Review: Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

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It’s always tough to review a Ninja Theory game.

They breathe a certain spark of life into their projects that practically no one studio can replicate. Yet, they insist on crafting relatively simplistic action sequences that detract from much of what they set out to accomplish.

It’s a lesson they could still learn from Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, 10 years after Heavenly Sword


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Once a proud Trump supporter, Silicon Valley giant privately slams ‘incompetent’ administration

Last summer Peter Thiel, the founder of PayPal and an initial Facebook investor, took the stage of the Republican National Convention to champion Donald Trump. Thiel was the first openly gay Republican to speak at the convention, and proudly supported the GOP nominee. Here’s a snippet of his convention speech:

I build companies and I’m supporting people who are building new things, from social networks to rocket ships. I’m not a politician. But neither is Donald Trump. He is a builder, and it’s time to rebuild America.

Thiel even worked with Trump to convene a “technology summit” between then- President-elect Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and other Silicon Valley giants like Apple’s Tim Cook, Amazon chief Jeff Bezos, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and Safra Catz, co-president and CFO of Oracle. Like everything Donald Trump, that event was a made-for-camera show that has produced nothing for the American people. 

And according to Buzzfeed, Peter Thiel is privately (for now) slamming Trump:

Donald Trump’s most prominent Silicon Valley supporter has distanced himself from the president in multiple private conversations, describing at different points this year an “incompetent” administration, and one that may well end in “disaster.”

Peter Thiel’s unguarded remarks have surprised associates, some of whom are still reeling from his full-throated endorsement of Trump at the Republican National Convention. And while the investor stands by the president in public — “I support President Trump in his ongoing fight,” he said in a statement to BuzzFeed News — his private doubts underscore the fragility of the president’s backing from even his most public allies. Thiel’s comments may sting in particular in the White House as they come amid a series of hasty and embarrassed departures from the Trump train, as conservative voices from the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page to the floor of the US Senate have begun to distance themselves from the administration.

Thiel’s views remain private — but various disparaging comments were recounted to BuzzFeed News by three separate sources, and others who subsequently confirmed those accounts. These people requested anonymity for fear of damaging personal relationships and possible retribution.

Thiel might be publicly saying one thing, but according to Buzzfeed, he did not deny making the “incompetent” and “disaster” statements to friends and/or colleagues. Maybe he’ll find the courage to publicly say the same in the near future, but don’t hold your breath. Like most hardcore Trump supporters, they seem intent on going down with the ship. That wouldn’t be so bad if they weren’t taking us all with them. 

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A new survey reveals that most Americans have an unfavorable view of Black Lives Matter

In the age of Donald Trump, reality has been replaced by a new set of bizarre lies and “alternative facts.” White Trump voters seem to be the most susceptible to these untruths—believing that they are the most discriminated against in the country despite all evidence to the contrary. Sadly, this kind of thinking is more prevalent than we’d like to admit. Studies indicate that many white people believe that as equality increases for people of color, and black people specifically, anti-white bias also increases—making equal rights into a dangerous zero-sum game where there are only a limited amount of resources. Given this, it’s not shocking then that a majority of whites polled in a recent survey also have an unfavorable view of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Harvard-Harris survey, released Monday, found only 43 percent of voters have a positive view of BLM, while more than half of voters—some 57 percent—have an “unfavorable view” of the organization.

Not all that surprisingly, a majority of those who are opposed to the group are white. Only 35 percent of whites feel “favorable” toward BLM, compared to 65 percent who have a negative view of the group. As for black voters, 83 percent feel positively toward BLM, while only 17 percent don’t.

These attitudes follow a historical trend. Back in 1965, there were mixed feelings about the civil rights movement as well. While they supported the protesters in Selma, Alabama, only 26 percent of Americans thought civil rights was a problem for the country and, while they supported the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 68 percent of Americans wanted to see it only moderately enforced. And almost half of Americans felt that Lyndon Johnson was moving “too fast” on integration. If we can learn anything from this data, it’s that lots of white folks are slow moving when it comes to racial progress. This is to be expected. When you are used to people who look like you having unearned privilege for centuries, equality can feel like oppression. But history is not on their side. The civil rights movement moved forward and is largely lauded all over the world for its work. And it would not have happened without white allies who also put their careers, bodies and lives on the line for black liberation. 

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