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I’ll probably do 2 other of these posts, dedicated to what I’ve been watching and reading, but for now, this is it.

I’ve recently fallen into checking out Sims Stories games after reminiscing about my first Sims game - Bustin Out. Also helped that I’ve been watching people play Sims games - both torturing them and also making interesting things like their ships, their OC’s, etc. That’s what led me to research which Sims games were more story-focused, and lo and behold there existed some.

I’m playing Castaway Stories, Life Stories, Pet Stories and Sims Medieval. Of the four, I must say I’m not as into Medieval. Things take forever to be done since they walk on foot to any part of the map, and overall just more tedious. But hey, might just because I’m playing Castaway alongside it.

I love the Tom Hanks movie, so this game has been a blast so far. I still haven’t played a regular/normal Sims game, but maybe I might check out 3 or 4. I’ve always wanted to get into wrpgs but I’ve never been into their open-world type thing where I can get lost and die from that. Sims seems like a good in between since it’s open world but more character-focused.

Of course Sims is more about creating your own stories and characters, at least the non-stories ones, but I find interesting the parallels between sims and wrpgs, since wrpgs also allow you to tell your story by letting you have choices and quests you can do or skip.

It’s been an interesting fore into this wild jungle I never really explored, it also rejuvenated my interest in gaming. I haven’t done it in months,perhaps a year, but I’m really into it right now~

 
 
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Studio Mir's own IP with Alexander Snow, which they're searching for distributors and investors.
It looks so good, I hope they get to do it. They worked on Legend of Korra and Voltron Legendary Defender, but since they were other's IPs they didn't have the autonomy they will have with this Ip.
I wish them all luck, and I want more and want to watch it really bad.
I see great things coming from them, and I can't wait for it!~

 
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All of Voltron's fandom, shippers and non-shippers even antis and haters that squabbled, have been angry and pissed and sad and just disappointed with this season. For good reason.
The fights were great, the stakes were high, it did things right. But then...it started falling apart by the end. And the more it fell apart, the more the previous episodes started feeling hollow and finding plot holes.
This is NOT about ships. This is because they decided to kill Allura, made the characters have none of their integrity and strength from the previous seasons, this is because they decided to marry Shiro off to a rando dude and while at it retired him at age 27.
I've had friends crying themselves to sleep, getting drunk to sleep, over how hurt they felt they'd do this disservice to a show that started so strong.
Voltron went from the Top to the Bottom.
There's nothing more depressing than a show to be so good from start and then going out with a whimper instead of a bang.
That the paladins and cats didn't try to help Allura, so that she didn't die? Feels wrong.
Lance getting eternally sad with a dead GF? Feels wrong.
Shiro married to rando dude called Curtis? Feels wrong.
That they explained and even redeemed Honerva and Lotor and Zarkon, and then didn't bring back at least Lotor for redemption? Feels wrong.
That the family they built as a team just broke and went off? Feels wrong.
That we don't know who Hunk ended up with, even though they brought up 2 possible relationships on Romelle and Shay? Feels wrong.
That Keith was left alone, as though he made no family, no friends, and with no relationship even though they brought up Acxa, and he said I love You to Shiro? Feels wrong.
That Shiro had no interaction with the paladins alone? Feels wrong.
Keith calling Krolia Krolia instead of Mom like in s6 and s7? Feels wrong.

There's plenty more, so much more. That Epilogue was absolute trash, the last 10 minutes of the last episode were misguided and destroyed a chunk of what Voltron stood for.
This is a children's shows, as they remind us, and yes Shiro marrying and kissing on screen is important. But that they made him retire and marry an unknown to do that? I'd have taken him marrying Kolivan, Coran, any of the paladins, over THAT.
That they'd marry a fundamental character like Allura, strong and giving and a healer, who brought back to life Shiro and Lance, but yet she couldn't be brought back?
This season just...the more I think about it, the more it falls apart.
Why was Altea there? If it's another universe where Altea exists, why couldn't Lotor and Allura be brought back? Honerva did all that, sacrificed herself, and for what? I'd believe it she'd do it to bring Lotor back to life so he gets a second chance and redemption.
The series feels like a fever dream now.
Especially so because the crew, voice actors, writers, animators, have been DEAD silent. No RT's for good reviews, nothing. Zilch.
They're acting as if this season never happened, as if they didn't work on it. As if they aren't proud of it.
And maybe they aren't, because they've all been SILENT.
There's a petition ongoing for DreamWorks to release the original ending that Studio Mir and the writers worked on, because that? That can't be it. It reeks of DWorks meddling.
I'm linking the petition. Sign the petition please, if you agree with it. It's aptly named, Release the Original the Showrunners Wanted.

