hey! sorry to bother you, but I dont know about the whole gremlin dva thing? what is it?
Oh wow but I wish you’d asked this off-anon, racist overwatch fans are really sensitive about this subject and like to throw little tantrums whenever anyone says anything against it! I’m gonna start from the very beginning in case anyone doesn’t know the basics of the situation
Okay, so this is D.Va:
D.Va, AKA Hana Song is a nineteen-year-old professional Starcraft player from Korea. There isn’t a perfect analogy, but in Korea, Pro Gamers aren’t viewed the way western gamers are, they’re held in a closer regard to professional athletes, or even rock stars. D.Va’s name is indicative of her personality: She’s a celebrity diva. She’s confident to a fault, she’s courageous and a bit cocky, she’s charming and she knows how to work an audience. Her fame as a pro Starcraft player has led to a career as an actress, which brought her fame worldwide.
At age 16, through a “last starfighter/pacific rim” type situation, the Korean Government decided to address the problem of “giant robot keeps attacking Korea and traditional military tactics and regular soldiers are useless against it” by recruiting pro gamers (with their fast reflexes and unconventional tactical know-how) to pilot mechs to keep the giant robot at bay. D.Va was the best Starcraft player in the world (except her dad, the one person in the world she still can’t beat), and amazingly, she was also the best at fighting this giant robot. Because her gaming ability is what makes her so good at fighting this particular giant robot, she approaches her job the same way she approaches video games: by perpetually chasing the horizon of perfection and trying to improve her skills.
In-universe, she streams her missions worldwide on Twitch, and her fan following as a Superhero is as big as her following as a Pro Gamer or a Movie Star. Because she streams her missions, she’s often heard using gamer-speak in-combat because she’s addressing her audience directly. Outside of combat, many other heroes (like Lucio and Reinhardt) are huge fans of hers and look up to her, she’s a fan of reading scientific journals and is a bit starstruck to meet her favorite scientist (Mei) and she’s deeply hurt by the destruction she saw in her home country. She’s also sensitive about being called a child, because she’s now 19 (an adult) and a decorated soldier and deserves a certain level of respect.
This is Gremlin D.Va:
Gremlin D.Va is a fandom-created meme based on approximately nothing from the actual game or lore except the word “gamer” in her description. Gremlin D.Va is a caricature of western white male gamers (interesting given that D.Va is a Korean woman who acts approximately nothing like western white male gamers).
Gremlin D.Va is approximately four years old (or less!! A lot of the fanart includes her wearing diapers, sitting in strollers, sucking on a pacifier, the line is between “gremlin D.Va” and “baby D.Va” is blurry enough to be practically nonexistent). Gremlin D.Va is obsessed with doritos and mountain dew (she has her own brand of chips and sponsors a cola brand in-game, but we’ve established that the people making this meme don’t really care about what is or isn’t part of the game). She is supposed to be dirty and disgusting, she speaks in broken english even though Canon D.Va is fluent (they chalk this up to be “she’s like a baby!” but infantilization isn’t much better), she is mischievous and sneaky, she is presented as a childlike, and, well, pretty much aligns with every harmful stereotype of East Asians except the hypersexualization (which they claim makes it progressive). Also, as noted in the above picture, part of the meme is that she’s been adopted by two of the white characters, Soldier: 76 and Mercy, neither of whom she’s confirmed to have ever even met. She’s usually presented in the comics as a burden to that white man, which, yikes.
Essentially, Gremlin D.Va is a list of harmful and baseless stereotypes and tropes about Asians and Asian-Americans like “sneaky” and “childlike” and “perverse,” and defenders of the meme like to pretend it’s okay to project lots of anti-Asian racist stereotypes onto an Asian character as long as they’re not doing so because she’s Asian, but, the fact is, it honestly doesn’t matter whether or not they mean to be racist, but it’s somewhat hard to believe it has nothing to do with the character being East Asian: It would be very different if she were a white character being treated the same way, since there’s really no cultural baggage that presents white people as subhuman (you’re literally calling her a “gremlin”) and childlike (don’t try to dispute this, half those comics put her in a damn diaper), but for SOME REASON the white characters in the game are never presented that way!
The one exception to that is in the Halloween sprays where D.Va is very much presented as a child, and defenders like to claim this makes Gremlin D.Va “canon,” although this doesn’t really hold any water, since the sprays seem to show children dressed as the heroes trick-or-treating, and almost all the heroes are given a trick-or-treater spray. Here’s just a handful, for instance:
Now, I’ve gotten yelled at a lot for calling the meme racist, and 99 times out of 100 it is, but the fact remains, even if it was totally not racist: it’s just plain not funny! It’s boring and unimaginative and doesn’t make sense! People always try to act like “it’s just a video game, it’s fictional, let us have our jokes,” and I wholeheartedly agree, except that I expect jokes to be even mildly funny.
People also come back with “but it’s Chibi! Haven’t you ever heard of Chibi!” which, of course I have!! In fact, like all the Overwatch heroes, there’s a Chibi version of her available in the game! It doesn’t look like a screaming dorito-encrusted toddler in the care of a cheap knockoff Clint Eastwood, though, it looks like a chibi version of the character:
There she is standing next to her mech! She’s got a look and pose indicative of her trademark cocksure attitude, she’s clearly an adult and not a child, she’s not sexualized in this image without being desexualized through infantilization, and it looks like her, but in that style!!
