winning sburb

I quit writing Homestuck meta a long time ago, but I guess the pre-4/13 fervor is infectious, because this popped into my head and wouldn’t go away. So here’s some musings on Homestuck, the ending, and its portrayal (or rather, erasure) of character identity and agency.  

Let’s rewind back several years and a few subsubacts, to the meteor and battleship crews’ not so triumphant arrival in the combined session. Two of the kids’ number have been mind-controlled and forced to work for the Empress. Two have been thrown in prison. One has been banished to the outer reaches of space. The rest have been divvied up and placed on various Lands, given different tasks to be completed for the Empress. Even in beating SBURB and winning the game they have no escape, because she intends to rule the new universe they create… until it spawns Lord English and is destroyed.

Things look bleak. And things look even bleaker when Game Over rolls around, and most of the cast gets exterminated. But wait! John Egbert, Heir of Breath and leader of the Beta session, has gotten his hands on a miraculous artifact supposedly useful as a weapon against Lord English. He now has the ability to travel throughout time and space and to change things that usually cannot be changed. While his friends get wiped out, he fights the “tyrannous author” figure who has been telling their story wrong and wins. Surely with his newfound abilities, he will set things right and lead them to freedom.

Except.  Not really.

Oh sure, John “saves the day”. He uses his retcon abilities to create a new timeline where everyone lives and wins the game. But is it a victory? And did everyone really live?

I’m going to argue that the ending of Homestuck is a tragedy where characters’ identities are frequently ignored or overwritten in order to serve the utilitarian aims of the narrative (and Skaia). I do not make this argument believing Hussie intended it. I think the dip in quality and coherency at the end of Homestuck was the product of an author who was tired of his project, had lost track of a bunch of plot points and characters, and just wanted to be finished. But I do think its treatment of identity is drastically different from the rest of the work and sends some disturbing messages about how “happy” that ending really is.

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Patch 4. 3. 0

Bad news, good news, best news.

Bad news: Somehow someone has found a way how to make Prospit victorious over Derse in the Reckoning. I am not saying any names but the person responsible knows that I am talking about you, don’t you? We are not happy with this and while we are making sure this doesn’t make your Session unwinnable, we would prefer if you would stick to the original gameplay. However, you can obtain the Ultimate Reward from White King too, in spite of him not wanting to fight any Players. In this Prospit-win route there are a lot of bugs but you deserve them all the way, ‘cause making Prospit win is cheating.

Good news: The Arena no longer kills Players, no matter how much damage was done. No longer you have to hold back during your friendly PvP. However, Arena doesn’t fix traumatic experiences, please don’t break your co-Player’s brain. Permanent injuries you cause to your opponent disappear once you walk out of Arena, nevertheless whatever you cause to yourself stays! Don’t burn out!

Best news: We fianlly managed to get ourselves out of literal nowhere (I am going to miss Oglogolth’s book club, but I can’t have everything in my life, can I?). With that we have many news options of what to do and how to interact with your sessions. That means mainly two things:

  • If you do a major screw up, we have easier ways to fix it. You may not always like the results, so consider fixing it yourself first or even better: No major screw ups.
  • We are hiring. Yes, we are recruiting new members to SN Crew! If you’d like to join our ranks, please feel free to write us.

Your Skianet Technical Support & rest of the Skianet Crew

anonymous asked:

Homestuck game theory topic ideas karkat is secretly a highblood, trolls are jades hallucinations, heres how johnrose can still win, sburb is actually the sims *links ten part video series about how dark the sims are*, and the classic john is sans five part theory video

john is sans is so ridiculous obvisiouls terezi is sans

anonymous asked:

Sorry, but can you explain sburb? Like what do you do what is the archagent and how do you win. Thank you

Sburb is an immersive simulation that transports you into the Medium. The player’s goals are to build up their houses to each of the seven gates to reach Skaia and complete their own Denizen quests to win the grist hoards. The Space player specifically will breed frogs until they produce the Genesis Frog. On the Battlefield, which is the planet at the center of Skaia, a war is waging between the Prospitians and the Dersites. The Dersites are fated to win and the Black King will initiate the Reckoning causing all the meteors in the Veil to accelerate at Skaia. Skaia defends itself with portals, redirecting some of the meteors to Earth. The players have 24 hours to kill the Black King before the Battlefield is completely destroyed by meteors. After they defeat him they place the Genesis Frog at the center of the Battlefield and he’ll grow, eventually releasing the Vast Croak. A door underneath Skaia will appear in the shape of the logo which leads to the new universe.

