You gained some quarantine pounds- so what?

Staying at home hasn’t been easy for a lot of people, and for those who have (with changing scenery and some healthy competition to push you forth) an easier time exercising outside the home, such as myself and perhaps you, dear reader, the consequences are physically visible. Quarantine snacks certainly did not help matters. So now you may be looking towards the end of the quarantine with silent social terror. “What will my friends think? How will my significant one react? Do I need to begin a flash diet before leaving the house?”

From Everyone Is Terrified of Getting ‘Quarantine Fat’ and Just Enough Already

Now, I understand those feelings, as much as I can, since I am no social butterfly, but let me put things as I see it. As always, I am no expert in anything and I can only express my opinion, but I do so in good will.

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Fanfiction and Everything It Represents

Fanfiction is a term that has arisen from the internet, and like many concepts that were born on the web, it is looked down upon. Fanfiction, simply put, is fiction created by fans. The subject of their fandom, or community of fans, can be a book, a movie, a comic, a videogame, or even a person. You shouldn’t be surprised to find celebrity-themed works in fanfiction sites such as Fanfiction.net or Archive of Our Own.

Since none of these works are created in an official capacity, the greatest variety can be found between them.

Woman in Sharp Light by Mon

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Obi-Wan Kenobi: The Unsung Hero

Spoiler Warning: There is much I will say about this character which you are likely to find in the Legends Continuity, Current Canon, and the movies. I won’t be going out of my way to mention details, but I won’t hold back either. I will also assume you know what I’m talking about when I reference the movies’ most iconic scenes. Though there are often links to guide you along.

Disclaimer: I am merely a person like you, giving an opinion about a topic I find interesting. I do not hold the definitive truth and you are completely within your right to disagree.


Obi-Wan is not an obvious hero

Unsung hero? That may seem to be a strange concept to many, as Obi-Wan does benefit from a lot of recognition. At the time I type these words, Youtube Channel Thor Skywalker is conducting an informal experiment in which the rating of various Star Wars characters is determined through polls, and then pitted against each other. Currently, Obi-Wan Kenobi is coming out on top with a grade of 4.84/5. Thus saying that Obi-Wan is ignored would be complete blindness to the amount of support and interest that he arises, especially considering that Disney is, allegedly, preparing a series just for him. But being a sung hero is all about being celebrated and having your victories admired, being known by your actions. For the amount of sacrifice and devotion that we find in his life, the Jedi Master deserves much more appreciation from the mainstream public and general audiences.

Star Wars: Ewan McGregor Reveals Details Of The "Obi-Wan Kenobi ...
Still from “Star Wars: Revenge of The Sith” movie.

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Politics Are Weird

Disclaimer: As usual, I am only another person expressing an opinion that is, by no means, the definitive answer to anything.

Let me tell you a little about the life of a common citizen, who we will call Alex.

Alex is born and grown within, what is supposed to be, the safe environment of their family home. There Alex can be almost as exposed or as isolated from the mechanics of society as their family wishes Alex to be. When Alex becomes an adult, or perhaps a little earlier, they are presented with a career choice for which, ideally, they’ll come to be quite knowledgeable about. There is a high probability that for Alex, Politics will never be an option or even a vague consideration.

Digital Pencil Man by Mon

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Movie Review & Recommendation: Killerman

My family has an informal tradition: when everyone is bored, at home, and available, it is movie time. As such, I think I could be excused for considering myself a film-savvy person.

Yesterday night, I was jaded enough that none of the action-packed covers called to my attention. Lately, watching a film is throwing a coin into the air to see how hollow I’ll feel by the end of it. May it be that the pessimism is pushed to seem groundbreaking, or that the cheer rises until the movie is not grounded at all, sitting down to simply enjoy a story is rare. Which makes movies I could enjoy this year and the last something I count with my fingers. This was one of them.

My brother chose “Killerman.”

Movie directed by Malik Bader and starring Liam Hemsworth.

“Killerman” Movie Poster

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Staying At Home Isn’t So Bad

I do not mean to minimize the several logistics problems that arise with a population unable to mobilize. I don’t mean to minimize the reasons that have us all quarantined. I don’t mean to ignore the danger and inconvenience with people who require physical help who may not be able to receive it, due to cutting off contact with their therapy. I don’t mean to further isolate the people who live alone and who will, thus, find themselves alone for a while. I don’t mean to ignore the people who have informal jobs or those who have been laid off. I am aware that the extreme situations many will find themselves in thanks to that blasted coronavirus is nothing to be dismissed, and that things like touch starvation can become a serious problem.

