Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Today

Today's the day I realized that I don't have friends. I've come close to the exact way I felt ten years ago, without being melodramatic and depressed. I'm not comfortable, but it's somewhat better than the alternative (which is to say, the current alternative of being more uncomfortable).

Thursday, January 16, 2014

One Piec, Arc By Arc: Factions

I think I should comment on the specific factions in One Piece. Fair warning that there might be spoilers.

In Short, there are two: The World Government, and everyone else.

One Piece, Arc By Arc: Alabasta part 1

I'll start by saying that this is full of spoilers. I don't just mean spoilers about the arc in general, but anything within my knowledge of One Piece might be discussed in this post.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

One Piece, Arc By Arc: the first 100 chapters

I've decided to spend some time talking about One Piece. One Piece is a Japanese comic/cartoon (often called manga/anime, because that's what the Japanese call it). It's very good, despite what some people think, it's probably one of the best written pieces of media ever made and is far beyond most manga and anime that I have read and seen. It's also better than most American things too. It's just really good, so I'm committing some time to talk about it.

There will be spoilers, so don't read if that's a thing you don't want, and this will be written more like a literary review than anything else, so it might be a little complicated and full of deconstruction. Also, I'm going to talk about it in terms of the manga, so I'll use phrases like book, chapter, panel, and what-have-you.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Spreading Awesome

The Vlogbrothers have popularized two ideas: create world awesome and decrease world suck. They're challenging concepts, but awesome and suck are well defined. Suck is anything that makes life worse and awesome is anything that makes life better. Part of life is discovering what part of you can make more awesome and what part can decrease suck. I create awesome with words and creation. I also donate a fair bit of money to charities, because I'm not so good at decreasing suck.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Work

One of the hardest things to do, I've learned, is to work.

Friday, January 03, 2014

For The Love of Dying

That's a Dragon, cause, y'know, why not?
I've very recently beaten Dark Souls, after over 60 hours, and I have to say that I'm ready to do it all again but with feeling. Dark Souls ends with credits like any other game, but also ends with the game's beginning again, placing the player back into the world but with enemies with more piss and vinegar than before. Everything is harder to kill and kills harder, but the game doesn't feel more difficult, it's only just as difficult before.

Game Difficulty

I've been playing mostly difficult games recently. I'm not actually the type of person who enjoys difficult games, although I think they have a special place in gaming. I just don't have the time or patience for difficulty, especially for games that are difficult for difficulty's sake. It turns out, though, that some of my favorite games, and many of the best games ever made, are difficult.