Those are actually some really good points, I may apologize to him. I have a terrible tendency to prioritize my ideals over everyone else's. I didn't realize how selfish I was being at that point in time, and I also didn't take into consideration how he felt about the country. It's not so much that I think it's wrong to be patriotic, more or less I don't really understand why bother when you can celebrate the ideals no matter where you live.
Like, sure you can like the idea of democratically elected leaders, but does that really equal being patriotic? Certainly you can enjoy the idea of respecting people's rights and freedoms, but when you see what's going on with abortion and gay rights in the United States right now, doesn't that make associating the ideal with the United States a bit hypocritical?
It's just stuff I think about a lot, because the people here do things that seem a little bit backwards to me. The same people who preached about respecting freedom of religion resort to the Bible to create laws which dictates only Christianity is the true religion. The same people who say that they care about rights restrict rights such as a woman's right to get an abortion and people's right to get married to whoever they want to be married to because it doesn't agree with their strange complex. These people are divided on everything except this piece of fabric, which from my perspective represents ideals that the majority of people here aren't even consistent with supporting. It just seems so fake and insincere to me especially considering the fact that we put the flag on everything from condoms to bed sheets to rugs.
Jesus life sounds like it's utter shit for you right now. I really hope things get better for you, I hate pricks who judge people for things that's outside of thier control. my little brother had to deal with people like that who used to bully him for his speech impediment back in high school. he pretty much just told them the fuck off though and he made sure to be around people who weren't and negative influence in his life.
I really hope you can find that too because the people who you have to deal with sound absolutely toxic.
That being said on the nihilism thing, I think you should consider it. I happened to be nihilist although I do believe there are a few misconceptions about the philosophy. It is a very real reality that you live in the world that can disappear tomorrow and change nothing on a cosmic scale(in fact it's such a reality that the sun will do exactly that in the upcoming billion years).we are all insignificant specks in an ever-expanding universe that potentially houses even more insignificant specks. and while this realization is the backbone of nihilism it's more so about the realization that you can discover your own worth and you are the ultimate authority in the things you feel are worth anything. I strongly recommend researching the foundations of nihilism when you have the time, it is an amazing philosophy to hold in conjunction with secular humanism and it might help you with a lot of outlooks you hold over the things going on in your life.
By the way it's good that you didn't let what she said bother you.doesn't matter if you're a dishwasher or not you make your own hustle and that's what counts. there is absolutely nothing wrong with being proud of your work, because at the end of the day the same people who will bitch and complain about what you do are most likely the exact same people who rely on you having to do it in the first place. Somebody tried to pull that exact same can't on me at rouses. I told him,
listen sir it is a fact that I get paid $8 an hour to put your groceries in a bag and bring it to your car for you. if that is something you take issue with I will be more than happy to walk away and allow you the opportunity to do so yourself. There are other customers that will need my assistance.
GMan003:A flag is a symbol. Disrespecting the symbol is, symbolically, disrespecting the ideals it symbolizes.
That said, I am 100% in favor of less flag-worshipping nationalism. I have a little flag, I've used it twice. I brought it to the "No One Is Above The Law" protests, and I fly it on Independence Day. The rest of the time, it sits neatly rolled up in my closet, because it doesn't really mean anything any other time. It's America, big whoop, we have some good principles and even follow them sometimes, and we're probably the least-evil superpower in history, but it's not something that needs to be celebrated every day. One holiday a year, and special events, that's enough.
IIRC, a lot of the flag-code* stuff started up in the Cold War, especially the Red Scare era. As a culture, we needed some way to signal tribal membership, and waving the flag around and treating it like a holy relic became part of that. And now it's outlived its original purpose, and mostly persists so conservatives can one-up each other with extravagant "patriotic" displays.
I don't know why so many businesses fly flags. The auto dealers in my town have been warring over who can fly the biggest. I swear one of them is like twenty meters across. And every McDonalds seems to have a trio of flagpoles out front, with the national, state, and corporate flag. Why does McDonald's need a flag? I get why schools and other government buildings would do it, but fast-food joints seems a bit excessive.
* We do actually have an official set of laws, passed by Congress, establishing correct protocol and treatment of the flag. The courts struck down the penalties for disobeying it, under First Amendment principles, but people still get anal about them.