But I must stand by this: Staying at home isn’t so bad.

Stay Late at Night, artwork by Mon

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Detroit: Become Human Review [3]

Examining Detroit: Become Human’s Significance.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

At the time I write this I feel there hasn’t been a proper analysis of Detroit: Become Human, beyond expositions of opinion with a very tight focus.

Disclaimer: Admittedly, this is also an opinion piece, even if it’s attempting to be more complete in the aspects considered.

Spoiler Warning: If you like narrative choice-based games, you should consider buying the game without further investigation. It’s often considered the best of David Cage’s three games, and it is my honest belief it is best experienced with no previous exposure or bias. Moreover, this article it’s directed to people who have finished the game at least once or have watched a Let’s Play. I will not be making a detailed summary.


Actual In-Game Significance

Now I admit, this section was the main reason I wrote this article. I also admit it is, perhaps, the most subjective part of the review.

A story and its message are often invariably linked to the protagonist’s experience. It just so happens that Detroit has three variable stories with different main characters whose motivation is up to interpretation. What’s that trying to say? Can it even say anything? (Heavy-handed symbolism notwithstanding.) We must have taken something away from it, even if it is not definitive. The interesting thing about D:BH is that, as a game rather than a movie, for all it pretends to be a hybrid, it thrives off interaction with the gamer. The number of ideas presented in it’s scripted version is nothing compared to the intended emotional effect on the player the moment they are given stakes and a decision.

Screenshot from Detroit: Become Human official site.

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Detroit: Become Human Review [2]

Examining Detroit: Become Human’s Significance.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

At the time I write this I feel there hasn’t been a proper analysis of Detroit: Become Human, beyond expositions of opinion with a very tight focus.

Disclaimer: Admittedly, this is also an opinion piece, even if it’s attempting to be more complete in the aspects considered.

Spoiler Warning: If you like narrative choice-based games, you should consider buying the game without further investigation. It’s often considered the best of David Cage’s three games, and it is my honest belief its best experienced with no previous exposure or bias. Moreover, this article it’s directed to people who have finished the game at least once or have watched a let’s play. I will not be making a detailed summary.


The Future of Choice-Based Games

Detroit: Become Human is a choice-based game. There is not much in terms of gameplay other than being presented with a situation and deciding on it. While many may consider this a detriment, I find these are often my favorite types of games. These are the kind of games in which a player is supposed to obsess over the story, the characters and the concepts presented. For this, they put much more effort into these factors to make the experience significant. This has to do with consequences, themes, and coherence.

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Detroit: Become Human Review [1]

Examining Detroit: Become Human’s Significance.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

At the time I write this I feel there hasn’t been a proper analysis of Detroit: Become Human, beyond expositions of opinion with a very tight focus.

Disclaimer: Admittedly, this is also an opinion piece, even if it’s attempting to be more complete in the aspects considered.

Spoiler Warning: If you like narrative choice-based games, you should consider buying the game without further investigation. It’s often considered the best of David Cage’s three games, and it is my honest belief it is best experienced with no previous exposure or bias. Moreover, this article it’s directed to people who have finished the game at least once or have watched a Let’s Play. I will not be making a detailed summary.


The Topics Touched Controversy

Detroit: Become Human has often been criticized for touching themes of racism, slavery, the holocaust, segregation, civil rights, and child abuse. The idea is that D:BH doesn’t have the right to touch upon such topics and that it does so inadequately, to the point of insensitivity.

I’ll be honest: I don’t think I have enough experience in any of these to be able to decide who is treating them in the correct manner. My childhood did not involve physical abuse. I have never marched for my rights. Discrimination and segregation have not been a prominent issue in my life. I am not a Jew in Nazi Germany. I couldn’t be able to tell you, emotionally or objectively, what a spot-on accurate representation is, and I understand the issue that comes with misrepresenting these topics. Issues misunderstood are issues not resolved.

Scared Alice, Artwork by Mon

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Disney Star Wars Movies had the Wrong Approach

Since the Coronavirus has taken over our lives and restricted us to home sweet home, it may be as good a time as any to kick back and consider some Star Wars material. If you haven’t seen the sequel movies, I should warn you there are going to be SPOILERS.

Should you prefer audiovisual media, you can watch this on YouTube.

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