Final Fantasy, Part 1

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I figured that it was time to make good on my ongoing threat to start blogging the Final Fantasy series from the beginning. I’ve played many of the games, some of them multiple times, but there are several entries I’ve either left unfinished or never even tried. This seems like a good opportunity to raise my FF fandom level from “considerable” to “nuclear,” and that kind of upgrade is always appealing.

However, trying to think of any kind of structure for this beyond “I am playing the games and writing stuff down,” felt pretentious, so I’m just going to do this in the form of sharing my notes as I play. This may change as I get to later FFs that I could probably write entire books about; I will try to restrain myself (but not very hard.)

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My novels have a home

AnotherSamdoodleI’ve started a Facebook page for The Familiar Series, my series of urban fantasy novels. Originally I’d planned on just posting all TFS-related material here on my blog, but it just felt right to give the world of the books its own little home online. I’ll be posting excerpts, character sketches and even comics there that I probably won’t double-post here going forward, since this blog is focused more on otaku stuff. Well…usually. The past month or two notwithstanding.

In any case, if you like pictures of cartoon people with bats on their shoulders, like Sam above, this page is definitely something you want to keep an eye on. Apparently, I’m addicted to drawing silly bats and I don’t even want to get better.

Things Game Critics Need to STFU About

Okay, I tried to take the high road by writing my deeply personal Women in Gaming post. That was all about how, while I understand other women’s frustration with ingrained sexism in the realm of videogames, I’ve never personally found it as excessive or demoralizing as many others seem to. That was me being reasonable and maybe even smart; now, I’m just pissed.

There are certain arguments that game critics, particularly female game critics, really need to stop making…for no other reason than I’m tired of being pissed off. Now, before you accuse me of being selfish, remember: I’m a woman. My feelings matter, because I don’t have male privilege, which nine out of ten internets agree deprives you of most if not all feelings.

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