TBH, I hope the team that worked so hard on this show, were so excited, so happy when they could unveil Shiro was gay, so ecstatic they could do this reboot, get the opportunity to speak up. To show their original ending. To get justice.

If no one does a fix-it fic where Lotor is brought back and redeemed, Allura brought back and Sheith ending, I'm planning on writing it. Until then I'm waiting for someone to do it, because I like consuming more than outputting because I'm lazy.

Until then, we have fans doing fix-it endings, ignoring Epilogue and rewriting the ending. That's all we can do, for now. Just speak up, let your voice be heard.
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Just finished this game. It only had 1 twist, and tbh the gameplay was annoying in my places. Turing is cute. The OST is a bit forgettable, but this song isn't. A good jazz bop.
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It's bizarre to me how much experience in internet changed, especially tools which the purpose for was striking conversation and facilitating that. Many would say social media started with FB, but the reality was it already existed in MSN and then Skype, and before those it was forums and IIRC's. MSN and Skype made it so we would talk to each other, be it in groups or 1-on-1, and it felt like we were all connected.
Along the way, somehow social media became...disconnected, lonely, anti-social itself. Most of the tools are made so you're not talking with people. Likes, RTs, Reblogs, whatever else? It's interaction but not socializing.  We're just screaming into the void, hoping someone sees, notices us, answers us. It's become the antithesis of what social media should be. Interacting directly with words has become a bygone thing for a lot of people.
Many would say, well that's why online friendships are not real, but even with family and friends that we know IRL there's less interaction, less realness. A lot of things are staged, as if it only happens if it's posted online, with pictures, and people congratulating you online even though that cousin? You haven't seen them in 5 years, and never messages you. It's very hypocrite.
Mostly though? It's sad that we've had so much progress in technology, but it seems socially we're devolving.
This is why mostly I am not in social medias, and by that it means I do HAVE them. I have a Twitter I sometimes check, a FB for family and friends, my websites to track what I do like GoodReads, Trakt, Anime-Planet, Grouvee, etc; but mostly? I prefer the social media that are made for actual messaging and talking with people, not at people. LINE is my fave because of the stickers, and my online friends are there. You can have groups and just chat about whatever. It's so much more real than having a lot of followers which never speak to you, that act like robots just liking or RTing, and I'm not much better. It's very easy to fall into those habits with social media like Twitter, it's done so it's fast-paced and forgettable. But I don't want to forget, I want to connect, make friends, engage, be real, be unforgettable.

Disclaimer: I don't like discord because it reminds me of IIRC days, which I really don't like how it was.

Also just feeling nostalgic when internet was easier to be, to have fun, and connect, where it was just people hitting it off over common hobbies and likes. A lot of that has left. Social media has become a paradise for SJW/fandom patrollers, and become incredibly toxic even with block and mute buttons. That's why I wasn't surprised when YouTube is actually one of the few social media that gives less depression/anxiety. Why? Because in YT you control what you're seeing. On social media like Twitter/etc, you can't really truly control because friends will RT things, they'll talk about things that might be heavy/downer without warning.
I also see a lot of people complain that they feel invisible online, and it's no wonder when everyone is just screaming into a void, instead of speaking WITH people. Social media are no longer made to connect and talk with people, but instead a lot of platforms are made just to engage with big accounts, make money for the platforms, and they're not even made for long discussions, in-depth talk. Instead they're made for throwaway messages, mostly with gifs and memes, or likes. It's no surprise that Twitter thrives. It's the shortest of them.

