I’ve been feeling a little nostalgic lately, perhaps in part because I’ve been trying to remember a time where the world wasn’t covered in snow. Oh, those were the good old days. What’s better for these cold parts of winter, though, than curling up and re-playing a good RPG? So, riding on the coat-tails of this North Eastern bullshit blizzard and the not-bullshit-at-all Femslash February, I managed to discover a fic that delivered on the warm feelings from Mass Effect, a series near and dear to my heart, while not ignoring the consequences of a galaxy-wide threat that almost destroyed civilization.
Maybe I’m stretching a little bit: I know Mass Effect (2007) isn’t exactly old enough to be considered “nostalgic”, and this fic stems from the last game in the series, which came out in 2012, which makes it even less so. Still, The Good Shepard by Wifeofbath invokes these feelings of nostalgia by the sense of home it has in its tone. However, home isn’t always free of conflicts.
Everybody shut up and listen to Catelyn Tully, Lady Stark. You fools ignoring her is why there was even a War of the Five Kings to begin with. Lady Stark had six ways to end the war before y’all blew it and gave Team Lannister an opening.
If there’s one thing I love about this column, it’s that I get to go back and revisit some of my childhood faves. If there’s one thing I hate about this column, it’s, well, that I have to go back and think critically about said childhood faves.
I adored The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley when I was younger. How could I not love a story about a girl who’s swept into a magical world and becomes a knight? Having recently reread it, though, it does have a pretty problematic side.
Fun fact: the word “snafu” is actually a military acronym that stands for “situation normal: all fucked up.” And while the latter part of that acronym was right on in describing this episode, the former doesn’t really apply: the situation has escalated far beyond normal for Peggy and co as this season races towards its conclusion.
Spoilers below the jump! Also, trigger warning for a brief mention of suicide.
There’s something about Greek mythology that is so interesting to me. Oddly I didn’t find the original tales about the gods and their shenanigans very relatable, but they were fascinating nonetheless. I don’t generally seek out different interpretations of Greek mythology, but this Wednesday’s webcomic, Olympus Overdrive, took a very different turn than I was expecting and I couldn’t stop myself from reading every page. I stumbled upon it as an ad while checking Homestuck for updates, and I continue to read it to this day. From the progressive characters to the idea of Greek gods being rebooted, there’s so much to like about this comic.
Well, as Sleepy Hollow has been getting consistently worse these past few weeks, with only the occasionally good episode shoved in with a myriad of bad ones, I had no hopes that “Awakening” would have any redeeming qualities. Even worse, I didn’t care. I literally only watched this episode because I’m the person scheduled to review it. So, was it any good?
Well, yes, actually, it was. “Awakening” had a lot of moments in it that I was happy to see. Unfortunately, it also had a lot of bad moments, too, that had me rolling me eyes. I’m also beginning to question if there’s a single part of American history that Ichabod Crane hasn’t shaped. Did you know he’s the one who cracked the Liberty Bell?
I don’t think anyone would disagree that last year was a hard year for gaming, both in terms of titles not reaching their assumed potential and various controversies surrounding the problematic portions of gaming culture. By no means am I already writing this year off, but on the more mainstream side, this year is already getting off to a rocky start with game developers being exposed (further) for their shitty practices and ridiculous DLC offerings like that of Evolve. Though I’m still looking forward to the no doubt good things this year has yet to bring (such as No Man’s Sky), I’m tired. I’m tired of people still thinking Gamergate is a legitimate soapbox to stand on; I’m tired of female developers being harassed out of the business; I’m tired of companies shilling out the same fucking game with a different skin and a different white scruffy dude with brown hair—as voiced by Troy Baker—protagonist. Luckily, I can still find hope in the indie scene.