wow it took me an hour to make this

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I am so late to posting this wow. But I just wanted to say thank you so much Jack for being so nice to me on Sunday, this has literally been a dream come true for me for the past few months now and I’ll never forget it.

Also I’ll never forget what you said after I gave you that hat “What in St, Patty’s Day nation.” But again, thank you so much Jack, I am so blessed that I got to meet you and of course Signe too.

P.S. That bracelet I gave you took about an hour and a half to two hours to make but it was worth it!!

@therealjacksepticeye

Bestfriend Trouble (2/2) | Zach Dempsey x Reader

Genre: Romance, Fluff
POV: Reader’s/First Person

A/N: Hi everyone! Here’s part 2 of Bestfriend Trouble! A lot of things are going to happen for this one. I hope you guys like this! Warning: This might be too cheesy for other people, especially near the end. HAHAHA. Enjoy!

Request: Can u do a imagine where Zach takes you to the dance and y'all do cute things like slow dance and all that.. and u can end it how u like it.

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“Will you go with me, as my date, to the winter formal?” Zach finally asks after 10 minutes of clearing his throat, coughing and stalling. I laugh at him in response.

“Yeah, duh. Who else will I go with? You’re obliged to ask me since I’m your best friend.” I answer and he stares at me for a while with a confused look on his face.

“Well with that kind of reasoning, I should be asking Justin to the dance too since he’s also my bestfriend.” he mumbles under his breath but loud enough for me to hear while rolling his eyes.

“Yeah, Zach? I don’t get why you’re acting so odd for the past couple of days.” I reply as I lean back on my chair and cross my arms in front of my chest. He turns to face me and lets out a deep sigh.

“Look, I’m not asking you to the dance because I have to or because it’s my responsibility as your best friend.” he begins, adding finger quotations as he says the words “best friend”.

“I’m asking you to the dance because I genuinely want to go with you, Y/N. No one else, just you. Only you.” he continues and I give him a small smile.

“Alright, fine, okay, I’ll go to the dance with you. It’s not like I had a choice anyway.” I answer and he groans in frustration.

“Please don’t say yes because you don’t have a choice. Please don’t say yes if you feel like you’re just doing me a favor.” he says as he rubs the sides of his temples. I raise an eyebrow at him and shake my head before speaking.

“Okay, okay. I’m sorry, yes, I will go to the winter formal with you Mr. Zachary Dempsey. It will be my absolute pleasure to be your date.” I finally say and he lifts up his head to face me. There was a certain sparkle in his eyes, like he was ecstatic that I agreed to go with him to the dance.

The rest of Zach and I’s time in Monet’s was nothing out of the ordinary. After the whole conversation about the dance, we just got on with typical best friend stuff. He got us more food - celebratory pastries as Zach liked to call them - and he dropped me home after that.

There were only a few days left until the winter formal and I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t excited for it. If I’m being completely honest, I was excited to go to the dance and I was hoping - even to the point of praying - for Zach to ask me to be his date. However, I didn’t want to let anyone know just in case everything goes to hell. I didn’t want to expect anything because expectations lead you to disappointments. Fortunately, it looks like the stars have aligned and the Gods have listened to my prayers because so far, everything’s going great.

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The night of the winter formal

Getting ready for a school dance is the most tedious task there is. You need the perfect dress and the right hairstyle to go with that dress. Not to mention your shoes also need to be flawless.

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anonymous asked:

Do you have any prompts for like.... places to go or fun things to do on a road trip?

I have been on more road trips than I care to count, so let’s see what I can do (note, most of these are based on real things that have happened to me):

  • No we are not taking a 2 hour detour to see the world’s largest rocking chair AU
  • I’ve been awake for 20 hours and i’ve had nothing but gas station coffee and sour gummy worms I will pay you $20 for that apple AU
  • We stopped on the side of the road to sleep but I just heard a noise outside what do we do? AU
  • You were hitchhiking and I picked you up but you want to go where? AU
  • I’ve driven this route 200 times before and your farm used to have a silo shaped like a tomato, what happened? AU
  • Look you seem very nice but you are the 20th fireworks store I’ve been to on this highway do you have any paper lanterns? AU
  • We make fun of every GOD IS REAL sign we see wow there are a lot AU
  • I’d rather look at your stupid face than spend 1 more second looking at all this corn, it’s your turn to drive AU
  • You dared me to go to the Adult Superstore we passed but wow this is really underwhelming AU
  • I took a wrong turn somewhere can you give me directions? AU
  • What do you mean I’m in Iowa I started in Ohio and was supposed to go South! AU
  • 5 hours in the car with nothing but Christian Rock and Country on the radio please tell me you can sing AU
  • Pssh 5 hour car ride is nothing, you should hear about my trip to Yellowstone AU
  • I can’t sleep in the car please entertain me AU