Y'all might think, but bitch you're right now writing a blog entry which is also a social media. Yes, but tell me, how popular ARE even blog platforms anymore? WordPress is popular, for those that blog or have websites. But it's actually an incredibly small niche. Smaller than you think. I've been involved and the top bloggers for anime community are maybe 5, 10 max. The rest falls to the wayside sooner or later. And the same will be for book reviewers, etc. Blogging has been something that's steadily died, the same as forums. Big time forums have seen their users leave for popular social medias. Reddit is a micro-forum, in a sense, but it ephemeral and comment sections will not go on 800+ pages like in some forums for 1 game discussion. Umineko, and Higurashi, had 800+ pages of discussion on 1 forum for EACH game. That was back when the anime community was on forums.
Nowadays you can find them on popular social media, and some you can find on MAL forum of the discussions.
I'mnot saying by this that there is NO forums, or NO bloggers. I'm saying it's stopped being popular, people stopped engaging and wanting to discuss things. People nowadays just want to throw their opinion, and their opinion as cement, their opinion as being the only right thing in the world.
I miss debates, I miss discussions, I miss engaging in a way that is not shallow with a lot of people I meet but I find I can't deepen because it's just awkward on those sites.
Messaging apps/websites are niche; blog websites like dreamwidth, Liveajournal, WordPress are niche; and that's a big pity.
As technology evolves, we get more detached as people from others because it's just easier than having to do effort, than having to find a way to have long conversations. Twitter has DM limits, and also tweet limits, as does Tumblr, Facebook, etc. And that should tell you something.
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HYPEEEEEE I'M SO HYPEEEE, I CAN'T WAIT and the fact it says FULL STORY WE AIN'T READY SON FOR FURUBA TO BE FULLY ANIMATED AAAAH~<3
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This gorgeous cover by HamletMachine is amazing, and the comic actually drawn by Johanna the Mad is so good and GAY. C.S. Pacat (from Captive Prince) did an amazing job writing this so far, and I'm here to see where it's going.
It's good to see a sports series done by an indie team that's this good and talented, and making it GAY, bless.
The wait for more, it's only at 12 issues so far, is gonna be excruciating but for a series this well done and with such names and skill, it's worth it <3
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Lately, I've been too lazy to use Quollwriter, at least to write WIP's. Evernote has a quickass mobile app that's easy to use and syncs like a charm. It's great for writing, jotting down stuff, saving links and images and even PDF's. it's great for research and writing on the go.
I think Quollwriter is great, but since it has no mobile app I don't end up using it as much. I think I'm gonna put it as my editing software, where after I finish writing the rough project I put it all there to edit and read, since it's organization is so good.
I've heard there's a new good app like Evernote that's challenging it and rivaling it, but for now I'm not sure I'll try it out. Maybe if it has better organization than Evernote. Because that's the 1 flaw I find is that I can't make notebooks inside of notebooks, so I have to make multiple notebooks for different projects, instead of having them inside of 1 per ship :(
I'm lazy to try stuff out though, took me forever to try Evernote out and fall in love, so who knows when this will happen? I'd still have to see and check it out to see if it's worth changing.
As it is, I'm content for now, though with some hangups that I do REALLY wish it has better organization for projects than it has, and been writing quite a bit. My WIP's have increased funnily enough, especially Sheith ones hahahaha... :'D
I posted a WIP in AO3, my zombie sheith, and I wrote most of it in Evernote, as are all my current WIP's been ported to Evernote so I can write on the go, or when I'm in bed and not in my PC.
Wish me luck and keep having fun~
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It's like Tumblr didn't learn anything from Livejournal's downfall. Both got taken down by censorship making users leave. LJ users went to Dreamwidth (here) and Tumblr because of censorship and issues LJ was having. Now it's come full circle with Tumblr users leaving to Dreamwidth and Twitter (and some to Pillowfort) because of the censorship.
The same happened to Fanfiction.net and why Archive of Our Own happened, becoming the definite hub for fanfics.
It's a cycle and so funny that it seems none learn from this mistake? Like, it's been shown time and time again that this makes it so communities and users leave...
I'm glad I never much used Tumblr. I'm more of a blogger myself. I use twitter but rarely, it's so fast-paced I don't have the energy and time for it that I used to have. DW and blogs are much less intense and time demanding.
This reminds me I haven't posted my fics in DW, though I have them in AO3. I probably should post them here just as backups. Never too good to put all your eggs in 1 basket.
This was just some rambling I wanted to do.
Keep reading and have fun~
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I have a lot of ideas for these 2 dorks tbh but my main 2 rn are:

