Why did Minecraft have a survival mode? For a game that started out as a purely creative experience and is often still played as such, what does a survival mode bring to the table? The survival mode itself is honestly rather shallow compared to some of the myriad of survival exploration games that came after… Continue reading The Base
Localized with the title of “My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected,” Oregairu centers on Hikigaya Hachiman, a prideful cynic with nothing to be proud of. Together with Yukinoshita Yukino, a meritocratic idealist; and Yuigahama Yui, a naive optimist, they form a club that provides help to anyone who asks. While Yukino often wishes… Continue reading Oregairu, S1 vs S2
Despite the apparent disjoint between the arts and the sciences, there is an interesting relationship between the 6÷2(1+2) problem and The Treachery of Images. Just as a painting of a pipe is not a pipe, and the word ‘pipe’ is not a pipe, the symbol for the number 2 is not 2. It’s easy to forget with… Continue reading 6÷2(1+2) and The Treachery of Images
Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan) may be the only comic book I have ever read which explores the experiences of growing up as a second gen immigrant in America. Her friends, her family, her heroes, her hometown, her mosque, and her parents’ homeland, each of these is a unique source of struggles and support shaping Ms. Marvel’s identity as she tackles… Continue reading Ms. Marvel
Always Human is a girl/girl sci-fi webcomic which tackles the familiar challenges of navigating interpersonal relationships and identity in a future society with different norms but similar problems with normativity. The backdrop of widespread usage of ‘Mods’ to modify the body and even cognitive abilities normalizes body work and reverses the relationship between naturalistic arguments and ableism.
This is an emergency post; episode 9 was terrifying. I realized after the last two episodes that the conflict between Izetta and Sophie is a conflict between narratives of hope and narratives of reality. Narratives have the power to move entire countries, and this is not lost on the series with its heavy focus on propaganda.… Continue reading Shuumatsu no Izetta
VA-11 HALL-A is a cyberpunk visual novel that focuses on the importance of community, a humanizing element in the face of the powerlessness, cynicism, and outright exoticism so often explored and embraced by traditional depictions of dystopia.