Why using an interview with Totalbiscuit is a terrible idea when addressing harassment in Gaming Cultures UPDATE 17/08

Love him or loathe him it’s undeniable that John Bain, much better-known as TotalBiscuit, is a highly-influential video game personality with a huge and passionate fanbase. – The opening line to a Kotaku UK article that went online today

John Bain is a Youtuber, podcaster, and ‘Man With A Large Audience Within ‘The Gaming Community”. He’s been actively contributing to various gaming communities since 2005, meaning a good third of his life has revolved around games media, content creation (An umbrella term that basically means “makes stuff” often used to separate contemporary medias from traditional ones) and, most relevant to this piece, building and sustaining an audience/community. He currently has about three quarters of a million followers on Twitter and over two million subscribers on Youtube if you care for such metrics.

He’s also an absolute prick.

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Referential Humour and Prisma Illya

I have been toying with the idea of writing a post about Fate for a while now. I’ve been playing the mobage. I watched Unlimited Bladeworks the other month, and before that rewatched Fate/Zero. All three of these works, despite building on each other, are drastically different. They have drastically different goals, and drastically different philosophies towards achieving their goals. However, whilst there is a multitude of ways I could tackle Fate – from it’s portrayal of the sufferings brought about by the restricted world views of Men in Zero, to the promises that Unlimited Bladeworks makes and then fails to keep – lets instead talk about, what I can only imagine to be, the worst Fate series available on Crunchyroll. Fate/Kaleid liner Prisma Illya.

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Philosophy of Film – Nonexplicit Moral Messages

Today (The 13th of July 2017) I graduated from the University of York with a 2:1 Bachelors degree in Philosophy. In celebration of that I have decided, since Twitter seemed receptive of it, to upload one of the essays I handed in during my time there. What follows is a 4000ish word essay that contrasts the ways Jud Süß (Some pretty vile Nazi propaganda commissioned by Goebbels during the peak of the Nazi film industry) and Fail Safe (A Very Concerned thriller made in Cold War Era US) indulge in certain kinds of rhetoric. Interesting! I hope. At any rate I wouldn’t recommend using this academically, though the sources may be of some interest to you, and I do not mind adding an addendum if I, in my BA philosophy ways have missed something of importance. I have loved my degree, but I don’t necessarily expect it to have not overlooked any potential crap when it comes to weighty subjects like Nazis. Fuck Nazis. Enjoy. 

PS: Sorry the formatting is iffy. Juggling from openoffice to WordPress is a pain =S

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How ‘A Silent Voice’ succeeds at a difficult topic

I recently handed in the last essays of my University career. A momentous occasion, slightly undercut by the fact that the day I was finishing them I spent my entire morning watching, for the third time, A Silent Voice.

I have previously jotted down a few words about my relationship with that franchise, so I shall not reiterate it here. However, it isn’t just the formative role the manga played for me that makes the movie maybe my favourite of all time. The staff behind A Silent Voice have managed to make a complex and sensitive film, that can even tackle such dangerous themes like suicide well.

(Spoilers for the movie as well as discussion about suicide and it’s place in the movie follows. Please take care. Suicide hotlines worldwide are available here, as well as at the end of the essay.)

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My Relationship with Mawaru Penguindrum

My first introduction to Kunihiko Ikuhara was through Revolutionary Girl Utena. It made me re-evaluate how I approached and felt about fiction. I still think well of shows like Waiting in the Summer and The World God Only Knows, but Utena is just on a whole other level. It was only natural that I would look into watching Mawaru Penguindrum shortly after I first experienced Utena. My friend Ally had been liveblogging it on Tumblr, and it appeared to be exactly the kind of follow-up show I wanted.

This isn’t really a blog post about Penguindrum. So if you were after an indepth look at any of the themes, episodes, or specific motifs of it you’ll have to look elsewhere. Instead here this will be self-reflection of my experience with and around Penguindrum. So if you’re after something not massively self indulgent I might upload an editted version of my Philosophy of Film formative if I hear back from my lecturer and it isn’t The Worst.

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12 Days of Anime #3: Shorts of the Year

Since I’m feeling very anxious at the moment, I think it’s fair to have a chiller piece today. Life is tough, unbelievably so in current socio-political climates, so anything that helps alleviate that is worthwhile. Short anime, by their very structure, are great for that. Easy to digest, easy to spend time with, short anime can give brief moments of spare time or energy the pick up you need. So here we are. Three shorts that have meant alot to me, in differing ways, this year.

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12 Days of Anime #4: ‘Worlds’ in Flip Flappers

One incredible feature of our personhood is how we, as people, are not tied down to any particular ‘world’. Though we accept that there must be a singular world at some level, we as subjective and complex individuals also accept there are many important and different lenses through which we experience it. Fiction is one such brand of lenses. Stories can entertain, provoke, and inspire people, despite the fact the events described in them are, strictly speaking, not real. The ideas, beliefs and examinations in such fiction are ultimately communicated in such a fashion to be palatable. There is value in dry textbooks describing the world. There is also value in fantasy fiction describing a fake world. Flip Flappers is no exception to this.

(slightly nsfw images below the cut, courtesy of the Adolscence of Utena)

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