the_sun_is_up: Fugo and Abbacchio standing extremely close together while making model faces at the camera. (giogio - personal space invasion)
I know you're probably sick of hearing about that MGS cutscene, but I've watched it several times (FOR RESEARCH PURPOSES, SHUT UP) and I keep finding more details to alternately nosebleed and boggle over. For example, the first time we see Raiden, we're treated to a pan shot that crawls up his body, giving us a nice view of his legs and crotch, and after the fight, we get a similar pan shot of Vamp from the back, in which we get a good look at how tight his pants are and how nonexistent his shirt is. Also, at the end of the fight, when Raiden and Vamp are stuck together with the katana, there's this bit where Vamp actually hugs Raiden closer to him, and we get a close-up shot of the katana's point pushing further out of Vamp's torso, complete with a messy splurt of blood. Um. I'm not familiar with Vamp's powers so maybe he had a practical reason for impaling himself further on Raiden's katana, but uh, the imagery is still pretty suggestive.

... it just occurred to me that this is only one cutscene. Jesus, what must all the other ones be like? If I ever do play this game, will I have any blood left by the end?
the_sun_is_up: Fugo and Abbacchio standing extremely close together while making model faces at the camera. (giogio - personal space invasion)
Well I'm still a little dazed from watching that MGS cutscene. I had visions of mansex dancing in my head all day long which was quite distracting. Relatedly, I'm still puzzling over the fact that the sexually insecure dudebro fanboys are able to play these games without fainting, and my only guess is that they're just completely naive when it comes to the female gaze. Since they've grown up in a culture dominated by the male gaze where the only same-sex fanservice is the girl-on-girl kind, it just doesn't occur to them that someone might sexualize a male character, and so all the manservice and homoeroticism and dudes running around in latex fetishwear just goes right over their heads. Aww, how innocent. *pets*

Actually, "naive" is probably the right word, because Wikipedia informs me that Hideo Kojima and the costume designer (who are both dudes) gave Raiden skintight clothing and bishie good looks specifically because they wanted to bring more women into the fanbase. So yeah, that shit was intentional. Although that still doesn't explain why all the other male characters are running around in similarly fetishy outfits. I'm forced to wonder who the target demographic of this series really is.

And one more thing about that cutscene: Given Vamp's schtick of lecherously drinking people's blood, I am continually hilaritized by the writers' decision to make Raiden's artificial blood white. Of all the possible colors! I mean, when you have a dude gleefully lapping up another dude's white bodily fluids, my brain is going to go to some fucking obvious places. Or maybe that should be "obvious fucking places," ba dum tish.
the_sun_is_up: A Stormtrooper making pelvic thrust motions. (star wars - unf unf unf)
So I was on TV Tropes this evening, and my wiki walk went something like this: Zero Punctuation -> Metal Gear Solid -> MGS HoYay -> I ended up on Youtube watching a cutscene from MGS 4, specifically the fight scene between Raiden and Vamp.

I've never played any of MGS, nor had I seen any of the cutscenes prior to now, and for that matter, I don't play video games period (except Minecraft, bawww). With that context established, I have a few observations:

1. I'll be honest here, I spent most of this cutscene laughing my ass off. I say this as someone who has watched a large amount of extremely weird and/or stupid anime: this is possibly the most ridiculous fight scene I have ever seen. When Raiden started his little breakdancing thing, I completely lost it, and it only got sillier from there. What is up with their shoes? Why does Vamp keep making those flamboyant poses? Why is there so much acrobatic flipping through the air? Why does Raiden feel the need to twirl his katana (I'm assuming it's a katana because they're Just Better) around in the air for about 5 minutes before sheathing it after the fight is over? (Okay I'll admit that Vamp shoving the dagger through his chest to retrieve it was pretty cool. And I like all the sword/knife sound effects and the music.)

Actually, thinking back over other ridiculous fight scenes I've seen in the past, I think this one would be a lot less giggle-inducing if it were done in traditional animation rather than realistic CGI. Which brings me to...

