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#Cringe culture is dead. The only people who are really cringe are the ones ashamed about their interests.
milli-shadewhisker · 17 days ago
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robobarbie · 4 months ago
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Happy one year to BP. Have some thoughts I'm typing on my phone while I avoid my IRL job responsibilities.
I'm not interested in getting too repetitive, so let me quickly get a couple things out of the way that I've already said in a million other places:
1. The reception to BP has been quite the unexpected ride, and shockingly is still ongoing
2. I'm thrilled to see that BP helped people find their creativity in the same was that similar other media helped me back then
Yes, technically the anniversary of BP was on 06/30, but I was too busy downloading a bucket of otojam titles. It was a really impressive turn out this year -- nice job to everyone who participated, old or new devs alike. For the new devs, I hope you learned a lot from your experience and I know you'll only improve further. I certainly know BP taught me a lot.
Let's get into some of that, actually.
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LESSONS I LEARNED FROM DEVELOPING BP AND THE YEAR AFTER
1. Imperfection is sort of sick.
BP is by far NOT a perfect product. There's small bugs still lingering, a few typos, some odd characterizations, rushed plot beats, all of that. But by letting myself be at peace with that and ship it, I allowed myself the brain space to focus on other projects and not dwell eternally on hunting down issues and rewriting bogs of text. I still vividly remember the first few times I saw people streaming BP -- ohhhh how I hated BP back then. All I saw in the streams was every mistake I had let slip through. But as I kept watching more and more, I saw what people actually cared about -- the heart of the story and the sexiness of my BOYS!! So, I chilled out. It made me realize that it's okay to release something a bit imperfect, because I know my heart will still be heard.
2. Cringe is cool.
Don't be ashamed of what you are passionate about. Cringe culture is dead. If I had let cringe stop me over the past year, there's no way I would have released BP at all -- the premise of the game alone would have rocketed me to another dimension. I think most of the coolest games out there take something a chunk of people might call "cringe" and make it fucken rad as hell by injecting their whole ass self into the project and making it scream "this is me. this is me." Think like undertale, or pony island, or dream daddy, or monster prom. They're unique and engaging and I'm happy they exist.
3. Unfortunately, you do not live on Mars.
There's a lot of reasons this is unfortunate. Mars sunsets look really fucken eerie and cool, for example. And I'm 99.9% sure that if you dig down far enough under the surface, you'll probably find strange alien skeletons. But, more importantly, Mars has ~25 hours in a day -- and we only have 24. You have to sleep. You need to eat. If you have a day job, you need to make sure you are doing it to keep paying your bills. At one point, I got so lost in the sauce that I nearly checked myself into the ER from not eating/sleeping enough and having some spooky side effects. I had to force myself to stick to a regimen for eating/sleeping, and while it did slow down some parts of the xyx route development (and current Adonia development), I am in a way better spot than I would have been had I not made these deliberate choices. Manage your time, take care of your life, and don't lose sight of yourself.
4. You are not the reviews.
If this is especially your first time in the review rodeo where people are rating something you put your heart into, I salute you. I did not realize how hard it would be to see reviews when I started out. Like with the imperfections, I had strong depressive moments when someone left a less-than-favorable review. It was almost like, at first, that they were reviewing ME, because of how important this project was to me. But I learned to let it go and try to glean the small useful knowledge points from them and then turn to the happy reviews as chasers. People are free to like what they like and vice versa -- it doesn't mean your game is bad, or that you are incompetent, it's just not for them. Reviewers also, frankly, don't know what went on during development and why things ended up the way they did. You cannot humanly please everyone, and chasing that down is a recipe for disaster. Your game will reach the people it's meant to, and that's what matters.
4.5 ...This includes the positive reviews.
"But wait! I thought you said the positive reviews helped you?" They did. They still do. But it's like taking an ibuprofen after a headache, or getting high after a nasty day -- a temporary solution. If you live in the reviews and feedback, you'll find yourself trying to keep those exact comments coming and slip into a "do what the players want only" mindset. Don't do that. Keep yourself at the front -- this is your story. I've already accepted, for example, that a chunk of BP players will not like Adonia, and that's okay. It's another personal story, and I'm making it for me first. If I lose sight of that, I lose myself. Game dev is supposed to be fun, not a mimic of me trying to please my family.