Wow.

Wow I have a lot of feelings about this #upd8. 

We’ve been waiting for this moment for almost, what, five years? The moment John wins. That’s the “win” of SBURB- completing your own quest is the player’s individual winning condition, where the breeding + destruction of the black king is the group’s win condition. John won. John won, after all this time, after all this heartache.

But it’s such a hollow victory now. The music sounds just so slightly off, the effects- while stunning- seem to be nearly flat and lifeless. This is his win, but it's not his win. This is what “should” have happened, and yet here we are. 

Wow.

It’s true, though, Jade never just got to have fun. She’s spent her entire life preparing for Sburb: reading Skaia’s clouds, planning John’s present, figuring out how disks will get where, charting Prospit, waiting for her friends to wake up.

And that wasn’t all bad! She had fun, sure, and she loved her friends, but she’s been compelled by duty for a long, long time, and she’s been continually sacrificing things for the sake of the Alpha Timeline. For god’s sake, the girl grew up with the knowledge that her dream self would be killed, and she deliberately threw herself in front of a meteor with that knowledge. Most recently, Typheus actually sacrificed her happiness for her, but depriving her of her friends for three long years.

And that’s normal, in some ways. Everyone’s sacrificing themselves and being used by the timeline– I think Aranea put it best:

But Alt Calliope couldn’t have just told Jade to live, like she told Calliope, because unlike how Calliope made the “mistake” of putting her own development as a person ahead of defeating her brother, Jade has been consistently working for the good of the timeline, and putting that above other things. Living, for her, is so intertwined with playing and winning Sburb that it wouldn’t even entail a change. But being told to have fun, and put herself first? That might actually spur her on to live for herself.

Homestuck Gif Challenge

Every 3rd Gif

YOUR FEELINGS ABOUT THE GAME:


nope.

YOU DEALING WITH YOUR SYLLADEX:


YOU DEALING WITH YOUR GUARDIAN:

pretty good. i .. think?


YOUR SERVER PLAYER:
WOT.


YOUR SPRITE’S FIRST PROTOTYPE:

justin.

ENTERING THE MEDIUM:

wot x2

YOUR LAND:

LAND OF GAYNESS AND RAINBOW UNICORNS.


YOUR SPRITE’S SECOND PROTOTYPE:


Gettin’ worse huh?

YOUR FIGHTING:


“I WARNED YOU ABOUT STAIRS, BRO”


YOUR PATRON TROLL:

FUCK YES. i lovve you Eridan.

HOW YOU SPEND THE GAME DICKING AROUND:

YUPP
YOUR CLIENT PLAYER:

well.
YOUR ROMANTIC INTEREST:

NOT COOL :c 
YOUR DEATH:

i don’t understand.

GOD TIER:

My godtier is Dean.

YOUR OTHER DEATH:

:° wot

HOW YOU SPEND THE NEXT THREE YEARS WAITING TO GET TO THE SCRATCHED SESSION:

DOING NOTHING.

YOUR POST-SCRATCH SELF:

YOUR POST-SCRATCH GUARDIAN:


YOUR PATRON TROLL’S ANCESTOR:

HOW YOU DEFEAT LORD ENGLISH:

DANCIN’. BECAUSE LORD ENGLISH CAN’T DANCE. 8D

HOW YOU WIN SBURB:

Hoping for Dirkjake.

YOUR NEW UNIVERSE:



OH WELL.