Hope these help! ~Lucy

day three, april 12th: alternate universe/crossover | first meeting

I’m running super late to the third day of @juminvweek but I really put a lot into this one ;0; Moulin Rouge is probably my favorite movie, and since I love making myself sad I decided it was perfect for a JuminV Crossover

daintylouis  asked:

You should share with the class what you wrote out in our conversation based off this picture 😊 68(.)media(.)tumblr(.)com/59059ad583ed9e79797d165821d8f528/tumblr_nn6de9lsiP1sb8cuko1_1280(.)jpg

i told you i’d only do it if you called me daddy but you didn’t but since i’m an amazing person whose generosity is unparalleled i’m gonna do it anyway

One of the worst things about being on tour is how exhausted everyone gets.

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anonymous asked:

Consider this prompt: prinxiety going on a double date with PTA

**This got insanely long wow**


A double… date. Anxiety already wanted to skip it and go to bed.

At least in bed it was just him… and Prince, on occasion.

He sighed as he applied a layer of concealer under his eyes. He had gotten no sleep last night and the bags under his eyes showed it. He wanted to just curl up and never move, he was so exhausted.

When he was finished, he walked next door to Prince’s door and knocked.

“One moment!”

Said single moment later, the door opened and Prince smiled at Anxiety.

“You know you don’t have to say ‘one moment’ if you’re going to instantly answer the door, right?” Anxiety was grumbling as he pushed past the other and collapsed on Prince’s bed.

“Don’t go to sleep now, we still have the date tonight.”

Anxiety sighed.

“Why do they have to come anyway?”

“Dad said that he wanted a night out, and Logic decided that a double date would be a good idea.”

“Great, Logic decided,” Anxiety rolled his eyes.

“Hey, now,” Prince came over and sat next to his head on the bed and brushed his hair back from his face, “Do you not want to go tonight? You didn’t say anything earlier.”

Of course he didn’t want to go tonight! What could possibly make Prince think that he, socially awkward Anxiety, would want to go on a double date? When he looked up at the other though, he knew he wouldn’t say anything. Prince had been looking forward to this all day, Anxiety wasn’t going to make him back out now.

“It’s fine,” Anxiety turned his head into the mattress, “You have to make hot chocolate for me when we get back, though.”

“Deal,” Prince leaned down and kissed the top of Anxiety’s head.

Just then there was a knock on the door.

~

“Tell me again, why are we going on a double date with those two?” Dad questioned Logic, who was tying his bow tie in the mirror. He was wearing the pastel blue one per Dad’s request.

“Oh, come on. You’re worried about those two just as much as I am,” Logic accused.

“Of course I am! I just don’t understand how two people so opposite could possibly in a relationship.” Dad pinched the bridge of his nose, “I just want to make sure this isn’t something that isn’t going to backfire majorly in the end.”

“Hey,” Logic came over and grabbed his waist, “it’ll be fine. I think those two get along better than you think.”

“I thought you were worried, too.” Dad pointed out, placing his hands on Logics shoulders.

“I am, but only because they’re so reckless,” He sighed, “They’re bound to get into trouble if left to their own devices.”

Dad nodded, “But, you can’t watch them all the time, you know that?”

Logic rolled his eyes, “Whose side are you on here?”

Dad grinned, “The logical side.”

“Glad to hear it. Now come on, we have to get going soon.”

~

For the date, they stayed simple and went to the movies. They had pre-bought tickets for Star Wars Rogue One.

“Want anything?” Prince asked Anxiety, but sighed when he realized he had already bought himself food. He wrapped his arms around the other from behind and rested his head on Anxiety’s shoulder,“Come on, you make it impossible to be a gentleman,” He pouted.

Anxiety shrugged him off, “Whatever. If you were a gentlemen you’d be quicker.”

