and talking about maps!!

I realized why the idea of constellations has always swayed me. constellations are so very human.

our wonder of the stars is bone-sunk; we’ve been thinking and dreaming and watching and watching and watching since the beginning of time, and we looked for so long that we started making connections. 

we played a celestial game of connect-the-dots; trying to find order in something so vast and trying to show that the stars are in everything and everything is in the stars.

we plucked pictures out of the infinite; there’s a dog, there’s a bear, there’s a lion, see? look, right there; the stars hold and mirror back everything. 

but then it went a step further. instead of everyday things, we stopped picking out the cups and the bears, and instead we saw stories. 

look, there’s Andromeda, chained to a rock and waiting to be devoured by Cetus. there’s Orion, and Hercules, and do you see Orpheus’ lyre? Zeus sent an eagle to retrieve it after Orpheus’ death and he placed it in the sky. 

we did the most human thing imaginable: we wrote our stories into the stars. we filled the night sky; previously so vast, so unknowable; with our history. we forged connections to the stars and made it so our children will always know where they come from. 

it gets easier to talk about but it also gets harder to talk about. i have to unfold things carefully, but the map shows better. here’s the first time i got hit by a parent, here’s the first time i got hit by a partner. they’re around the corner from each other, mirror images or hands holding or two sides of a blade. the look on people’s faces always is the same when they find out. like the words hurt them in the pit of their stomach. i feel bad when it does that; i know what it’s like to be suckerpunched. often i comfort people right after: oh, no, it’s okay, i’m okay now, it’s fine, i’m all in one piece, i got out, i’m a resilience child, i learned kindness, i found inner peace, i meditate twice a day, i do yoga and drink kale shakes and eat as if nobody ever made my teeth bleed. some of these are lies, but that is fine too, because it’s better that people don’t know an ugly truth.

sometimes i forget who in the room knows. i laugh about what happened like a punchline (get it) and people stare at me with mouths open like moons. oh my god, did that really happen to you? i don’t know. sometimes it feels like it happened to someone else, out on a distant planet. sometimes it feels like it never happened at all. sometimes it feels like it’s still happening. how can you laugh at that? and is that true? how do i say “because if i don’t laugh it’s serious” because of course it’s true. for proof: raise your hand a fraction too smooth. watch the shadow pass over my face. watch me curl away. watch me change. like a chameleon girl, i shift my shape. someone who doesn’t know laughs. you’re certainly jumpy. the girl at the table who helped me cover the bruise stares at me, watching my chest, trying to figure out if i’m panicking. he’s confused when quiet are you okay questions touch my skin - only those who know, only those who are watching.

and i smile, because it’s easier to talk about but it’s harder to admit it still effects me. memories should be left in the kingdom of dreams. sometimes i feel like i should be done with it already. i stare at a picture of cartoons that says if you don’t know these, you didn’t have a childhood. i know all but two of them. some of them i watched after it happened. i really liked scooby doo. in the end, the mask comes off and the bad guy is revealed and he goes to jail. in real life, i wait for someone to come take his mask off. it just makes him mean. the blue lights of the law never show up on the green of our lawn. i had a pretty good childhood, i think. it made me interesting, at least. i picked blueberries.

i laugh about it a lot. talk about how it’s funny that if you got abused there’s just, like, a second round of partner abuse, sitting out there, waiting for you. that you’re the most likely to pick an abuser from the crowd - or worse, like beauty and the beast, watch yourself become her. see your rotten hands and think of your father. isn’t that funny! that i can take a hit and i’d rather take a lifetime of them than be the one doing the giving just once. i talk about how you walk in the eclipse of it. that it confuses you when the sun comes out. that when you find someone who won’t hurt you, you still walk on eggshells, waiting for them to hurt you. i say it through a smile, because if you bend yourself the right way, your life looks more like comedy-drama than just plain tragedy. i watch fantastic beasts and where to find them and when the abused child turns out to be beyond saving, i hear myself laugh in a bark. or it was a sob. i can’t tell. it doesn’t matter. in my world, children like me learned about magic early, and how our own actions can turn a man from a gentle person into a savage beast. 

okay, i say, smiling, maybe if you put it that way, yeah, i was abused and it wasn’t funny. but come on. think of the puns! you could say my life was really a hit! now don’t be upset. it’s funny. it’s funny. it’s funny.

