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Day One Hundred and Twenty-Seven

-After a lengthy medical leave, I have once more donned my red and khaki and returned to my rightful place at the register. I find the store much the same as it always was. An unsettlingly muggy climate. The aisles, bustling with guests from every demographic, all united in the common pursuit of the best deals. An inescapable air of mystery and ripe infant following wherever you go. It is good to be back.

-A man in his fifties returned twenty-five unopened Hot Wheels cars. I wish that I know what could have gone so, so very wrong.

-An elderly pair of women purchase Minions toothpaste, a Minions toothbrush, and a Minions board game. Their passion leaves me certain that they are not gifts. Their choice of passion leaves me wondering one thing: Why?

-I listened on as a trio of grade school girls gathered to discuss having watched the notoriously family-friendly smash hit, Deadpool. At first, I believed them to be bluffing, however they went into such detail that I came to realize that the nine year-olds were actual consumers of this movie. The three have proven themselves to possess only the hardest of cores and are not to be trifled with.

-A young man came through sporting a shirt which showed him to be a member of the local hammer wrestling team. I have never heard of any such sport, but if it is at all like how it sounds, I am very interested.

-The Hot Wheels man approached my lane to purchase more of the same cars he had just returned. He only picked up half as many cars this time around, however. This man has been hurt before, so I am glad to see him being careful moving forward.

-Rather than the normal affirmative of “Okey-dokey,” a woman crafted her own, replying to her total with a confident, “Obi-Kobe.” Once I establish my Hammer Wrestling team, I have now been inspired to start up a Jedi Basketball club.

-A toddler screamed and cried and kicked and fought when the ball he had been clutching, a blue orb much larger than he himself, was taken away. The tyke refused to calm down until it was once again safely in his keeping. I am glad to see such a wise child, so proficient at prioritizing. After all, it is never too early to learn that ball is life.

Chocobros at Hogwarts

Harry Potter x Final Fantasy XV

Originally posted by metal-up-your-ass-bitch

Noctis Lucis Caelum

  • House: Gryffindor
    The Sorting Hat had the hardest time trying to sort him between Hufflepuff and Gryffindor, but eventually settled on Gryffindor. Not because he’s “brave and fearless” exactly, but because Noctis would like the strength to protect his friends. 
  • Blood Status: Pure-blood
    He is directly linked to royalty, and some people say that he’s a descendant of Merlin. His father was Minister of Magic up to his death. 
  • Boggart: Marilith, the creature that gravely injured him as a kid, and is the reason for his bad back and legs that even the best Healers couldn’t fix. When he grows older and eventually slays her, his boggart changes to him not being able to save his friends, leading to their death. 
  • Wand: Cypress wood, Dragon heartstring, twelve and a half inches, not very flexible or springy, but durable. 
    Cypress wood is associated with nobility, and one great wandmaker was always honored to meet a match with cypress wood, because he knew that that wizard would die a heroic death
    Dragon heartstring leads to powerful wands, and while they can change allegiance easily, the core bonds strongly with the current owner. Be warned, it can be prone to accidents, almost temperamental. 
    Low flexibility means that the wand isn’t very prone to adapting or willingness to change. 
  • Patronus: Carbuncle 
  • Favorite class: History of Magic, because that means he can sleep through it. 
  • When Noctis arrived at Hogwarts, everyone was already gossiping about who he is or who his family is, so he remained very lonely in the beginning. He had Ignis and Gladio, who were three years ahead of his year, but he thought that it was embarrassing to rely on them for friendship, so he mostly stayed alone. 
  • Some of the Slytherins call him “Blood Traitor” because his lineage is so prestigious, yet he acts very casual with everyone, and is almost awkward, as if he was beneath them. 
  • He was excused from Flying Classes because of his bad leg, which would lock up and tense if he was on a broom for too long.  
  • He can be found in the Gryffindor dorms on his free time, sleeping on either one of the couches or in his bed, or in the Great Hall. 
  • But he also has a habit of going to the Great Lake to fish, which the teachers always tell him not to do, but he does it anyway. 
  • His wand is chipped at some places, but otherwise still in good quality. He doesn’t treat his wand very well, and always has close call moments where he almost snaps it.
  • Such a pureblood pleb, and wouldn’t understand muggle customs very well. Prompto told him the Chocobo Moodle outfit was the height of muggle fashion as a joke, and Noctis took him seriously. He wore it out in muggle public, even when Prompto told him that it was a joke, he continued to wear it anyway. 
  • He has a black cat as a pet that his father got for him as a gift, and they both take afternoon naps together. He uses the family’s owl to send letters to his father. 
  • He has the best affinity for Apparition out of everyone in his school year. 