Morality stepped forward, “Wait-”

“I guess I’ll just have to be faster,” Prince snuck a kiss from the others cheek before running to the concessions.

Looks like Dad hadn’t needed to interfere after all.

“What would you like?” Logic stepped up to the counter and looked back at Dad expectantly. He only asked, because he had learned it to be the more polite thing to do, but he already knew what dad would say. A medium popcorn with extra butter and a medium soda, and when Logics back was turned Dad would buy himself two large candy bars.

“Just a medium popcorn with extra butter and a medium soda,” Dad said cooly. Logic smirked, ordered his own snacks along with Dads and sure enough, when he went to go get his soda, Dad ordered a large kitkat and a large chocolate bar.

“I, uh, thought maybe you’d like a candy bar as well,” Dad said as he handed Logic the chocolate bar, “You mentioned you just like plain dark chocolate, right?”

Logic blinked, but took the bar. One thing he could always expect from Morality was the unexpected.

“Come on you two, at this rate you’ll miss the movie!” Prince suddenly appeared at their side, hands on his hips in a scolding manner. Imagine, Prince scolding Dad!

“Wha-”

“Come on!” Prince speed walked, practically ran, back to the theatre.

“Lead the way,” Logic motioned for Dad to walk in front of him.

Dad lead the way and Logic admired him. The one thing about Dad that had originally caught his interest- his inexplicable ability to render logic pointless. It was… thrilling.

“Eyes forward, darling,” Dad scolded without looking back.

Logic shook his head and walked forward to mumble to Dad, “Now, how could I not admire you? How illogical is that?”

~


The movie theatre had upgraded a few months earlier so it now featured Dream Loungers. The seats now reclined and had foot rests, and every two seats had an armrest that raised so two people may lay together. Of course, both couples were pleased with this (on various levels).

Prince and Dad had come prepared and pulled out blankets, (except even Logic couldn’t figure out where they had kept them. They weren’t in Thomas’ mind after all).

Prince sat down first, and Anxiety positioned himself a safe distance away, but was pulled hip to hip in less than five seconds. Logic noted how Anxiety gave the Royal boy an annoyed look, but laid his head on the others shoulder anyways.

Logic and Dad sat down and positioned themselves so Dads footrest was up, but Logic’s wasn’t, and Dad leaned his head against Logics own.

“Ulterior motives aside, “Dad whispered, “I’m glad we were able to come out tonight.”

Logic took Dad’s hand, “Me to-”

“Prince!” They both looked up and over as Anxiety knocked Prince up the back of his head.

“Uh oh,” Dad had a bad feeling about this. Both he and Logic prepared to go and break them up, when Prince laughed and grabbed the other, pulling him into a kiss before they both settled down and got ready to watch the movie.

“I’ll never understand those two.”

~

Anxiety cast an annoyed look over at Dad and Logic, who were staring at him and Prince.

“What?” He bit back, sharper than intended. He thought that single word always came out harsher than anyone intended.

They both turned their attention away simultaneously.

“Calm down,” Prince murmured.

“Hmph,” Anxiety pouted and looked at the dark movie screen, A.K.A not at Prince.

“Come on,” Prince nudged him. He was glad not even the movie previews were playing yet, otherwise they would be really annoying. “You know you can’t stay mad at me,” He put his face in the crook of Anxiety’s neck and smiled.

“Prince, I am two seconds from pushing you out of your seat,” Anxiety warned.

Prince smiled and kissed his shoulder.

“Prince!” He snapped his hand lightly up the back of the others head, barely ruffling the hair there, and Prince laughed quietly against his shoulder.

Prince looked up at him with a twinkle in his eye and kissed him quickly, enough of a distraction to pull Anxiety back down to sit properly in their seat.

“I thought you said you’d push me out of my seat?” Prince murmured.

Anxiety smirked to himself. “How is it people think think you’re so… Charming?”

“Come on, you think I’m charming, too~” Prince sang in a whisper.

“Oh, go save a Princess,” Anxiety flicked his hand at him.

Prince ignored it and leaned in to kiss his cheek, “But, why would I do that when I have a Prince right here?”

“A little narcissistic, aren’t we Prince?” Anxiety teased.

“I was talking about you,” Prince pouted.