My thoughts on junkertown

So I imagine that after the explosion of the omnium, those who hadnt died, stayed bc they thought that someone would come help them, the government wouldnt just let them die in the desert, would they? But no one came. At the beginning, they probably could scavenge food and water from abandoned houses and shops, but sooner rather than later they ran out. But then some corporation actually did come, offering food and water and gas and everyone thought that salvation had arrived. But no, this corporation didnt want to send aid out of the kindness of their hearts, they wanted the scraps of the omnium. So a deal was made, if the people collected the scraps and gave them to the corporation, they would get supplies, not good supplies, not a lot of supplies, not enough for anyone to ever make it out of the outback without dying, but just enough to scrape out a living. Even though people didnt want to agree, didnt want to go and sift through the radioactive wreckage just for bit of moldy bread, they didnt really have a choice. This is one of the reasons Junkrat and Roadhog despise Suits. Because for decades, they watched as Suits with the power to save all the people of junkertown just sat back and used them all for labor and let the radiation slowly poison them all.

please ban game theory

game series with history of having a theme of corrupt cops has a game with corrupt cops more at 11

JAPANESE DEVELOPED VIDEO GAME HAS A MAP BASED ON A JAPANESE CITY, TALK ABOUT A CULTURE SHOCK

this one speaks for itself honestly

bogeyman = furry confirmed

now this is some discourse

mario is crazy, what an edgy ableist theory

“i think i’m smarter than the people who literally created zelda”

this one isnt even a theory did you fucking play earthbound you stupid asshole?

???????????

“i think i’m smarter than the game creator, part 2″

“Great we’re lost, again. No thanks to this stupid map. This….stupid…idiotic good for nothing map! I mean you think you know what you’re getting, but instead it turn out to be the complete opposite. A lying, pathetic, thing that has no sense of direction and can’t make up its mind for even a second!”

“I have a feeling we’re not talking about the map anymore…”

Adam Driver did an amazing job using only body language in these three scenes showing  Kylo was not fine with using the weapon to destroy planets

- First when Hux says that the weapon is ready and that the time has come to use it. The camera focuses on Ren.  He looks at Hux, then Hux looks at him ‘cause he knows Kylo is against it and Hux gets this satisfied look on his face. The scene was non verbal but you get everything they were trying to say. (a great job done by Adam Driver and Domnhall Gleeson.)


- The second time when the weapon is fired, he doesn’t stand beside Hux when Hux is giving his speech. He is watching the destruction from afar. First we see his back, then the camera focuses on Ren’s face. Although you can’t see his face expression because of the mask you can still get the sense of what he’s feeling. 

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komahinanami haunted house headcanons

  • hinata is literally the only one of the three who actually gets scared. this is very embarrassing for him and he’ll probably just say he was “surprised”
  • komaeda laughs. at. EVERYTHING. the haunted house is filled with the noise of his incessant giggling
  • somebody jumps out at komaeda with a chainsaw. komaeda says “finally somebody’s come to give me what i deserve”
  • hinata yelling “WHOA” every time a jump scare happens
  • nanami doing meta commentary the entire time, talking about their makeup and probably making a mental map of the place in case there’s a point they have to escape
  • nanami, completely deadpan, having barely batted an eye: “wow, that was pretty scary”
  • komaeda: “i’m disappointed but i had fun anyway”
  • hinata: “neither of you are human, are you” (i mean. duh for nanami but WHAT THE FUCK KOMAEDA)
About Overwatch OC

I had some though about Overwatch Oc, like “as if she was one of the game character”
I already posted mine with the “like the bios on Overwatch off website” (that I put here again so it’s all in the same place)
But I’ll add hings that can be fun to think about: 

