i mean it's far from perfect


Hello, in case you are unfamiliar with me or my work my name is PhantomSavage, a comic dubber on youtube that specializes in Miraculous Ladybug comics in particular.

I have been a youtube partner for a very long time, actually predating my work on comic dubs, and I hope that my years of experience with the youtube system and how it handles monetization can help bring insight to this art theft problem as well as hopefully clear up some concerns or misunderstandings anyone might have about MY channel and how I operate it.

To start with full disclosure I should state that my channel is in fact a youtube verified partner with the partnership company Fullscreen and has been for many years as, since my channel’s birth as well as some of the content I produce now, it is in large part a gaming channel which is the means of which I was originally partnered. All my gaming videos are monetized.

To prove this point this is a screenshot of my first earnings ever from Fullscreen’s website:

That is not to say I do not have monetized comics on my channel, I have both monetized and unmonetized comics on my channel with permissions granted by their respective artists.Unfortunately, the youtube system is far from perfect and one of its biggest flaws in this case is that only the content creator themselves have the knowledge of which videos are monetized and which are not.

I hadn’t considered this much of an issue given that I know that, even though I have made mistakes, I operate my channel with as much integrity and loyalty to the artists I work with as much as I can. That was until last night a friend of mine, @maristoryart, an artist I have been working for with some time now on both dubs of her comics as well as an upcoming fully animated project, voiced her confusion and concern when she discovered my channel was partnered and, therefore, capable of monetization.

I showed her a screenshot I had taken at an earlier time around the time Mari was having troubles with GeekTV (someone who I have a great deal disdain for) to prove I was not monetizing her work in case anyone asked or grew concerned.

Once I explained to her they were not monetized and later showed her the screenshot to prove so, she was very relieved and happy to be corrected.

But what’s troubling is whatever plug-in she was using to determine if my video was monetized was wrong, or was not depicting the information accurately as seen in this screenshot.

it turns out that a lot of people, like Mari, are rightfully seeking ways to determine what videos are monetized and what videos are not, but it seems a great many of the plug-ins and extensions they use are presenting information in a vague, misleading, or sometimes flat out incorrect way.

This is fine if you are using these tools to help make business decisions like learning of trending tags and metadata to increase the effectiveness of your own content, like I do, but this could cause some serious harm to some people and channels who are abiding by the rules.

Many plug-ins like Vid IQ, which is what I use, will display a channel as being monetized and display what mcn they are affiliated with. The mcn by the way is the partnership program the channel belongs to.

This is an example of what Vid IQ shows me on a John Oliver video:

And here is what it shows when I look at the animated teaser me, @maristoryart, and @lia-brisa worked on together:

it clearly displays my CHANNEL is making money, and my channel is affiliated with Fullscreen media, but it does NOT tell you if the video itself that you are watching is monetized or not. Which is just an annoying lack of a feature if you’re using it for business or for fun, but presents a serious potential harm if someone were to misunderstand this as a video being wrongfully monetized and a claim made against them without warning.

The teaser, by the way, is also not monetized:

its also worth noting that a lot of information in plug-ins and extensions like Vid IQ is often times wholly inaccurate, youtube’s revenue analytics itself are actually largely inaccurate and generally unreliable. Vid IQ claims I’m currently making $2,300 a month, which I can assure is off by well over a $1,000.

Though I have no screenshot to prove it as it wasn’t a worry at the time, in January of this year Vid IQ was telling me my channel’s monthly income was as much as $1,500, while youtube itself told me this:

Which was STILL not how much I actually received which was this on fullscreen’s site:

I say all this not just to deter any unwarranted claims against my content but also to help educate people going forward when fighting channels whom are REAL hazards and criminals like GeekTV. GeekTV has, fortunately, dug themselves in a very deep hole because they were both impulsive and did not act very intelligently, but the truth is there currently is NO WAY that I am aware of for someone other than the content creator to tell you if a video is monetized.

Not even the appearance of ads can really tell you if the content creator is making money off of it, as I found out last night when @maristoryart told me ads appeared on my dub of her comic which was not monetized.

This means going forward that artists need to be more selective of the channels they allow to use their art. When someone asks for permission to dub your comics and they are not up front about being a commercial or monetized enabled channel, check their channel out yourself, see at least if the channel is affiliated with an mcn. If they are, see if they have a good reputation, are they new? Have artists spoken highly of this channel before? Is it worth letting a channel use your art if you can’t find out if a video is monetized or not?

Ultimately, it simply comes down to “Can I trust this person?” which you will have to decide for yourself, and if you decide you cannot then so be it! Do not allow anyone to use your art in any way you do not wish it to be used.

Now, in the interest of good faith and full disclosure, I will be the first to tell you, though I have been doing comic dubs for 2 years and making content in general on youtube for 10 years, I have made some mistakes, and learned from them as I went on.

For example, when I FIRST started out, I did not ask permission. Comic Dubs were relatively new at the time, and even then I stuck to artists whom I knew had allowed comic dubs to be made of their art to other people, and I must say I very much enjoyed surprising many artists with dubs of their comics and their very positive reactions. I was EXTREMELY lucky that all the artists I had done dubs for up to a point were jovial or even happy with my now very foolish actions, like @spatziline.

Fortunately, I had done that with @hchano on one of her comics involving a piano and she very rightly told me to take it down and that it was not a good practice to use, which is why since then I have always asked permission from every artist I worked with from that point onward (With some exceptions like officially published comics by Blizzard and Overwatch, The Killing Joke, as well as comics from artists who stated publicly on their tumblr profiles they were fine with dubs/reposts being made with a link to the source material which I always provide)

And I have monetized without permission in the past as I discovered with @edendaphne as, though she did not contact me directly, I saw her post about being very upset about monetized works of her art of which point I unmonetized all her work on my channel and was extremely careful how I operated the comic dub side of my business from that point on. I do sincerely regret any feelings @edendaphne might have had if I were the cause, and am very fortunate she did not claim my videos of her work, I hate to admit that I’ve actually avoided dubbing her comics since then if only because of the shame I have of the idea I might have caused her. I sincerely hope that is not the case, and I deeply apologize if it was.