Anxiety bit back a giggle (not well, because Prince definitely heard it) and leaned back as the lights dimmed.

~

When the movie was over and they were all back home, Dad and Logic bid the others goodnight before retiring to their room.

“I think that went relatively well,” Logic mused as they got ready for the night.

“I’m… surprised,” Morality admitted.

“With?” Though Logic could guess, it always helped Dad to say his thoughts out loud.

“They are… they get along well. A lot better than I would have ever guessed.”

“I told you, they are more compatible than you may think.”

“I still don’t understand how it works.”

“I know,” Logic walked over to Dad and grabbed his hand leading him towards the bed, “But you don’t need to think. Leave that to me.” He realized how rude that sounded after he said it and his cheeks flushed as he grasped the others hand.

“No, I meant- I didn’t mean you weren’t smart! I, uh-”

Dad laughed,”It’s fine, I know what you meant. Come on, it’s been a long night and I’m exhausted.”

“You’re really going to sleep?”

“Haha, no. I’m going to finish binge watching Voltron while you go to sleep.”

Logic shook his head with a sigh.

He could always count on Dad to bring out the illogical side of a situation.

~

“Anxiety, Love, sit up.”

“Noooo,” Anxiety whined.

“If you want hot chocolate you have to sit up.”

Anxiety sat up faster than Prince thought possible (for such a normally slow boy) and took a long drink of the hot beverage.

“You know what, Pretty boy? If you cuddle as well as you make hot chocolate, than tonight will be perfect.”

Prince’s face flushed a bright red at the nickname and it took him a minute to respond.

“A-Anxiety, you were just cuddling me an hour ago.”

Anxiety smirked, at both Prince’s flushed state and his answer.

“Then I guess tonight will be perfect.”

anonymous asked:

May I have some scenarios with Kuroo and Semi (or Akaashi), separately, when their generally reserved yet sarcastic female s/o attempts to very affectionate and cute for them for a special occasion?

I just did Kuroo and Semi, sorry ;(

Kuroo

It was Kuroo’s birthday today and you wanted to give him a little more than you usually did, after all, he was such a sweetheart to you and was able to put up with you.

Thankfully he was out for the day with Bokuto, so it gave you time to bake him a small cake and set up a small but sweet dinner for the two of you. A few hours later you had finished setting up for Kuroo’s birthday and you rang Bokuto up, waiting for him to answer.

“What’s up?” Bokuto answered as he picked up the phone, you could hear Kuroo talking away in the background, “I’m done now so you could send him back home. Thanks for chilling with him while I got stuff done.” You respond with a smile, Bokuto was such an easy guy to talk to. “Alright, I’ll send him over then. See ya!” Setting your phone down, you ran around making sure every little detail was perfect.

Half an hour passed and Kuroo had finally come home. Opening the door, his voice called out for you as he took his shoes off and smiled when you came into his view. “Wow, you went all out for me didn’t you?” He teased as you walked over to him.

Kuroo’s eyes slightly widened when you slipped your small hand into his large one before showing him to the cake you had made. “You’re lucky I love you because I made it your favorite flavor,” you say as you held the cake in front of him. A smile crossed his lips as he watched you set the cake on the table, lighting the candles.

You gestured him over with your hand and reached over for his hand again as the two of you looked down at the decorated table in front of you. Leaning up, you placed a kiss on his lips, blush crawling on your cheeks and his, “Happy birthday.”


Semi

“Semi, I heard you’re leaving practice early today?” Ushijima states as he approaches Semi who was drinking his water on the bench. Wiping his mouth with the bottom of his shirt, he nods, “It’s our anniversary today.”

“What! Aniversary? Semi, I didn’t think you had it in you to keep a girl for this long!” Tendou jokes from behind Ushijima. Frowning at his teammate’s words, He places his water bottle down on the floor beside him, “In case you hadn’t figured it out, (Name) and I are very much in love.”

“She doesn’t seem like she’s that into you though.” Tendou states as Reon approaches the multi-colored hair male, “Maybe they’re just very preserved in their relationship.” He states as Semi nods, “All I see is (Name) and you walking side by side, no hand holding or nothing.” Tendou retorts, watching Semi’s face scrunch up.

Just as Semi is about to reply, the gym doors open and you pop your head through, waving when your eyes land on Semi. Slipping through the crack of the door, you jog over to Semi with a smile and bow gently as his teammates, greeting them.