Real Name:
Age:
Occupation: They’re job, principaly
Base of Operations: Where do they live / are from
Affiliation: Who they’re working for

Primary weapon: Left click and right click attack !
Secondary attack: “E” key
Ability:  Caps key
Ultimate: “A” key

Skin:
What kind of different skin your character can have (recolors do not count)

Emotes: What are their taunt ?
Victory pose: Over the shoulder or…
Voice line: What are they the most talkative about.
Highlight Intro: Show-off their moves~

But also…

Map: What sort of map this character is canonnically in (example: Tracer for London, Mc cree for road 66…)
Music theme: Give Lucio something to work with !

NANCY WHEELER & JONATHAN BYERS The movies don’t warn you about this: The woods will forget, but you won’t. In the hallways, you’ll both flinch at the sound of a locker door slamming like the howling November wind ( and teeth and teeth and teeth ). Your eyes will meet over your camera and Steve Harrington’s letterman jacket, and you’ll both smile sheepishly as if you haven’t shared the same nightmare every night for the past two weeks, the scars on your palms like aching tattoos.

The movies don’t warn you about this: Neither of you know what to do with the love that came without a chance to grow. Will Byers is home, but the monsters still live under the bed, in her eyes. You make it a habit, meeting up at the library to talk about cryptids until midnight, drawing maps and almost touching in the worst kind of way. Every Saturday, you make a plan to get in your car, go and never look back with the bear traps in the backseat. Every Saturday, you make it to the second stop sign down Mayberry before you both exhale and turn back home.

The movies don’t warn you about this: You should have never spent that first night in her bed, for now your sleep can’t get acquainted to anything else. You and Steve are friends now, in the loosest sense of the word, but you’re not sure if he’d be too jazzed about you sleeping in his girlfriend’s bed every night. You say things like, we’re protecting each other and they can’t get us here when she wakes up screaming Barbara’s name and her skin feels like gunmetal.

One night, your hand slips from her knee, and she lets it, both of you breathing hard and staring even, asking for permission. Both of you already saying no. ( You learn how to sleep alone after that. )

The movies don’t warn you about this: Getting the girl and ending up with the girl are not necessarily the same thing after all.

Blizzcon 2016 predictions

Opening speech: Briefly touches on the VA strike, with a ambiguous pledge of support

World of Warcraft: Speak more on the Nighthold raid as well as a release date. Preview of 7.2. Any notable class changes such as to destruction warlocks, possibly hunters and explanations behind design decisions in classes.

Overwatch: Sombra (finally). Teaser / preview of potential maps, christmas holiday skins and maybe a short look at upcoming animated shorts in the Overwatch universe. Also talk about Symetra rework.

Diablo 3: New expansion with necromancer. Expansion will “have PvP”

SC2: More Nova single player missions

Hearthstone: New expansion in Gadgetzan (obvious).

Heroes of the Storm: 3 new heroes, one of which will be varian, 1 a “whacky” hero like TLV and Cho’gal was. New map, talk about design changes in heroes. 

Sanji and Nami’s Dreams

While we wait for 846 I would like to do a little essay that I’m pretty sure I’ve touched on before to some degree and I know others have as well, but let’s talk about the Nami’s map and the All Blue.

So all of the Straw Hats have some sort of a dream they want to accomplish, be it a very personal dream like Brook keeping his promise to Laboon or something more lofty like finding Robin finding the True History. It’s a series about dreams and seeing them to fruition (which is why the “Sanji is going to die” camp is probably wrong). 

Something that came up in 844 is Luffy turning his catch phrase on his head as he declares he can’t become the Pirate King without Sanji, and it’s one of the first times we’ve heard Luffy say anything like that (the other being in the immediate aftermath of Marineford). This was alluded to all the way back in Arlong Park when Luffy indicated he can’t do a lot of the things his friends can do (namely use a sword, navigate, lie, and cook). But he never quite said he couldn’t be Pirate King without them, just that those were jobs he himself couldn’t do.

