Do you ever have really bad second hand embarrassment for a character? Where you just don’t know of you should put the book down or keep reading?
Yeah that’s happening right now.
This happens to me all the time. Not just with books, either. Sometimes it will be a scene in a movie or a TV show. It’s even worse when it’s something I’ve seen before, too - if I know it’s coming it makes it that much more uncomfortable.
I suppose that’s probably a sign of an empathetic person.
My name is Arden, and after a few days of thinking I’ve decided that I’m going to ruin video games.
I’m going to be doing everything in my power to destroy them completely. Walking simulators about feelings and emotions as far as the eye can see! Guns that shoot kisses! Lady…
It’s been years since I actively played collectible card games. Even back when I was into them, I never was a competitive player. My minimal spending money in high school and college meant buying a couple of packs once in a while, not boxes full of cards to build several perfect decks, like many of …
Oh, hey. Did I ever link this review I did for C&G Magazine? I don’t think so. So, here’s a review I did for them recently.
“What is the game about?” might be the most asked question that I least like to answer. Generally, when people ask they want a small, contained statement that can encapsulate a game. But I like to talk, a lot, and if it’s a game I like it’s not uncommon for me to be a little effusive. Someone once asked me what Skyrimwas about and I ended up writing a 2000-word piece of fan fiction. Another time I completely turned someone off of the Portal games because I said it was about “angular momentum.”
So when I got to play Road Not Taken and people asked me what it was about, I ran into some trouble. I might have described it as Spry Fox CEO and developer David Edery did, and bring in Don’t Starve as a point of comparison, or as creative director Daniel Cook did, and bring in Dark Souls. You play as a ranger aiding a town to rescue their berry picking children, who have become lost in the woods as winter approaches. With your magic staff in hand, you can lift and hurl any object in the world, often lumping them together to create powerful combinations of objects.
Still, all of these influences sell it a little short. In the company blog, Edery compares the design process to Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2 by Marcel Duchamp. Duchamp, and by extension Edery and Road Not Taken, are interested in looking at an image in all its possible states as it completes a task. It’s a trip to see and to view. But the implicit connection between Duchamp, Edery, and Road Not Taken is that Duchamp wanted more from his art than for it to be seen, for it to please the eye. It also needed to do work on the mind.
Okay, fellow white people. We need to talk.
Let me tell you a story: I was an angry punk teenager. Not violent, but I did a shitton of trespassing, and I got into a lot of screaming matches with cops.
I have never been arrested.
I have never been violently attacked by police. Hell, I have never been seriously threatened by police.
I am fully aware that I’ve survived to adulthood largely on the benefits of my race.
When you are white in America, you get away with all sorts of shit. Have you read this account from a white dude who actively tried to get himself arrested? You should. It’s telling.
So, if that’s your main frame of reference for dealing with law enforcement, it is really easy to assume that when someone else gets targeted by the police, they must have done something really bad. After all, you know the police aren’t that petty, right? They’re there to help: That’s what TV tells you, what your teachers told you, what your parents told you. “If you’re in trouble, find a police officer. They’ll help.” And, y’know, if you’re white, most of the time, that’s probably true.
When you’re white in America, it is awfully easy to pretend that you don’t live in a country where the nonviolent physical presence of black people, especially black men, is considered sufficient threat to justify use of lethal force. It’s really easy to pretend that laws are enforced equally; that arrest rate has any demographic resemblance to actual crime rates; that the police are there to protect us from the bad guys.
And, I mean, I get that. It’s a lot more comfortable to pretend that safety correlates to virtue than to confront the ugly truth that a system that benefits you very directly does so at the cost of other people’s lives; that what you were taught was the just reward for being a good person is, in fact, the privilege of your skin. That’s a big part of why we work so hard to retcon narratives about how the black people our police murder must have been dangerous, highlight every casual infraction like it’s a killing spree. We are so desperate to believe that the system that feeds us is just.
It doesn’t feel good to acknowledge that stuff. It feels gross. A system we trusted—one we should be able to trust, that should work for the benefit and protection of everyone has made us accomplice to some deeply horrifying shit.
But here’s the thing:
This happened. This is happening. Not recognizing it; stonewalling and insulating ourselves in our little bubbles does not make it go away.
And not acknowledging it, not having asked for it, does not make us any less complicit, or any less responsible for owning and fixing this. We are actively benefitting from a fucked, corrupt, murderous system. That is on us. As it should be.
So educate yourself, get the tools, and start dismantling this fucker. You have the time: after all, no one’s shooting at your kids.
Privilege is the bandwidth to speak up and dismantle because you’re not in fear for your life. And there is no conscionable excuse for failing to use it.
Hyrule Warrior’s Art book showcases a few nice images of not only traditional Link , but also a female Link concept art page.
Subject Profile: Subject 2
Known Aliases: None
Birth: March 27, 19██
Weight: 130 lbs
Family: Parents, ████████████████████████, deceased. Sister, ███████████, 21.
Psychological Profile: Subject 2 exhibits unusual █████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████. Subject rarely sleeps, staying up late and waking up early even on █████████████████████████████████████. Subject is ███████████████ to most, though ████████████████████████████████████████. However, during interactions with Subject 1, ███████████████████████████████████████████. Subject frequently ███████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████ on Subject 1, ███████████████████████████████████████████████████. Subject is █████████████████████████████, suggesting a natural talent or █████████████████████████████████████████████████████████.
Hobbies/Interests: Subject takes education seriously and excelled in ██████████████████████████████████████████████████████████ to attend ███████████████████ where ██████████████████████ high marks. She is █████████████████████████████ with a focus on ███████████████ and a minor in ███████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████
Beyond her educational endeavors, Subject enjoys ██████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████ Subject has also been known to enjoy artistic pursuits, primarily writing. Analysis of stories written by Subject indicates a preference for ████████████████████████████████████████████████████████ █████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████ Additional artistic pursuits include ██████████████████████, with ██████████████████████████████████. Subject is also devoutly religious, though actual religious affiliation is unclear as ████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████
Conclusion: Unlike Subject 1, Subject 2 is ███████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████ More troubling, however, is ███████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████ Currently Subject 2 appears non-hostile, though suspicious. However, ███████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████ Monitoring should continue, but it is recommended ███████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████ Similarly, this caution extends to ██████████████████████████████████████████████████
Update: Subject has fallen unconscious following ██████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████ Due to this, ████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████. There are risks associated with this plan, particularly the dangers presented by Subject 1 becoming hostile, along with [REDACTED]. However, potential ████████ benefits and possibility for negotiation or at least meeting with Subject 1 on terms favorable to Agency interests currently outweigh these risks.
We’re almost there, folks. Next week is going to be a big one. If you have any interest in reading Correspondence From the Goddess I would recommend you do so now!