There have also been times and mishaps where a video was accidentally monetized or it slipped through because being monetized is a default setting for all uploaded videos until you specifically go into the settings and tell it not to. Fortunately most of these have been corrected (as far I know) with some exceptions like on or two videos which were monetized without MY permission due to the use of music like Lady and the Tramp’s Belle Notte which is a song that is monetized by Warner Music Group.

I am not perfect and I have made mistakes, and hopefully from mistakes I have made in the past and how I carry myself now this post will help both new dubbers and artists understand the youtube landscape a little better.

I would also like to state, publicly, that if ANY artist has read all this and how this system works and you just feel like you cannot put your faith in me, then I plead with you, please, reach out to me and I will remove any video with your art in it on my channel within 24 hours or sooner.

I had a gaming channel for years, it still is, I didn’t get into Comic Dubs to get rich or make a bunch of money, I got into comic dubs because it was fun to do, it was an outlet for my acting and to express myself, not to mention it was my way of making other people, especially artists, a sign of respect and gratitude for their skills.

If you no longer feel you can trust me, please, reach out to me and I will remove whatever you wish me to remove.


SPN FanFic

~ You stumble home drunk one night with plans for the younger Winchester, but your stomach, and his feelings, have other ideas…~

Reader x Sam (ish), Dean

2,581 Words

Warnings: Excessive drinking, Cussing, A Wee Bit O'Angst, Vomit, Fluffy Finish.

A/N: This is my entry for Ang’s 1K Celebration! @atc74​ Congrats Ang! My prompt was a line from one of my fave songs, “We’ve Got Tonight” by Bob Seger. It’s in bold.

It was late. Or possibly it was early. It really depended on how you looked at it and on which side of sleep you found yourself. All you knew as you walked up the hill towards the Bunker entrance was, the sun hadn’t come up yet so there was a good chance you would find your friend tucked into a big, dusty book in the library.

The bar had been a bust. You’d gone out in search of a few drinks and a strapping lad to spend the night with. The drinks you had definitely found, in large quantity, but the choices on the male front had been less that appealing. After the fourth not so nice guy had grabbed your ass on the dance floor, you’d given up and set off back home. For some reason you couldn’t get your key to fit into the lock on your car, so you decided that walking was a better idea. It was a long walk back and most of it uphill, but the air was fresh and warm and you were drifting in a cloud of drunken happiness, swinging your arms and dancing most of the way home in the dark.

You were still feeling a little frisky though, and thoughts of the younger Winchester blossomed in your tequila soaked mind about all the ways you could release some tension with him. OK, so you’d never done more than flirt with Sam, but he was hot, and you were hot, maybe tonight you could be hot together. Hell, it was worth a shot.

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reasons why greek was the best show on abc family ever ever ever

  • strong female friendships. i mean, this makes the show a winner already. casey and ashleigh, casey and rebecca… strong female friendships are so important to me man. their friendships were never ruined over stupid things, or over guys. sO GOOD
  • strong friendships in general. greek is a show that puts friendship over relationships and promoting positive platonic friendship is something i can’t ever get enough of because good friendships are incredible things to have and you don’t see that enough in media.
  • calvin, and heath’s sexuality never defined them - they were just normal college guys, looking for relationships too. heath and calvin were kissing at frat parties without a care in the world and i love that. i love that they had LGBT characters who were never defined by their sexuality. they were people above all else - treated the same as all the straight characters.
  • they promoted positive sexual health and positive sex in general - katherine wanted advice on what kind of birth control to be on, rusty realised that he couldn’t be the one to take katherine’s virginity just because she wanted to loose it before law school (i don’t think sex and love come hand in hand don’t get me wrong but i do buy into the idea that your first time should probably be with someone you trust and katherine and rusty barely knew each other) sex was never a shameful thing for girls to be having (OK there was some issues and name-calling but for the most part girls having sex was GOOD and not a problem and girls can be sexual beings too yay)
  • rebecca realising that she deserved better than the way evan was treating her and ending the relationship despite how much she cared for him because she knew it was important to be in a relationship where both parties love equally
  • couples realising they have issues and need to work them out before they can actually be together (cough evan and rebecca cough)
  • calling out shitty behaviour even though its being done by your brothers (the whole calvin vs tripp thing)
  • it was funny and witty and made me laugh way too much
  • actual decent storylines
  • college is fuckin scary man and leaving it will probably be scarier and they didn’t shy away from that (cappie’s storyline basically) 
  • they didn’t magically get jobs and happy after they graduated (final season was in 2011 in the middle of a severe recession and they didn’t shy away from that fact either)
  • can we talk about casey and cappies love story for a second - “its a fairytale” “no other girl in the world compares to you” i mean come on they were such an incredible relationship and they felt almost real because they had issues and problems they couldn’t work through for a really long time
  • they (eventually) dealt with a love triangle far better than any other show i’ve watched to be honest (evan/casey/cappie)

so ok the show had its problems and it wasn’t perfect but it was a really damn good show and it has so many positive things and positive atributes and it was definitely the best show on ABC family they will never top it ever again bye

jadpeanut  asked:

With people criticizing the art style of the different story boarders, I go "Did you even remember how the first season looked?!"

I mean???? Can people honestly say that this: 

Looks better than this? 