2. This cutscene reminded me of one of the reasons why I've never gotten into gaming: I can't stand the trying-to-be-realistic CGI art style of so many current video games. It just falls straight into the Uncanny Valley for me. I kept being distracted by how Raiden's hair swished in a way that screamed CGI and how Naomi (?) and Otacon's facial expressions looked unsettlingly off. I remember a while back when I got on /u/'s Fang/Vanille bandwagon and googled up some shippy fanvids of them, but found myself completely repulsed and unable to enjoy the LesYay because the characters looked like moving plastic dolls with eerily glossy skin and very limited facial musculature. I guess one gets used to the art style if one plays these sorts of games a lot, but personally it creeps me the hell out.

3. I am amazed, nay, impressed that so many straight men are able to enjoy this game series. I mean, don't gamer fanboys have a reputation for freaking out when presented with anything remotely feminine or homoerotic? By which I mean to say, THIS IS THE GAYEST SHIT I HAVE EVER SEEN, YOU GUYS. I knew MGS had a reputation for large amounts of HoYay, but good lord!

Let's see, we have a pretty white-haired bishonen who appears to be wearing skintight latex and high heels; we have a guy who seems to be the gender-flipped version of a Lesbian Vampire and who also dresses in very tight clothing which reveals most of his hairy chest; we have a fight scene in which the vampy guy ties up the bishonen guy and proceeds to gleefully and sadomasochistically stab him several times with a phallic symbol knife that he keeps in his crotch, and then he licks the bishonen guy's white blood off of the phallic symbol crotch-knife, and then there's the end of the fight which... I don't know if I can properly describe, but I'll try: Vamp jumps behind Raiden and gets him in a chokehold, so Raiden takes his katana and stabs himself through the torso and pushes the blade through so that it also stabs Vamp through the torso. And then they're stuck like that, in the upright spooning position, joined by the katana that's impaling both of them, and they're like struggling around and grappling with each other and grimacing at each other and they're doing this for a good twenty seconds.

...

Actually forget what I said about the creepy art style and the silly fight choreography — I should definitely play this game. It seems relevant to my interests. It seems relevant to most fangirls' interests.

Also, the main character's default outfit is a skintight latex suit that makes him look like he's wearing a corset. I'd love to have been a fly on the wall in the costume design meetings for these games.

4. What's up with Raiden's jaw?
the_sun_is_up: Panty looking excited, with her hand on Stocking's abdomen. (psg - PEEKABOO PEEKABOO PEEKABOO)
HaHA! I figured out how to make obsidian! Lava stream + water stream + bucket = obsidian! Woooo!

...

ARGH why does it take so long to mine!? I just now planted it with my own hands, and so shouldn't it be easy to get back up again? I'm even using my fugly teal diamond pick and it's still taking forever.

Also lol @ the fact that those iron buckets are so sturdy that they can carry LAVA. And I can carry the lava bucket without burning myself. I fucking love Hollywood Convection.

Minecraft

Jan. 28th, 2012 07:07 pm
the_sun_is_up: Person with a fan for a head excitedly typing the word "OMG" over and over. (zero p - eeeeeeeeee)
Yesterday, after a lot of waffling, I bought Minecraft.

I am never going to get any homework done ever again.

Actually I should back up a bit: I am not a gamer by any stretch of the imagination, and as far as I can recall, Minecraft is the first time I've ever spent money on a video game. Previously all I ever played were free online flash games and games that came included with our family's various computers, like Bugdom and Cro-Mag Rally and Nanosaur. However, my interest was piqued by some videos on That Guy With The Glasses that showed what it looked like to run around inside the game world, and it looked fucking awesome. So I downloaded it and discovered it to be exactly as advertised: really fun and alarmingly addictive.

Here's an indication of how addictive it is: last night, the dorm's dining hall was going to close soon and I knew I needed to go eat dinner, but instead I kept playing because I was trying to figure out how to eat dinner in the game. That's how you know you have a problem, when you put off eating real food in order to eat virtual food.