Prompto Argentum: 

  • House: Hufflepuff 
    No question whatsoever, this boy was made to be the most loyal and unyielding wizard that has ever walked down Hogwart’s halls. 
  • Blood Status: Muggle-born
    Prompto was actually a result of a magical experiment with all intents and purposes were to make artificial life, so the proper classification would be Magical Creature. The experiments were put to a stop once the Ministry of Magic found out what that wizard was attempting to do, and Prompto was taken in and put up for adoption. There was a mix up, and he ended up being adopted by the typical nine-to-five muggle couple. 
  • Boggart: His boggart would be his friends hating him for his origins, calling him a monster or turning him away for what he is. Once he was constantly reassured that they don’t care what he is and, “What does it matter where you’re from anyway?” His boggart changes to his friends dying one by one. 
  • Wand: Ceder wood, unicorn hair, twelve and a half inches, springy 
    Ceder wood is meant for people who have a strong character and unyielding loyalty. Ceder wands find people with powerful judgement. 
    Unicorn hair is the most versatile of the typical three cores, and is the most faithful, as they tend to stick to their original owner. It is also the hardest core to turn to the Dark Arts. 
  • Patronus: the one and only chocobos. 
  • Favorite class: Care for Magical Creatures, but he has a strange talent for Charms that can make Ignis slightly jealous. 
  • When he came to Hogwarts he was a bit on the chubby side, so they submitted him to some bullying from some rather mean Slytherins, but the people of his house saw him as a reliable and nice guy. He’s just a bit insecure and shy. He then met Noctis and everything changed. 
  • Colin Creevey 2.0
  • Despite everything he was genuinely excited to go to Hogwarts though! His parents were a bit hesitant, because they always saw him as different, but eventually let him go when a professor came to talk to them. 
  • He brought an old camera with him to capture all the wonders of being a wizard. 
  • He went through a Neville-level transformation! He started to slim down a bit late first year by running laps around Hogwart’s Quidditch pitch early in the morning or across the Great Lake. He finally slimmed down to what he looks like now during the summer of his fourth year. 
  • He loves Hogsmead, and always gets so excited or a cup of butterbeer or a trip to Honeydukes. 
  • Even though he slimmed down, he still likes to treat himself more often than not. He can’t resist cauldron cakes, pumpkin pasties, and licorice wands.
  • It’s a surprise that his wand is still usable. He’s very clumsy with it, and during his first year he always flicked it very hard or slammed it against the tables. He has chips, splinters, and wear and tear. 
  • He has a little dwarf owl that he begged his parents to get for him. It doesn’t grow to be any bigger than his hand, and he loves it to bits. It’s the color of a toasted marshmallow, and can barely carry any packages that’s any heavier than a letter, but Prompto always encourages it and awards it as if it were able to bench press Gladio. 
  • Someone please give me Prompto’s DLC outfit, but Hogwarts version. 
  • He gets super excited when he learns how to get his pictures to move and talk. During the summers when he’s away from Noctis and them, he usually talks to the pictures that he has of them. 