It’s not. Its just fucking not. Look season 1 SU is fine, it has some great episodes and I like it. But IT DOES NOT compare to the seasons that come after it in terms of anything: storytelling, character progression, design, animation, plot, ANYTHING. The show has improved, its gotten better. There’s no denying it. Its it perfect? No, far from it, but the ridiculous standards people hold it to just bother me so much? Like why can’t we all just enjoy the show for what it is instead of demanding unattainable perfection??? Ugh…. I’m just… so tired of this S/U Cri/ tical bullshit… 

hawajulayman  asked:

Why do u love Richonne ? And as a black woman how do u feel about the way Michonne is written in the show and they way Rick is with her? I'm black too. By the way Lemonade is in my top5 Richonne's fanfiction. A masterpiece i hated and loved Rick. When i finished i was like " girl Richonne is fine, Richard didn't do that in the show ". Well done ! Gimple needs to take some advices form you. Excuse my english, I'm french.

Aww, thank you so much! 🖤And no need to apologize for your English, it’s perfect. 

Oh man, why do I love Richonne. For so many little reasons, but broadly speaking, because it’s a healthy, mature relationship that stemmed from a bond of friendship and trust and mutual respect. They went from almost enemies to bringing one another back from the brink of death – both figuratively and in some cases literally. And in those moments and their connection to Carl, they became this family inside the bigger family. They became intimate. And they’re just so well-written. No unnecessary drama, no badly executed tropes or stereotypes. Just two really beautiful people whose worlds were turned upside down, but they saw what they wanted and needed in one another, and they made a relationship out of it. Finally. I can’t believe this zombie show gave me one of the best onscreen relationships I’ve ever seen, but… here we are. It probably helps, though, that they aren’t the focus of the show. Just a really great byproduct of it. 

As for Michonne, I have to say that I’m pretty happy with the way she’s been portrayed. When she first showed up, I was so enamored by her mere existence. This dark-skinned woman with dreadlocks and a sword saving white ladies in the woods. I was in. Then she refused to talk to people, even when she had important shit to say, and it got on my nerves. But… I was still in because she wasn’t dead yet. And then Scott Gimple came along and shattered all of my fears about her any longer being just the angry black woman who refused to cooperate. In season 4, her relationships with Rick and Carl were fleshed out, and the reason behind the guard she had up became clearer as the season went along, pretty much at the same time that the Grimes boys had managed to knock it down. Finding out she was a mother and how she lost her first family and seeing her break down in After was all so heartbreaking but necessary. It all went a long way to showing her as an actual person. And the subsequent seasons, while not as heavily focused on her at all, did reinforce that. They gave her the full range of the human experience, from loss and anger and heartbreak to love and sex and fulfillment and happiness. So seeing her journey and watching her relationship with Rick blossom into what they have has just been so satisfying for me. That’s not to say it’s been perfect by any means, but when I look at the picture so far, I love what I see.

anonymous asked:

I finally read the Chad backstory and it's perfect from the fact that the NHL has the whole Taylor/Tyler Connor/Conor Braden/Braeden/Brayden thing going (let's not go too far down that path though, since there lies the annual tradition of mocking teenagers for their names) to the fact that Chad isn't actually a super common name in the NHL or its associated leagues

i mean, thats it, that’s the joke: yuri panicked and called the hockey player the most american name he could think of, which happened to be Chad. and then admitting he didn’t know his actual name was more terrifying than just leaning into the Chad thing, especially since – and I realize I work with 80 year olds – most 19 year old white boys are so alike to be practically indistinguishable. especially when they’re in safety gear. 

anonymous asked:

do you think the further you go into reading good (as in good work i mean writers that just 'get it') it increases feelings of isolation because youre understanding things about yourself and others that most people only have a surface understanding of so it's like you're never properly talking to a person because you're so far away from each other? does that make sense?

Good writing does not necessarily go hand in hand with good reading though, now does it? What you might be reading can be exceptional but you won’t always be receiving it, as a reader, in the way you “should” be receiving it. Not that there’s any “standard” way of receiving it, but do you understand what I mean? A reader must be capable of perfect receptivity but perfect receptivity is rare and exceptionally futile & depends on simple factors but vital ones.  A good writing work will always be a good writing work but between you & that particular work there’s some, perhaps small, but nevertheless sacred, bridging gap. And all I’m trying to communicate here is that sometimes, sometimes you will be in the position to feel conscious of that gap as well as individually crossing it. It’s just that there’s no guarantee that you will be doing it after all–and if you will be doing it, it’s going to mean that you have trusted it enough. Now is there isolation in trusting…why ofc there is isolation in trusting; it’s quite paradoxical but when you’ll be channelling the material most “perfectly”, that’s precisely when you might be catching yourself feeling loneliest during this process. But to me this does not touch upon the concept of self-understanding and it does not have to do with a degree of “relating” to what you read–it has mostly to do with a sense of brave openness. Does openness involve understanding? Perhaps but certainly not always. Idk, I’ve discussed this before & I think it’s no good to play around with such terms or over-complicate things for yourself through overstating. And also…it’s a hell of a solitary process, reading. I don’t think that “most people” or “other people” matter at all. Why would you care to analyse how it works for others and then compare the impact of what it does to you? Like…I’m trying to understand you here but then I don’t because it doesn’t click with me Idk

anonymous asked:

so I know you were worried about how Justin would handle lup, are you happy with how it turned out? personally I'm so glad griffin chose to start the flashback arc right after the reveal so it lets them have development instead of him just having to figure out taako's relationship with her on the spot

it seems to be working out pretty well seeing as how hes basically adopted her as his own right from the get go lmao. im still not super sold on how i feel about lup yet. i mean i love her. i would die for her. but there was such little character development and roleplaying in that episode that i feel like i dont know her at all. hopefully the next stuff will showcase her more… and the rest of the npcs too! i want to know all of them….. 

and yeah flashback arc right now?? flawless timing. absolute perfection. brilliant thinking. griffins a champ forever and i love him <3 so far its super boring imo but NECESSARY. im very enthusiastic about where this is gonna go!

so, medici was a flawed show. some things about it, particularly in episode 3 and 5, annoyed me and made me roll my eyes. but i’m not here to rant. in fact i’m here to take my mind off that orange talking std [cit] who just won the american elections and list some reasons why i’m happy i had medici. 