Dude that's actually the biggest reason I'm about to get over this flag nonsense. I work at a grocery store chain and we had to put a flag up because formerly the weather was bad and our manager was concerned about it falling. It took like seven of us to put the thing up because it's so huge and one guy even got bruises from it. I guess my done with this bs mood was the biggest thing that ignited the conversation. I was a little pissed we had to treat the thing like it was a god-forsaken child, while the living breathing actual individuals i was working with were getting their asses kicked by the thing.
That cold war fact was interesting, even as a kid I always had my suspicions that some type of government manipulation was the reason everybody was so damn obsessed with patriotism and the flag, but I dropped it because I live in Louisiana and people here are mostly conservative, I figured that was what the issue was. I had no idea this was a thing that happened in other states too. my only experience outside of Louisiana was when I was in the army and even then we just saluted the flag and that was pretty much it. the guy who handled the flag was given a very specific set of instructions on how to fold it handle it and pick it up, but I just thought it was some type of weird job he had, lol. Never would have guessed he was following legal protocol.
CrosEL:You're not wrong; just pretend to be overlyhyped about the fabric around others who are.
(In all seriousness: how everything is now days, flags honestly don't mean a damned thing...)
That's actually a strong case. I love the United States, it's really not a bad place to live, but a lot of the things we've done in other countries is pretty fucked. I mean for Christ's sake our military sometimes kills children and our healthcare system bankrupts our younger generations for getting sick. Love the us flag would probably be a hard case to preach about to people in these situations.
To be fair though it's more of a glass half-empty half-full thing. Just like how most Canadians get embarrassed when you ask them what happened to their natives, for you learn about the torture methods that took place in the medieval ages and the things that the British have done when they had an empire that was essentially the entire planet. and you don't even get me started on world war II.
In my opinion, the United States could have been much worse. I'd rather have to deal with bills and shit rather than have to dodge AK-47 rounds on my way to school, avoid getting murdered by cartels, get thrown in jail or poisoned for talking shit about the president, or disappear in prison systems because I simply disagree with something my government did. Can it be argued that there are better places, sure.
But despite how long it took I've learned that there are a lot of great things about where I live that I shouldn't take for granted. I'd rather deal with these dumb conservatives rather than having to deal with the KGB being on my ass.
I still think this flag nonsense this total bullshit though
My manager was adamant on reminding me that it was important that we did not let it touch the ground. I asked why and he pretty much summed it up to it being disrespectful to the country.
Essentially led to this conversation.
"So, how is it disrespectful? It's just some colored fabric."
"No, it's more than colored fabric, it's a symbol of freedom."
"But can't anything agree on something to be a symbol of freedom? The DPRK think their flag represents freedom, whose to say they are wrong?"
"But people died for that flag!"
"Um, people die for every flag, it's not just an America thing. Plus people don't get to decide where they are born, isn't it a bit foolish to be that prideful about a dice roll?"
Pretty much ended with us just putting the thing up. But it got me curious, is there anything like that going on anywhere else? Is it wrong that I could give less than a crap about the damn thing? I mean, I LOVE the U.S. I love all freedom loving countries. But like, its' fabric. And anything can be a symbol......
Facts, forced agendas can be annoying, just out of curiosity, who is making claims that they hate men? That's absolutely ridiculous, even from my standards, but as I have said, you have to be wary of people who install politics into mediums. Research thier claims, but if you find them baseless then know they are someone whose opinion cannot be taken seriously (this is especially fact because the majority of peoples' political opinions are almost entirely flawed since it's more about what they feel is true rather than what is actually true).
Fact of the matter is, if you don't see the agenda, there is no agenda. People look at works and see diffrent things, it's fantastic you can see something for what it is without making a bunch of generalizations and drawing unnecessary conclusions. Views can be subjective.
MK_Wizard:I know Terminator Dark Fate is getting a lot of flack, but I kind of liked it. A lot. In fact, I think it's the best sequel we have seen in a while and I think this continuity is going to work out great. Also, I have trouble taking the criticism at face value because in the wave of movies with female lead roles, they are all accused of having the same flaws namely SJW or feminazi pandering. And... as a woman myself, this makes me slightly offended because it is the 21st century. I thought Linda Hamilton really stole the show and the other ladies were just as memorable. They also did a lot of ideas right in a way that wasn't clownish, but well done in a way that you could respect. Plus, I didn't see any hatred towards men or any agendas being pushed except for the fact that for the fact that the women themselves were heroes and not their sons or husbands which is good thing. Plus, the Terminator series was always a feminist series, so how is having female leads bad? I can understand that some of the decisions were hard to see and agree with, but in the official story since Terminator 2 Judgement Day, it was stated that the future was changed now, so changes had to be made.
