Disclaimer: Rather than putting up a usual content warning at the start, I’m just going to say that if you are sensitive to any strong content and will be negatively affected, then I would not advise reading this article. I briefly talked about the content of the game in my original review, but this article is about to go a lot further into detail. There will also be far more elaboration on the plot related and thematic concepts present, which really just makes everything ever more disturbing.
If you read further on and end up seriously scarred by the content, I will not be paying for your therapy bills, but I will feel very bad about it. Also, there will be spoilers for every major plot event in Euphoria.
Ever since I completed Euphoria, I have thought about it over and over. My review was over 5k words but I still left a lot of stuff untouched. I have been considering writing more analytical pieces referring to more philosophical and abstract aspects of games rather than straight up reviews. I say this because I have the tendency to notice a lot of tiny details that most don’t. Furthermore, these types of analyses are typically reserved for more mainstream titles and not niche Japanese shit (especially in the eroge category).
I briefly mentioned in myreview of Euphoria how well it portrayed a mentally ill protagonist in a way that most western games will never even attempt. The reason is likely because the Japanese are much more lax on sexuality than westerners are and are less likely to write off an entire game because it has sexual content. The truth is that Japanese eroge have significantly more attempts at being more than fap fuel than what most westerners are accustomed to. Allow me to talk for a second about why pornography has the reputation it does. Read more
Note: This is a repost of a piece that I posted as a DeviantART journal entry on July 12th of 2014, with a few edits made. Yeah, it’s one of my earliest pieces.
TW: Mention of incest.
MAJOR SPOILERS for Oreimo if that wasn’t obvious enough.
Recently I have finished watching the anime series Oreimo, AKA Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai, or “My little Sister Can’t Be This Cute.” I personally found the series to be very surprising in terms of just how much it effected me, and I may even say it s the best anime series I have seen so far (granted I have not seen very much as the only anime I have seen in recent years were Gintama and Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation, the rest of the anime I saw was from when I was younger and what I saw on Toonami and other various programs so take that as you will). I will warn anyone who has not seen this series all the way, there will be major spoilers ahead seeing s how this involves an explanation of the ending in detail.
TW: Mentions of transphobia, misogyny, suicide, violence, emotional abuse,
I would like to open this piece up with a reminder about the content that I write. I don’t like writing pieces that merely restate opinions that are already commonly expressed. I’m never the type to merely preach to the choir; I instead prefer to write with my detractors in mind and imagine that they are reading this. I am very thorough with my writing, so much so that I am often scarred to post certain things because I know of the multiple ways things can be misinterpreted, and because I know clarification is not always enough.
Throughout the past few weeks, I have been trying to understand gender critical ideology and views more, and this revelation alone was not taken well by some trans followers of mine. I have always been able to get along with people of opposing views and I am strongly against the demonization of entire groups, so that also applies to gender critical feminists. I am also choosing to eschew the term “TERF” in this article for the purposes of at least attempting civility. Lastly, I would like to remind everyone that I make a personal obligation to myself to only write response articles to those whom I possess a modicum of respect for (anyone that doesn’t fit this category that I have written in response to was before I put this obligation into effect). While I find Meghan Murphy’s views on trans people to be heavily prejudiced and uninformed, I at least get the anger from her writing comes from frustration rather than hatred; yes there is a difference.
Well it is Thanksgiving and I’m doing great. HRT has greatly cleared up my emotions, motivation is at an all time hi–oh shit, the creator of Ruroni Kenshin just got caught with kiddy porn, and fuck my life. Somehow I thought I would escape unscathed from the frequent murder of faith in humanity that has arisen from every famous person ever being outed as either a rapist, a pedophile, or both because I’m not interested in normie culture. However, I’ve already made it clear that I have grown way too attached to the games and TV I grew up with because I had next to nothing else. Unfortunately, this does not look fake since there are four sources provided in the article listed so this isn’t good.
MAJOR Trigger Warning for Rape and sexual abuse! Also misandry, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, and domestic abuse.
I, among many others, was not originally going to talk about this subject. The reason for this is because the left has the habit of making hashtags but doing nothing with them. They are almost always a call for action, but never any action that follows; the popular term for this is “slacktivism,” to mock the laziness and lack of ambition on the part of those who engage in it. Yes, I am not one to criticize since I post in hashtags as well, and I have usedwhat is normallya blog forgaming andother nerdrelated intereststo get onmy own soapbox, but I at least have the excuse of being poor and agoraphobic while I see dozens of others far more capable than myself who do even less than me; and even then, I at least write my own pieces with my potential detractors in mind.
I have never had any interest in preaching to the choir; I have always wanted to speak to those who are not convinced, but have the capacity to be just as long as the right person comes along. Despite my small status, I am glad to say that I have made an impact on those who have heard what I have to say, and this tells me that all I need to do is reach a wider audience. So trust me, I would be getting out there and doing real activism if I was able to, and I do seriously want to in the future, but I need to take care of myself first, so for now, you have my words here.
TW: References to transphobia, child abuse, and suicide.
I’m going to preface this article with something that a lot of my readers may not have guess if they don’t pay close attention to my Twitter feed; I like Blaire White. I hold a strong amount of respect and admiration for her In fact. I like the way how she just seems to never let anything get to her and that, unlike a lot of prominent trans activists, she doesn’t hold a one sided “Good Vs Evil” view of the world and its people.
That being said, I can’t stand most of her political beliefs and find them to often be ill informed and poorly backed up, and am frustrated that she is insistent that they are the indisputable truth and that there is no argument against them. Perhaps the worst example of this is her views of trans kids. Her views are that allowing trans children to transition is child abuse, and no that is not a strawman. This article is in response to all three of her videos on this subject, and possibly a few tweets. If she has had any additional words about the subject in a live stream or in an earlier video then I am not aware of them, just to provide context. Here are links to her three videos on this subject. Read more
Update: I have made some edits to the text to remove some of the more aggressive and pejorative remarks towards those who misinterpreted Zinnia’s tweets, at least up until a certain point. Misunderstanding things is to be expected and is something that everyone will do, and I do hope to clear some of that up with this article. However, there are some people who just actively WANT to be offended or are just close minded, and once someone reaches that point, I’m done being nice.
Trigger Warning: Transphobia, homophobia.
So, trans activist, Youtube user, and porn actress Zinnia Jones has been experiencing a recent flood of hate from AIWs (Antisocial Injustice Warriors, my personal term for the opposite of SJWs) over being told that maybe you shouldn’t base your entire decision on whether you date someone on whether or not you think being attracted to them makes you gay. Of course, most of them didn’t bother to read Zinnia’s entire tweet chain before Read more
If one has been hanging around gaming circles a lot recently, one may have noticed the term “backlog” thrown around a lot, a term is used to refer to the amount of games one owns but has not completed. The fact that many gamers nowadays have backlogs that consist of hundreds of games has almost become somewhat of a meme in and of itself, and is often compared to how girls will buy large amounts of clothes that greatly exceed the amount they need.
I am not going to pad things out by pretending the reader thinks all games are new AAA releases that cost $60, and the first word that likely popped into any experienced gamer’s mind is likely “Steam.” However, one would think that even Steam sales would have their limits, and they would be right. So I decide that the best way to demonstrate would be to take you throw this step by step and show you how this was done.