  • it’s a rai (italian public tv) production. this in itself is a huge point because rai so far has produced, with few exceptions, mediocre fiction for barely literate old people (aka its average target). producing medici means, at least i hope, that this is going to change. it also breaks a seemingly never ending tradition of miniseries about the risorgimento and 20th century popes and nuns. i don’t mean to say my (beloved) grandmother should have nothing left to watch, but i wouldn’t mind watching something on raiuno as well, since we all pay for it. to put it shortly, it’s a step ahead. and i’ll seldom shut up about how unlike rai this show is in the following points.
  • cosimo is an anti-hero. rai made some, if few, co-productions about far-from-perfect characters before (see nero starring hans matheson) but they shamelessly whitewashed them by throwing other people under the bus and stretching history far more than it’s intelligent. here, cosimo is depicted as an essentially decent but also very deeply flawed person, a liar, an unfaithful husband and a somewhat cold father. he’s brooding and unreadable most of the time and while it’s impossible to hate him (at least for me, madden’s eyes make me weak in my knees) he’s not the shiny, stainless, misunderstood poor soul rai usually showcases.
  • contessina. cosimo’s wife is the strong female character™ you don’t expect. she doesn’t kick ass, she’s not cool as ice, she doesn’t go around poisoning people and claiming her right to sleep around as our modern age seems to want strong female characters™ to always do. she is strong as fuck, she is an iron lady, but she gets to be so even if she cries for her husband, if she’s desperate for his love, if she shouts hysterically at him (SO HAVE I is my favourite quote from the entire show, know it) and yes, wants some dick from him even if that’s just angry sex (ON RAIUNO). even if she’s petty to her husband’s mistress, if she endures, if she forgives him time and again and stays. not gonna lie, i would have ripped his balls and added them to the medici insignia, i wanted her to leave. but because feminism is about allowing a woman her choice and not judge her for it, whichever that is, long live contessina and her choice to stay and raise carlo as her own child.
  • the women. none of the girls from this show are entirely forgettable. bianca was a touching figure, if a bit vanilla. contessina’s what i just said. lucrezia is very sweet, but also growing into a formidable woman. maddalena isn’t just ‘the slut’ and even gets to shade the medici for their disrespect of her. emilia is gossipy but loyal.
  • renaissance in fiction. most italians know very little of the renaissance. ours being a relatively young political entity, we study and celebrate the risorgimento a lot, we produce a lot of fiction about it, we’re time and again told the story of the two WW and the holocaust. which is also great, we should do that. but we forget about the rest too much. we read the da vinci code but we hardly know what da vinci did and we still think napoleon stole the monna lisa because we don’t know leonardo died in freaking france. when medici was announced a lot of people had no idea who cosimo was. the renaissance is sometimes explored in documentaries, though not nearly as many as i see are made on the 20th century and the risorgimento; and it certainly hadn’t been explored in home-made fiction for at least some 30 years. to see brunelleschi (and with preziosi’s face) on tv, well that was special. personally i was really proud. that was florence, montepulciano, tuscany, lazio, finally celebrated. and not much cgi.i hate cgi.
  • the story. again i should remark how rare it is for rai to make a show like medici. we produce a lot of historical fiction, as we should because we have excellent costumes, but we usually make it about fictional characters or we whitewash historical ones, overromanticizing their lives, erasing their ambitions and their flaws and their gray areas. if we’d done cosimo’s story some ten years ago we’d probably have written of a goody-goody guy ending up with a huge bank because he was fundraising to feed the poor and buy his wife some flowers and then just happened to have a fortune to share with a saintly pope. this story wasn’t romanticized, in fact it’s much less romanticized than it was, say, on the borgias, where cesare was only ever driven by his love for lucrezia.
  • the bad guys. antagonists in fiction are usually ugly and just plain mean. albizzi, on the other hand, was a very handsome man and even an ex boyfriend of cosimo’s, which created a nice, interesting dynamic between the two of them. i’m afraid that won’t be the case with the pazzi next year.
  • the flashbacks. they were kind of poorly made because the characters all looked exactly the same when supposedly 20 years younger, but flashbacks were a peculiarity of this show and i missed them when they stopped coming. following two plans of the story would leave me wondering just how the hell we’d ended up there.
  • the music. seriously i’m addicted to this ost, praise paolo buonvino. sometimes i even think i wouldn’t like the show this much if it wasn’t for its soundtrack. i feel so dramatic walking around the city with renaissance in my ears and i absolutely adore how the theme is kind of broken into pieces and spammed in various tracks throughout the series.

so yeah this is way too long but i’m happy i had medici and i forgot about trump for about 30 minutes. thanks. 

Nintendo Just Can’t Win

So the Nintendo Switch is fast approaching being a week old and it’s already breaking ground. It outsold all previous Nintendo consoles at launch in two days, Breath of the Wild is amazing based on both critical response and general world of mouth, and on the whole the Switch has thus far proven that Nintendo won’t be abandoning console gaming and becoming a mobile developer like their investors and shareholders want anytime soon.

But I’m not going to talk about that. I mean, I’ll give a more in-depth look at the Switch itself once I get one, but for the moment I want to talk about something else. So it’s no secret that shouting doom and gloom for Nintendo is something that all the ‘cool kids’ do. Now the company is far from perfect and has made its’ share of mistakes, so I don’t begrudge these people when Nintendo genuinely fucks up. The problem is that this still happens even when Nintendo does something good.

