Patreon Thank-You Post for March 2017

Apologies for how late this got out, I’ve been suffering major burnout lately. However, I’d still like to take a moment to thank everyone who continues to support me and this blog, even after my recent announcement. My sincerest gratitude to Aleena Tuabin, Chorpsaway, Steven Hopkins, Space Queen Galacta Q, and Bad Game Hall of Fame! Thank you all for your support, and I hope you continue to enjoy my writing even past this blog’s lifetime!

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Endings, Farewells, and What Comes Next

When I started Evagaming, the precursor to Skirt Defense Force, it was never meant to be more than a dumping ground for my writings about games and anime. I eventually moved to WordPress to avoid the community and UI of tumblr, and set up my Patreon when I lost my job to help keep myself afloat. Since then, my blog has grown in ways I never thought possible and people have supported me in ways I can never repay. It has been a very meaningful two years for my blog.

It is thus with a heavy heart that I must announce Skirt Defense Force will stop updating by the end of May.

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Patreon Thank-You Post for February 2017

February was another rough month for me in terms of writing, but I am getting better at keeping on top of stuff and not letting myself get too far behind! I would like to take a moment to thank all those who have stuck with me while I get things in order, including Steven Hopkins, Space Queen Galacta Q, Chorpsaway, and Aleena Tuabin! Thank you so much for your support, and I hope you continue to enjoy reading my blog!

On Mature Themes in Children’s Media

Around the time Pokemon Sun and Moon came out, I heard some odd murmerings. Numerous people could be found saying the game was too dark, that they should have left out the darker undertones of the story. One comment that particularly struck me was someone saying children’s media should strive to depict the world as we want it to be, not the darker aspects of the world that is.

Now, I am not one to advocate for ultra-dark themes in Children’s media. I’m not looking to scar kids, and I certainly don’t want to scare them away from growing up. That being said, I think it’s important that media targeted at children shouldn’t be afraid to tackle issues which crop up in the real world. Both because children can handle this, and because it’s something they likely will, or even may have already, encountered.

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Legend of the Galactic Heroes Volume 1: Dawn Review

An Amazon reviewer once described Legend of the Galactic Heroes as “like a well-written history book” and I think that’s one of the best comparisons anyone could make.

Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Dawn opens with a prologue that summarizes over 500 years of human history in the span of less than 20 pages. It wastes no time on conversations and character-building, nor on fancy prose and wistful remembrance. It delivers the facts to you in a straightforward manner, and does not waste time on what is “unnecessary” for the lesson it is attempting to impart on you. The audience is made aware of the development of humanity in space, the rise of Rudolf Von Goldenbaum and the Galactic Empire, and the establishment of a rebellion in the form of the Free Planets Alliance.

Then the real story begins.

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Patreon Thank-You Post for January 2017

This month has been a bit hectic, with my new job keeping me constantly busy and unable to consistently write updates. But that won’t stop me for showing my appreciation for all those who have stuck with me and supported me for this long! I’d like to thank Space Queen Galacta Q, Steven Hopkins, ChorpSaway, Ikkiya, and Aleena Tuabin! Thank you so much for all your support!

On Difficulty and Quality in Games

A certain masochistic streak runs through the gaming community, one which judges the quality of a game purely on how hard it is.

Which is not to say that challenge cannot be fun. I’m a huge fan of Etrian Odyssey IV, a game which attempts to brutally shut down the player at every turn. But what makes the game fun is not just that it’s hard, but that overcoming this challenge is a fun experience. The battles are fun, the dungeon exploration is fun, and you get a strong sense of fulfillment from overcoming the challenges in it.

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