Japanese visual novels are set in Japan with Japanese characters...because they're made by Japanese studios in Japan for Japanese people.
They Were Right All Along: How Harry Potter Made Me Agnostic
But the people who took Harry Potter that seriously? No no no no we weren't THOSE Christians who saw Satan in everything secular. We understood nuance. We were reasonable. We weren't the crazy Christians.
In Which the Mother of a Queer Person Continues to Fail at Irony
My mom's homophobic, even if she doesn't realize it. But not...like...a Homophobe, you know what I mean? She's a “love the sinner, hate the sin” homophobe. A “marriage is between man and a woman, but if they want a civil union, that's okay” homophobe. A “I use my one lesbian friend as a rhetorical shield… Continue reading In Which the Mother of a Queer Person Continues to Fail at Irony
The Summer of Not Giving a Crap
So it's the middle of summer. Here, in Texas, that of course means we're just in phase 1 of a multi-phase summer process. My personal summer began right at the end of spring, however. When I bought a pair of shorts.
I Get to Be in Anime Sometimes and that STILL Freaks Me Out a Little
“Okay, so they're alchemists, alright? And they're brothers and one of them had his soul bound to a suit of armor...are you following?”
One of the Best Romances Ever Written is From an Action RPG
Oh, Ashe, so you've got something poignant and insightful to say about the human condition and how the footprint of an inter-social ... No. I just finished Mass Effect.
Dragon-sexual?: The Semantics of Alien Attraction
And it's really a very fascinating thing, isn't it? That even in settings that present us with a sort of infinite biological possibility, we still hinge on human-centric interactions in regards to gender and sexuality, particularly ones with heteronormative bents.
My Gender is Crab: How Fantasy and Sci-fi Helped Shaped My Non-Binary Identity
On Twitter and in casual conversation I have described my gender as the following: crab-person, one of the creatures from “Behemoth's World” by 70's sci-fi painter Richard Clifton-Day, a bird demon with a funny hat, the Pokemon Gengar, and “a lady, I guess, but...you know...not on purpose.” The non-binary experience is, by its nature, weird… Continue reading My Gender is Crab: How Fantasy and Sci-fi Helped Shaped My Non-Binary Identity
Understanding Innovation: Your Visual Novel Idea Isn’t as Groundbreaking as you Think It Is. I’m So Sorry, Dude.
Then I actually see how they intend to go about this and it strikes me as a plan that doesn't take into account the full breadth and depth of the medium as it stands. That they're coming into the development process with a very narrow per-conceived notion of what a visual novel is and does and has. Sometimes, I see a Kickstarter description that makes me wonder if the developer has ever actually played a visual novel before deciding to make one.
Innovation in a medium is great. It infuses new blood and keeps things nice and spicy. But what does that actually look like in an effective way
Ludonarrative Scramble: Literally Every Single YaoiJam 2020 Game
This entry's theme: Every. Single. Yaoi Jam 2020. Entry. Yes. You heard me. All 35 final entries. (Well, 34 others in addition to mine.) Some were good! Some were great! Some made me question every decision I ever made to bring me to this point! But, all in all, they were a fine collection of talented developers.