Gladiolus Amicitia

Originally posted by aceds

  • House: Gryffindor 
    Truly is the house of the brave, and Gladio has the heart of a lion. There was no doubt that he would end up here, but the Sorting Hat did ponder for a second or two about placing him in Ravenclaw. 
  • Blood Status: Half-blood 
    While the Amicitia are an old and prestigious wizarding family with a family tree that can be traced back thousands of years, Clarus ended up falling in love and marrying a half-blood witch. The Amicitias are known for being the Shields to the Caelum family, a tradition that was born thousands of years ago, and created by an Unbreakable Vow by their ancestors, but as the years went by the newer generations made the tradition more relaxed and easygoing than it was years ago. 
  • Boggart: failing as a Shield. Even though the whole helpmate thing isn’t as serious as it was before, Noctis gets into more trouble than Gladio would like, and with the tensions between the pure-blood supremacists and everyone else, he worries for his friends. 
  • Wand: Blackthorn wood, dragon heartstring, fifteen inches, and only the slightest bit flexible. 
    Blackthorn wood is an unusual wand wood, but is known for being best suited for warriors. 
    Dragon heartstring produce powerful wands and flamboyant spells. Their owners are usually fast learners, and just like stated above, they are prone to accidents, and are just the slightest bit temperamental. 
  • Patronus: a bear. 
    The guys call him “Papa Bear” to tease with him sometimes. Bears represent strength and wisdom. 
  • Favorite Class: Defense Against the Dark Arts without a doubt, but he enjoys the reading material for Astronomy, Alchemy, Muggle Studies, and Magical Theory. 
  • Some nasty Slytherins would gossip and call him “a waste of proper blood,” due to his half-blood heritage that “soiled” his family’s lone line of purebloods. 
  • But they would only say this at a distance, and a fool would try to say it to his face. 
  • He would get detention for fighting, but it wouldn’t be for wizard dueling. Nope, Gladio uses his fists only. 
  • When he turns seventeen, the first thing he uses magic outside of school for is making the three-minute cup noodle wait go by faster. 
  • He can be found exercising on his free time, or in the library reading every book on every shelf. Girls who are smitten with him would probably catch glances at him from around the shelves’ corners. 
  • He was on the qudditch team for a short period of time in the Beater position. 
  • Unlike Prompto, whose wand is in poor condition simply because he doesn’t take good care of it, Gladio’s wand is worn down because he’s dueling all the time. He’s either practicing spells, or has his wand disarmed from him. That or he’s literally knocked off his feet. He spends money every now and then for the upkeep of his wand. 
  • He doesn’t have any pets, but they have a family hawk to send letters and Iris wanted a cat or a ferret. 
  • If he had a Yule Ball during his time in school, he would have a line of girls just waiting to ask him out, but he would turn them all down for the quiet girl that hangs around the library. 
  • Unfortunately, being charming and handsome is a double-edged sword. He always has to watch out for his food being spiked with a love potion. 
  • “Want to dare me to camp in the Forbidden Forest?” 
    “No, that’s crazy.” 
    “I’m going to do it anyway.” 
  • Swears that he fought a dragon with his bare hands. 
  • J.K. Rowling likes to name her characters after flowers, so Gladio ‘s family fits right in! 

Ignis Scientia: 

