Josh Drummond

Joshua Drummond is a writer, illustrator, and miscellaneous-for-hire, currently hired by Bigpipe Broadband. His words and sometimes pictures have appeared in the Waikato Times, Metro, television, the internet, and restaurant menus.

Society
Jun 15, 2017

'Sometimes rodents get into the house but only at night' - investigating that weird Dairy Assistant wanted ad

A dark advertisement for a dairy assistant in South Canterbury promised accommodation sharing with rodents, minimum wage, and drug tests. Josh Drummond applied for the role, and investigated what the classified says about the New Zealand dairy industry.

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Gaming
Jun 6, 2017

No Walkman's Sky? No Man's Sky developers send mysterious cassette tapes to Reddit

The makers of last year's top gaming debacle appear to have ignited a true mystery ... Josh Drummond investigates

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Gaming
Feb 21, 2017

Imitation is the finest flattery: a Horizon Zero Dawn review

What does Clan of the Cave Bear have to do with hot new game Horizon: Zero Dawn?

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Society
Feb 3, 2017

Resist! Seven ways New Zealanders can push back against the rising tide of Trumpism

We're less than two weeks into the Trump presidency, and already the world feels like it's slipping into a black hole of racism and despair. But now's no time to give up, says Joshua Drummond. Here's part two of our series on how you can make a positive difference, right here in Aotearoa.

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Music
Jan 19, 2017

Six songs to torture your workmates with now you’re back at work

You're probably back at work this week. And it probably sucks. But if want to bring some of the light-hearted silliness of the holidays into your fluorescent offices, Josh Drummond has a six-song playlist that'll be fun. For you.

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Media
Jan 6, 2017

Summer reissue: New Zealand’s absurd gardening ban once again makes us the laughing stock of the Internet

In June, the internet rediscovered New Zealand's longstanding ban on personal gardens, and it collectively lost its mind. Joshua Drummond argues that the ban has had its day.

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Gaming
Dec 20, 2016

Back from the abyss: The story of No Man’s Sky’s death – and resurrection

Braving the risk of being labelled a No Man's Sky apologist, Josh Drummond unpacks what many consider 2016's biggest gaming disapointment

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Politics
Oct 4, 2016

The time Colin Craig threatened to sue me, and why I’m not thrilled by his defeat

Josh Drummond should be delighting at the former Conservative Party leader being hoist by his own legal petard. But instead he just feels disgust

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Gaming
Jun 26, 2016

We recreate the ‘Battle of the Bastards’ episode of Game of Thrones using Total War: Warhammer

Josh Drummond re-enacts Game of Thrones' Battle of the Bastards in Total War: Warhammer, and it makes even less sense than it did on TV.

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Television
Jun 19, 2016

It just gets weirder: watching David D’Amato’s bizarre appearance at a ‘Tickled’ screening

The Los Angeles premiere of Tickled, a documentary about malicious goings-on in the world of "competitive endurance tickling," just had its most gonzo moment yet: having two of the subjects of the film drop in for the Q&A. Joshua Drummond was there, via Facebook, in Auckland.

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Media
Jun 18, 2016

New Zealand’s absurd gardening ban once again makes us the laughing stock of the Internet

The internet rediscovered New Zealand's longstanding ban on personal gardens, and it collectively lost its mind. Joshua Drummond argues that the ban has had its day.

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Media
May 30, 2016

Malice in Tickle land: down the rabbit hole with David Farrier’s Tickle Friends

An early participant in the saga that became Tickled, Joshua Drummond recounts the online comments, threats and shadow-boxing in the leadup to David Farrier and Dylan Reeve's acclaimed documentary.

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Politics
May 6, 2016

You Will Not Make Australia Home: Watching ‘Journey’, Australia’s terrible anti-asylum-seeker propaganda film

The Australian government has spent $6 million on a bizarre feature-length movie to warn away potential asylum seekers from the Middle East. Josh Drummond sat down with a Farsi-speaking interpreter to watch it.

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Gaming
Mar 14, 2016

Hype, The Universe, and Everything – exploring the infinite expectations of No Man’s Sky

Expectations for ambitious space sim No Man's Sky are sky-high - but can it beat the hype? (The answer is no - but not for the reasons you think.)

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Gaming
Dec 29, 2015

Summer Reissue: The Ugly Game – Why Rocket League Will Ruin Your Life

Rocket League will ruin your life. Josh Drummond explains why.

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Gaming
Dec 17, 2015

Gaming: My Battle With Star Wars Battlefront

Josh Drummond fights an epic battle to actually play Star Wars: Battlefront.

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Gaming
Dec 11, 2015

Gaming: Josh Drummond Catalogues a Week of Multi-Platform Gaming

Joshua Drummond serves up bite-sized reviews of Helldivers, Sun Dogs, Game of Thrones, and Neko Atsume

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Gaming
Nov 5, 2015

Gaming: Taking Time For A Pointless, Expensive Hobby

Having acquired the grand old age of 32, a lovely wife and a penchant for cooking aspirational middle-class dinners, Josh Drummond examines the nagging question of where to find time for games.

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Gaming
Oct 15, 2015

Gaming: The Ugly Game – Why Rocket League Will Ruin Your Life

Rocket League will ruin your life. Josh Drummond explains why.

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Media
Sep 14, 2015

Reissue – Joshua Drummond on Rachel Glucina at the Wintec Press Club

"Questions about the depths her gossip plumbed were met with 'It’s my job.' She swatted away allegations of partisan bias with 'I’m just a gossip columnist.'"

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Television
Jun 29, 2015

What Now: Giant Juggling Babies and Glaring Racial Faux Pas in What Now Revisited

After 20 years, Josh Drummond checks in to see how the legendary kid's show What Now is doing with less Simon Barnett and more Mexican stereotypes.

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Television
Jun 5, 2015

The Simpsons: Is it Time to Put Springfield Out to Pasture?

Josh Drummond makes a heartfelt plea to Simpsons fans for them to cho-cho-choose to put the show out of its misery.

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Television
May 27, 2015

The Campbell Live Diaries: Seven Nights of Selfies and Belated Epiphanies

"Even though I'm absolutely Campbell Live's target demographic, and it's the type of current affairs that I enjoy watching and think is immensely valuable, I don't actually watch it."

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