use the forks

Look, AA fandom.

I know the success of AA in America depends on the sales of AA5. I know that. I do.

I know that sales of the previous AA games have been disappointingly low, which is how we’ve come to this point.

I know I downloaded AA1-AA4 and AAI to my R4i.

But I did go online to look for them, and I did go to GameStop, and I did go to Best Buy, and I did go to the Nintendo World Store, and you know what?

When you get into a fandom five years after the release of the last game in that fandom, eight years after the release of the first game, and sales have not been great for that game, so production is pretty low, well, your options are limited.

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the scenery you see

I don’t want my tumblr to gain any sort of political or religious affiliation, but I really like this argument and want to be able to cite it (also remember it) for future use:

Also it’s kind of pissing me off how WordPress doesn’t let me edit HTML when I post initially.

Also I really like having a tumblr, I can post whateeeeever the fuck I want and it is alllllll tailored specifically to my interests. No GoT or Dr. Who or Star Trek or Elementary or Homestuck bullshit here, bitches. OMG and nooooo fucking Hannibal! Dear Anthony Hopkins, you are the only Hannibal Lecter for me. None of this television serialization bullshit.

Except a lot of people have these little descriptions of their blogs in the sidebar, and it’s stuff like “Hi my name is Trudy and I’m a fangirl! And you’ll find lots of N, C, Q, R, 17, 41, G fandom stuff here, plus I’m really into kawaii! And this blog sometimes has NSFW pics, sooo, be careful.” And I just wanna be like “No Homestuck. Nothing NSFW. Lots of pics. Some music. Lots of reblogs. No Homestuck. Pokémon. Yu-Gi-Oh! Ace Attorney. Other shit. No Homestuck.” But I really don’t want to post anything about myself at all because…it’s just a blog of things I like, it’s not someone else’s window into my soul. Really it isn’t, if anything it’s like a view through the door of my soul’s lighter half. It’s quite deceptive.

elevator capacity

So PushingUpRoses posted this video about some old game called “Sanitarium,” and, you know, that’s nice and all, it’s some kind of like, psychologically twisted thriller thing that she really likes, and in her review she expresses that her father died brutally in front of her (I don’t know what that means, exactly), and she’s pretty damaged, and the game profoundly speaks to her on a deep level, which is fine, and good for her for being able to open up about her issues, but I just could not take the review seriously.

Her delivery is super, super wooden. Not monotonous, but like, bad actress emotionless. I mean it’s just awful. She doesn’t sound engaged in the slightest and it definitely doesn’t make me want to play the game or anything. And then she pulls this shit with trying to make the video look like a horror movie or something, splicing in instants of video footage of herself doing the review with crazy makeup and a goth punk wig on that make it look like she’s in the middle of a magical girl transformation. And in the beginning there’s a jump cut to some traditional horror imagery, and the whole time I’m just like “Yeah, okay, yawn. Very poser-lite.”

But of course I can’t say any of that because the emotional content of the video is so pure, and she’s putting herself out there by talking about her dark past or whatever. What is this bullshit, if you put enough weepy emo sob-story into a piece of art, it doesn’t matter how shitty the presentation is? God, that’s dumb.

RESERVior

So this girl’s picture pops up in my deviantArt inbox because it was submitted to Puzzleshippers Unite (for reasons which elude me) and first of all, she says in the description “apparently at my school there is a thing called Pi Day” and I’m just like “March 14 happens everywhere, cupcake,” and then she says she “put as many Animes / Video Game themes into the picture as i possibly could do!” and also “Try to see which ones you can spot!”

Excluding the two she stuck in from her own manga…

Inuyasha, xxxHolic, Super Mario, YuGiOh!, Legend of Zelda, and for some reason Winnie the Pooh and Hobbes plus a thing that looks like the eye of Xana from Code Lyoko.

So I mean like, good on her for wanting to do this and stuff, but…

As many as she possibly could?

I’m a little sad that she’s so proud of this low hit count.

If you’re gonna be an anime nerd, then be an anime nerd.

On the subject of nothing relevant, apparently in Elementary, they made Moriarty a woman.

Dude what the fuck. Watson, okay, I don’t like it but I get it, but…you know Sherlock Holmes was invented in a time which is vastly different from this one, right? The story and all its everything is completely different, from a completely different mindset. It is wonderful and amazing and perfect the way it is (not really, I suppose, that’s a lot of pressure, but…I don’t care) and you do not fuck with that shit. Get your shitty fanfiction off my TV.