5. Fame is only sometimes cool.
I've talked about this at length in private, but not really publicly. I mean, I've mentioned that the popularity of BP was overwhelming and unexpected, but not much about what it's like shifting from a fan in fan spaces to a known creator in fan spaces. I don't think I can make any genuine fan-to-fan connections in spaces where BP is known, for example -- admirers see you through rose-colored glasses, and when they crack, you crack with it. Because I was so involved in otome communities before all this, it sort of feels like a larger loss for me than it might for others. This will come across as humble bragging to some people ("oh noooo my game got so popular that I'm too well known and too many people respect meeeeee") but it really has been one of the hardest things for me to face over the last year. I miss the days where I was just a nobody online doing whacky shit for fun with only a few eyes on me, I genuinely do. But I've come to terms with what my online life is now, and for those of you about to go through something similar, godspeed and good luck. It'll be okay. I did eventually find ways to navigate in spaces where people didn't look at me like that, and I'm much happier now.
6. Diversity matters.
If I have one regret for BP, it's that I played everything too safe. The designs of the og 3 are very typical otoge -- for better or for worse. They were designed to be instantly likeable by most otoge players. Otoge has a large trend of having mostly light-skinned love interests, and BP is part of that bucket. I'm happy Xyx is in the game as a LI, but I could have done more. People want to see people who look like them in games, and I heard that from so many comments/reviews and took it to heart. Adonia is part of that process. Another thing I played too safe was the lack of explicitly LGBT content in the game -- sure, i have 2 he/theys and everyone is technically bisexual (or a lesbian), but it's never really played out or evidenced in game. Like, Quest never says, "my ex-boyfriend said..." or anything along those lines. This isn't to say every game has to be very gay, but it is to say that I actively worked around that to try to please all fronts. I was afraid of pushback from some hardcore otoge fans that I've seen go after other devs for daring to include those things more openly in their games -- take the DUFE review bombing, for example. But, like I said before, you can't please everyone and chasing that down to make a clean, completely inoffensive game is maddening and a waste of time. I'm doing my best to ignore those fears -- mad props to everyone else succeeding far better than me. You are an inspiration.
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That was a lot of rambling, but if you made it this far, thanks for reading some of the things I've learned. I learn something new with every day that passes, and I can't wait to see what lessons the development of Adonia will teach me. Godspeed to all of u as well on your creative journeys. You are stronger and more capable than you think.
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berryfait · a year ago
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9- Something you feel you need to say
🌸 Ooo this is a good one! I think this just means like in general to others!
In that case, I want to tell others that its ok to be themselves!
Seriously, speaking from personal experience, embracing yourself and the things you love (as long as you're not hurting anyone) will really improve your life and make you feel happier overall! Wear that clothing style you've been admiring! Be more open about that tv show you love! I know its difficult, but accepting yourself for who you are and what you love and are interested in without fear of judgement, heck even if you're scared and push through to express yourself anyway, is super beneficial and makes you feel better about yourself! Cringe culture is dead baby! Wear your ears and tails! Buy those anime posters! Join that dnd group! Dress like you belong on myspace! As long as you dont hurt anyone, its no one else's business to tell you to stop doing what makes you happy! And, who knows, maybe your confidence will inspire others to do the same!
There's a quote I like, from the book "So Pretty Very Rotten" by Jane Mai and An Nguyen, "Don't you think there's a kind of power in so plainly announcing the things you like?" And I think this kind of captures what I mean! Giving yourself the freedom to be yourself and outwardly express your interests really gives you the power to well, be yourself and shape yourself to be the person you want to be!
This further extends to not only interests, but to things like gender and sexuality. No one, ever, should make you feel ashamed for being LGBTQ+. I know thats not the reality we currently live in, though. But, if its safe for you to do so, please, dont be scared to be yourself and be open about who you love and who you are! For my fellow trans people too, expressing yourself is super beneficial, especially mentally. From small things like wearing different clothes, or even just wearing a pin with the trans colors, to big things like surgeries, they are all steps in a positive direction! And no matter what you are able to do outwardly, even if you can't do any of this, it doesn't make you any less of who you are!