This reminds me of something a lot of Sanji and Nami fans have picked up on, and it’s this - it is impossible for Nami to complete her dream without Sanji completing his dream. This is a situation unique to the the Straw Hats as technically everyone else can completely their own individual dreams without the other Straw Hats in theory. 

Okay, obviously yes this is a series about the power of friendship and all so of COURSE they are helping each other reach their goals, but look at these dreams. Technically, Zoro just needs to beat Mihawk to be the world’s best swordsman. Technically, Usopp’s dream is really really vague but doesn’t inherently require someone else’s dream to fulfilled to reach his goal (and arguably he already has - like I said his dream is vague as fuck). You see where I’m going with this.

And this isn’t to say that there are not dreams among the Straw Hats that don’t also pair nicely. For example, if we find out that Mihawk was a part of Gol D. Roger’s crew then Zoro’s dream pairs very nicely with Luffy’s dream of being the Pirate King (and even Luffy believe that of course the world’s greatest swordsman should be on the Pirate King’s crew because DUH!). The completion of Franky’s dream pairs nicely with Brook’s dream, but Brook doesn’t technically need to be on the Thousand Sunny - hell he probably could have gone back to the Twin Capes when he was doing the rock star thing to at least tell Laboon what’s going on and that he just needs to be a little more patient (and who knows, maybe he did). It’s possible some of the knowledge written on a Ponegliff somewhere will have information Chopper could use to create his panacea, but that’s kind of a stretch. 

But assuming it exists, Nami’s map cannot be completed without All Blue. Even something like the locations of the Ponegliffs are not tied to that map in the same way that the All Blue - it’s an entire ocean. In fact I’m calling it now - the All Blue will be the final piece of Nami’s map.

“But, but Dixxy! She wants a map of the whole world! Maybe she has all of East Blue but she only saw a few islands on the first half of the Grand Line and has never been to the other three Blues! How could the All Blue be the last thing she maps!?”

I’m not so sure about that, actually. One word: Weatheria. 

Nami spent the two year time skip studying weather on a sky island that travels around the world, right? I think that part of her time in on Weatheria was spent mapping out all four of the Big Blues and the rest of the first half of the Grand Line. Otherwise there’s really no way for her map to be completed during the course of the series since I don’t think Luffy and the others are going to leave the New World and explore the remaining Blues, at least within the series itself (if we get an “everyone sails off into the sunset” kind of ending then yeah, maybe they do, sure why not). 

Now Sanji could technically find the All Blue without putting it on a map since I get the idea this is a very personal thing for him and for Zeff, much like Brook meeting Laboon, but putting it on a map is probably the best way to prove he actually did it, either to look back on it later or to show his REAL DAD where it is, i.e. having something tangible for his old geezer to see. So it’s not a no holds bar requirement but it’s a very strong supplement. 

Why bring this up now?

Right now Nami is pretty angry with Sanji, even though I’m reasonably certain they’re going to kiss and make up get along just fine again by the time the arc is over. Yes it’s a sad time to be a SaNami fan right now but come on, guys, bad things happen if Sanji actually marries Pudding, as soon as we knew the stakes for this arc it was obvious we were getting a crashed wedding sequence, he’s coming back to the crew so I don’t think Nami is going to hate him for long. Once she finds out everything that’s going on she’s probably going to forgive him and go back to WE HAVE TO SAVE SANJI mode.

What I’m wondering is this - if Oda decides to mirror the events of Thriller Bark and have Nami be the one to interrupt Sanji’s wedding, could she possibly try to get him to change his mind be telling him what I explained above? She, Luffy, and Sanji are without question the major players this arc, with Chopper and Brook leading the charge on some B storylines (and probably Jinbe, too). So while I won’t rule out Brook and Chopper showing up to the wedding (because of course they will) I think the highlight of the actual interruption will belong to Nami or Luffy … but I’m kind of leaning towards Nami.

