Holdfast is a game about Napoleonic warfare, or is it?

What is a video game truly about?

If you’ve ever talked to me before about my favorite video games or novels, you’ve likely heard me rave about the idea of layering your art’s meaning under various structures or narratives. John Green, himself a nationally-acclaimed author, has talked before about how a “book is rarely ever actually about what it purports itself to be about”, and I think the same can be said of a lot of video games. …


In a year of sorrow, pain, and disaster, a turn toward interactive art can serve as a sanctuary

HONSE HONSE HONSE HONSE HONSE HONSE HONSE HONSE HONSE HONSE HONSE HONSE HONSE | Red Dead Redemption II

2020 has been a complete clusterfuck. There is no way around that, and I suspect there really isn’t a more succinct way to put it, really. I know it’s been a clusterfuck for everyone, seeing as how there was this slobber-knocker of a virus that decided to upend the lives of billions, and unfortunately take millions away from us far too early. In the United States, we’ve faced a wildly inconsistent government response and a woefully inadequate support-system to boot, and we celebrated Easter, Ramadan, Passover, and Hannukah, and Christmas with socially distanced mechanisms. …


Wallahi!? An American tv show for Arabs and Muslims, by Arabs and Muslims? Alhamdulillah!

Ramy Hassan and Sheikh Ali praying together at the Masjid, or Islamic Center, in the Hulu show Ramy | Credit to Ramy, HULU Property.

So, being a Muslim, or even just an Arab-American in the United States, especially after September 11th, 2001 is just….incredibly hard, right? That’s not really new information. We face discrimination and suspicion at every turn, are relentlessly questioned both implicitly and explicitly with regard to our “loyalty”, and are expected to disavow all of our brothers and sisters in the Middle East in order to be deemed a “good” Muslim American.

As a result of this constant dynamic, the common depiction of a Muslim or Arab in American television and film often centers around two themes: jihadist terrorism and sexual…


There is no “clash of civilizations,” but the Ayatollah needs us to believe there is one.

Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran

On January 21st, 2020, I went onto one of my favorite and least favorite social media platforms: Twitter. I appreciate the platform because of its ability to make so many experts’ opinions readily accessible for consumption, however, I also dislike it because of its hyper-acceleration of information, making it oftentimes impossible to address falsehoods or narratives espoused that paint a picture of radical proportions. The latter is what I encountered on the 21st when I stumbled upon a tweet made by the spokesperson account of Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei.

This tweet seems innocuous on the surface, after all, if you’re…

Yaseen Al-Sheikh

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