“Are you ready Eita?” Semi nods and stands up, only to have you wrap yourself around him. Looking up at his teammates, everyone had a shocked look on their face from your sudden contact. “Happy Aniversary! I wanted to show you more affection because you know how I am with affection,” you said sheepishly as you pulled away.

“Th-that’s okay.” Nodding, you reach over to hold his hand and you noticed that it was really warm, “Are you nervous or something?” You ask and he shakes his head, “I’m just getting used to this.” Semi replies honestly as you let out a laugh and kiss his cheek, “That’s cute.”

Savages (4)

Bucky&Steve x reader

Warnings: swearing, angst, stress, threesome(s), graphic male-female and male-male sexual acts

(The dates)

Savages (1) Savages (2) Savages (3)

Originally posted by enochianess

Summary: As a high-end fashion designer you’re living an extensively comfortable life. When your relationship of six years ends, you’re not too happy to see your newly-ex on the arm of another woman directly after; which is part of the reason you don’t mind running in to two men, who seem to have some exciting plans with you. As a woman who always gets what she wants, you immediately recognise men who are used to that exact same thing, and you’re more than happy to be the one to put them in their place.


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Jimin Scenario: The Way He Moves.

Request: Can I please have a fluffy Jimin scenario in which the his gf begs him to perform a contemporary dance piece but bc he’s shy he keeps refusing until one day he finally gives in and she loves it so much and he loves it as well cause she managed to see him not just as the BTS dancer Jimin

Genre: Fluff / Romance


You clapped excitedly, standing up from your previous position on the chair Jimin had pulled for you. The music stopped and changed to one with a slower bit and you approached the boys.

Jimin had invited you along with him to the practice room since he needed to work in a choreography with Hoseok and Jungkook. They’d been dancing for the past hour or so while you watched from the other edge of the room.

– Wow, you are always so great – you approached them slowly, they were catching their breaths and smiled at you

– I thought you came here to see me Y/N – your boyfriend remarked cutely, picking a water bottle that was forgotten closer to the full wall mirror. You laughed, walking to him.

–Of course I came here to see you – you caressed Jimin’s hair softly while he took little sips from his water.

–Someone’s getting jealous! – Jungkook said not so far away from you, making Hoseok laugh and Jimin to glare at him. They picked their things up and leaved you and Jimin alone. You helped him leave everything in place, knowing he also had to leave now and that your time with him was out for today.

–Jiminie oppa…– you whispered sweetly to him, clinging to his arm while you were walking towards the exit. Jimin pressed a kiss on the top of your head, leaning closer to your side while walking.

–Tell me jagi– you made him stop and intertwined your hands.

–I was wondering…– you played with Jimin’s fingers a little. –Do you remember that one time you said you’d dance for me? –

Jimin pecked your lips and smiled widely. –But I just did it! – he laughed and you bit your lower lip.

–Yeah, but not like that, you know what I want to see– you looked up at him with hopeful eyes. –I want to see you try with contemporary dance, not one so choreographed, I mean that one is fantastic too, but I really think contemporary would suit you just great–

Jimin laughed, shaking his head. –But our choreos are great too…– you could see the hesitance on his voice, as it always showed whenever you brought the topic to him. You suspected he was just shy to try in front of you.

–Will you at least think about it? – you insisted a little more, with practiced begging eyes. Jimin kissed the back of your hands and then your lips.

–I will, I promise jagi–

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Silent treatment from Calum *requested*

“Calum imagine where he’s mad at you and give you the silent treatment but after a while talks you again and you guys cuddle.”

Words: 926
Ship: Calum x reader
Warnings: None
Requested: yes

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“crying doesn’t indicate that you’re weak. It just means that you’ve been strong all this time.” ❤

anonymous asked:

Hello, it's me who has been submitting those portraits of Twice. You kinda asked me how long it took, so the Sana one took me about 4 hours, I think? Anyways, love your blog and I'll be submitting more work if you don't mind. Thanks!