  • House: Ravenclaw
    Smart, talented, organized and almost perfect and everything he does, Ignis’ wisdom beyond his years brought him to the house of the wise. 
  • Blood Status: Pure-blood 
    Just like Noctis and Gladio, his lineage is ancient and prestigious. Many of his relatives have been known for being upstanding members of wizarding society, or boasts having many high-end positions in the Ministry of Magic. 
  • Boggart: being useless, being a burden. It’s the image of everyone leaving him behind because he’s no longer an asset to them. 
    Ignis works twice as hard as everyone else to be as efficient and helpful as he can be, sometimes taking things over completely so that he can prove that he’s needed in order to having things run properly. Of course, everyone knows this, but sometimes he needs to tell that to himself. 
  • Wand: Beech wood, phoenix feather, thirteen and a half inches, surprisingly swishy. 
    Beech wood is for the young and wise beyond their years. Full-grown, they would be rich in understanding and experience. Not for the narrow or weak-minded. 
    Phoenix feather is a rare core type, but you can always expect great things from the wand’s owner. They have the longest range of magic, but can have a mind of their own. These wands are also the pickiest. 
    People with surprisingly swishy wands are either very loyal or very unloyal. The owners would have a hard time coming out of their shell, and opening up to people, but once they do, they’re known as charming, has unwavering loyalty, and has the ability to make hard decisions. 
  • Patronus: a phoenix 
    Ignis’ name basically means fire, and this pairs up with the fire bird quite well. Phoenixes are also known as elegant, and while they can be independent and stubborn, are also being affiliated with healing and caring. 
  • Favorite class: Transfiguration, but he does well in every class. 
  • Ignis would be a prefect during his school years, and a teacher’s pet, or “insufferable know-it-all.” 
  • He takes full advantage of the prefect’s bathroom. He would lock himself in there for hours on end, getting rid of all the stress from classes and taking care of his kids friends Prompto and Noctis. 
  • He would stand up for the muggle-borns being picked on and the little underclassmen that are being bullied. 
  • He watches over his family/childhood friend Noctis, and would feel a bit upset that Noctis pushes him away in favor of loneliness. 
  • A Hufflepuff prefect would let him in on the secret of getting to the Hogwarts kitchens, and he would start baking to cheer Noctis up and in hopes that he would share them and make friends. 
  • Is rarely seen without his partner, Gladio from Gryffindor. 
  • If we are talking about canon Harry Potter timeline, Ignis would lose his sight during the Battle of Hogwarts. 
  • He uses his Hogsmead trips to get more quills and parchment. It’s a very business-like trip. Gladio would have to drag him to the Three Broomsticks for a cup of butterbeer. 
  • His favorite sweet treats would be pumpkin pasties and toothflossing stringmints, but everyone wonders how he can eat that with a straight face. 
  • Noctis used to collect Chocolate Frog cards when he was kid, and while Ignis wasn’t very adverse to eating that many sweets, he used to buy a whole bunch to help Noctis out, so Ignis eats Chocolate Frogs every now and then for the nostalgia. 
  • Ignis wanted a cat, but decided that an owl was more useful, so he got a great horned owl with the same swept up hairstyle as him. 
  • He doesn’t play quidditch on a team or professionally, but when he plays with his friends, his positions are either chaser or keeper. 
  • Unlike his friends, his wand would be in perfect and pristine condition. He polishes it regularly, and cleans it to keep those pesky fingerprint smudges away. 
Just some Punk Andrew things
  • I love this hc you can prise it from my cold dead hands so here we go
  • (modern day) Punk!Andrew only listens to 21 Pilots while he bench presses his body weight at the gym
  • The only bands you will find on his phone are edgy pop punk/alternative/indie rock and he is a pretentious music lover you know it
  • He has a secret love of Nirvana that no one can ever find out about
  • Punk Andrew never leaves the house wearing anything less than his most hardest of core combat boots, his sleeves and sheathes, and usually his torn black singlet which shows off his buff biceps
  • because he worked hard for those guns the world needs to see he can punch them the fuck out
  • he has eternally tousled hair, cut closer on the sides and windswept on the top so he can maintain that gutter trash vibe
  • when he goes out (mostly just to clubs) he wears smoky black eyeliner he’s a beautiful man
  • sometimes he wears skinny jeans so damn tight that Neil’s (and everyone else’s) attention tends to drift southwards (anterior and posterior) and Andrew thinks this is hilarious, people are so stupid and predictable
  • it’s also deeply satisfying because no one is going near that ass (or that dick) unless he lets them and that’s very powerful
  • also 90% of his jeans are ripped
  • Neil thinks that they’re defective so Andrew has to explain the very cool punk thing that is stylish ripping (Neil will never understand he’s so confused)
  • Whenever the sun isn’t trying to emulate satan’s fiery wrath on earth, he is permanently attached to his leather jacket
  • he has a bunch of pins with varying political statements and insignia on it
  • Neil and Renee are responsible for this
  • Pin giving becomes an annual christmas tradition (and a competition to see who can find the best ones that Andrew will actually wear, because Andrew is a fashion snob)
  • (One year Neil bought him a rainbow with ‘Here and Queer’ written under it, and Andrew actually wore it on the day that Neil dragged him out to pride it was a solid character building moment)
  • He has two leather jackets, actually- one pretty standard leather one, and another with spikes on the shoulders
  • he loves both equally
  • Neil fucks with him one year, after figuring out what the style Andrew goes with is called, and gets him a cool muscle tee with ‘PUNK’S NOT DEAD’ written on the back of it
  • Neil thinks it’s hilarious
  • Andrew is Not Amused (he still wears it tho)
  • Andrew, exceptionally well balanced Andrew, learns skateboarding for the purpose of furthering his punk identity
  • He’s doing tricks within weeks this boy is a fast fucking learner
  • He and Neil chill at the skatepark at obscene hours of the morning, Andrew just being obnoxious with his tricks and Neil just watching and holding his burning cigarettes
  • Andrew is too old to be this young
  • he gets some piercings, probably a septum maybe an eyebrow? That’s a punk thing right? What would the Exy people allow? Will Andrew give a fuck about those regulations? Who knows
  • And of course by this point he’s covered in tattoos
  • he’s a scary sight, this tiny man dressed all in black with piercings and tattoos and scary leather jackets, riding his skateboard and glaring murder
  • young and wild and free
  • One time when he and Neil get drunk he gels his hair into a mohawk
  • it is the most ridiculous thing that either of them have ever seen
  • Neil laughs so hard he cries and the very drunk Andrew actually cracks a solid smile and maybe he giggles a little maybe he does idk
  • they never speak of it again though
  • some punk things were never meant to be
80, 20, 5

I’ve often mentioned the general breakdown of games player bases as 80%, 20%, and 5%. 80% of players will never engage with anything beyond the game itself. 20% will actually bother to go online and read something about the game, and a mere 5% will be engaged so much as to actually bother to post and communicate with other players. A lot of the really invested players won’t accept this, and with good reason. Just look at all the posts on the forums (or subreddit or whatever). There’s thousands of them! On a busy patch day, the front page will be slammed with posts. There’s no way this is only 5% (or less) of the game’s population, right? Surely there’s more than that!