Sheith in zombie apocalypse heavily influenced by all the gay chinese web novels with cultivators in post-apocalyptic world with zombies. I’ve written like 5k for the prologue and I’m not done over with either :’DDDD

Once the prologue is done I’ll post it on AO3 because hopefully it’ll quick my ass to write more and also to find a beta reader, or someone just to go over it once before posting T_T

I’ve been doing a lot of world building and thinking for this fic, I have Evernote post for it FULL to the gills with so many information I can conjure.

My writing is not as best as I want it, so this is gonna be a rough start but hopefully I’ll improve as I go :’D

Is anyone else excited to read about zombie sheith? Cause I’m thirsting for it but I don’t seem to find many.

And speaking of thirsting for what there isn’t, my second is Sheith Gaymers/mmorpg players also inspired by chinese web novels. I’M JUST READING A LOT OF THEM OKAY, IT’S WHY I’M SO INSPIRED SHSDHSDI

I’ve written like 2k for it but I have no idea where I want to take it so it’s on ice rn.

I have many other ideas that I’ve written down, but no clear goals nor set ideas for them.


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It's good stuff. It's like Scrivener but easier to get. Sleek, minimalist but still has a lot of features if one wants them, ease of use, light, free, open source.

I like using the daily quota, even though I don't write every day but like that when I start a session/open a project at least I have some goal to write to, also checking what they've done/written. I love the Idea Board so much, I copy-pasta from my Evernote notes into it since it's great to put plot points on it.

It's not buggy either, plus I really like how easy to navigate it is while still having everything organized and ready to go. Scrivener always confused me, and Word is..lol Google Docs is also lol because it's terrible to try to edit ANYTHING in a long flowing document.

Quollwriter has separate chapters, hubs for characters, items, places, locations, research, extra info you want to add but don't want to keep a dozen notes on separate files/words you can just put it all there and voila. Perfect.

It's good stuff as I said, try it out~!

Check Quollwriter out
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Been super into gay chinese web novels lately, bless all the fan-translations and Novel Update for being a hub where we can find all the translations.

I've been reading a bunch and liking everything, so I'm doing a list of what I've been reading that's on-going in translation and that's completed. Hope everyone tries out some of them~


Complete

Quickly Wear the Face of the Devil

The Reader and Protagonist Definitely Have to Be in True Love

It’s Not Easy Being Your Love Rival’s Big Brother

Reborn as My Love Rival’s Wife
[Online Gaming] Love You 59 Seconds

On-going
The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System
I’ve Led the Villain Astray, How Do I Fix It?
Waiting For You Online
The Path of the Cannon Fodder’s Counterattack
Nurturing the Hero to Avoid Death
Cannon Fodder Counterattack System
Counterattack of a White Lotus that was Reborn into an Apocalypse

Try them out and tell me if you like any of them too, let's fangirl together~!
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Super surprised that it was gore-y, graphic and violent. I mean the original series ofc it is but this is an adaptation and from a JP Ip done by westerners so I wasn't sure what to expect. It's seriously GREAT.

Can't wait for S2 next month, I'm so PUMPED.

Plus Alucard is GORGEOUS, Trevor is ridiculously cute and FUNNY.

OMG so many funny quotes like "floating jesus" I WAS HOLLERING.

Probs gonna have to read some fanfic of them, Trevor better bottom cause buff dudes bottoming are so much fuuuun.

*looks at Shiro bottoming for Keith*

GOOD SHIT, GOOD GOOD SHIT YES
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Wowza, I definitely need to watch this!
 

The animation oof. Western adaptations of JP Ip's have been so strong lately, Voltron, Castlevania, it definitely shows good progress and good stuff is happening!


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I'm so excited for Dragon Prince, it looks amazing and from the same team as Avatar? SIGN THE ME F UP YO.
 

The only thing I ask for is that it doesn't get a toxic fandom like what happened to Voltron, so the voice actor's and crew don't get death threats nor backlash, and we can all just watch and ship in peace.
 

Amen *prays to the gay gods*

 

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