Seriously, it seems like for every one person who praises Nintendo, there’s 50 uptight nitpicky asshole straw-graspers that focus exclusively on the flaws of something while also blowing them way out of proportion to make them look like bigger problems than they actually are. Case in point, when the first Bayonetta game failed to make back what it cost no publisher wanted anything to do with it, but Platinum still wanted to make a sequel. Nintendo stepped in and said that they’d front the money if Bayonetta 2 would be a Wii U exclusive. Does Nintendo get credit for saving a potential franchise from vaporware? No, instead everybody loses their shit and goes on a year-long bitchfest about how Nintendo stole the game from Sony and Microsoft even though the game wasn’t theirs in the first place and both companies wanted nothing to do with.

And that’s not an isolated incident. This shit happens all the time.

So Skyward Sword is a great game, isn’t it? It looks like a painting come to life, the characters are great, the writing is excellent, the villain is a ton of fun, the gameplay is immersive, and it has a wonderful story that fits organically into the Zelda lore and mythos with an ending that’s both heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. Good luck finding anyone to talk to about that, because all anyone wants to do is piss and moan about how it’s the worst game ever because Egoraptor didn’t like it.

Hey look, the Nintendo Wii revolutionized technology and broke down the wall between casual and hardcore gaming and taking a step toward ending the tired stereotype of gamers being deadbeat losers who still live with their parents. Who cares, bitch about how it doesn’t play DVDs and let Sony and Microsoft build that wall right back.

Super Mario Galaxy is a great game; everybody whines about Nintendo using their IPs too much (because NO other publisher does that, right?) Hyrule Warriors was a ton of fun; rant and rave about there being no online multiplayer. Oh hey, Other M was a C+ game at best; everybody act like its’ the end of the fucking world and rant incessantly on how NIntendo ruined the personality of a character who previously didn’t even talk!

And that brings us to the Switch, and while some people have drawn ire for multiple things the top of that list is how the console is ‘under powered.’

Originally posted by gameraboy

Right, because specs and graphics are all that matter, right? There’s no way in hell a system can be successful if their processing power and graphics don’t match up to those of their competition-

Let me try and be crystal fucking clear. Power does not matter. Specs do no matter. What does matter is if the game is good. We’ve seen time and time again underpowered gaming consoles crush their more powerful competitors time and time again. The NES held its’ own against the Genesis for years before the Super Nintendo was a thing, the original Playstation ruled the late 90′s despite the fact that it couldn’t hold a candle to the Nintendo 64′s power, the Playstation 2 DOMINATED the more powerful Dreamcast, Gamecube, and original XBOX, the Wii decimated the bigger and stronger XBOX 360 and Playstation 3, and the 3DS rolled the more powerful Vita into a fattie and smoked it.

Look, gaming today is rife with problems (race and gender representation and lack thereof, homogenized game design, E3 becoming more like the Oscars in that it’s less about celebrating important entries in the medium and more about crass corporate self-congratulatory back slapping, draconian DRM, the list goes on and on) and one of the biggest problems is the industry’s obsession with power. This best-specs arms race is choking the life out of gaming. We’ve seen dozens of companies go under because they poured such obscene amounts of money into a game to have the shiniest graphics that one single game had to sell five MILLION copies just to make back what it cost, all the while ignoring the fact that these games with big shiny graphics are consistently outsold by games like Minecraft, Five Nights at Freddy’s, and fucking Undertale. And it just gets worse every year! Now both the Xbone and the PisS4 are getting upgrades for compatibility with 4K TVs when hardly anybody owns a 4K TV! Did they learn nothing from HD-DVDs and plasma screens!? Speaking of which…

4K TVs are not worth it! Save your money!

Ugh. Look, I understand if you have problems with Nintendo. The company is far from perfect and yes they absolutely should be held accountable for their mistakes, but for the love of all things good and evil can we all PLEASE just fucking stop with the whole “NINTENDO IS DOOMED! DOOOOOOOOMED!!!” crap? People have been saying that shit since the SNES Mortal Kombat needed a code for the blood and every console generation those people have been proven wrong. You know when you can start saying Nintendo is doomed? When they fire half of their employees because they can’t afford to pay them and the company’s focus veers away from games ala Konami. THEN you can say Nintendo is doomed.

anonymous asked:

13 for Stan and Bill-possessed-Ford (Ciphord? Or is that the ship name for them?)

13: “You’re suffocating!” - Stan and Bill-possessed-Ford

“You’re suffocating!”

Stan froze in place, his eyes going wide and his mouth falling partially open. He could have sworn his heart stopped for just a fraction of a second there. “W-what…?”

“Oh come on, Stanley. Don’t tell me you’re deaf and stupid!” Ford’s voice was mocking, snide, yet ice cold, almost as if it wasn’t himself speaking, more so something he’d been bottling up inside for years. “You’re suffocating. Dragging me down. Inhibiting me. You’re dead weight.”

“Sh-shut up!” Stan stammered, his hands shaking with rage. “Shut up! That’s not true! You’re wrong!”

“Oh, am I?” Ford took a step forward, one eyebrow raised, giving him a smug, jeering expression. His ratty old jacket flew along as he walked, almost like a kite in a gentle breeze. “How am I wrong, when you’re the one who pushed me into that portal all those years ago?”

“That was an accident!” Stan exclaimed. He couldn’t believe Ford was saying this. Sure, things hadn’t exactly been perfect between the pair since Ford’s return, but he never would have thought his brother would go as far as saying he was dead weight! “We both knew it wasn’t intentional!”

“Oh? It wasn’t?” Ford’s voice was practically a purr now, low and threatening like a growl from an animal protecting its territory. “I thought you pushed me in so you could have all that money for yourself, along with a safe, stable place to live.”

“No!” Stan exclaimed, his heart thudding and his hands balling into fists. “I - I didn’t mean to do that, Ford, I swear!”

“You’re an excellent liar, Stanley,” Ford said. He took another step forwards and Stan could have sworn that, for a moment, he saw a vivid yellow glint in his brother’s eyes behind the glasses, but as soon as he moved again it was gone. It must have been his imagination.