Or is there? 

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When People See Jason Momoa's Aquaman
  • Everybody: WOW, AN AQUAMAN THAT I CAN ACTUALLY CARE ABOUT!! HE'S FINALLY HARDCORE AND NOT USELESS!! WHAT A DREAM BOAT!! OHH!! AAHH!! HE'S SO NOT LAME AND SO IS A BEEF CAKE!! Xoxox
  • Me: wtf are you talking about? Aquaman has always been hardcore. He's one of the most powerful Justice League members. He's a king with his own army/navy (not even Wonder Woman has access to that, unless she smooths things over with Themyscira first, or in dire circumstances). He's ruler of 70% of the world and has had nuclear technology for centuries. He is essentially bullet-proof because Atlantean skin has to be super dense in order to deal with the crushing depths of the sea. HIS FUCKING WIFE IS BEAST MODE AF. There was the time he asked Superman to throw him into the atmosphere so that Aquaman could fall down, trident first, like an ICBM into the skull of a giant monster that was attacking a city AND HE JUST SHRUGGED IT OFF LIKE IT WAS NOTHING. Plus there was the time HE CUT OFF HIS OWN HAND TO SAVE THE WORLD. Did he get it replaced using Atlantean technology? Sure, he could have, but he wanted a harpoon hook instead, because why not? Oh, wait, I know why... BECAUSE HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN HARDCORE. Like Batman, he tends to be a lone wolf, because unless it is going to kill the oceans, HE LITERALLY DOESN'T CARE. He'll even fight the entire Justice League if he feels that it is best for the oceans. He has done this several times. LITERALLY the ONLY thing that keeps Aquaman from taking over the surface world is the fact that he PROMISED the Justice League he wouldn't do it. He's been known to be fickle. So, yeah, Idk what all y'all are going on about, Aquaman has always been the hardest of cores.
  • Everyone: idk about all that, but he's hot tho
  • Me: Yes. Yes he is.
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TOKYO GHOUL - DAYS - CHAPTER 3: PHOTOGRAPH

Part 4 / 5. Compelled by our brief glimpse of Chie in Tokyo Ghoul: re today, I decided to power through the rest of this. So much happens! Part 5 is only like two pages, so hopefully I’ll get to that quickly. Sorry the tenses are all over the place here, it happens when I switch from summarizing to translating?

LAST TIME ON DAYS OF OUR TSUKIYAMAS: Part 1-3 here; Tsukiyama made a friend (to everyone’s surprise) and set her up to let him into the hospital in the middle of the night.

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anonymous asked:

Isn't your point of Naive Diversification defeated simply by the existence and success of the Dark Souls series? In that series you can put your points in to anything you want and build however you want. You have total freedom. But people don't just throw their points in to "every category." They have optimized builds for the style they want to play.

Are you seriously trying to tell me that the series whose community mantra is “Git Gud” doesn’t have a lot of bad players in it? That a large number of players don’t constantly make all sorts of mistakes with their builds and play? Who do you think “Git Gud” is directed at, a minority or a majority of the players?

Don’t mistake sales numbers for a gauge of community skill or ability. The larger the game’s player base, the worse the average player tends to be, because the player base approaches approximating the overall average gamer… and the average gamer is not very good. Remember, around 80% of the average game’s player base never even looks online for information about that game, and only about 5% of them will actually ever post. This group is the hardest of the hard core and they are self-selecting, making them non-representative of the overall player base.

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Is this a real announcement?

Yes.

But isn’t 2016 after 2015?

Yes.

So why are you announcing 2016 before 2015?

Because, as you may have read, Universal has announced that a Wizarding World park is opening in Los Angeles in 2016. Like we said on our Twitter ages ago: when the LA park opens, we will have a Southern California event. And we want you to know about it immediately.

There will still be a LeakyCon in 2015, right?

Absolutely. And by the looks of our plans, it’s going to be amazing.

What does it mean that you’re going back to your roots?

LeakyCon has grown into something magical and different from its original incarnation, and for some time now we been waiting for the right opportunity to produce an additional, smaller conference.

