I have zero tolerance when a game wants me to kill animals in obscenely cruel ways. So this is going to be very simple for me: Fuck you, Naughty Dog. I will neither buy nor play this cruel monstrosity that you’ve created.

But I have a question for the team at Naughty Doc: You folks created one of the greatest games ever made, Uncharted 4, which has one of the most likeable video game characters of all time in it, Victor Sullivan.

What the hell has happened to you?

 

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Nov 01 2014

Change of scenery

Published by under Thoughts,Uncategorized

As of today, and after five and a half years, I no longer work for CETel. The reasons for my leaving are manifold, and most of them are not for public discussion – it just gets too personal too quickly. Let’s just say that the negative side effects of my employment had turned me into an insufferable person that even I myself no longer wanted to be around anymore, and I should have done something radical about this deteriorating situation a long time ago.

I want to feel my true self again, and I really would love to be the man again that my wife had chosen to live with so long ago. Before I left CETel, I hardly recognized myself and even today I sometimes can still barely remember the person that I once was. I’ve been on a doctor-prescribed sick leave for the last few weeks, and the distance to my old work place has brought back some of my former self, but it will take a while to fully restore myself. I have hopes that I have turned around the boat before it had passed the point of no return – but the point of no return was already very, very close.

Finding employment that is not just more of the same isn’t easy, and it took me very long to find an alternative with a real perspective. My new job carries the title “Manager IT” and my work place is in the South of Germany, several hundred kilometers away from where we live. It was not a feasible option for us to relocate, so I am going to spend several hours per week on the ICE to commute between my new work place and home. Actually, the current plan is that I will be gone for three days and will work from my home office for the rest of the week. While the commute at a first glimpse might seem nightmarish for some, I think it will actually be a good cure for a lot of the damage that the old work environment has caused.

My new employer is a multinational company with people from all over the globe. The environment feels almost as international and multicultural as the United Nations and this is just one of the many things that I have been missing for so long. My nationality and identity might be German, but I feel much more at home in a multicultural work place than in an office where almost everybody has the same nationality and where only the foreign customers bring a colorful touch to the mix. Being back in an international work space alone is going to be an interesting and welcome change, and the good news is that my new company has many other great things going for itself that I might write about later in one way or another.

I hope that all of the things to come will be the change that my family and I need so badly at this point.

So here’s to a new start and a change of scenery!

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