You know what it is? It just occurred to me, whimsically changing all these genders fundamentally changes the relationships between these characters. Not that everything needs to ultimately be boiled down to sexual attraction (I think Elementary has been fairly clear, or so I’ve heard, that Holmes and “Joan” will never become an item), but making Sherlock Holmes’ archenemy and arguable intellectual equal into a woman (Irene Adler, I’m ignoring you for the moment) makes their dynamic undeniably different. It’s like, okay, as soon as I saw “Joan” Watson was replacing John, it smacked of hyper feminism like whoa. Hey guys, I get it, you’re trying. Too hard, but you’re trying. That’s sweet. I guess. Or something.

But then suddenly all the major players are being swapped around, and Moriarty’s new tagline is “As if men had a monopoly on murder,” and I’m like “Get out of the kitchen, kids, you’re setting the coffee on fire.” And then what the fucking fuck, Adler and Moriarty are the same person? The same woman person? The same psychopathic woman person? And then they trap her with a fake overdose you’re-in-a-coma-Holmes-let-me-just-explain-to-you-every-bad-thing-I’ve-ever-done moment? And it works and they arrest her?

You’re not just setting the coffee on fire, you’re sticking a fork in the goddamn toaster.

Let me clarify one thing. It’s not that I hate the idea of a female mastermind criminal on an apparently quite popular show. It’s not that I hate the idea of a recovering addict with a female caretaker with whom he will never strike up a romantic relationship and she’s apparently pretty capable herself. It’s not that I hate the twist of the love interest being the attempted murderer.

It’s that this is pretending to be Sherlock Holmes.

This is not Sherlock Holmes.

I don’t know what this is, but it is not that.

Stop pretending to be that.

un deux trois

I found something about tumblr that really bugs me. And it’s not people being too dense to check the source of a post for a copy of the doujinshi sampled in the post.

It’s people posting responses to a question that has already been answered. This kid, Michelle, who runs the blog puzzleshippingfanclub, asked for the source of a screencap, and I did a little digging (thank you Google Images) and found that it was from episode 128. I responded to her question (not that she answered my response, although I wouldn’t really expect as much), then a bunch of people over the course of days proceeded to Like the post and so on, but I noticed that a few more were answering the question again. Correctly, mind you, but still. It’s like guys, it’s okay, I got this. Back the fuck off.

Also at one point she asked for the translations of a couple pages of some doujinshi and said she would Follow whoever gave the English version, and I mean I don’t want her to follow me, necessarily, but I posted the translation and got absolutely no response whatsoever. Hi there, you’re welcome. She’s 12 years old, so I guess I kind of get it, and maybe this is a blogging thing I’m just going to have to get used to (I did a similar translation for the blog green-x-red-ftw and got no response there either), but…still. This kind of thing always makes me think about the decline of human decency. Like just because this is all on the Internet, and anonymous, we don’t have feelings? I know I’d appreciate a little recognition for my efforts. It’s not like this shit doesn’t take time.

Also, I am a little bit concerned:

“Guys, this is clearly a sign that I should become the next Van Gough” -jadeneffinyuki, aka Caitlin

Has four notes. None of them are “It’s ‘van Gogh.'” Not a one.

GoT is stupid

So I post a page from “Love You Only” to tumblr, right, and I source it to the Livejournal page from which I downloaded it (and requested it, but nobody needs to know that that’s me), and it understandably gets a little bit of traction (hi there, “Love You Only,” duh).

Aaaand tsunderecafe, aka Kat, reblogs it with the addition “Ahh where can I find this doujin HELP I WANT,” to which I’m like “Okay, I guess that’s a little understandable, although my first instinct would have been to go to the source and see if it was there I suppose I can…understand why you wouldn’t? Not really but it’s okay.” And then I see that the-original-antlerbrows has reposted as well with the comment “I was able to find the Japanese version, but not the translated one. ;+;”

JFC, guys! I linked it in the original post! Does no one know what a little detective work is any more? I gave you the answer! I gave it to you! Right there! I mean, I can understand not knowing about the Google images search that’s going to destroy the world if it becomes too finessed and too popular, I mean I didn’t know about it until very recently, but…I gave you the answer!

God.

Out of my own kindness, I went back to the original post and added a link directly to the page with the file download… I wonder if any of them will think to check.