Why you should play Watch Dogs 2, despite its flaws

Set in a beautifully realised open-world San Francisco, Watch Dogs 2 can be a lot of fun…if you know where to look.

Watch Dogs 2 is possibly the most thematically confused game I have ever played. You play as Marcus, a cool and likable guy who also happens to be a prodigious hacker. At the beginning of the game he’s recruited by DedSec, a group of cyberpunk “hacktivists” intent on exposing malpractice in evil corporations and bringing truth to the masses. These characters range from the irritating to the ridiculous, and reek of a down-with-the-kids desperation.

Watch Dogs 2 screenshot

To be fair, the game should be praised for tackling (however meekly) issues most games avoid like the plague. Racism, gentrification, online predators, organised religion and more all get a look in, but are generally tossed aside to fit the game’s more jovial tone. Continue reading “Why you should play Watch Dogs 2, despite its flaws”

The Week in Books

The New York Public Library Lets You Download 180,000 Historic Images in High Resolution: http://goo.gl/nUltmv 

10 very short Victorian poems everyone should read: http://wp.me/p2WHCx-1sg 

Download 448 Free Art Books from The Metropolitan Museum of Art: http://goo.gl/Z66KQS 

The 20 novels we can’t wait to read in 2016. And this list only gets us to June: http://wpo.st/AN_11

Subway Art: a window to New York’s graffiti scene in the 70s and 80s – in pictures: http://gu.com/p/4fg8d/stw 

Most Anticipated: The Great 2016 Book Preview : http://bit.ly/1ZKhmin

Bill Gates on Books and Blogging: http://nyti.ms/1O5JIvZ

What is the best music to listen to while reading? http://gu.com/p/4fgjf/stw 

“Bright and funny compendium of Ireland’s pop culture past” – Brand New Retro book review: http://bit.ly/1O8WgTf 

Five Fascinating Facts about T. S. Eliot: http://wp.me/p2WHCx-k4


The Week in Books

Guardian first book award shortlist 2015 – Get to know the authors http://bit.ly/1SudJIJ

10 Albums Based on Books and Literature – The link between Bruce Springsteen and John Steinbeck  https://shar.es/15DBqj

International Dublin Literary Award longlist announced – 160 nominated, with 53 in translation http://bit.ly/1LgCLFU

Charlotte Brontë: A Life review – “Breaks little new ground, but full of fascinating detail…” http://bit.ly/1SuezoQ

The 10 Best Movies Influenced By Franz Kafka – Prepare for the bizarre… http://bit.ly/1j2beRG

Philip Larkin’s Photography – his other talent http://goo.gl/eTE5F4 

The Diary of Anne Frank – Gains ‘Co-Author’ in Copyright Move http://nyti.ms/1NUyNsC

Carrie Brownstein Isn’t Who You Think She Is – Discussing her new book, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl http://n.pr/1WCxoY8

Literary Tourism: Dublin – Including Marsh’s Library, The Literary Pub Crawl, and the Dublin Writers Museum http://bit.ly/1HRIRfv



The Week in Books

Undermajordomo Minor – Patrick DeWitt’s follow-up to The Sisters Brothers is another winner. http://bit.ly/1XUfMJS 


The 10 Greatest Horror Novels of the 20th Century – Just in case you’re getting too much sleep.  http://goo.gl/t51yfa


‘Hopeful’ study of autism wins Samuel Johnson prize 2015 – “Neurotribes by Steve Silberman takes £20,000 award for book ‘arguing that we should stop drawing sharp lines between normal and abnormal’” http://bit.ly/1Q3b3UA


The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King review – “dark stories with moments of magic” http://bit.ly/1SBN0KT


City of Fire finally arrives. A 944-page debut novel, written on the back of a $2 million book deal and a mountain of advance praise. Can City on Fire possibly live up to the hype? http://bit.ly/1NdCCEI


Rupert Murdoch marks first day of National Geographic ownership by firing 200 employees

“Many of the terminated employees were respected writers, photographers, and editors for the world recognized magazine and television network.” http://go.shr.lc/1kr3n12


14 Brilliant Pieces of Literature You Can Read in the Time it Takes to Eat Lunch http://bit.ly/1Pwg9aA 


National Library seeks extra funding of €500,000 – to protect “deteriorating collection” http://bit.ly/1LPsK61


The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2015 – http://nyti.ms/1PwhxK4


INFOGRAPHIC: Word Counts of Famous Books – http://goo.gl/AQGGHV 


Stacy Schiff’s ‘The Witches’ – “…unsettling, gripping stuff, rendered in the burnished sentences of a master prose stylist.” http://usat.ly/1WH4UBM