Idina Menzel performs “Let It Go” at the 86th Annual Academy Awards
Idina Menzel performs “Let It Go” at the 86th Annual Academy Awards
Cranky takes over NOA’s twitter. The results are … beautiful.
I love when fictional characters take over twitters
My fiancee and I went to a game store while visiting her family this past weekend, walking out with two new games: Qwirkle and Risk Legacy.
Qwirkle is exactly as much fun and quick to pick up as the Tabletop episode showed it to be, and we’re grateful for the kind of game that’s easy to pick up and play.
But Risk Legacy…is a beast of a wholly different, yet much more exciting color.
In case you are unaware, Legacy is a version of Risk that asks you to do things that would be unimaginable for any other tabletop game: you are asked to write on the board, to place stickers that don’t come off, to outright destroy some game components.
You don’t even get to do all the possible things the game wants you to do until you fulfill certain conditions.
Even some game pieces are locked off until certain conditions are fulfilled!
And then there’s this mysterious envelope on the bottom of the box that is slowly killing me on the inside.
This is basically an original take on the tabletop board game that crosses it over with something akin to a pen-and-paper RPG. The idea is to play 15 games with the same group of gamers, marking the board in different ways and neutralizing or adapting to new rules as they come. By the end of those 15 games, you will have created a completely original and unique Risk board unlike any other in the world.
Even without having played it, it’s the most amazing version of Risk I’ve ever seen, and I can’t wait to get it started.
Also, the game store that we went to was incredibly warm and comfortable, and the people working there were clearly enthusiastic about their job. The best part, though, was that the next day, I received an email from the owner, thanking us for visiting their store, and, I quote:
Here’s hoping you crush your enemies in Risk!
It makes me sad that there isn’t such an environment near where we live. I loved the atmosphere of that store and wish that I could stop in again and say hello, and just hang out and play more games. And without it, we never would have discovered something as amazing as Risk Legacy. (Qwirkle is a lot of fun too, don’t get me wrong. We’ve already played about twelve games of it because it’s so easy to pick up and learn!)
Basically, what I’m saying is, there needs to be more board game stores in the world!
I’m really surprised that some people’s speculation about the new Smash was apparently completely dead-on: that the “Smash boxing ring” stage was actually Little Mac’s Punch-Out stage in disguise.
Look back at that trailer, all the Smash logos and text and stuff have been changed to Punch-Out logos.
I was expecting that stage to be “generic Smash boxing ring” but apparently people on the internet are right twice a day.
This is a thing I think I’m going to do every so often on this tumblr. I just remembered this morning that I used to put down my thoughts on video games (let me show you them) on my livejournal, back when that was still a thing. They were pretty lame and very uninformed. I think I’ve learned a lot about writing since then, so if nothing else this is a good chance to stretch that muscle. And if they’re still lame, well…what are the chances anyone is going to read these things, anyway?
So. Let me tell you about Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.
I got a lot of messages like yours that were bordering on antagonizing, but I’ll respond to you: this was entirely news to me, and I never meant to be offensive.
I’ll be honest: I think it’s a little much to get upset about this, but I am fully aware that I’m living life on Scalzi’s Lowest Difficulty Setting, with the Celebrity Cheat enabled, so I’ll own that reality up front. My ancestors murdered untold numbers of Native Americans, and I hate that my country was built on their blood, and I hate that the worst poverty in America exists on Tribal lands. What I hate the most is how many Americans don’t know or care. Those issues are, in my opinion, more important than words. Having said that, I see the point you make, that so much has already been taken from native people, and when a White Guy takes something more, it’s uncool.
I never meant to take anything from anyone. I think Spirit Animals are really cool, and I love everything I’ve ever learned about native or aboriginal culture. I’m not trying to appropriate or lessen anything by expressing how much Kelly Sue inspires me, and how I try to be more like her.
It’s amazing how problematic this apology is. I don’t even think Wil gets that he’s whitesplaining.
For the education of those who might find themselves in this situation, here’s a primer on what’s wrong with this response.
First: “I got a lot of messages like yours that were bordering on antagonizing, but I’ll respond to you”
I didn’t like the Tone those other people used. Yours was appropriate! I’ll talk to you.
Second: “I think it’s a little much to get upset about this, but…”
This doesn’t affect me and I’ve never given it two seconds worth of thought. And even though I’m about to launch into a whole explanation of how I get it, I need you to know that my first reaction is that everyone is oversensitive.
Third: “My ancestors murdered untold numbers of Native Americans, and I hate that my country was built on their blood”
This outpouring of white guilt somehow brings it all back to me and how I feel. Curious that.