We started with Harry Potter as our only focus, and when the doors opened on that castle in Boston in 2009, hundreds of people streamed in and took in the immersive atmosphere we had worked hard to create. Their faces lit up as they saw the lights, the house colors, and the streaming banners. We would still bet you that if you ask any 2009 staffer about their top five moments from all LeakyCons, that one makes the list. There was nothing like seeing Harry Potter fans come home.

What about the broader, all-fandom LeakyCon?

It hasn’t changed in the slightest! This is going to be a separate, smaller event. We played with a lot of names: LeakyCon “Old School,” LeakyCon “Vintage,” LeakyCon “Like When There Were Fewer of Us Around,” but nothing sat truly right. It’s really just the ineffable thing that is a LeakyCon. This specific event will be themed around only Harry Potter. It will be smaller than the main LeakyCon.

Does that mean there will be two LeakyCons in the US in 2016?

Yes!

TWO? Are you all crazy?

Yes!

Really, what we are is very lucky. Because of the support you all have shown the conference as it has grown, we are able to do a Harry Potter-only event that focuses on the quality of the experience for fans of the boy wizard we all love. We didn’t want the stupendous change and growth in main LeakyCon to mean that we lose a bit of the magic that brought us all together in the first place: robes swishing down hallways and an experience that only exists because we decided to create it together.

We have only grown to love the books more with time. And now that we’ve done this a few times, we can’t wait to make something special for those of you who might prefer the intimate one-fandom experience as your summer getaway.

How many people do you expect at this event?

We will have space for about 500 people. We’ll be more specific in the future about how this differs from main LeakyCon.

Will it have rock? Costumes? A park event? Will parodies and fan creations be allowed? Who from the HP cast will be there? What will happen? When is it? Where is it?

There’s a long time between now and 2016 – except if you are an event planner. Then there’s very little time at all. We are hoping to do a park event (hi, Universal!). We believe strongly that music is essential to all cultures and communities, so there will be HP-based music in some form. But this won’t be your regular LeakyCon: this will be for the hardest-core Potter fans among you. Keep an eye on leakycon.com for news and announcements as they happen!

What about the UK? Ireland? Belgium? Germany? Australia? Japan? All the other countries?

We are committed to bringing LeakyCon to more places in the future and these plans don’t impinge on that at all!

So, but… which… how… which one do I go to?!

Only you can answer that question! But now you can go to both!

How much will it cost?

We don’t know yet, but we don’t expect it to differ much from our normal LeakyCon pricing structure.

Does this mean that the main LeakyCon won’t have Harry Potter as its core anymore?

Puuuuuuuuuhlease. You’d have to pry Harry Potter from our cold, dead hands.

WHEN CAN I REGISTER?

Oh, we will let you know! Past registrants of LeakyCon tend to get first dibs on this sort of thing, so if you were wondering if 2014 was the right time…

This announcement is just so you can put it in your minds and calendars. We are still working hard on the 2015 announcement and will have that as soon as possible. More importantly: We are working harder than ever on the geekout of LeakyCon 2014, which will be, without any doubt, our biggest and best event yet. We have a lot of announcements and a lot of fantastic things coming soon. Be there!

Again, thank you: We were sure that 2011 was going to be our last year. It was your enthusiasm that made us realize we could never let it end, and it is only through the growth that has come because of it that we are able to take a little trip back in time to create something new, incredible, and wonderfully familiar. Together.

A game developer, a Christian Apologist, and an S.S.R. agent walk into a bar...

“Since it is so likely that (children) will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage. Otherwise you are making their destiny not brighter but darker.” - CS Lewis

There was some discussion a few weeks ago regarding sexism and racism in the story of Aberford, and whether or not it should be included in a game that will be played by people who might be sensitive to such things. So I wrote this essay on the subject and forgot to post it. So I’m posting it now. We begin by discussing a show that many of you enjoyed: Agent Carter.

Agent Peggy Carter inhabits a fictionalized version of post-WWII New York. In this version of the world, a scrawny man can achieve superhuman physical condition through a science experiment, the viking gods of lore are real and remarkably chill, and there are sentient floral colossi named Groot. So it wouldn’t be a huge stretch for Agent Carter to be respected, taken seriously, or even in-charge at the S.S.R. Historical accuracy isn’t a hard and fast concern in Marvel, so why not bend the rules? The sexism is upsetting to some people, so why not leave it out? In this universe, Peggy Carter was instrumental in ending WWII, so doesn’t she deserve to be calling her own shots and aggressively beating down the patriarchy? Why don’t they tell the story that way? 

