vaecrius: The blocky spiral motif based on the golden ratio that I use for various ID icons, ending with a red centre. (Default)
I'm trying to go through some old posts in the wake of this tag overhaul.

Unfortunately a lot of old video embeds from ~2010 were hopelessly scrambled and link to the wrong videos. I'm going to leave placeholders when I see them (or delete them entirely where it makes sense to do so) to minimize confusions.
vaecrius: A stylized navy blue anarchy sign juxtaposed with a pixellated chaos symbol made to resemble a snowflake. (anarchy and chaos)
Just some thoughts on making the gym system less predatory and more like the way it's depicted.

First, let's establish a few observations:
  • The gym fights take place in a big stadium where presumably people are watching.
  • The Pokémon actually want to fight, and get something out of it.
  • The Pokémon are "kicked out" when defeated while out of "motivation", which implies that this is at least in part a choice to stay, or at least its state of mind is a relevant consideration.
  • The Pokémon are not directly motivated by coins gained, as they cannot interact with the coins directly at all.

Everything about the lore and the aesthetic and the in-battle mechanics is geared towards ritual social violence, but the social dynamic for the actual players is almost pure resource predation: all your incentives have you getting in through the path of least resistance and avoid engagement as long as possible until it's time to collect the reward (possibly through your opposing-team alt account created for this purpose, if your gym is particularly well hidden).

So with that in mind, I'd like to imagine going to a better monstrous pocket dimension. I can think of a few marketing, accessibility and lore reasons why nothing remotely like this will ever reach PoGo, but hey, if I ever get to develop an AR monster fighting app...

Basically, the monster's honour must be satisfied before it is willing to leave. Also, chairs. )

And, of course, anyone would be able to spectate any ongoing fight.
vaecrius: a crude scrawl of a grinning, blazing yellow sun. (hier kommt die sonne)

[personal profile] jesse_the_k has this this excellent guide.

(and yes I'm posting in part to test this out)

vaecrius: A little yellow ant in the grass on a sunny day. (yellow ant)
Maybe it's all the Discord talking but I'm definitely starting to appreciate light text on dark backgrounds a lot more.

And sans-serif fonts.

And letters that are close enough together to actually form shapes instead of disappearing into a monotonous mumble.

Maybe I might actually use this thing with a bit more regularity...
vaecrius: A stylized navy blue anarchy sign juxtaposed with a pixellated chaos symbol made to resemble a snowflake. (anarchy and chaos)
Samaëlle didn't know why she stopped. Hot moonlit December night, the world a cacophony of endless rolling swaying grass and crickets, and the slither of distant trees forgotten in the darkness. Shouldn't have been a soul around for miles on this old dirt road. But there those dusty old bones were. )
vaecrius: A round squishy plush lobster bursts out of the blue. (cock lobster)
[cw: sexual assault mention]

Up until this point the reader may be excused for feeling like they've been thrown into the deep end with respect to what's going on. I guess this might be as good a time as any to summarize what we know about the Children of the Worthless so far.

First, a bit of crustacean xeno sex ed... )
vaecrius: A stylized navy blue anarchy sign juxtaposed with a pixellated chaos symbol made to resemble a snowflake. (anarchy and chaos)
'Why does she look like that?' )


*A portmanteau of "wiki" and "liquefier", a device that instantly digests wiki entries into neurolinguistic packages that are interpreted almost seamlessly with the user's memory. There is a large aftermarket for supporting other formats proprietary and otherwise.
vaecrius: A stylized navy blue anarchy sign juxtaposed with a pixellated chaos symbol made to resemble a snowflake. (anarchy and chaos)
This xkcd, it was made for me.
vaecrius: A little yellow ant in the grass on a sunny day. (yellow ant)
For the past couple years I've liked Jordan Peterson, or at least tried to like him for my godmother's sake.

For instance, this is one of the things I consider to be him at his best:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-wWBGo6a2w
He still does frame much of this around his specific political agenda, but there is far more meat to it that he (or anyone) can only show when not under fire.

The portion of that meat that is not illusory might not be enough.

Read more... )

In conclusion, at this point it seems best to simply treat Prof. Peterson's public works as invisible - neither believe nor disbelieve anything on his authority or lack thereof. If I ever do cite him in the future, I should do so only provided that I articulate in full, explicitly, independently, the reasoning that leads to the conclusion being argued. I'm not sure why I would do that, except in a "even this guy you're such a huge fan of is saying this" context or maybe to debunk some of the shriller haters lest they make fools of themselves attacking straw men.
vaecrius: A little yellow ant in the grass on a sunny day. (yellow ant)
[November is long over and I still have a bunch of stuff left before I wrap this up, so no more restating of the obsolete rule.]

Alvarez instinctively reached for her holster. )
vaecrius: a crude scrawl of a grinning, blazing yellow sun. (hier kommt die sonne)
Every day, write some bit of fiction. Preferably over 50 words, but there will be no standard beyond "something". Posting is entirely optional.
Still reserving the right... not to necessarily finish by November 30. No, this is not intended to be the final chapter, which it would be very odd to end on.

We were formally presented in the clearing before the fighting-men and women of the village. )
vaecrius: A round squishy plush lobster bursts out of the blue. (cock lobster)
Every day, write some bit of fiction. Preferably over 50 words, but there will be no standard beyond "something". Posting is entirely optional.
Who am I kidding, this has long degenerated (or evolved) into a straight-up NaNoWriMo. Still reserving the right to write other shit in the remaining days if I'm blocked, though, and not to necessarily finish by November 30.


2017.26

We found him in the swamp. Where in the swamp? Yes. )

...

2017.27

If we are not attacked, we will not kill you. )

...

2017.28

Jean no longer trusted his own sense of time... )

I know this

If life is illusion, then I am no less an illusion, and being thus, the illusion is real to me. I live, I burn with life, I love, I slay, and am content.

Syndicate

RSS Atom

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated April 23rd, 2019 20:01
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios