bxrme asked: Are you leaving Giant Bomb?!
Yep, I’m going home now and I’ll be back tomorrow.
Nice work, kid.
"I wouldn’t feel responsible. Bullying and harassment are not matters to be taken lightly or in jest. I should know. However, the "cyberbullying" phenomenon is completely hyperbolic in my opinion. Imagine the "older street tough" of lore taking your lunch money every day, or to be a woman and have a male coworker slap your ass or make other unwelcome advances. These are serious issues that have a real impact on a person’s life and psyche. It is entirely another matter to be on the receiving end of a completely anonymous voice, with no physical presence whatsoever, spilling words into a medium that one has complete control over."
I want to share a conversation with you.
A few weeks back, I published a piece called "Our Internet Empathy Problem." It used the widespread, culturally-accepted harassment directed at Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen as a vessel to discuss the abuse people are asked to put with online. It’s about the difference between how we treat the meaning of words in real-life and “on the Internet.” It’s about how we victim blame.
Attached to the article was an image that highlighted some of the harassment. This image was, for a time, on the front page of Giant Bomb. One of the harassers learned about this, and he reached out. We had a short but terse dialogue that didn’t result in anyone’s mind being changed. The image remained on the site. Many comments—a good portion of them meaningful—were posted underneath the story.
I’ve had some success in changing people’s minds with my work, and it feels awfully good. It’s a one-at-a-time battle, but I take that in stride.
One. Two. That means something.
But the conversation I had with that one person I just mentioned wouldn’t leave my mind. It stuck. See, this individual was paritcularly vile. Death threats and worse. Some of the comments could easily make one sick to their stomach. A complete lack of empathy.
A few days later, I reached out to him. I wanted to have a longer conversation with this person. You’ll notice that I haven’t mentioned who they are. It’s because it doesn’t matter much. The “who” of this conversation a distraction. The conversation is important, one that I felt was worth sharing. The individual on the other side has approved the release of this exchange, and it was my choice to hide their identity.
It’s long, yes, but please stick with it. It takes some twists.
Anonymous asked: Just wanted to confirm your suspicions and tell you that yes, Potato Marshal is someone watching the stream specifically to kill you. He's from the 4chan video games board and brags about "being the only entertaining thing during the 2 hours of Brad bumbling around." For the record, I disagree with him.
Hey, he found a way to bring meaning to his life. Good for him.
As someone who’s gained a, let’s say, increased interest in Japanese rap and hip-hop since one of the greatest events of our time, it’s been oppressively sad to see little on the horizon besides Charisma.com’s PARCO promotional singles. (Which are, as of today, thankfully over.) I tried to keep my ear on the ground as much as possible but Klooz, a young and relatively unknown rapper, completely slipped by me. Through a stroke of luck, I ended up stumbling into Seasons his new concept album and just… whoa.
Seasons leans a bit more into dance/pop territory than I’d ordinarily be comfortable with but there’s so many exceptions to be made on this album. For one, the production is absolutely excellent. Even when at its clubbiest, like in “Make New World”, the beats are tight and never take center stage. Subtler tracks, like “Phone Call” and “Fly Knit”, keep with the album’s upbeat style with some great house elements, too.
Klooz’s vocals are also as accomplished as the production. His energy flawlessly matches that of the tracks supporting him. There’s a carelessness, almost giddyness, to his attitude that really captivates me. More often than not, I wasn’t nodding my head at the beat but at the flow of his rhymes. Even on sillier tracks like “Lack of Communication” and “See ¥ou” (the former of which has one of my FAVORITE rapping bits I’ve heard in forever) the delivery of his lyrics are as engaging as his more down-to-earth songs like “Phone Call”.
But probably most importantly to me, the entire album just feels like one complete package. I have a sense of absolute closure with Seasons that makes me come back to it every time. It’ll finish and I just want to re-listen to it again, not because I feel like I didn’t get enough, but because what I got was so succinct and complete that I want to enjoy that feeling again.
I’ve embedded all four videos in his MV concept for the album because I think it’ll illustrate what I mean by “complete package”. The album has a distinct concept and feeling it’s going for, which some tracks straight-up having intro/outros to its concept. You can find the album on j-mp3 and a couple other places. There’s no American/European site I’ve found that distributes the album so find whatever ways you can to listen to it. It’s absolutely excellent and, without a doubt, my favorite release this year so far.
Listen to this album it’s so goodddddddd
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A year ago, I had though about a crossover between Pokemon and the WWE. I immediatly talked to my boyfriend about it (who is a great fan of the first pokemon versions and who sometimes watched wrestling shows with me) and we began to imagine a lot of things about this !
He realized sprites of some wrestlers, and made a ring scene yesterday because we talked once again of it.
We finally decided to go more serious with this idea, and I’m so excited !! (≧▽≦)
- Two versions, as Pokemon, could be done : a “RAW” version and a “SMACKDOWN” version, it makes sense. It could be have exclusives wrestlers for each versions !
- Wrestlers could gain exp. and learn wrestling moves, as a pokemon evolves for learning more moves !
- Six wrestlers are allowed on the main team, but it would be possible to use only one at the time. There is not PC to stock them obviously (≧∇≦) but maybe a trainer room ?
- Recruiting wrestlers is possible with the same system for the legendaries pokemon from “Mystery Dungeon : Blue/Red Rescue Team” : fight them a lot of time and they will maybe join you ! But remember that you can only have six buddies on your team ! So… would it be possible to do face/heel turn in order to betray the wrestlers you don’t want anymore ? We’re still thinking about it !
- Fighting stables is possible, but with one wrestler at the time ! They will be stronger than others fighters, I guess !
- Jobbers without specific identity could be fought as equivalent as wild pokemons ! They could be a good way to gain some experience, isn’t it ?
We are still having in mind a lot of mechanisms in order to imagine (and maybe realize ?!) a fan game !
With a lot of retro sprites, musics and backgrounds !
Epic fights with 8-bits original themes of each wrestlers !
It would be awesome, isn’t it ? ( ´ ▽ ` )♥
Do you find it’s a great project ?
If it interests you, please tell me !
Concept (c) Zakuuko
Art (c) Tomycase
I dove into Sima Kim’s music last year with Debris, an album I was not expecting to be so… ambient. It reminded me a lot of she’s Days releases, if anything. Very muted but rich in atmosphere.
I am, probably unfortunately, rarely in the mood for that genre of music. I got a little cautious when I caught whispers of a new release from the South Korean-born musician but surprisingly, Ur Silhouette is far more upbeat and engaging than anything I’ve heard from him before.
A pleasant cross between chillwave and drone, Ur Silhouette accomplishes a lot of what I liked out of Debris while still having enough substance to keep me engaged. Not to crap on drone/ambient or anything, I have no problem with it, but beyond establishing mood and space, I’ve never really felt much to connect with. Instead, Ur Silhouette adeptly uses echoing synths and beats to create atmosphere, with the ambient sounds complimenting the songs instead of being center stage in them. Kim’s down-tempo melodies fill every track and establishes a cohesive sound throughout the release, even when lightly treading into various genres.
That exploration into different leading sounds is why I find Ur Silhouette so engaging. The intensity of “Then I Could Just Die Today” is far different from “You Cast Shadow on My Sky” and its instrumental hip-hop stylings. “Isolated” is a particular treat as well, with superb vocals accompanying one of the finest electronic instrumentals I’ve heard in a while.
Going through Sima Kim’s discography is jarring. I’ve rarely seen a musician so prolific in such a short amount of time. I am sure this year will see a lot more releases from him and if they’re anything like Ur Silhouette, I’m really looking forward to them.
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