For one, Luffy’s refusing to leave that spot right now and while it seems like this is him getting stuck between two buildings or in a snake’s stomach or at the bottom of Arlong’s pool or whatever, he actually might end up serving a really important role. He’s distracting and taking out a HUGE chunk of Big Mom’s forces. Unless Luffy just completely gets his ass handed to him and is physically dragged away from that spot kicking and screaming he’s not going anywhere. Maybe Jinbe shows up to lend him a hand, I would say it’s more likely Nami figures out Zeus and Prometheus are homies and uses them to take out the army (oh please oh please oh please). If these forces are beaten at that spot, they won’t be a threat at the wedding. Yes, there will still be other threats present - the Vinsmokes (except maybe Reiju), the other Sweet Commanders, possibly Pudding, and definitely Big Mom - but that’s SEVERELY whittling down her her forces. None of this would make Luffy leave that spot. The only way he’s leaving that spot - and mind you this is still pretty likely, too - would be Chopper and Carrot relaying the full scope of Sanji’s situation to Luffy and Luffy realizing that he needs to step in.

But I kind of suspect that Luffy is going to end up sticking to his guns on this one, otherwise we’re kind of losing the weight of this gesture. Which leaves Nami as the most likely person to scream she objects at the wedding, and something very powerful she could add to whatever speech she gives to Sanji is making it clear to him that she needs him to find All Blue so she can finish her map

Now this doesn’t necessarily mean that ZOMG SANJI X NAMI IS CANON (although based on the last episode GOOD LORD someone at Toei really ships SaNami), though it would cement their friendship as being very important, and there’s a certain truth to her words.

Additionally, this brings up something Sanji said in 845:

I’ve talked about this before, but right now Sanji is in such a bad place that he’s lost his faith in the existence of All Blue, something we haven’t seen before - it’s actually quite similar in tone to Luffy declaring he can’t be Pirate King without Sanji. We’ve never seen Sanji doubt the All Blue’s existence before now - his stubborn believe in it was what drew Zeff’s attention to him in the first place, after all, and what drove Sanji to travel with Luffy. So while I still think there’s room for Sanji’s situation to get worse (i.e. Pudding), he’s definitely at an emotional cross roads right now.

So what would pull him out of it? Someone else declaring that they believe in the All Blue. It would kind of have to be Luffy or Nami. Luffy because he’s the captain and the main character, in the case of Nami, like I said, her dream relies on his in ways. It’s a unique situation (at the moment - we don’t know what the yet to join Straw Hat’s dreams as) that I would love to see addressed in the manga itself.

That, I believe, is what might ultimately pull Sanji out of his depression. Seeing one of his nakama believes in the existence of the All Blue as strongly as he does might be what brings him back from the brink. Yeah it might not happen, sure, but it would be kind of nice if it did. 

i try not to. i feel like 200-year-old cigarettes should burn like firecrackers.

in new vegas i can interpret it as NCR growing tobacco (which im pretty sure isnt the canon but w/e it really does make a lot of sense) but like nobody on the east coast could bossibly be farming tobacco on that scale because everyone is too busy fighting over trash and eating trash and living in trash

maybe there’s a massive tobacco farming organization just beyond the map limit and nobody talks about it

On BioWare’s latest release, and the subsequent fan war.

I really didn’t expect the Mass Effect discussion to turn into such a warzone so quickly.

The fact is that we only have 10 hours of gameplay right now, and the game won’t allow you to progress from a certain quest on. We don’t have much story to discuss or criticise, so people talk about what we do have.

People praise the very beautiful maps and the fun gameplay. But they also criticise animation, because it is something that should’ve been on point for an AAA game that heavily relies on its character roster. And people are justifiably disappointed about the deal with Jien Garson as well as how two characters will turn you down with clarity and conviction because they’re het romances, whereas apparently game’s gay romances will be subtle and soft about it.

The issues people have with Alec’s fate is also to be noted, considering how he was marketed, though I don’t think anyone was surprised when it happened, because BW is, if nothing else, very predictable.