Now, if people really don't like because it wasn't their cup of tea, that's cool, but please don't blame it on the fact that the leads were women. I highly doubt the gender of the new wave of heroes affects anything. What do all of you think?
There is a statement made by one of my favorite youtubers known as PlaugeofGripes:
"It can be fine to enjoy media but acknowledge its' flaws. This is entertainment, it's not a religion. And obviously I live a very fun life in which I am unable to enjoy anything at face value."
You don't need permission to like what you like. That being said, I think the problem was a bit more than the lead character being a woman. There are an abundance of popular well respected mediums where the main character is a woman, including but not limited to Tomb Raider, Alita battle angel, including (unironically of course) Terminator with Sarah Connor.
From my perspective, the film pushed an agenda which seems like the biggest gripe reviewers had. There is a diffrence between having a strong female lead and trying to force an agenda. This review might put things a bit more into perspective for you:
Of course, you can still like the film, and you have a point about people on the internet. This hate culture is annoying, with it seeming like some people grasp at straws just to have a reason to have a reason to hate something. That being said, in some instances criticism is warranted. Just make sure you are getting feedback from reliable sources, and always question what you are being told. From what I am gathering, the counterarguments you acquired seem to originate from people who are adamant on installing politics into the mediums. Those aren't the most reliable sources of criticism.
Feeshies:Hey, so I just wanted to make this post to reach out to other creators who may be dealing with the same problem as me.
I've been consistently updating my comic Monday-Friday since April 2016. Right now it's 11 chapters long and just over 800 pages. Even though I've paused updates between chapters, I've never taken a break from actually working on it. The longest I've went without working on it was 3 weeks and that was because I didn't have my computer with me so I couldn't draw (but I still worked on the script). I work on it every day. The second I roll out of bed, I'm sitting in front of my tablet before my eyes are fully awake. I have to get my comic stuff out of the way before I eat, shower, or do anything else (and judging by my art quality, it really shows lol). I'm not doing this for money or for audience feedback, but because I have a long history of abandoning projects behind me. This is the longest I've stuck with anything and I only have a few hundred pages left to go. If I muscle through, I will finally have a finished body of work.
But I just can't do it. I remember I used to feel excited about this comic. I would do extra art for it. I wrote pages of lore. I was proud to share it. But now, I'm just punching in. This isn't a matter of writer's block. I have the entire story already mapped out. But this comic no longer feels like mine. I thought about taking a hiatus, but a hiatus can easily lead to abandoning the project altogether. Then I just wasted not just my own time, but my readers' time as well.
This is a weird way to phrase this question, but how do you get the "spark" back when working on long-running projects? What do you do to get out of a slump? Is this normal for webcomic creators? Thank you.
Sounds like burnout. You seem to just need a break.
As for the "spark", well I don't know about anyone else here, but I never really had that. I more of less, consider my webcomic series a second job, and my biggest motivation for how much I work on it is how badly I want my story told.
I don't think getting too attached to something because of an emotional commitment is a good idea, because emotions are completely unpredictable and in some instances, they are temparary. This is just my opinion, but I think now is the time for some self reflection. How badly do you want this story told? Is there anything you are willing to compramise to make working on the project more palletable? Why bother with the story when you feel you will abandon it anyway.
Personally, a dedicated schedule is most likely in order at that point. Your method of production doesn't sound very well structured, dedicate a certian amount of time to the project every say (for instance I am quite busy so I dedicate 4 hours daily to tsokaka.) Stop pressuring yourself to meet production deadlines, unless you are doing so to meet either professional or personal ends. I think it is an amazing thing that people with the discipline you have produce at such a consistant level, but I don't think it is worth it if it causes burnout or proves to be detrimental to your work.
Mixup concepts to keep yourself engaged in your story. This is a tactic some mangaka do as well, such as in JoJo and Dr.Stone. Change the protaganist for a chapter, or make a chapter from another characters perspective.
Ultimately, from the information you are presenting, you seem to still have the fight to want to continue to produce this comic. And as daunting as "take a break" may seem to you, sometimes it's necessary to aquire a fresh perspetive. Perhaps a break can be what's necssary to bring back your "spark". But hopefully my other suggestions prove just as benificial. These things take work, you have to push to make your story happen if you truly want your story told.
