I feel like Fallout has become one of those pieces of media that has gone/ is going the Fight Club way, where it is starting to attract the type of people who support the thing it originally critiqued, in this case, Authoritarian capitalist regimes.
Like, the terror that drives fallout isn’t its gritty post-apocalyptic aesthetic, it’s the atrocities of the culture that led to the war in the first place. All those personal stories you find buried in the pieces of lore you stumble across. It’s the blind nationalism and xenophobia, the internment camps, the mcarthyism, the bloated military industrial complex, the systematic dismantling of corporate regulations to the point where companies could perform psychological and chemical experiments on the public consequence free, etc etc etc.
I wish you had the option, when prompted, to talk about this shit as the Sosu, considering you were alive to experience it. You should be able to counter Piper, for example, when she asks you to compare Diamond city to the life you knew, asks you to essentially say the world is a shadow of its former self. Because it isn’t, not really. It’s just the stepford-smile artifice is finally gone.
So after Michael Chu confirmed that the details on the tv in the background of the Pharah panel in Reflections were not only deliberate but also meant to hint about her location and her father’s nationality -
This tinyass image -
On a page with this much other stuff -
It made me curious about any other potential details I previously overlooked or wrote off as “just a funny coincidence” and rather surprisingly, I might have kinda found something??
I mean, there’s a shitton here but what I originally wrote off as being “just another background piece” is the map -
…These are not Watchpoints.
These are the Watchpoints that still exist at the time of Recall - you can find this map on Watchpoint: Gibraltar (I did not write these locations, but this is the clearest, head-on image I could find.)
The image from the Uprising comic
Are active missions or points of interest.
Locations that I can determine are:
Cairo, Egypt (based on the other screen discussing the “Cairo Incident”)
under oppressive communism you have to work in a factory
under bountiful capitalism you have to work in a factory too, except you make jack shit because your unions have been dismantled & after work you have work for uber to make up for your low factory wages but then you get hurt at your job & since you don’t have insurance your medical bills bankrupt you & you lose your house since housing isn’t a human right & you die homeless while dipshit liberals jack off about the invisible hand
me when i’m explaining that capitalism and patriarchy are inherently linked institutions and that we can never achieve feminist liberation without dismantling capitalism and that we can never achieve socialism without dismantling patriarchy and that patriarchy was a huge structural factor in the ultimate failure of the soviet union
before people sneer out their butts when john green’s new book “turtles all the way down” comes out, allow me to remind u 1.john’s work has always been written for teens. don’t rip into teens for reading fiction that was written for them and not necessarily u, also tatwd centers on a young girl living with ocd (a protagonist i kno my ocd ass would’ve benefited from a lot as a teen). 2. before u jump on john for romanticizing ocd, keep in mind he has always been open about his struggles with severe ocd and 3. his work has always centered on the idea of dismantling the way society romanticizes the suffering of young people vs. the way their suffering is actually treated by those around them and how this suffering twists the lives of those around us whether we like it or not. maybe that’s not your interpretation and that’s okay but if ur not a fan of john green’s work, don’t be an ass to the people who are
kanojo no shi ga amarini mo kanashikute , sono imi o shiroto shinakatta .
“Her death was too sad, and [ I ] couldn’t understand.”
Cloud says this after learning the meaning of Aerith’s death. I know it’s pretty obvious that Aerith’s death was heartbreaking for Cloud, but I find it really sweet and incredibly sad that Cloud admits that he couldn’t understand the meaning of Aerith’s actions because her death was so sad it was all he could really focus on.
[ Note: Also, the above translation is my own and translated very literally. To me, it sounds childish to phrase the sentence “her death was too sad”, while that’s the literal translation, I would rather translate the connotation of the sentence, which is along the lines of “I was so sad after losing Aerith that I couldn’t understand the meaning of her sacrifice”. To me, that’s the more accurate translation because it sounds less childish. Shippers might get angry if you don’t use literal translations, but IMO you can use either. ]
We see this repeated in the original game as well as Maiden of the Planet.
Cloud: …Shut up. The cycle of nature and your stupid plan don’t mean a thing. Aerith is gone.
Cloud tells Sephiroth that his plan to destroy the entire planet didn’t matter anymore simply because Aerith was now dead. To me, this has always indicated that Aerith was what Cloud loved most and now that she was taken from him, he saw no point in continuing on with the battle to save the planet.
There’s also this quote that shows Cloud started to close himself off from the others after losing Aerith:
Tifa: “From that point on [from Aerith’s death], Cloud became reticent. He wasn’t very talkative before, but now during the trip north, he only talks if it’s absolutely necessary. I can’t [seem to] console Cloud.* He didn’t just lose Aerith, a piece of him also seems lost…..”
[* My own translation again—literally, she has no words for him, but the meaning of Tifa’s words is that she can’t console him so that’s what I went with so it sounds better.]
Then in Maiden of the Planet, we see Aerith consumed by Cloud’s heartbreak.
But a cry came through to her.
It wasn’t the sound of her cry. If it was then she would have felt the blood gushing up through her throat and the fury that forced its way out from the depths of her soul - It was the sound of Cloud’s heart cracking. It was the cry of his heart that could never be healed of the grief he had towards Aerith’s death, the blame towards himself and the hatred he had for Sephiroth.
She was surprised at the great sorrow he had for her. She was a little happy that he thought so much of her but she also felt the pain that was many times greater. There was nothing she could do about Cloud’s suffering and the pain ached in her heart.
The pain continued even though she was in the Lifestream.
At the moment that Aerith died, it wasn’t her own pain of losing her life that she felt most, it wasn’t the pain from any of the other millions of people on the planet—it was Cloud’s pain that was so strong that it was all she could feel, even during her own death.
To me, that has always been so telling. For Cloud’s pain to be the only thing she could feel at that moment means that no other feeling from humanity was nearly as strong. And then to make it even more sad, even though she was in the Lifestream, because of Cloud’s suffering, Aerith’s heart ached in pain.
Anyway, Cloud’s heartbreak over losing Aerith is really sad and I hope we get to see this and so much more executed in the remake.
Now let’s actually address real issues within the community and let’s work together to dismantle heterornomativity, and fight homophobia, transphobia, biphobia and all kinds of system put in place to alienate, exclude and oppress us, that aces (and aros) do not and could not benefit from.
Dick: *looks at Tim in confusion* …Tim why are you wearing a pink t-shirt and pink socks?
Tim: Really Grayson? Really? In this day an age where gender ideals are forced upon us from birth in the form of strict societal expectations, you begrudge me the unique opportunity! NAY!! You begrudge me MY RIGHT! As a modern American man of Gotham, to try and dismantle this toxic outlook by challenging the very concept of giving genders to colo-
Jason: You washed something red with you whites again didn’t you?
Bruce: *Enters the room sparing Tim a brief glance* dismantling gender ideals again Timothy?
So there are some negative vibes on Petblr, y’all. I wanted to share a story, and encourage everyone else to share too. This is the story of how I got to where I am now.
Who here considers themselves to be good fish keepers? I’ve seen you out there, there are a lot of you! Cool. Out of you, who had a bowl or tank that was far less than what your pet deserved? Not all of you, because many of you did the research first, but likely a few of you. How, when, and why did you change? I’m hashtagging this as #fish timeline and #pet timeline because I want to see stories of others who have developed and changed.
No graphic or sick fish images ahead, just pictures of betta in inadequate habitats.