“I’m not lying, Ford, I promise!” Stan took a step back as Ford advanced towards him, his hands shaking. He couldn’t hit his brother. As much as he wanted to, he knew it would only drive the wedge further between them and would just make everything worse. “Please, just listen to me.”

Ford laughed. There was something awfully wrong about the laugh. Normally, Ford’s laugh was deep and warming. This was far too shrill and high-pitched. It was awful and painful to listen to, like nails on a chalkboard. “Why should I ever listen to the man who ruined my life!”

Stan opened his mouth to reply before the door swung open. “Hey, Grunkle Stan, we were wondering if-” both of the younger twins froze at the sight of Stan backed up against the wall with Ford in front of him menacingly. Ford turned to face them and both Dipper and Mabel felt a chill run down their spines.


Suddenly, Ford’s laughter returned, but it was almost a cackle, the harsh sound bouncing off the walls and echoing inside the heads of the other three. All of a sudden Ford ripped the glasses from his face and tossed them to the ground. The yellow glint Stan had seen earlier was back in Ford’s eyes once more. His pupils were different, too. They were long and thin, like cat’s eyes.

“Well well well, looks like these kids are smarter than you are, Fez!” Ford’s voice had changed too and now Stan was sure it wasn’t his brother. It was far too high-pitched and it seemed to almost echo itself with a .01 second delay.

Stan gritted his teeth, his fingernails digging into the palms of his hands. “What the hell have you done to my brother’s body?!”

“Oh, nothing…important,” Bill cackled, Ford’s mouth stretched into an unnaturally wide grin. “Nothing that’ll kill him, at least.”

Mabel swallowed, noticing something seeping into the left sleeve of Ford’s jacket. A dark red stain was slowly spreading across it. “G-Grunkle Stan? He’s bleeding…”

Stan narrowed his eyes. It was one thing for this demon to steal Ford’s body, but hurting Ford?! No, he had gone too far. “Get out of my brother’s body you monster!”

Bill laughed again and the three others cringed at the sound. “Who’s gonna make me, tough guy?! Ol’ Sixer said it himself! We’re friends until the end of time! Can’t argue with that, now, can you?! That deal was made over thirty years ago!”

“You tricked him! You broke that deal when you hurt him! When you stole his body, tortured him and haunted him!”

“I never broke that deal.” Bill shrugged with Ford’s shoulders. “He said I could use his body whenever I pleased, so here I am!”

“GET OUT OF MY UNCLE YOU MONSTER!” Mabel shrieked and ran forward, punching Ford’s body as violently as she could.

Bill just laughed. “Wow, I guess neither of them inherited your boxing skills, eh?” He sneered, lifting up his leg and easily kicking Mabel to the ground. She fell with a thud and a yelp, landing rather harshly on the floorboards. Dipper instantly went to her side to help her up.

Stan growled and marched forwards. “How dare you hit her like that!” He shouted. In one swift movement, he raised his right hand, curled it into a tight fist and drove it straight into Ford’s face. His nose broke, sending blood cascading down his chin onto the front of his sweater and onto the floor. Bill looked startled for a moment before those yellow eyes rolled back into his skull and he hit the floor like a sack of wet cement.

Stan was panting, teeth still gritted in rage. He took a moment to calm himself down before kneeling down beside Ford to see if he was okay. His brother’s nose was broken and crooked, blood still dripping from his nostrils steadily. Part of his cheek was red and looked as though it would bruise. Dipper went off to get some paper towels to mop up the blood while Mabel brought over a cushion from the sofa in the living room, slipping it underneath Ford’s head to make him a little more comfortable.

Dipper held the wad of paper towels against Ford’s nose, cringing a little as he felt the cartilage shift around underneath his fingers, showing that Stan had cleanly broken it. Stan got some aspirin and a glass of water for when Ford woke up. He felt a little sick as his eyes scanned over the blood leaking from his brother’s nose and soaking into the tissues, but it had to be done. He was fairly certain that demon was out of Ford’s body by now, and once Dipper had told him that the body falling unconscious was enough to knock Bill out, his nerves settled down. He knew Ford would be mad when he woke up to find his nose broken and favourite sweater stained with blood, but he hadn’t had any other choice.

He was more concerned with why Ford had made a deal with Bill in the first place, and just how Bill got into Ford’s body. Mabel had some bandages and come antibacterial wipes, cleaning up the few cuts Bill had made on Ford’s arm. They were arranged in the shape of a triangle, making the two kids shudder. Stan watched with a lump in his throat and a churning stomach as Mabel tended to the injuries, covering them with brightly-coloured bandages and making sure they were cleaned properly.

“Oh, Poindexter…” Stan murmured. “What have you gotten yourself into…?”


Prompts list

anonymous asked:

I have a Libra IC, which I've heard that means you grew up in a balanced/perfect household.. but it's actually the opposite.. there was always a lot of fighting and pain when I grew up (which I think has a lot to do with my Chiron in Scorpio in the 4th), so I've been trying to see how the libra IC could play into all of this, and the only thing I can see is that maybe my parents expected me to be perfect in everything? & maybe that's why I'm super ambitious as an adult (hence aries midheaven)?

Okay well first of all, Libra IC does not mean a perfect, balanced childhood. Honestly, a Libra IC is quite far from that. However, that’s what your childhood aimed for, which can lead to a lot of struggles in your childhood. There were high expectations: You were expected to be social, peaceful, and pretty. In that sense, people with a Libra IC were given such unrealistic expectations to where they kinda lose a sense of who they are, trying to achieve those expectations. Libra also has a polarizing lazy/hard-working vibe since it’s ruled by Venus but exalted in Saturn. You may have had to work hard, but you had no direction in that work. That’s where your Aries MC comes in, so yes, it’d show how ambitious you are… but it’ll also show how ambitious you are with a sense of direction, and this sense of direction is usually to find your sense of self through the things you do in the world.

anonymous asked:

What led you to romance Anders?