🌸Oof, this got long!! Thank you so much for the ask!!! Personal expression is a very passionate topic for me lol! Seriously though, dont be afraid to be yourself!!! It really does make you happier and have an overall more positive outlook on yourself!
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thealmightytrashdump · a year ago
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I have a knack for ruining things that other ppl enjoy.... also Philza Minecraft headcanons...
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Don't worry, I'm already ashamed but I spent TOO LONG just working on these two. Trying my hardest ;-; I should record the drawing process because I struggled HARD. Screaming because no way is this Phil but at the same.. It's kinda like my headcanon kindaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. I wanted to put the wings tattoo idea out and get it drawn. AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
--REGULAR PHILZA HEADCANONS--
-So Mr. Philza Minecraft is a free spirit, roaming all over the world and building random shit he wants. Right?
-Phil is super old, almost like immortal (still can die, but mostly just ageless), He has monument builds from waaaayy back that are just like ancient aliens must of built this.... nope just Phil...
-Phil considers himself early 30s, late 20s but I mean to everyone else, he's an old man (lol)
-He's really been immersed in the different cultures of the world. Has a several tattoos from some of the cultures, Including his wings which took several days to be done. Very painful but very cool. wilbur and Tommy like it. Technoblade says it's cringe, but he secretly thinks it's cool too. (please just let me have this ;-;)
-Philza's wings tattoo is like his real wings/He can manifest real wings from his tats.
it looks cool okay?
-Had a few wives but no like bio children, he's outlived several wives already, imagine outliving your children too (or worse, putting his children through that immortal hot mess too).
-doesn't consider any of the boys his sons with the exception of Wilbur because I mean Dadza got attached real quick to his first son.
--DADZA HEADCANONS WITH THE BABES--
-Philza comes across a little baby Wilbur Soot on his many wanderings. Just a random baby, you know, in the woods, crying its little head off.
-Tries to leave it with the local village, and spends the night in the village. Hears rumors of a warring ppl attacking villages and also that babe Wil's mum is one of the local brothel ladies,( hence why Phil lies to little baby wilbur that his mom was a Samsung fridge.)
-Village gets raided as they commonly do. Philza ends up with babe Wilbur and a burning village (there's always that choice for the protagonist, protect the babe or the village; never both)
-Philza builds a home to raise said little baby. Gets super attach, Dadza style. Philza names the little baby Wilbur (cause Will... Phil...) Soot (literally reminder of the burning village and said babe with soot covered face)
A little while later as Wilbur is a kid (like 7ish), in another village gathering supplies for a long planned trip, Phil finds yet another baby ,this time Tommy, learns his parents have been killed and the villagers basically passed Tommy off onto Phil. Staying in the village for a while, raising the boys with the local housewives for a while because Tommy is sickly and needs to stay put for a while. Dadza of two then brings the boys home.
-Phil just calls him Tommy, because everyone in the village called him Tommy.
-WIlbur is 10ish, Tommy is like 2-3ish, Phil isn't sure tbh, he just guesses the age. Phil finds a very starving, very feral boy who calls himself Technoblade. Dadza finds this boy interesting because he spent time trading with a people/race who looks like boars and pigs (he got attacked until he found out they like gold), and this boy looks almost similar.
Technoblade has been abandoned by his bio parents (whoever they are) because of his animalistic traits. Philza learns from the local villagers that one day a toddler with pig like traits appeared at the orphanage and he's been a little devil ever since. Dadza spends time with Technoblade learning all he can about him, telling him he can be his dad if Techno wants. Techno refuses saying he's already got parents, orphans just killed them from him, and he swears revenge.
-Dadza just takes him in anyway and brings him home to his other sons. While Dadza does Dadza things, most likely tending to Tommy, He hears a fight break out and Wilbur and Techno screaming.