Yes! I love your work so much and I love seeing it, please continue submitting. You’re really talented. And wow the Sana one took you four hours? That’s intense. 

twice-asks said to incorrecttwicequotes: I’m not ready for secondary school. Take me back to kindergarten where our only goal in life was not to die

Honestly though, I’m in university and currently my only goal is to not die

Anonymous said to incorrecttwicequotes: Reading about all the large hand sizes here makes me a little jealous. I’m 18 and slightly more than 5'3" but my hands are barely 15.5cm. There are 10 year olds I know with bigger hands.

Tiny hands are cute though

Anonymous said to incorrecttwicequotes: a may comeback is far too soon and it’s gonna make the girls more tired than they need to be. they just came back from switzerland so prepping for a comeback is gonna tire them out bc time zone changes are tough, then there’s the fact they gotta prep for japan right after the comeback and japan itself it gonna exhaust them probably. i would be excited if i wasn’t so concerned about their well being. - momo stan anon

I don’t even need to add anything here, you basically outlined all my concerns 

Anonymous said to incorrecttwicequotes: is michaeng make u upset

No, I support all Twice ships. Why? Did I accidentally say something dumb?

Anonymous said to incorrecttwicequotes: One of my favorite ships :’) twitter(.)com/nayeonspapi/status/854146391890812928 - tbh anon

https://twitter.com/nayeonspapi/status/854146391890812928

One of these is not like the other

Anonymous said to incorrecttwicequotes: Twins twitter(.)om/kyotosakas/status/854170371192307713

https://twitter.com/kyotosakas/status/854170371192307713

They’ve been friends for so long they’re becoming identical 

Anonymous said to incorrecttwicequotes: When they say Dubu is the straight member twitter(.)com/toujourstwice/status/854137389714989056

https://twitter.com/toujourstwice/status/854137389714989056

Ok official announcement time, there is literally no straight member in Twice. I’m sorry heteros the evidence is clear, Twice belong to the gays now. You can’t have them

Anonymous said to incorrecttwicequotes: I can’t bye twitter(.)com/godmyoui/status/854145367109230592

https://twitter.com/godmyoui/status/854145367109230592

BTICH WHAT THAT FUCK

Anonymous said to incorrecttwicequotes: Finally twitter(.)om/BaeTzuBurr/status/854174568663175168