It all happened quite unexpectedly. I remember having every intention of romancing Fenris, and did have Hawke pursue him at first. As much as I loved the idea of them together and adore Fenris, I realized that a relationship between the two of them just wouldn’t work, for a number of reasons.

So I began to explore Anders’ romance path instead, despite not really liking him much in the beginning or finding him particularly attractive. I knew from the start that it made the most sense story-wise though, both for Manon and Anders (much of which I’ve developed in my own stories and headcanon). Their personalities seemed to compliment each other really well. Manon is quite a needy person,and Anders likes to be needed. Anders is always unsettled, whereas Manon is generally content and can help ground him because of that…The list goes on and on.

There are a few other reasons that made me stick with Anders, outside of him just feeling right. I love the way in which their story seems to parallel Malcolm and Leandra’s, and how similar Anders is to Malcolm. I love how it has its ups and downs, and how I, as a player, am not always in control -something I really miss in DAI. I also feel like Anders’ romance is more directly tied into the plot, which doesn’t make his romance better than the others by any means, but does make it feel more impactful to me.

After all that, I’ve really grown to cherish Anders and his romance. He’s a complex character that I feel is too easily dismissed. That’s not to say that I think he’s perfect -far from it. There’s much he does that I don’t like. But no other character in the DA series even comes close to having as much of an emotional impact on me as he does.

anonymous asked:

Hi, would you mind elaborating a little more on Into the Badlands ? What's it about, what are the main themes and why do you personally recommend it ? Thank you ! Hope you're having a good evening ! 😊

OK so Into the Badlands is a martial arts post-apocalyptic series with wuxia influences. I should stress the post-apocalyptic nature of the show doesn’t make it super bleak like The Walking Dead. It’s more of a springboard in order to create neat action sequences, sets, and costumes.

Overall it’s a fun show, but it also has some great elements including:

  • The two main leads being POC
  • Sunny’s love interest being a black woman, which is really special because interracial relationships in media often have one half of the couple being white
    • Sunny is allowed to be intimate with her + he’s also allowed to have had past relationships with other women, a.k.a. an Asian man who isn’t desexualized?? amazing
  • A really awesome character whose disability doesn’t define him and who quietly sets in motion a lot of the plot. He is also Sunny’s mentor.
  • Some really kickass female characters; they do take a couple eps to really emerge, but they’re each complex and ambitious characters
  • Absolutely stunning choreography. Ku Huen-chiu is the fight choreographer, and his repertoire in the West includes Kill Bill 1 & 2 and the final Matrix film
  • They’ve talked about filming the same way Hong Kong martial arts films do and it shows; the fight scenes have very few cuts and they’re each 2-3 minutes long. Daniel Wu is a trained martial artist so there’s just a lot more they can do with the sequences that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to if they had to sub in stunt doubles.
  • Behind the scenes, Stephen Fung and Daniel Wu are both executive producers. Both are huge names in Hong Kong, so it’s just nice knowing this seeing as they’re pulling so much inspiration from such a classic Chinese genre
  • A gorgeous color palette. Nothing is washed out; the scenes are vibrant and rich, and color plays a significant role in terms of symbolism as well.

Honestly, I could go on forever. It’s not a perfect show by any means, but it’s got amazing potential and as far as what’s on available on television right now, it’s absolutely near the top.

Gladiator (movie) AU

Pairing: Cherik
Warnings: N/A

I listened to the movie soundtrack again and could NOT get this AU out of my head all weekend lol. So have approx. 650 words of my favorite scene from the movie, with Erik as Maximus and Charles as Lucilla.

@lachatblanche - because I know you love gladiator aus :D

It is late in the afternoon when a man sweeps into Erik’s cell at the gladiators’ barracks, shrouded in a long cloak and hood to conceal his face. A lifetime has passed since their last true parting, and yet to Erik there is no mistaking him for any other; even now Charles is as he has always been – brilliant and regal in bearing, his outer radiance belying a core of steel.

“My brother’s had Emma arrested. We can’t wait any longer; we must leave tonight. Azazel will take you to the gate at midnight where Alex will be waiting with horses.”

Charles is pale and a little breathless, fearful and determined both as he gazes at Erik with those sharp blue eyes. He knows what risks Charles has taken – is taking – to help him and for the briefest moment, Erik has no words to express his gratitude.

No words for the man he once loved with his whole heart.

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When will the heart break begin?

Am I the only one scared cuz Yousef has been close to perfect thus far? I know Julie will pull the rug from under us soon, and its gonna hurt:0

Skam beeing Skam means it will all be ok in the end, but I’m so not ready for the inbetween.

Also I kind of am. Thats what we are all here for right?

anonymous asked:

I don't mind Sha//ura and I actually really like it but I absolutely hate when antïs and (SOME) k/ance shippers talk about it. I feel it's like Br0ganes in a way. Like oh K/eith and /ance are meant to be together so let's FORCE Sha//ura so much so that A//ura isn't shipped with K/eith or /ance because there's no way our perfect ship can be ruined like K/ance is meant to be so that automatically means Sha//ura is meant to be. I just hate that it's not shown the proper love.

I like sh@llura I just have lowkey salt over the whole space dad/ space mom dynamic bc it’s been taken way too far by antis to the extent that Shiro is completely separated from the other paladins which he shouldn’t be

destinedxenophysicist  asked:

You mean the character on the show about love and acceptance that's pro lgbt and everything, is racist, you realize how silly that sounds, right?

Yes the show is about love and acceptance. That does not mean that it is the pinnacle example of love and acceptance. It can be about those things and still do it wrong. It does many things really well, but there are also many things it does wrong. One of which is racial representation.
Now, I’m as white as bleached snow, so if I say something wrong, please correct me. But here are examples of POC characters and how they’re mistreated in the show

Garnet has become nothing more than a guide for the others, especially Steven, doing literally nothing other than having a few lines to say something vaguely wise, and that’s it. She never has character development any more, and any episode that’s meant to focus on her ends up focussing on Ruby and Sapphire, or the concept of fusion. We haven’t explored any of Garnet’s personal thoughts and feelings for a long, long time.