-He rushes in only to find Techno beating up (biting, kicking, punching) Wilbur in a feral rage, screaming his key phrase "Blood for the Blood god!!" Philza learns an important lesson trying to raise a boy with piglin traits: If techno feels threatened, he goes into an animalistic blood lust rage and tries to kill anything in range. In this case, Wilbur was bullying Technoblade because will was older and that's just what kids do. Techno retaliated.
-dadza brings techno aside to tell him it's not okay to try and kill other ppl. "Murder is Cringe" but also tells techno he is going to train with Phil to control the "blood urges." Will joins in but isn't as good, and therefore just goes find his own hobby. Tommy trains on the regular too.
-Arguments regularly break out over the parental debate but techno chills out rapidly.
-dadza learns techno likes gold too and brings him a crown. Techno runs around with a red blanket as a cape until Phil brings a real one when techno is teen.
-When Techno hits puberty, He asks wilbur and later on Philza about pain in his face. Dadza is helpless when techno's tusks begin to grow and pierce through his cheeks and force his jaw into a painful and awkward position. His tusks begins to curl into his face. Tommy tries to bully but is quickly shushed but wilbur.
-Philza has to bring technoblade to the pig people for help. The pig people just break his tusks and teach Phil that he must do this and that it's a rite of passage for the men in the villages. If he doesn't, his tusks will continue to grow and eventually grow back into his head, for a slow slow death. Ouch.
-Techno's blood urges increase and the training is intensifies. very angsty boi who cries into Dadza's arms.
-philza continues to bring home orphans. tubbo is maybe 8 while Tommy is 7 and they grow up as besties. Tubbo's parents are unknown but possibly dead, he doesn't talk about them. Philza finds him living in a box by the side of the road.
-Ranboo is the last so far and been taken in roughly around minor age.
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thepropertyofalady · 2 years ago
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First of all, I’m not great with words or putting my emotions and conveying them appropriately with words. It’s something I’ve battled with over the years and I’ve always felt that it was a battle that I’m constantly losing - lately its gotten better, only with extensive help and therapy. However, in light of a lot of the toxicity I see in communities I hang around with, I think this needs to be said irrespective of my eloquence - if this resonates with one person, it did its job. Therefore it is not going to be under a read more. It’s too important for that.
You need to stop. You need to step back and take a look at yourself. I know its been said time and time again but it’s pretty serious. The situation that has triggered this within me is not specifically from this platform or a specific community here but it happens here as it does on all social media and I think it needs to be said here too. We live in a culture where online bullying is acceptable. Where dogpiling on someone is acceptable. Where without even knowing an ounce or inch about that person, you form an opinion based on someone else’s say so for something that happened years ago. Or worse you send them vicious hate because in some fucked up way you hold such a low opinion of yourself that it’s the only way that it’s going to make you happy.
Ironically, you are usually the same people that bitch about things such as prison reform. That prisoners who serve their time deserve to be given a chance because they should have been rehabilitated in prison. It’s something I am completely on board with and agree with. The prison system is a broken mess. But you’re being hypocritical to bully, dogpile, bitch, brigade and witch hunt about people online that you don’t even know for something that might have happened years ago and sometimes for quite often far less heinous crimes than what a prisoner can/has/could commit. Even worse, the court of public opinion usually deems someone guilty before the other side of the story has come out. You’re sheep and you should be ashamed.
Here’s the deal. We were all young once. We all learn and we all grow. Ideas and ideals that people held a long time ago are not the same as they are now. That’s a part of life.
What hurts the most is seeing people who suffer from mental health going through very serious trials/tribulations with it and then people laughing at them or saying haha cringe or any variation of that. Someone I looked up to killed themselves yesterday because of this and while I get it, trolling, the community and all of that it exists... No amount of money or anything like that or their “professionalism” is really an excuse to send that. YES, what they said was odd but it was ABUNDANTLY clear to me that they were going through some kind of mental breakdown. Here’s the thing... We need to do better as a community and we need to nip this in the bud. This is not exclusive to this hellsite but ALL social media hellsites as a whole. While this is only the tip of the iceberg, it’s the straw that broke the camel’s back for me because the last month has been crazy regarding this.
Not only that but I think it’s worth saying that @staff do not do enough. Just as Twitter do not do enough. Just as any social media staff do not do enough. How many people need to kill themselves before you realise that you need to make a stand?