https://twitter.com/BaeTzuBurr/status/854174568663175168

You have no idea how happy it makes me watching them goof around like this

Batman: Under The Red Hood (2010) Sentence Meme

“I should never have allied myself with a madman.”
“Wow. That looks like it really hurt.”
“Whoa, now, hang on! That looked like it hurt a lot more.”
“What hurts more – A, or B?”
“I think you may have a collapsed lung. That always impedes the oratory.”
“Please tell the big man I said ‘hello’.”
“Oh, to hell with this. I’m gone. If you brain donors wanna hang around… ”
“You wanna die? There’s easier ways to kill yourself!”
“Yeah, like yelling at the guy who’s holding the AK-47.”
“That took me two hours. Wanna see what I can get done in a whole evening?”
“Make no mistake. I’m not asking you to kick in with me – I’m telling you.”
“No. You’re anything but good.”
“Lie to me again and crashing into a wall head-on will be the least painful activity of your evening.”
“Packs quite the punch for a toaster on steroids, huh?”
“Did you know s/he could fly?”
“I wouldn’t be offended by a few suggestions!”
“Hard to forget that night, huh?”
“In a way, _____, this was the sight of your first great failure. Maybe your greatest. But certainly not your last, right?”
“Ah, memories.”
“Good thing I’ve always had perfect timing.”
“Could you just once say, ‘Let’s get in the car’? Is that so hard?”
“You could probably use a little sun. Then again, who am I to talk?”
“You really think I would stir up so much trouble…and not make sure you knew it was me?”
“Oh, good. He’s pissed.”
“Don’t be nervous, kid – but if you keep staring at me like that, I’m gonna cut your eyes out.”
“You know what I missed most about running with you? The toys.”
“You haven’t lost your touch, _____.”
“I’m chatty. It’s part of my charm.”
“He…did just thank me, right? Weird.”
“You guys having a party? I guess our invite got lost.”
“Twenty rounds a second and you were still too slow.”
“We needed him. He would have talked.”
“Sorry. That was dumb. But he deserved it.”
“Maybe my last request was too mired in subtlety. I want this man dead. When I say ‘dead’, I mean seriously dead. Beaten, broken, his-head-mounted-on-my-wall kind of dead!”
“I don’t care who takes care of you – you watch your mouth.”
“So you have all this power, and all you do with it is kill for money?”
“From what I hear, we have that in common.”
“Oh, the fight hasn’t started yet. I’m just stalling.”
“I’ve got to say, I missed watching you work.”
“Awful close. You afraid you’ll miss?”
“Just be happy I only killed one of them!”
“You want to rule them by fear, but what do you do with the ones who aren’t afraid?”
“Tell me what happened to you. Let me help.”
“It’s too late. You had your chance.”
“I’m just getting started.”
“You wanna tell me why this guy ain’t dead?”
“Can’t you feel it? We’re stuck in the damn crossfire.”
“Wow. S/he sure can move when s/he wants to.”
“It’s gonna be a sleepover, right? I packed my toothbrush.”
“It was stupid and careless!”
“I hope you understand the trouble I’ve gone through to arrange this little get-together here.”
“You’ve never shied away from drawing blood.”
“S/he’s taken everything I’ve ever taught him/her and turned it on me. It’s a hell of my own making.”
“You loved him/her. S/he knows that. It should be enough.”
“I thought you’d enjoy seeing some old faces. After all, most of these guys used to work for you.”
“You think I care if that scum dies?”
“So, I’ve been bamboozled. Oh my.”
“It only hurts when I laugh.”
“I’m just something you helped to make.”
“That’s pretty cryptic. But interesting.”
“This ends tonight. All of it.”
“Nobody knows that better than me.”
“Oh, you and your gadgets.”
“You’re not the only one with toys.”
“Please, I can help you. I know what happened.”
“We’re both just a couple of walking armouries.”
“You say you want to be better than me, but it won’t happen. Not like this!”
“I know I failed you – but I tried to save you, _____. I’m trying to save you now.”
“I don’t know what cloujds your judgement worse – your guilt, or your antiquated sense of morality.”
“But why – why on God’s Earth – is s/he still alive?!”
“I thought I’d be the last person you’d ever let him/her hurt.”
“You don’t understand. I don’t think you’ve ever understood.”
“All I’ve ever wanted to do is kill him/her.”
“But if I do that – if I allow myself to go down into that place – I’ll never come back.”
“This is what it’s all been about. This – you and me and him/her. Now is the time you decide!”
“If you want to stop me, you’re gonna have to kill me!”
“It’s him/her or me! You have to decide!”
“You managed to find a way to win…and everybody still loses.”
“Don’t you just love a happy ending?”
“This doesn’t change anything. It doesn’t change anything at all.”
“Are you kidding me? This rocks!”
“This is the best day of my life!”

Wow! I adore this game! I was playing it with a few friends and I had an absolute blast! I’m a very big into the RPG Maker Horror games, so I guess it was a little strange that I had never played Yume Nikki before. This only took me a few hours, I didn’t want to put too much detail into it (as you can tell with the background lol). I highly recommend this game to anyone, it’s not too scary but has some genuinely creepy moments. I had a lot of fun making this piece and I’ll probably make a few more drawings of RPG Maker games in the future! 

On Difficulty and Elitism in Video Games

I recently saw a discussion circulating tumblr about the elitist culture surrounding difficulty and accessibility in games, which rapidly degenerated into a chorus of variations on ‘git gud’ - as predictable as it is depressing, perhaps. But since difficulty in game design is a topic I have spent a lot of time thinking about, I felt like saying something back to this.

(Almost) nobody is calling out the fact that difficult games exist, no matter what the legion of reactionaries seems to think. Nobody is coming to take away your toys, and there will always be a niche market for the blisteringly challenging. (Perhaps they only think this because that is how they see the opposite difficulty camp - as advocates of something intrinsically less worthy that is eating away at their domain?)

Difficult games are great. I love difficult games; the struggle to gain mastery over interesting challenges is one of the main reasons I personally play games, and any game I design is likely to reflect that.

The problem is not that hard games exist, but that a great many people continue to think that those who cannot rise to the level of skill a hard game requires don’t deserve to enjoy the rest of that experience.

Got stuck for two hours on something that took me five minutes? Stop being such a scrub. Don’t want to clock dozens of hours of practice just to beat one level? Stop being so entitled. Want to see how the story ends, but don’t want to struggle against the gameplay? Wow, look at this lazy casual over here!

