Scoob and Shag and You

Hello there! It’s been a while since my last blog post, and that’s on me – I’ve been plugging away at my day job, getting hype over amazing Pokemon news (you may have seen my persistent Twitter flood of Wooloo love), and being emotionally wrecked over Kunihiko Ikuhara’s latest anime Sarazanmai (you may have seen my persistent Twitter flood of wailing, coping with memes, and love of Tooi Kuji). While these are all great topics for future posts, today I’m going to fulfill a promise I made to myself quite some time ago.

It’s time to tell you about Scoob and Shag.

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An Eightfold Adventure: Octopath Traveler

I’ve played a fair amount of video games since I was a child, but I will admit that I don’t have vast or storied experience in what’s considered “classic RPGs”. Hell, many of the games I played as a kid and teen I was never able to beat, not without a lot of help from guides or other people – and believe me, I well remember the old days of the inch-thick guidebooks that told you how to do all the things in a game to beat it, and I appreciate the internet’s vast amount of gaming resources for when you get stuck on particular parts.

So, in a way, everything that a snobby gamer who still plays the early Final Fantasy games on their original systems using pristinely-kept game cartridges would be familiar with and might consider boring about Octopath Traveler? I’m coming into a fair amount of it with no experience. And I’m loving it.

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Relentless Reading

Today I have the particular and peculiar luck to be stationed at the receptionist desk for the whole of my Friday – we are without our usual receptionist, and the woman who usually covers is out on personal business. (Don’t worry, there’s someone here who can relieve me if I need to go to the bathroom.) While I can only dread the pile-up of work that will meet me on Monday, I can still make good use of my time by catching up on my ludicrous amounts of reading.

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Detective Pikachu…

I saw it.

I saw Detective Pikachu. I preordered the tickets and brought my Audino plushie with me and ate 3/4ths of my popcorn waiting for the movie to start, and now I’m going to give you my thoughts.

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I actually got the card this art is for in my little promo thingie! That and a Psyduck.

There are SPOILERS below the cut, so if you’d rather not have things revealed to you regarding the movie, I suggest bookmarking this post and waiting until after you’ve seen it to check this out. I’m likely not going to be discussing much of the plot, but even so, I know folks like to stay completely free of any hints of anything, so this is your warning to wait.

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Audience and Creator and the Balance of Responsibility

You know…we ought to have a talk. As a wider community of people who make things and people who enjoy the things being made, we…need to really sit down and think and discuss…things that are Not Okay to do. The more incidents that come to light or erroneous missteps taken that alienate people, the more I think that this has been a discussion sorely needed.

I’m not naming any names or events. I’m leaving it to you to fill in things as they apply to you – if one considers it on one’s own terms, then one is more receptive and understanding. That’s my own theory, anyway.

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Finding Serenity: Shore Adventures

I don’t consider it a secret that stress and anxiety are a constant and oppressive fixture in my day-to-day life. I struggle, perhaps more than others (but I wouldn’t know how to quantify such a thing) with a constant mental gymnastics of thoughts and feelings. Things lurking in my subconscious refuse to put words to themselves and instead torment me physically; my throat and tongue feel tight and breath becomes difficult, seemingly with no solid cause at all for long stretches of time. It sucks.

What a surprise, then, to find myself without all of that in the span of a day.

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The Homestuck Epilogues: Option Three – Disengage

I don’t think it’s a stretch for those of you who’ve seen me on Twitter or private social media to know that I’m…furious. Enough to the point where sheer spite kept me awake past 3am into Sunday morning. And perhaps it’s silly to be angry about a webcomic that has mostly fallen into disfavor even before now. But…you know, I am pissed. As I said last night, I am all teeth and snarl and fury, and I know I’m not alone. I’m not the only person who has Thoughts. But I am one person who will actively try to sort them out into something sensical for you.

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Elaine’s Favorite Pokemon: Or, the ‘Mons You’ve Been Sleeping On

While my free book giveaway has been foremost in my mind since its launch, I will admit that I devote a fair amount of thinking power to what sort of blog post I ought to make next. What you, the people, seem to want to read most are discussions on the media I enjoy on a daily basis. No small percentage of this is video games, and no small percentage of that is centered around Pokemon.

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