From what I have read, everyone likes the game, they just think it's a bit boring. Also, modders can be a blessing and a curse. How long do you think it will be before we get a slooty female Norman Reedus?
NeilKapit:Not exclusive to gamers, but when your medium is almost entirely devoted to power fantasies, it’s inevitable.
That unfourtunately describes a lot of mediums. Don't get me started on the animation and K-pop community.
Text:yeah, i think i was a little reactionary here. i’m gonna rescind my comment, take the personal lesson in not forming uninformed opinions, and tap out
On an unrelated note, has anyone ever told you your avatar is adorable?
Panda Cop:One time i was hunting a bad guy (working security) chasing him around this building then somehow i just knew he was hiding behind this door to a stairwell. I opened it and there he was (drug runner)
Another time there was an intruder i had to catch and i just imagined if i was him i would have started from the top floor and taken the stairs down each floor becaude this was less work and most people are lazy and find the easiest way to get things done. I guessed by the time i got the call and how fast he would move down floors and picked a floor. When the elevator doors opened he was walkign by and i just grabbed him and pulled him into the elevator.
I feel like these may be just lucky coincedences as not always wsd i able to catch badguys and sometimes i got hurt. But i think there may be something to electromagnetic fields created by human brains and in some way you can "feel" when other peoples brain fields go into yours and know they are there.
Or maybe i am just nuts.
This didnt happen to me but my best m8 told me about this happeneing to him at work recently.
Some chinese guy is shitting on a north american style toilet (asian toilets are like holes in the ground you squat over) he said this chinese guy was just pissing all over the floor while squatting on the toilet and not even giving a fuck then only rinsed one hand as he left. :|
Random guys talking to you in a bathroom are usually trying to have sex with you.
There was a store where i used to live that was like a gay sex hookup spot like on gay apps and stuff. Apparently everytime an employee entered this bathroom men were having sex.
Lol I think talking to other guys in a bathroom doesn't have to be a sex invitation
Kelsey -Nutty- P.:Alright guys, we all know it's a heated week for gamers right now. Let's all chill out.
I am as chill as frosty the snowman dabbing in a winter New York afternoon. I apologize if I came across as obnoxious, I have a terrible tendency to be overly confident in the context of my statements. Art isn't the only thing I need better understanding of perspective in it seems.
TanteiSakana:Don't know a terrible lot about this game, haven't watched videos in the first post, but I think I've tracked down most of what happened with the quote relevant to this thread.
I'm not sure what language the quote was said in originally. I know Hideo Kojima speaks some English, but I'm not sure he conducts interviews in English, particularly when what he says will be translated to another language from that. So, my best guess would be that the original Italian interview is translating what he said to that publication in Japanese, and that exactly what he said in Japanese has not been released publicly. So, it may not be possible to independently verify exactly what he said, but one can get pretty close like this.
This doesn't change what he said too much, but personally, I don't find this to be terribly immature or out of line when translated tactfully. Particularly considering that, you know, he didn't simply say this out of nowhere—the context seems to be him offhandedly guessing why Death Stranding seemed to be getting better reviews in Japan and Europe than in the US, in response to a question about the game's critical reception around the world.
Most people tend to agree the thing is at least worth playing. Perhaps it is digging a bit too deep to fall upon the assumption that what he said was super out of line, I just wish these creators would stop with the complexs.
Like, I get it, the thing is unique. That's awsome, but pretending the criticisms aren't valid because people just don't get it is a bit of a silly prospect to me. Think about games like killer 7, a truly, crazy unique game by my homie Sudi 51 that ironically, got an 8.1 out of 10from the exact same company that gave his game a score that was a point less. And think about the biggest criticism IGN gave his game, that it's a little boring transversing the terriain, dealing with easy enemies, and taking hours to do something that should have taken a few minutes.
It's just a little stupid to me that he couldn't accept these honset criticisms and made it seem like the brilliance of his game was just too much to handle. Vastly innappropriate? No. Terribly immature? No. Just stupid.
Wow you took that statement entirely out of context. I never said he sucked I said his games were essentially interactive movies. Even the people whose videos I linked to didn't say he sucked. Again and you are cherry-picking statements to fit a narrative you want to preach.
I did indeed say he likes circlejerking himself to make it seem like he's a game design Master because he does, for Christ's sake the guy drinks out of a cup labeled Konami tears.
Also self-congratulatory bullshit!? LOL, do you know me at all I suck.
what I am doing is completely and entirely criticism and you're trying to push this narrative that in order for me to criticize his statements I either need to be a fan or a loser. Nope, I just criticize people who say and do silly things and if that's not your cup of tea like I said don't get involved.