Now, the thing is, I know it’s futile to ask racists to stop being racist, especially when they don’t agree they are being racist. They think they’re being funny, and they try to dismiss any criticisms with “it’s not that serious,” but the thing is, if it wasn’t that serious to them, why do they throw a little tantrum whenever anyone voices discomfort with it? And I mean every single time, they whine and complain and act smugly superior because they haven’t been “offended,” but the fact is that most normal fans of the game are content to roll their eyes and scroll past their unfunny meme, and they’re the ones who get all worked up whenever they find out people don’t think it’s funny.
Which is the most important facet of Gremlin D.Va: it’s not funny! It’s boring! It feels like the kind of thing Seth Green would write in a mediocre Robot Chicken sketch that he didn’t put all that much effort into. Even if it wasn’t racist, it just doesn’t make sense that people keep pushing this unfunny joke despite the fact that the response is more groans than laughs! In fact, most people I know mock and ridicule the people who are boring enough to find it funny!
Yeah, I’m a gamer. That’s right, I’m a gamer. Me? I’m a gamer. Not to brag, but I’m kind of a gamer. Also, did you know that I’m a gamer? You might not believe it, but I’m a gamer. By the way, I’m a gamer. Gamer for life! Gamer from the day I born. Played games in the womb, played games on my couch, and I’ll be playing games in my grave. As the worms crawl into my rotting brain, I’ll be gaming. As my coffin splinters and the earth reclaims me, I’ll be gaming. And as I bear release from my mortal flesh and my incorporeal soul looks on from the blissful peace of the afterlife, it will be for but a moment - after which, I will resume gaming. Gaming is beyond life. Gaming is beyond God. Gaming is Everything.
I just remembered there’s a Skyrim mod that causes lightning to strike any guard who says the arrow to the knee line regardless of weather or environment and one time I needed to break someone out of a cell but my pickpocket skills were terrible and I didn’t want to get in trouble for murdering a guard so I just spoke to them repeatedly until they said the line and then took the key off their dead body
I’m so sad that I wasn’t with Jack from the beginning because I would love to support him since his first vids ╥﹏╥
I got to his channel only like a month ago and somehow I feel horrible and like I don’t actually deserve being in this great community, oh lord, help me plz
Headcanon: Nina got the entire barrio playing D&D.
Pffft! I bet you someone at Stanford brought her into the loop XD (When I was visiting one of my colleges, I played a few rounds and it was pretty fun; I sucked, but it was fun)
Nina starts by planting the seed in Sonny and Pete’s brains, cause Sonny always listens to her and Pete will almost always go where Sonny goes, and she gets them into it. Then, maybe at Nina’s welcome home party, Sonny and Pete bring the game up and rope Vanessa and Benny into it, and Nina joins in to help strengthen the claws of D&D. And of course, with Vanessa gone, Usnavi has no hope of survival. And with our main squad sucked in, that means it’s only a matter of time before the rest of the barrio falls victim like a domino effect, and Nina reigns supreme as the Dungeon Master of the barrio, with her subjects being some of the highest levels and strongest players.
Bonus: She actually invites a few of her Stanford friends to the barrio who happen to be D&D people and the barrio absolutely WRECKS them within a few rounds of the game.
I’ve seen people talking about the Witcher series, and I’m wondering if I should give it a try?
I am not an RPG fan for the sake of rpgs
(Skyrium was kinda meh for me). I like Dragon Age for the lore and the characters. That’s more important to me in any game. Previously, my only understanding of the Witcher was a gritty rpg where you could have lots of sex. But seeing people talk about how satisfying they find the lore and the characters has peaked my interest.
My main concern is the combat sounds really overwhelming. I’m the kind of player that throws themselves into combat and hacks away. Definitely doesn’t seem like that’s something you can do with Witcher. The ability to dodge and parrying (and reposte? There’s three different dodging mechanics?) seem pretty important and I never remember to do any of that (actually really loved the Prince of Persia reboot told you when to dodge because I would have been dead otherwise). The various menus also look pretty intimidating.
Watching a Let’s Play right now, and there’s bombs, traps, signs, potions, and omg so much what? I am never going to remember all of that after the tutorial, not unless the game reminds me as I die repeatedly.
I mean, the characters and lore sound really interesting, but if I can’t actually play the game then there’s really no point.
I suppose I could see if my husband wants to play it and watch him?
So I’m not a gamer in any way shape or form: I was a nationally ranked
athlete, am a deans scholarship recipient, and I’ve been nominated for
several study abroad a under the impression that I’m ‘a well-rounded and
kind individual’. Take it or leave it, judge me as you like, but I
absolutely LOVE da:I. And one of the girls in my house (for a lack of
better terms) just outed me to the rest of our house. Is it wrong that
I’m bothered by it? Because I’m still me, I just love an elf egg.
Headcanon where Hiro is the kind of kid who’s seriously into first person shooters and real-time strategy games and is just too good at them and he pretty much obliterates the global battlefield. And when people try to insult him by calling him a kid he just scoffs because he is a kid and he enjoys the fact that gamers way above his age are getting royally wrecked by a 11-year-old. The only person who can beat him is Tadashi but he prefers to play Candy Crush and likes to casually tell Hiro to ‘stop bullying the newbies’.