Fourth: “I never meant to take anything from anyone. I think Spirit Animals are really cool”
THIS WOULD BE THE CRUX OF THE PROBLEM, SIR. SIR? SIR.
Fifth: “I’m not trying to appropriate or lessen anything by expressing how much Kelly Sue inspires me, and how I try to be more like her.”
The point is not what you were or were not trying to do, it’s how what you did affects others. Why don’t you express your admiration for Kelly Sue in ways that are not appropriative? Why MUST you express admiration in this exact way?
Also, how fucking hard is it to say: “Oh, I did not realize that invoking Spirit Animals like that is a problem. I won’t do it again." ? That’s really all you needed to say. You didn’t need to whitesplain or get defensive AT ALL.
Let Wil Wheaton serve as an example of What Not To Do! Trust me on this, y’all.
I didn’t realize that invoking Spirit Animals was a problem, and I won’t do it again. I thought that was clear from my reply, and I regret that I didn’t make that explicitly clear.
Also, would you please excuse the fuck out of me for explaining my thought process, and attempting to share my admittedly complicated and uncertain reasoning. Please excuse me for acknowledging that I’m a privileged heterosexual white male in a manner that was not to your liking. Please excuse me for admitting that I haven’t thought about something that doesn’t affect me, because it does not affect me.Excuse me for — wait. I’m sorry. That’s not what I mean. I don’t mean that I need you to excuse me for anything. What I mean is: you’ve shown us all a spectacular way to alienate a potential ally with your self-righteous anger and indignation.
Here’s a pro tip for you, incredibly angry person: when someone is polite and respectful, reasonable adults ten to reply to them a lot faster and with more thought than we do to someone who is a condescending, angry, belligerent asshole. I sincerely hope that you are able to find peace and happiness in your life, and that you’ll continue to speak out about issues that affect you. As I said, you have to have the courage of your convictions and you can’t just sit down and shut up.
You can also not be a dick about it.
This is kind of exactly the problem I have with Tumblr social justice. Wil is a genuinely cool and nice dude who owns up to a mistake that he didn’t realize was a mistake, and the first instinct is to eviscerate this cool and nice dude because he didn’t say sorry exactly how you wanted him to say it, even though he did apologize about the actual problematic thing and promised to not do the problematic thing.
And this is kind of endemic of Tumblr social justice — it seems much, much more concerned in eviscerating would-be allies and making sure people are punished for things like “using slightly inappropriate words” instead of focusing their efforts on punishing the real shitty and problematic people who are actively oppressing them.
For fuck’s sake, Tumblr: know who you should be aiming at.
there are people my age who are pledging their eternal love to each other and here i am thinking about what i might eat tomorrow
Those two things are not at all mutually exclusive
So I was doing this Zestiria bingo board on my spare time. Basically, to those who don’t know how bingo cards work, before a game is released, you make a bingo card predicting what themes or features the game will have. When the game comes out, if you get 5 in a row, you win! Fun little activity testing your knowledge of any game series. (:
but what do you win
Says the prosecutor to the defense attorney.
I’ve been told in Japan, there’s the ghost idea that the accused is presumed guilty until proved innocent. Is not technically that way, they do consider presumption of innocence, but culturally speaking, way back they didn’t, and if someone’s accused of a crime and goes to trial, most people already decides there’s a reason for that, that reason being they’re guilty. Wich is probably why in AA games you have to prove, really really prove beyond any doubt the accused is innocent, otherwise he/she gets a guilty verdict. While in the law systems we know, prosecutors must prove the accused is guilty or he/she walks free, and we all know of presumption of innocence, in Japan the social stigma is too strong, if you get arrested, you did something, you’re not “clean”, you are presumed guilty already. So, being a Japanese game, they do know how to lawyer (lol), but the localization to a western context makes it confusing, i mean, cultural aspects do get lost when the AA court is suddenly in California instead of its original Japan.
I can imagine the localization team sitting around a table struggling with how to work the language around it to make it work, until one guy goes nuts and throws the table over and it’s the day of the deadline and so they said “screw it” and didn’t try at all.
There’s a running theory that the writers know the translators decided to put the English version in California and have decided to troll them by throwing more and more obviously Japanese cultural things into the series to amuse themselves by seeing how the translators bend over backwards to try and accommodate them.
After about a month of playing Animal Crossing and Pokémon, I finally sat down with the unfinished DLC case.
And I get to the best testimony name ever.
Fina-frickin’-lly, I’ve been waiting for you to hit this ever since… EVER.