Rance 5D: The Lonely Girl (PC): Amusingly Problematic (Detailed Review) (NSFW)

Rance 5D: The Lonely Girl | Box Art

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.

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Site Progress & Personal Update: November 2020 (Trump is Gone Edition)

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.

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Quick Review: Home (PC/Ios/PS4/Vita/Switch)

Home | Logo

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.

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Site Progress & Personal Update: October 2020

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.

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California 2020 Elections: The Progressive Candidates to Support (Pink Tsunami)

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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.

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A Goddess’s Will: Chapter Four – Freaks in Bed (Erotica)

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

The Progressive Update (8/27/2020): Massachusetts Primaries & the Alex Morse Smear Job

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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

MOTHER 3 (GBA): A Genuine Classic (Detailed Review)

MOTHER 3 | Chapter 6

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

Amazing VGM: Face Shrine (The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening)

Link's Awakening | Wind Fish Mural

It just now occurred to me that I have not covered a Zelda song in either Amazing VGM or its predecessor I wrote on that site that will not be acknowledged. I actually just beat the Switch version of Link’s Awakening about a month ago, and I enjoyed it, but I won’t be reviewing it given that I’m too behind on shit to write reviews for, and that this is one of those games that has been reviewed to death. In short, I’m not reviewing it because I have too much on my plate already, and wanted to prioritize the games I felt like talking about more.

But it’s also that I don’t have overly strong opinions on Link’s Awakening. It wasn’t bad or anything, and I enjoyed it, but I also wouldn’t include it among my favorites in the series.I’m sure there is some irony in that a site called Guardian Acorn isn’t covering the game that it’s namesake came from, but there is thankfully another game with a guardian acorn in it that I’m going to be reviewing in the near future. I bet you can’t guess which game it is though. Read more

Site Progress & Personal Update: August 2020

Guardian Acorn | Continue, Don't Quit

One may have noticed that, once again, there was not a Site Update for the previous month. While I prefer to keep making these pieces so I can keep a record of what is happening each month just so I can look back on it in the future, I have decided that I’m not going to force myself to create one when I’m in the middle of a bad depression streak, which I was at the beginning of last month. So anyway, let’s recap the last two months. Read more