Here’s the thing. Someone upsets you? Unfollow. Block. You don’t need to prescribe to what they are putting out. You don’t need to send them hate or bitch about them. It’s unhealthy and it’s not good for you. It is not up to you to be the internet police or court of public opinion police. The only people you are doing a disservice to are yourselves. Though I do wish to add that people who read this have more to do too. You need to be more open minded to where the truth lies, which is somewhere in the middle. You need to realise that everyone has an agenda. You need to stop being sheep and shitting on people - especially when you know the person in question. It’s narrow minded and discredits you and the friendship you supposedly hold. You all can change and I do believe in you. I’ve been there myself and I’ll be the first to say I’m proud of the change I’ve committed to.
In the end, life is too short. We have been dead for years before and we’ll be dead for years after. Think about the expanse of time and we’re thrown this tiny little shred of it to experience. Are you really going to spend it being hateful? Or are you going to spend it by learning to be a better person? If there’s one thing that needs to be reinforced and learned right now, it’s empathy.
Stop hurting others. Please.
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hellyeahomeland · 5 years ago
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"It’s an American show”: How does Homeland address the casualties of war?
Laure (@laure00001, a European): In “The Return,” the President Elect and Mrs Diehl, the woman who helps her escape, have a long discussion about their respective sons who died in the war. As a European, this scene made me uneasy… Other Europeans, did you have the same reaction and why? To the Americans, did you like that scene?
Zefir (@zeffy001, a European): The scene was cliché. But I don’t have hard feelings about it. Homeland is allowed to use clichés sometimes.
Frangi (@frangipaniflower001, a European): It was the first time in a long time that I felt a scene was too long, too cliché, too expected. I expected Mrs. Diehl to have a dead soldier son the moment they got in the car. It felt so American to me. Well, it’s an American show.
Sara (@carriemathison, an American): “So American”… how?
Frangi: My country, Germany, and many European countries don’t have a culture for their military. They are not respected. Our soldiers are never even seen. So this is my European view, from a country which still struggles to find its military role after WWII…
Laure: In France, I think we’re very ambiguous about anything connected to the military. We spite them–and at the same time, recognize that they are necessary. It’s schizophrenic really. But even with that thought in mind, this scene felt so strange. It was like a dialogue from another century, with another, much simpler ideology.
Sara: In America, the military is revered.
Ashley (@ascloseasthis, an American): I’ve got no interest in the military. I don’t know anybody in the military.
Frangi: I do, so strangely enough. I know more American soldiers than you, Ashley… They always humble me with their patriotism. But it’s a door that’s kinda locked for me.
Laure: For me too. I think there is a clear cultural divide here… In my opinion, any scene that would connect the concept of war and the concept of heroism would make Europeans uneasy. Which doesn’t mean we’re pacifists, I guess, it just means that we are paranoid about anything that seems like war glorification. I’d love opinions of other Europeans on the matter… (Dear Homeland Fandom?)
Frangi: Keane changes her mind too fast. For years she didn’t want to speak about her son. Then, a two minute conversation with someone who is against her, and suddenly she’s ok with it? And she mentions him in front of the press?
Zefir: The way Keane was convinced didn’t make sense. The other woman basically said that her son was dead and… what? Because “he cannot die for nothing,” there is a meaning to this war?
Laure: I have another problem with the scene, actually. I thought that conversation was downplaying non-American deaths.
Frangi: What?
Zefir: What?
Sara: What?
Ashley: How so?
Laure: These are wars that killed hundreds of thousands–maybe millions–of people, mostly civilians. Not America’s fault… But still, in that scene, they made it about two American soldiers. It just felt so wrong.
Ashley: Are you making the argument that this show has failed over the past five seasons to discuss the human casualty of war: re civilians, other countries, etc?
Laure: Yes.
Frangi: It’s another, very controversial topic. Maybe not the point of this debate…
Ashley: This scene was meant to be intensely personal.
Laure: This show is sold all over the world. I just imagine an Afghani girl seeing that scene and thinking… Oh, that’s what was important to them?