It’s great to make challenging games for people who like challenges. But when you think that anyone doesn’t deserve to have fun without ‘earning’ it (not-coincidentally, via the specific skills that you excel at), that’s a problem. It is the very essence of elitism to think one’s domain is better for the fewer people able to access it – that harder games are superior because they filter out the plebs who hadn’t really earned the right to participate in the first place.

This is not a theoretical! I’ve seen groups of people actively advocate removal of lower difficulty settings in games I’ve worked on, simply because they didn’t think that mediocre players should have any avenue to complete the game at all. (They were much more derisive about how they put this, of course). And I’ve certainly seen people up in arms about the primary difficulty of a game being lowered in any fashion, and not in the sense of “This game is personally less enjoyable to me in this state” but rather some variation of “Fuck those casuals; they deserve nothing.”, as if their own mastery somehow becomes less valuable when it is less nominally exclusive. “What good is beating a game if I can’t use it to lord my superiority over others??”

Adding meaningful difficulty settings to a game can be a lot of work, so I’m not about to insist that everyone does this, though I increasingly feel it’s a very valuable thing to provide an avenue for less-skilled players to also enjoy the experience you’re crafting – if there’s any non-mechanical component to that experience whatsoever.

To be honest, I think it’s a shame when games with interesting flavor or narrative are inaccessible to a large percentage of the people who’d find those facets interesting because the difficulty of the mechanical components is so prohibitive. In fact, I have recently started to think that high difficulty and interesting narrative sort of work at cross-purposes with each other, even when you’re a player who likes both. Being stonewalled by challenges can be jarringly disruptive to the flow of a story, taking the player out the world and making them spend hours in a contest of numbers and reflexes instead. Sometimes you just want to find out what happens to your characters next, rather than contend with mechanical challenges, even if you generally enjoy such things – experiencing a story and overcoming great difficulty scratch different itches, as it were.

(Note that I am not saying that narrative and gameplay themselves work at cross-purposes, because some measure of interactivity can greatly enhance narrative immersion. But really, that’s a topic for a whole other post of its own and I’m already getting sidetracked).

Difficult games can be great. Easy games can be great. A game that can be both, to different people, is probably even greater. Inclusively is a strength, not a weakness.

No game has an obligation to cater to any crowd but the one its designer cares about – and that crowd can be as small as the designer themselves. But it’s also not a virtue to be inaccessible. Inaccessibility is often a side-effect of niche design, but I’ve seen it lauded as a selling point far more often than certain people seem willing to admit. “Only the toughest of the tough can beat this game.” What is that message selling, exactly?

If the worth of what you do is diminished by other people being able to do it, then perhaps you’re measuring worth the wrong way. And if your response to this is to ensure that other people aren’t able to do it, then you’re probably just a jerk.

Don’t look down on people who play games on easy. Don’t look down on people who still want to experience the worlds you’ve seen without having your reflexes or tactical thinking. Don’t celebrate exclusivity. If a game meant something to you, shouldn’t it be a good thing when other people are able to share in a portion of that experience?

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A Tribute to X-ray&Vav: A Pop Danthology

Note: Vimeo back-up since youtube has muted the entire audio for one measly song claim. So here it is for the time being.

Warning spoilers!!!!


Hey so wow this was a long work in progress for me that I had to sit back and show patience for. Basically I’ve had to wait to make this since early August. So once I finally had all the footage I needed I got straight to work and put many a tears, frustrations (and wondering why I ever thought an almost 8 min long am would be a good idea) and time (It took about 12-15 hours overall) to complete this monster of a video. I am really happy with how this turned out, like I love this so much and I hope you guys do as well.


2 things, though. One is I know people are gonna rage about a certain part in this video. my options were to not do anything for that part, cut it or just suck it up and do it. Since i thought it fit x-ray I went ahead and kept the part in. Lastly, even though I know it’ll be lost on people I found translated gingham style lyrics and matched video to those lyrics. So that part isn’t just random nonsense.
Honestly, I sincerely hope you enjoy this video because I put a lot of love and effort into it. Even though there really aren’t any super special effects I still think it is one of my best works. I have more videos coming soon and I cannot wait for season 3 of XRNV.


Song: Pop Danthology 2012
Artist: Daniel Kim