Seriously though, it took me forever to figure out how to eat. I kept picking up things that looked like they should be edible — sugarcane, sugar, pumpkins, pumpkin seeds, eggs, mushrooms, cactus. I even figured out that I could cook the cactus in my furnace and produce something called "cactus green" that also looked pretty edible. But the game wouldn't let me eat any of these things! Finally I gave in and killed some of the pigs and sheep milling around, which made me feel kind of bad, although I was amused to note how the pigs spontaneously transform into pork chops when killed. Then I figured out that if I stuck a pink pork chop into the furnace, it would turn into a tan pork chop which I could at long last eat. I also love how eating in the Minecraft universe is an extremely messy and flamboyant affair.

Speaking of the pigs, I love how this world is inhabited by herds of domestic animals. It's like there was a very recent apocalyptic calamity that wiped out all the people and houses but left all their livestock unharmed. And I love how if I open my workbench when there are animals around, they'll just walk up to me while I'm working and stare at me like they're curious to know what I'm doing. Sometimes they even bump into me when I'm at my workbench! And they make such cute noises; honestly I try to kill them as rarely as possible just because I'd much rather have them around to keep me company.

I think the main annoyance I've had with the game is how easy it is to die. Sometimes it's because of those kamikaze shrubs or the red-eyed spiders or the zombie things, although I figured out that staying underwater is a good way of avoiding those guys at night, but other times I'd die just because I fell or jumped down a cliff that turned out to be too tall! And there were a few occasions where I got attacked by something and I didn't even have a chance to find out what the heck it was — this happened when I fell down into an abandoned mine shaft. I still don't know what that thing was, and I had no interest in sticking around to find out.

Part of the game's appeal is how huge and varied the sandbox world is, although this provided another frustration for me; my biggest problem so far, even worse than my embarrassing habit of falling off cliffs and dying, is getting lost. I can't tell you how many times I'd set up camp and then go exploring and be unable to find my way back. Eventually I realized that I needed to put a moratorium on exploring until I could gather the resources to make a map. Which I did, after several hours of falling in lava while trying to get some redstone.

Another big source of appeal is the element of discovery: you have to figure out how to build things, how and where to get the raw materials, etc., and while I did resort to checking the Minecraft Wiki quite a bit, I tried to figure things out on my own as much as possible which made the experience more rewarding.

Actually I think that's Minecraft's big strength: the element of challenge. It takes so much time and effort to mine resources, manufacture tools, and smelt metals — each block of metal takes several seconds to smelt, which really adds up if you're trying to build something — and all of this makes it that much more satisfying when you finally achieve something. For example: to make stairs, you first have to dig up a bunch of cobblestone, then smelt it all into smooth stone, then go to your workbench and form the stone into brick blocks, and then form those into stairs. It's a lengthy process, but I cannot overstate my glee when I finished a batch of them and went skipping down my mineshaft, kitting it out with real stairs. Real stairs! Not the ones you have to jump on! Yaaaay! Another example: the Minecraft universe experiences a sped up version of the day-night cycle, and during nighttime (which is when all the monsters come out and try to eat/explode you) it is dark as fuck. Especially if you're hiding in a hole from the monsters, you can't see shit! It makes you feel a lot more powerless and jumpy, especially with the creepy noises the monsters make. So with that in mind, possibly my most triumphant moment in the game was when I got together the resources to make torches. Oh praise Jesus! Let there be torches! They may be nothing more complicated than a wooden stick and a lump of coal, but I can't tell you how reassuring it is to have torches during nighttime in Minecraft. I felt like I was getting a hint of what it was like when the first Cro-Magnon figured out how to make fire.

Let's see, what else:

-I think it's pretty cool how the different tools actually do have different effects: like if you use the shears on greenery, you get to keep the greenery instead of just knocking it down, and if you use the shovel on snow, it makes a snowball.

-When I finally got my hands on some diamonds, I was pretty disappointed, because those have got to be the fugliest damn diamonds in creation. They're this awful lurid sea green color, and while I made myself a diamond pickaxe because I figured it'd be super durable, I might go back to using iron pickaxes because I just can't stand looking at that fugly aqua pickaxe all day long.

-The sheep in this game are freakishly agile. They can hop up and down those steep mountains even as I go tumbling down and breaking my neck, and sometimes I even see them standing on top of trees. ??!?

Dear god this is a long post. ffffff

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