Ashley: To them, yes!  To a mom that loses her kid, yes, that is the most important thing.
Laure: But the Homeland writers engineered that conversation to make it that way. They could have made other choices. They could have talked about the efficiency or the morality of that war.
Ashley: If you lose a child in a war, what is the psychological impact of that? Are you going to spend all your time thinking about the war being just?
Laure: Yes! If my son was dead in a war, what the war was about would be extremely important to me. I don’t know, it just felt like, again, American deaths were more important than other people’s suffering…
Sara: I think Homeland deals with war on a much more micro level. It wants to examine the personal toll of war: Brody family, Quinn, Mrs Diehl… It’s less interested in the macro questions and the mechanisms of foreign policy. It’s interested in the intimacy of how war and terrorism affects us. It’s not going to devote a lot of attention to “should we have fought the Iraq war?” It will show you what happened as a result and let you answer that question for yourself.
Laure: I see. So… is anyone with me on this issue? Anyyyyyyyyone?
*crickets*
Laure: You think you have friends.
Sara: Keane didn’t want to use her son for politics. But then she realized that it was the only way out of this mess she’d gotten herself into. She realized the expediency and value of it. People expected her to talk about it. And so she did. And it worked beautifully. That’s the cynic’s take. The scene before the press played as rehearsed political drama. I’m not invalidating the bond they shared in the car – that discussion was beautiful, and I appreciate that Homeland lets moments like that linger for how long they need to (to go back to earlier argument that the scene was too long).
Frangi: The convo in the car felt too long, but I’ve accepted it, because it brought humanity to Keane’s character. But the scene with the press made me cringe.
Laure: Yes, me too.
Sara: But still, in front of the hotel, she sounded very rehearsed. It’s exactly what you’d want her to say if you were her Chief of Staff or something. Keane’s a politician, people.  She’s not some moral beacon of the free world. We really need to separate the two moments: in the car and in front of the press. One was real. The other wasn’t.
Laure: And that, people, will be our conclusion!
Ashley: Really? I don’t even know what we talked about.
Sara: Good luck editing, Laure…
Laure: No problem. I’m the one with the keyboard. I can twist people’s opinions and put words into their mouths.
Zefir: Laure, you’re so awesome!
Laure: See? Magic.
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the-backspin-alchemist · 4 years ago
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HEY BUDDY PAL FRIENDO. Every EVEN one!
2. A game that has influenced you creatively? Writing, drawing, etc.
Oh man, a lot. Metroid Fusion the most, though, probably. Either that, or Chrono Trigger.
4. Who do you play with now?
My friends.
6. Ever buy strategy guides?
Yes. Don’t anymore though. I am teh smart now. Don’t need ‘em.
8. Rarest/Most expensive game in your collection?
Still think it’s TWEWY
10. Ever go to a midnight game release or stand in line for hours?
Stood in line for and hour and a half for Pokemon Black. Never bothered to do so again.
I might be willing to if they actually made Metroid Dread, though.
12. Ever get picked on for liking games?
I’m a Sonic fan. We get flack for thinking anything in our franchise is good.
I don’t care though. You can tear my enjoyment of Sonic Generations and Sonic and the Black Knight from my cold, dead corpse.
14. Favorite game music?
Another honorable mention: the Metroid games. The Metroid Prime games in particular. (Torvus Bog and the Torvus Underground themes in particular, even if Subterranean Torvus is just a rehash of Red Brinstar in Super Metroid. It’s a rehash with GOOD SYNTHS and REVERB. It’s so SPACEY.)
16. Favorite game to play with your friends IRL?
Smash Bros.
It’s the one game I stand a chance of winning in.
18. Would you date someone that hates gaming?
Eeeeeh, I feel like we wouldn’t get along that much given that I enjoy playing games as much as I do.
I put a lot of good story-driven games on par with, like, movies and books in terms of cultural relevance.
20. Game that you know like the back of your hand?
Aside from Fusion, I know Chrono Trigger almost front-to-back. 
22. Do you wear game related clothing/accessories?
Yes. I had multiple Legend of Zelda shirts. I have multiple Pokemon shirts.
24. First Pokemon game?
Already answered, but it was Silver.
