Opening the gates of Sadism.

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The Marquis De Sade is possibly my favorite author, I’d definitely say he’s the philosopher I enjoy reading the most. Even though I only discovered him in 2020 I’ve read multiple of his books, including the infamous and lengthy “Juliette”.

Interestingly enough, despite his reputation as a philosopher, this wasn’t how I became aware of him. I first heard of him when learning about the Moors Murders case. Ian Brady, who carried out the murders alongside his accomplice Myra Hindley had an obsession with the writings of De Sade from a young age and even referenced him in his 2001…


Exploring the most notorious murder case in British history

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I’ve written multiple pieces in relation to the crimes of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, the infamous Moors Murderers. One question that inevitably comes up when studying this case is whether or not there were more victims of the killer couple. This question has been on the minds of people ever since the pair were found guilty of 3 murders in 1966.

Of course, 20 years later, Brady confessed that the pair had also killed both Pauline Reade and Keith Bennett. His confession would eventually lead to the discovery of Pauline’s body, Keith’s however, was never found.

Decades on there…


How I learned to love a game I used to hate

Fallout 4 was a game I was excited for more than any game I can remember. Even The Witcher 3 — which I often consider to be my favorite game of all time — didn’t even come close to how excited I was for Fallout 4. I spent hundreds of hours playing both Fallout 3 and New Vegas on my Xbox 360.

I also for years followed different youtube channels and blogs like MrMattyPlays obsessively in case they posted news or even a vague rumor about a new Fallout game. Suffice to say, I was pretty obsessed.

I still remember…


It’s more than just police brutality.

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In Defence of Protests

As we’ve seen over the last year, there has been a great deal of media coverage of violent protests across the world. Much of the focus has been inspired by injustices committed by police. We had the murder of George Floyd by police in 2020, and in 2021, Sarah Everard was kidnapped and murdered by a police officer.

Something I found particularly interesting in the wake of Sarah Everard was the questions people were asking in response to the crime: “the police are supposed to protect us, why would they do such a thing?” I

Of course, as well as…


Time hasn’t dulled the greatness of the Star Wars RPG classic

KOTOR is the famous acronym for Knights of the Old Republic, one of the most treasured Star Wars games ever created. If you’re a Star Wars fan or someone who grew up in the 2000s you would no doubt be familiar with this game. Until last year, it was for me just a game that I knew was highly regarded by almost everyone who played it. I don’t know why I never got around to playing it until so late, I don’t really have an explanation other than I just didn’t.

In general, the early 2000s were a great time…


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These are the ones I’d pick

As someone who is very much interested in true crime and has come across a wide variety of different cases since taking up this interest, it is inevitable that you will find certain cases you take a particular interest in. For some people, this may extend to certain specific case types.

For example, one might take a particular interest in missing person cases due to the unsolved nature of these and the potentially thought-provoking aspect of it. Or one might take an interest in cases involving serial killers due to an interest in the potential psychology of such people.

I…


Revisiting a Lord of the Rings game that went toe-to-toe with 2011’s big game releases

The Lord of the Rings: War in the North was released in 2011 on the same month as Skyrim and on the same day as Uncharted 3. These two other games had a high budget, were well-established, and came from highly popular franchises. Here was War in the North, this plucky new game standing next to giants.

The future looked bleak for this Middle-Earth game.

This game carried with it incredible potential as it moves you across Middle-Earth, giving you the adrenaline-filled ability to slash through orc hordes and whatever other creatures thrown your way. It became one of my…


Lessons from Marquis De Sade’s “Juliette” and “Philosophy in the Bedroom.”

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In order to to have a discussion on the topic of Sadism, we should first and foremost define the term. Sadism is commonly defined as the process by which a person experiences pleasure by inflicting pain and/or cruelty on others.

Interestingly, one of the first things you will likely learn about the Marquis De Sade, is that the term “sadism” is derived from his name. If you make an effort to learn about the man, his life, and his writings, it will become abundantly clear why this is the case.

The Marquis De Sade is best known as a philosopher…


It’s perfect the way it is, let it remain so

Ihave said it many times, The Witcher 3 is probably my favourite game of all time. It’s certainly by far the game that I’ve spent the most time playing and completed the most times. The Witcher 2 is another game that I still adore to this day. There are in fact times when I go back and forth between deciding which one I like the most. I think it would be easier to say that I love them both in their own way and that’s that.

From this, it might seem reasonable to assume that I would be excited about…


Beyond the limits of legality and conventional morality

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Beginnings

“The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual crime” was a quote from the legendary Marx Stirner in his book, The Ego and its Own, once called the most revolutionary book ever written. Stirner argues for total freedom centered around his concept of ownness. Through this, individuals are not chained by the constructs of morality, religion, the state, and legality.

Crime and legality are things that we take for granted. We never think of them beyond the surface level, they are merely facts of life and things we accept without question. …

Aaron Halls

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