And the answer is because it wouldn’t be as meaningful of a story. Agent Carter has weight because of how unfairly Peggy is treated. It reflects our reality. It shows us a struggle that women in the 40s (and women now) face on a daily basis. The odds are tipped against her and she perseveres. Sure, Director Peggy Carter fearlessly running her own division of well-funded, well-trained, extremely respectful spies and secret agents would be awesome to watch, but it wouldn’t be nearly as relatable as Agent Peggy Carter trying to excel at her job while incompetent buffoons take credit for her work and get promoted over her. As humans, we crave truth in our stories, and the best stories have the hardest truths hidden in their core. The truth in Agent Carter is that life is aggressively unfair, and that truth connects with people. It makes the story better.

Had Agent Carter been about Peggy being the respected director of S.H.I.E.L.D., (right after WWII ended), we might have seen that “Oh hey, a woman can be in charge”, but it wouldn’t have carried much weight because it would have been built on the lie that life is somehow fair. That’s not to say that Peggy shouldn’t work her way up to Director, but by showing us the journey, Marvel could lay out a foundation of truth built on Peggy’s struggles. As it was, Agent Carter taught us two important things that did carry weight: it showed how harmful and foolish sexism is, and it showed us that women could succeed in the face of such sexism. Both of those things are lessons people could literally take back to the office with them the next day, making those lessons more relevant and more important than just showing Peggy Carter being in charge of stuff.

In fact, without the sexism (upsetting though it may be), Agent Carter would have been more harmful than helpful because it would have propagated the lie that “sexism is over”. There isn’t middle ground here. Either sexism exists and a woman faces it, or a woman doesn’t face it because it doesn’t exist.  And the sexism in Agent Carter isn’t being glorified. It isn’t being promoted. It’s the bad guy. Literally, 1940s sexism is one of the primary villains in Agent Carter. And it’s not a sympathetic Loki-esque villain. It’s a straight-up evil, like Hydra or the Chitauri. The sexism is clearly bad, the protagonist clearly fights against it, and unlike fictional aliens or Nazi spin-off groups, it’s something you’re actually going to encounter and struggle against in your daily life.

The sexism Peggy Carter endures isn’t about “historical accuracy”; it’s critical to giving the story a core of truth. And that core goes on to make the story fantastic, important, and inspiring. Life is unfair, Peggy succeeds anyways, life continues to be unfair, and Peggy keeps fighting anyways.

So when we say that we’re planning to address racism and sexism in Aberford, it’s because it’s part of the truth at the core of the world Aberford is set in. Like Agent Carter, the main characters in Aberford had better, more fulfilling jobs during WWII, and were pushed out of them after they were no longer “needed”. Sexism has shaped the lives of the characters in the story, just as it did for women then and for women now. Racism has shaped the lives of the minority women in the game, just as it did then and does now. Seeing how the women live and struggle and overcome in a world with sexism and racism is important, because people in our world encounter the same thing. Scrubbing those problems creates a lie and would turn the game into pure escapism, which isn’t what we’re trying to do here.

Going back to that opening quote, we’re trying to tell a story of brave, heroic women who overcome cruel enemies (some are zombies, some are flawed social norms). We don’t want to make those enemies so intense that our audience can’t bear it (and we’ll do our best not to), but downplaying the cruelty of those enemies doesn’t do you any favors either. Showing you that those enemies can be confronted and endured and overcome, well, that’s our job, isn’t it?

-A

Some sleepless thoughts about video game marketing...

Yesterday we had two very different and very interesting examples of big viral news in the video game world. By now, anyone with their ear to the ground on gaming has heard both of these announcements. And the reaction to each of them couldn’t be more different. Both felt seismic in a different way. One is essentially a trailer reveal delivered in a next generation package, it would have been an applause line already even without the gimmick. The other was an unprecedented un-reveal, stepping back to what we left behind in the early days of the last generation systems.

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Fun Fact:

Harriet Tubman suffered from narcolepsy. She got it when an early, unsuccessful escape attempt ended with her being beaten to the point of severe head injury. The entire time she was working undercover in hostile territory with a huge price on her head, she suffered random black outs.

so A: she was not only a heroic black woman, but a heroic black disabled woman

and B: possibly the hardest-core badass who ever lived

No Tyler, thank you.
Thank you for being alive.
Thank you for caring.
Thank you for making such an mazing thing happen.
Thank you for making the biggest impact on my life.
Thank you for being loving.
Thank you for saving lives.
Thank you for being unapologetically yourself.
Thank you for being you.