26. Ever form any gaming rivalries?
@anythingelsebutthat and I have an ongoing rivalry in Halo that hails back to high school, given that every time we’ve 1v1′d in a Halo game we’ve swapped titles. He won last time. I won the time before. He won the time before that. I won before that. It has gone on and on and on and on.
Also @lazerzes and I had a small rivalry in Smash for a while. It was rather one-sided, given that they’re actually good at the game while I am not.
28. Ever play in a tournament?
No, I have not.
30. How many consoles do you own?
Just my Xbox for now, although the family owns a Wii U and a Switch on top of that.
32. Did you ever play a game based on your favorite show/cartoon/movie/comic?
I played Transformers: War for Cybertron because it looked cool.
I could not have underestimated more supremely how amazing that game was.
Penultimate level of the campaign is one of my favorite missions in games EVER.
34. Do either of your parents play video games?
Nope, lol.
Well. Okay, my dad used to play 4X games, which is how I picked up Anacreon and eventually Civ, but he hasn’t played those since I was, like, 2.
36. Have you ever shed actual blood, sweat or tears over a game?
I’ve cried over a few games. Bastion, Dust, VA-11 Hall-A, Explorers of Sky.
Haven’t bled for any of them, though.
38. A game you’re ashamed to admit that you like?
I don’t really have one. Im usually fairly vocal about what I do and don’t like.
I will admit that VA-11 Hall-A took me COMPLETELY by surprise, though. I thought I was gonna cringe out of that game so hard, and it ended up being one of my favorite VNs ever. (Except for Dorothy, she still squicks me out...)
40. What to you think of virtual reality headsets or motion controls?
They’re neat. I’m not sure people have figured out their full potential yet, but I doubt that’ll happen until they become not-$600-for-the-cheap-ones affordable.
42. Maybe it wasn’t your first game, but what was the game that started you on your path to nerdiness?
Metroid Fusion. I got INTO that game, and it more or less introduced me to sci-fi as a whole.
44. Arcade machine that has consumed the most of your quarters?
Aw man, probably the Time Crisis 3 machine back at the Funplex in my home state.
Every time there was a party there, my friend and I would bring $10 each in quarters to try and beat it.
We were terrible shots, though, so we never did.
46. Do you like relaxing games like Animal Crossing or Harvest Moon?
Stardew Valley, Mini Metro, Rymdkapsel, Opus Magnum...
Yeah, I’ll take my fair share of them. They’re fun. Help me wind down.
48. How long does it take your to customize your player character?
Depends on how much they give me, and how cyberpunk I can look off the bat.
50. If you were a game designer, what masterpiece would you create?
Metroid: Dread.
52. A game that you begged your parents for as a kid?
Pokemon yellow. I got Pokemon Silver instead when they got me a GBA because I found out “Hey, they made bigger Pokemon games!”
54. Do you give in to Steam sales?
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56. Did you ever play Roller Coaster Tycoon and kill off your guests?
Never played RCT.
58. If you can only play 3 games for the rest of your life, which ones do you pick?
Chrono Trigger, Metroid Fusion, and Sonic Generations.
Easy.
60. Do you know the Konami Code?
UP UP DOWN DOWN LEFT RIGHT LEFT RIGHT B A START.
62. Ever buy a console specifically to play one game?
Also answered. Bought my 360 for Halo 3. Everything else was icing on the cake.
64. Ever make a TV or monitor purchase based on what would be best for gaming?
Nah.
66. Did you ever have have an old Nokia with Snake on it?
No, but I had an old LG Chocolate with Snake on it, which is close.
68. Ever save up a ton of tickets in an arcade to get something cool?
Nah, I knew I could never get any of the big things.
70. Very first game you ever beat? 
Metroid Fusion.
To be fair I’m counting me “beating” Pokemon Silver as having beaten the Elite Four twice (once through Johto, once through Kanto), then going and climbing Mount Silver and stomping the ever-loving shit out of Red’s team.
Otherwise, it was Silver version, because I beat the Elite Four after getting the Johto badges before getting Fusion.
So kinda depends on your definition.
My definition says Metroid Fusion.
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