There are issues with ME:A’s parts that should not be ‘fixed with patches’. And it is unfortunate that BW )or shall I say, Electronic Arts, as they’re the money well there) is once again delivering an incomplete game. The LGBT fans are right to be angry, especially since BioWare relies a lot on their LGBT and female fans’ loyalty and money.

Nobody is attacking you for liking the game, for having high hopes for it. But a lot of people feel like the game is not off to a great start, and the fears they had during marketing are coming true. Nobody’s going to rip the game out of your hands. Please, enjoy it. But please don’t belittle people unhappy with the game, BioWare’s producton, storytelling, and  treatment of its fans. People have the right to expect a good product for their money, and if ‘good product’ markets its visuals as a part of itself, then people have the right to criticise the product when it fails to deliver.

I’m tired of having to make excuses as to why Bethesda or BioWare continuously fail to deliver when there are games made with smaller budgets whose RPG and combat is just as good, and whose environments and animation is twice as beautiful. EA is huge and wealthy, the games are not cheap. The buyers, the fans are these companies’ life blood. It’s time they get done with coasting on their previous successes. The loyal fanbase will shrink.

So far, the story progression is gated. I shelled out good money for it, and  I continue to hope that the ‘official release’ will come with patches to polish it (even though I hate it that it needs to be patched AFTER the game’s already being released, meaning that pre-orderers just got another broken product). I hope the issues the game has with its characters and impending story are just confined to the beginning of the game, and that mine and fans’ first bad impressions are a result of not having the entire context yet.

But I will not let BW off the hook just because they’ve made games that I’ve immensely loved in the past.

Thank you.   

Ah well I see it’s my turn to jump in on the newest hot button issue, minor attracted people or MAPs. I’m not going to call them pedophiles because I’m talking about the ones who have not hurt any children, I am not supporting or defending child rapists I am talking about people who have a mental disorder. If a MAP happens to hurt a child they can go burn in hell. Now that that is settled lets carry on. 

MAPs are mentally ill and quite a few of them recognize it and therefore they seek help from a therapist and try to reduce their contact with children, and that’s a good thing. Telling someone to go die for a crime they haven’t yet committed and possibly never will commit is fucking dumb so stop doing it. That being said MAPs have no right to be in LGBT spaces because it’s a mental illness that’s like saying all hypersexual people are LGBT and they aren’t. Personally I like the fact the MAPs label themselves as such so I can avoid them. As much as I appear to defend them they make me quite uncomfortable and if you keep attacking them they’re going to stop labeling themselves as such making it much harder for anyone to avoid. 

TL;DR MAPs are mentally ill, aren’t LGBT and, I’m going to be labeled a pedophile defender despite the fact I’m a minor. 

DAI: Ardent Blossom quest guide

a.k.a. the Tiniest Cave.

Hello Dragon Age fans!  Have you ever had a mighty need for a flower crown to dress your party up with? 

Bioware has already anticipated this need! There is a specific quest in the game to get one!  I’m going to go into detail with lots of screenshots for anyone who wants to complete the quest with lots of visual hints.

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Today i played a game with a small girl, i think she was maybe 11 or 12?
She talked about so many cool map tricks and ways to use the characters, and was really, REALLY good at Phara.

After I complimented her on a nice play, she invited me to a group- and then her dad showed up too and said hello! We ended up all playing together. Eventually friends (and a couple that were just friendly teammates that she invited because they were cool) kept glomming onto our group til we had a full team and we Wrecked. Shop. I had no idea what I was in for.

In our last match together (she and her dad had to leave for dinner) she got play of the game by knocking four of the enemy team off the bridge at lijang tower in a tie breaker round. 

AND she had gold in eliminations.


((Also, I’m sorry for accidentally cursing on mic that one time, I know your dad said it was ok but I still feel a little guilty! I don’t want to get anyone I play with in trouble. You and your dad were super nice, and I liked talking about all the cool stuff you knew about Overwatch. ))

Keep flyin’ high Phara. ovo)7