Honeslay (sorry I had to) if I had to pick one thing from this whole night to save in my heart forever it would be the fact that a group of the most loving and amazing people I have ever met have come together to raise $200,000. That’s a lot of money. So just thank you. tyleroakley

anonymous asked:

i read your meta on how the show writers intentionally neither confirm nor deny possible romance for Daryl with Beth/Carol. You posted it 7 months ago and I wondered, do you think that after what we've seen in S5 that they will keep it like that?

Omg, anon. First of all, major props to you for even being able to find that meta. I was actually looking for it myself the other day and gave up after about ten seconds. I seriously rock at archiving my stuff, lol. ANYWAY.

This is gonna be a somewhat drive-by answer, for which I apologize in advance.

To say that a shit ton of insanity has happened in this fandom since I wrote that meta would be … a giant understatement. I mean here we are, reading actual quotes from Melissa McBride about how she’s not going to answer romance questions because she refuses to add fuel to the ship war fire. (There are not words in me to express my ugh that she’s so aware of the giant mess that exists within the fandom, or words in me to express my love for the way she responds to questions like that.)

The short answer to this question is best provided with Bob Dylan lyrics. “I was so much older then / I’m younger than that now.”

Which, in my particular case, translates as:

1. I also refuse to add a single thing to the ship war mess.

2. Seriously, at this point I have absolutely no idea what they’re going to do.

From what I remember about that meta, I still stand by my statement that TPTB will be highly reluctant to do anything that would potentially jeopardize Daryl’s popularity. He makes a lot of money for them. The end. However, my sense of what might jeopardize his popularity has certainly shifted.

I don’t think even the hardest core Carol lovers (we all know I’m one) could have predicted that the Carol Peletier fandom would land where we are now, with her being called “The best character on The Walking Dead“ by multiple people who you know … aren’t us.

So basically, the best I can do is say what I’ve been saying for a while now. I love Carol with my soul, and I watch this show for her. I think TWD is turning down the opportunity of a lifetime if they don’t allow her and Daryl to move forward into romantic relationship territory, for a billion reasons I’ve discussed in other metas. But I don’t get to make the rules. Consequently, I’m going to do my best to enjoy every moment they’re onscreen together, regardless of how their transcendently glorious relationship is defined:)

Here, have a .gif of their epic adorableosity (totally a word).

[.gif by memoriesinatrunk]

youwereneveraslicebitch  asked:

Hi there! Since, we both noticed how Daryl stands up when Carol comes to speak to him in the S2 deleted scene (such a southern gentleman) and @Marketini brought up that he doesn't do that for Lori when she sought him out. Do you think Daryl doesn't stand in Lori's presence because he doesn't like/hates her or it is because Carol is the only woman that he has complete respect for? I just really need this discussed and who better than you :)

Oh hi, Lady Slice! You know you’ve come to the right place if you want some flailing over the beauty of everything that is S2 Caryl:) I actually went back just now and rewatched the scene with Lori (ahem, I don’t need to rewatch the deleted scene because it’s possible that I may or may not have watched that scene something like 546372956478365289 times – I admit nothing).

Now y'all know I’m the hardest core shipper at heart, but no, I don’t think Daryl failed to stand up in that scene with Lori because he dislikes or doesn’t respect her. I actually think that almost nothing in that scene has anything to do with Lori at all. Lori just happened to be the person who went to ask Daryl for a favor when he was at one of the lowest points he’d ever hit since the series started.

I mean, the poor dude. He’d dedicated his entire being to finding Sophia, genuinely believing that he might pull it off and bring her back to her mama, and then … yeah. So when Lori goes to find him, he’s just entirely fucking done with humans, more or less. He’s sad, he’s angry, he’s hurt, he’s horribly disappointed, he feels like a catastrophic failure, and all he wants is to withdraw from all human contact and be left alone.

By the time Carol goes to him, he’s still very angry and easily ruffled, but you can tell there’s been at least a little settling within him. Yes, he’s still kinda belligerent, but his aggression is way toned down – you can see it in his body language and hear it in his words.

Do I think Daryl has deeper feelings for Carol than he does for anyone else in the group at this point? Absolutely. No question. It’s the reason she’s the only person who could have gotten through to him after Sophia’s death, the only person who could have made him want to come back and be a part of their makeshift family.

But do I think he failed to stand when Lori showed up because of anything other than horribly broken feelings? Nope.