Kofi Pizza fits the stereotype of ‘angry black man’. He’s pretty much shouting in every scene he’s in

Doctor Maheshwaren, and to a lesser extent Mr Maheshwaren both fit the ‘strict asian parents’ trope. Although that has lessened since Nightmare Hospital.

Sugilite was right to be mad at Pearl and yet she was demonised for her anger, and the anger was made to be her defining trait. She fits the stereotype of the loud and violent black woman who needs to be taught a lesson by the sensible and careful white woman. In addition to this, her design is overly monsterous, once again assosiating violence with a black character. A monsterous design COULD have worked really well, but since violence and anger are Sugilite’s only personality traits, its a bad. She’s even more monstrous looking than Malachite, who’s supposed to be a literal embodiment of abuse.

Bismuth. FUCKING BISMUTH. Bismuth was rightfully angry at Rose and all of Homeworld. She wanted to kill her oppressors so that everyone could be free. But no, the show demonised her for her anger and tried to preach the message of ‘he who fights monsters’, and use the ‘just as bad’ arguement; which we should all know couldn’t be more wrong. Bismuth wasn’t even presented initially as a bloodthursty murderer, she was shown to be sweet, kind, caring, thoughtful, enthusiastic, etc. But it was her anger AT HER OPPRESSION that was focussed on and demonised. It was also a piss poor attempt at ‘morally grey Rose’ because in the end, while its almost presented as being a bad thing that Rose did, Steven still goes and does the same thing anyway. Since then, Bismuth has never been given another chance, and has only been used to be another step in the metaphorical staircase of reasons why Steven hates himself. If he “didn’t want to hurt anyone” he could LET HER OUT, but he doesn’t. Not to mention if we look at how Bismuth and Rose are visually coded, and then watch the episode to see who’s supposed to be the bloodthirsty psychopath, its pretty racist. Not to mention only a handful of episodes after the whole ‘killing space nazis is bad’ thing, we find out that ROSE KILLED PINK DIAMOND and its played off as ‘she had a good reason’, as if Bismuth didn’t, and she was wrong while Rose was right.

So basically just because a show preaches equality does not mean that it’s perfect. I could even get into the flaws of the LGBT representation in the show too, but this isn’t about that. At the end of the day, this show has demonised multiple POC characters, and used a few too many stereotypes to be held up as the pinnacle of representation in the media. It’s not the worst out there, but its far from the best. Some things it handles better than others. Racial representation is not handled anywhere near as well as it could be.

I just don’t know,” she whispered into the night, her heart heavy with loss, “we fought so much and loved so little. We were far from perfect, so lost in each other. I don’t know what we were.” He was quiet, his shoulder pressed up against hers, a touch that was still electric but one that had lost its meaning. “Was it worth it, though?” he asked, looking down at her through his thick black lashes, his dark eyes glinting in the dim light the moon cast over the room. “Yes,” she replied without sparing another heartbeat to consider, “yes,” she added, more firmly. “You made me feel something. I was happy. Anything that means so much, that makes you feel like you’re standing on top of the world, anything that makes you so happy you can’t believe this is your life - it’s worth it. We were worth it.
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Remember that amazing feeling you felt watching the Avengers for the first time - Seeing seperate heroes finally come together to fight an impending doom? The Defenders felt just like that for me, all over again!

There’s something fun and mesmerising about characters and microcosms bleeding into one another, after only experiencing them as seperate entities. Even though all 4 heroes fight crime in New York, their ‘worlds’ feel entirely different to one another. Their mindsets, backgrounds and morals all start to clash when they find themselves amongst people just as powerful as themselves. If the team worked effortlessly and harmoniously, then the story would be incredibly straight forward and boring, but having all 4 egos snap at one another makes the teamwork moments much more satisfying and rewarding once they finally happen. A dysfunctional family eventually working as a unit results in some immense pay-offs.

In terms of the story, it provided everything I was hoping for and more. When you have 4 characters that are used to having a whole series to themselves, I expect it’s difficult to budget and divide screen time evenly within an 8-episode mini series. Obviously, the heroes’ stories pick up where they individually left off, until of course they find out they have a common enemy. I don’t feel like anyone was given too much or too little screen time - everyone was on par with each other. I even think the supporting cast like Colleen Wing and Claire Temple had integral roles. I was pleasantly surprised by how much the series had time to delve more into them, as I thought the show would be far too busy to turn its focus away from the main characters.

I use the word, ‘busy’, but the pacing was nothing short of perfection in my eyes. Yes, it’s much quicker than the sets of 13-hour series we’re used to, but in a good way. The fact that the story rarely has time to slow down for too long means that the audience is spoilt in regards to the collection of amazing fight scenes. Each character has their unique fighting style, so when it comes to buddy brawls, the possibilities are near enough endless. Don’t get me wrong though, the story isn’t just fight after fight. If I were to summarise the plot, I would say that it’s incredibly compelling and intense.

In conclusion, I’d like to say that the Defenders was what it should have been the moment it was announced, with an amazing use of characters, music and colour (keep an eye on the reds, blues, yellows and greens). After years of build-up and speculation, you can’t help but wonder if it’ll truly live up to the hype, but it’s safe to say that it did, and with ease. I can only begin to imagine how hard it was to balance Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist into one short series, so I congratulate the writers and showrunners for their amazing work. It’s left me wanting more, and I’m excited to see how the future solo series’ will be shaped by the outcome of the show’s ending. All in all, the wait has been truly worth it.

Note: If Iron Fist was your least favourite character, then the Defenders does a great job at making him cooler.