CW: Transphobia, parental abuse, gaslighting, depression, violence, and suicide.
So here we are at another Trans Day of Rememberence, the day where cis people can bitch about trans social justice warriors and bathrooms while trans people mourn their friends and family who were murdered by cis people, or who killed themselves because cis people felt inconvenienced by their desire to, you know, live.
I’ve used Trans Day of Rememberence as a framing device for my work in the past. Two years ago, I used it for a highly emotional piece where I let my anger and disgust front and center. This time, I’m going to do something a bit different. It just so happened that the next game on my schedule for a review is also very much relevant to Trans Day of Rememberance. Not only is Secret Little Haven made by a trans developer, but it is also a trans centered title with a lot of highly relevant subject matter. It’s also an absolute masterpiece that comes strongly recommended even if you aren’t trans.
CW: References to rape and slavery as plot devices.
Sometimes, the games I review make me answer some unexpected questions. Given that my reviews of eroge always end up among the most viewed of my work, I knew I would be taking a look at this series eventually, and I always knew that I would have some difficulties with it. In this case, I don’t mean “difficulty” as in it being hard to play, but more so hard for me to review.
I’m sure that most of you are well aware that I’m a feminist, and that my feminist views have largely impacted how I perceive the world around me. If I’m being honest, I’m usually hesitant to bring it up with most normies because they either know next to nothing about it and thus don’t grasp the significance, or they are one of the many who have been groomed by right wingers to believe that feminism amounts to what they see on Buzzfeed or Youtube cringe compilations.
Holy fucking shit, Trump is gone!!!! Yes, I know, I’ve been REALLY slacking on new content, I was too busy agonizing over whether or not I’d get to live for another four years. I didn’t think I’d ever be relieved to hear that a rapist with dementia has just been elected President of the United States… which sounds really fucked up when I put it like that. Yes, this wasn’t exactly a huge progressive victory, but it does mean that things might get at least a little bit better.
While I’m certainly not intending to quit writing about politics, I am definitely going to take a well deserved break from it. Besides, I definitely need to catch up on some of these game reviews. I’m not going to bother with a recap of last month since I only posted my review of Home, so I may as well just jump right into what’s been up.
Home is the first game developed by indie developer Benjamin Rivers, and was originally released in 2012. It is a short horror title made with the premise of letting players choose their own interpretations of the game’s events. I am unsure how to feel about this approach to storytelling. On one hand, a good work of fiction should always involve some form of subtlety and allowing for multiple interpretations gives a work more versatility. On the other hand, actively trying to invoke “multiple interpretations” oftentimes comes across as if the writer wants to have an excuse to not finish writing the plot and addressing every plot point.
Let me just say that last month was total clusterfuck for me, and for everyone else based on the sounds of things. If one hasn’t caught on by now, me not posting a Site Update at the beginning of a month either means I don’t know what to say, or I’m depressed and overwhelmed. I started our September with a wave of depression and chronic fatigue. I managed to combat both of these later by getting my sleep schedule back on track, and by taking multi-vitamins and drinking more water. Anyway, here is the recap of the last few months.
Well, it looks like all the primaries are over. Now all that remains is the General Election, and holy shit, there a lot riding on this one. I’m sure more than enough has been said about how we need to kick Donald Trump out of the White House and back to Hell where he belongs. I’ve been debating back and forth whether or not to dedicate an entire piece to shit show that is the Trump Administration, but it seems like literally every human being with a conscience has beaten me to that. Plus I’d need to talk about Joe Biden, who is kind of a terrible person as well, but most of you probably already know that to.
It’s quite difficult to get people excited about a race where both candidates are absolutely abysmal, and after how hard the Bernie campaign got screwed, many people are starting to say “fuck it all” and refusing to support either party. To those people, there IS still a silver lining; Nancy Pelosi has a leftist challenger.
Note: This story is a work of erotica that is NOT intended for anyone under the age of 18 or their respective country’s legal age.
Alissa laid softly in the arms of her lover. She had not left Andrea’s home in over a month since she moved in with her, having decided to take Andrea up on her offer to have her spoil and protect her forever. She did not want to be a drain on her, but if the option to live in peace without fear was available then she would no doubt take it. She had lived a life wrought with abuse and tragedy, and she only wanted to hide away from it all. She finally found a place where she never felt at risk of harm; her lover’s arms. Read more
Damn, it’s already been close to five months since I wrote my review of Bayonetta. Time seems to pass by so damn quickly without me even realizing it. So much shit has happened since then, but I only mentioned that because I needed a segue. So yes, Bayonetta has an absolutely superb musical score. And this track is the first of many from this game I hope to cover at some point.
The Florida Primary was a bit of a standstill for progressives. The biggest disappointment was that Debbie Wasserman Schultz won re-election with a 44 point lead against progressive candidate Jen Perelman, despite the fact that the former was in trouble for physically assaulting a minor just a few days before the primary. On the plus side, we did see some noteworthy primary victories in red districts. Alan Cohn managed an 8 point lead against conservative Democrat Adam Hattersley in a race the previously looked like it was going to be much closer, Pam Keith won her primary by almost 60 points, and Cindy Banyai managed a surprising upset against her district’s 2018 nominee David Holden.
On top of this, Monique Worrell won the nomination to be Orange-Osceola State Attorney, Eliseo Santana won the nomination for Pinellas County Sherif, and Chad Albritton and Jack Porter have both won City Commissioner positions. Even when we under perform, we still win some. Read more
I really should have played this game a lot sooner than I did. I’ve commonly listed EarthBound as one of, if not my favorite games of all time. It’s hard to believe that my review of EarthBound was only the 2nd review I ever wrote, and yet I did not get around to even playing the equally amazing sequel until 7 years later.
To be honest, I may have just played MOTHER 3 for the first time fairly recently, but I have seen a lets play of it before. Hell I was actually introduced to this series through the lets plays of Chuggaaconroy and NintendoCapriSun, which I just realized were posted over a decade ago. Hell now that I think about it, I think I first saw those LPs almost a decade ago. Read more