What's your guys' favorite video games BESIDES the OASIS? I'm a huge fan of Pokémon and Fire Emblem, myself :3
Michael: Dude don’t get us started. We can go on for days about our favorite games.
But hell yeah you’ve got great taste!! Pokemon and Fire Emblem are super rad games! Jeremy loves those titles too. Though uh, right now he’s working through replaying the Kingdom Hearts series for like, the fiftieth time.
Jeremy (from the other room): RIKU YOU LITTLE SHIT! I love you please don’t leave yet
Michael: Yeah. Both of us watched 358/2 Days the other night and he sobbed like a baby. He cries every time.
Jeremy (from the other room): So do you!! Don’t put this solely on me! You cry every time Roxas leaves Axel on his own!
Michael: BUT AXEL DIDN’T DESERVE THAT!! HE JUST WANTED TO PROTECT ROXAS GOD DAMMIT
no but what i love the most about the duke & jason team up for the showcase comic is that i think the writers get to pick what they write about (like.. that makes the most sense to me i could be wrong tho) so someone.. pitched that story? Someone wanted to write about jason and duke together? And if they do their character justice uummh they’re gonna be my favorite writer
You clarified in another ask that you specifically meant my apparent hangup on false surrenders. Let me take a moment to clarify that my frustration over this trope is Deep And Bitter and when I inevitably get snippy, it’s not at you, it’s at the professional writers who keep using it. Contrary to what many people in the notes believe, I wasn’t “referencing” any specific piece of media. It’s a general complaint. They show up ALL THE FUCKING TIME in just, so many different pieces of media, in different genres.
And it’s always completely uncritically?The narrative treats this like a clever ruse that the heroes are the only ones creative enough to think of. They face no consequences for it.
And it’s a WAR CRIME for SO MANY DIFFERENT REASONS. False surrender isn’t just…um…evil…it’s also profoundly, ridiculously stupid.
Like. A whooole bunch of people in the notes of that post, some more obnoxious than others, were going “well ACTUALLY” and pointing out that Fictional Societies Don’t Have The Geneva Convention. Which, yeah. But if they’re the heroes, presumably they have some kind of basic morality. And I assure you, fictional societies have common sense.
You know why false surrender is a war crime? Because if ONE person uses it, one time, because they felt insufferably clever that afternoon, it REMOVES THE OPTION OF SURRENDER, permanently, on both sides.
Think about it for a minute. Let’s say someone (for example, Obi-Wan Kenobi, one of the most egregious offenders) is in a bad spot. His troops aren’t getting out of this position safely, so he decides to pretend to surrender in order to lure enemy forces into a trap. And it works! Suckers! They fell for it!
What happens the next time a Republic unit tries to surrender?
The CIS sure as shit isn’t gonna just take that on faith, I can tell you that much. Last time they believed that, it was a trick. And on top of that, well, if the Republic is gonna use false surrenders, we can, too. So now neither side is able to accept or offer surrenders and situations that might have been resolved with minimal casualties now become bloodbaths. But hey, Obi-Wan, you did manage to hold on to an ultimately meaningless outpost. Thanks.
And this is to say nothing of the moral aspect, because then we’d be here all day.
The tl;dr here is that if your fictional society has a concept of surrender, it means they have at least tacit understanding of war having rules. (Otherwise, if there was no understanding that surrender = no more of us are killed…nobody would bother surrendering. That concept wouldn’t exist, there’d be no point.) If slaughtering an enemy force that was trying to surrender would be looked down upon or regarded as treacherous in your fictional society?
Congratulations; it DOES actually have a concept of war crimes. Now stop giving “heroes” a pass on them.