And yes he is a master game designer that I don't care about so what? You said it yourself I didn't invite you to thread, soooooo, why are you here. if you wanted to have a constructive conversation fine, I've done that with everyone in this thread so far. But you're the only one spoutting a bunch of bullshit to me that's not making any sense.
Elaine Benes:Y'know, except for the part where you made a whole thread to say "I told you so" and complain about how much you don't like him or his games.
Based, apparently, on exactly one quotation of his from a single interview, when Kotaku themselves found that a lot of his controversial, self-important statements in the past were actually just mistranslations.
Seems an awful lot like "overreacting" to me. But what do I know, I'm the kind of person who (when presented with a game I don't care about from a dev I don't like) tends to just silently not play that game.
Y'know, instead of masturbating in front of an audience over how right I was for not liking him.
Ok, so first of all I don't recall making any "I told you so' statements I made, if you can point one out I would happily address it. As for the thread, well as I have said before public figures with a lot of influence can have their actions criticized. Just because you like him doesn't mean he gets special treatment. And obviously, your complaints about me making my thread aren't warrented either. There have already been discussions regarding threads made in the mediterannian avenue. If you know you can't handle the discussion, don't get involved. But people aren't going to not complain because you don't like it.
And again my problem isn't necessarily his statements, my problem is the fact that I am disappointed a master game designer is making excuses for why his game is getting negative reviews at a time when the people giving those reviews are being attacked by his fans and coverage of his work is causing controversy. Nothing more nothing less. You would have known this if you actually took the time to read through the thread rather than cherry picking things to fit a narritive you wanted to preach.
Also isn't it a bit ironic that you were complaining about me complaining but you're saying that complaining is a bad thing??? That is very delicious hypocrisy must be what the lady in your GIF is drinking. I feel like there's a twilight zone episode similar to that lol.
Also funny thing about rich from review tech USA, he made an update video about the situation and why what kojima said is still whining. I can upload a link if you like!
harajuku_Smittle_:.....no I agree with Kojima, being expirmental has its benefits and disadvantages, sometimes le point can fly over a consumers heads. Lmao
That's true. One of my favorite designers of all time Suda51 is famous for having his work underappreciated. Killer 7 tripped me out as a kid, but I loved it so much.
It bombed internationally and here in the U.S as well as all No More Heros titles (guess whose buying No More Heroes 3! I'm hyped!)
But to be fair, the biggest thing they were criticizing was the fact that the game was a bit boring and the enemies were easy to defeat (there is a youtuber known as SomeOrdinaryGamer who killed a high level enemy using only blood grenades an early game item.). Thing shouldn't be that east and the world shouldn't be that empty.
I don't think they are bashing him because he tried something different, heck in the U.S. we are a melting pot of cultures willing to try anything from eating insects to making experimental works ourselves. Sure Killer 7 and no more heroes didn't do well, but to the credit of reviewers, they consider it one of the most underappreciated games of all time.
Meanwhile, Death Stranding is just meh to reviewers. Not bashing Kojima, but I think his strength is more storytelling and pitching ideas rather than incorporating fun mechanics. He has stated in the past he originally wanted to do Hollywood films, but said he thought more money was in gaming. Heck, was there even a good reason why he needed the protag to be Norman Reedus?
Rulerbrain:Game itself sounds like the literal version of "Maybe the real treasure was the friends we made along the way". Definitely a niche, but can't really blame the guy for trying something new after decades of SNAAAAAAKE
Lol, plot twist, the whole thing was a pokemon episode the whole time.
Fair enough. Perhaps this did come across as a bit insensitive especially considering the strong language. Don't think the guy is a douche so much as I think what he said was douchey, don't know him personally. May edit the whole thing to be a big facepalm instead. I really need a break from internet drama -_-.
deo101:Don't you all get comments of people telling you how to make your art?
Why all of a sudden do you become those people when you're on the consuming side of things?
There are going to be a few duds, not every game is perfect, and also not every game is for you.
What's so bad if a game isn't fun for you?
no one is forcing you to play it, go do something else.
With all due respect, public figures with a lot of influence can have their actions criticized.
I know Death Stranding is not a game I would enjoy, so I didn't buy or play it. I am not criticizing his game, I am criticizing his statements. Perhaps a more lenient tone would have been a necessity, but I do have confidence in the context of my statements.