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GamerGate - IMPORTANT Please Read.Encyclopedia Dramatica's GamerGate Page

Doing my part to spread the facts as they've been assembled. @DiMono also posted this page in one of his recent journals, and I just now had the time to go read it and I read every word and followed many sourced links. Now, it is ED, so of course you can expect the inter-site links to be "crude" or strange, but those are minimal and by FAR this article is extremely well written and informative.

As I said in my previous (less than composed) journal, the real issue at the core of this has nothing to do with Zoe Quinn's sex life. That was merely the match that lit the fire that lit up the room and exposed this whole mess of corruption in the video game journalism industry.

And it is putrid.

If you call yourself a gamer, and you have a (at least somewhat) true moral compass, you should read this, repost the link and get this information out. You don't even need to care about journalistic integrity (I don't), but if you don't like being bashed and accused of being a mysoginistic, privileged brat by a multitude of major gaming news sites as part of their political agendas - and by the way, that is exactly what has happened and is happening and can be substantiated by insider accounts - then you'll be invested in this. Do yourself a favor, and give it a read.
3 weeks ago  |  Comments (0)
Nero STARSONG
What the Fuck is Going On?Is it just me, or has the Internet, gamers, game devs, game journalists, and everyone in between been absolutely fucking stupid the past few weeks? I can't hold it in anymore, and I need to vent just how I feel about what I've been seeing of late. Read it or don't, comment or not, it's your choice.

I don't care about "journalistic integrity" when it comes to video games because I believe that video games speak for themselves and I can make up my own mind. I think people who start a cruscade against someone for any reason is stupid and should sort out their priorities. I also think that someone who cheats on a loved one not only once, but five times, is a fucking cunt/asshole. Simple as that.

I think that because the people implicated in the situation above are a game developer and several game journalists or people with high positions within said publications, that if ANY commentary was to be made about it, it should have been done in a way that draws equal attention to the controversy AS WELL AS the outrage.

Furthermore, if the publications decided to not get involved at all, that would - to me - be the safest and cleanest route. For a while, this seemed to be the case, until...

The Hate. The outrage. People got upset for ethical reasons, moral reasons, whatever reasons. To an extent, I believe this reaction is justified. Some people took it too far, as happens with LITERALLY EVERYTHING EVER ON THE INTERNET. What happens?

News sites suddenly victimized those who had commited the ethical and moral controversies. Suddenly the blame was solely placed upon the outraged and those who were responsible for the whole clusterfuck in turn took zero blame and had zero accountability for their actions. What is outrage over unethical conduct and immoral behavior has been relabeled as "hate campaigns". Were there people who took it that far like idiots? Yes, absolutely. But nobody reported on WHY. Just as if it inexplicably happened for no reason.

Even worse, some game developers started to defend them in such a way that literally bit the hands that feed them in almost nonsensical ways. Example? Cliffy B, creator of Gears of War, tweeted "People thinking the videogame biz is "scandalous" for hookups clearly hasn't seen the service industry. People fuck, get over it."

WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK?

Sure, yes, people fuck That's all good and dandy. None of us would be here if nobody fucked, but I read this, and it feels like what he's trying to say can be translated as "So, because she and her 5 guys are in the video game industry, they have a free pass to commit whatever immoral acts they want, regardless of how her boyfriend of 5 years feels about it. Also, the service industry is worse, so, like, it's not THAT big a deal.". Some people might say he meant to say "It's nobody's business." and perhaps he did, but surely there would have been a better way to say that... such as "It's nobody's business" PERCHANCE?

So that sums up the Zoe Quinn bullshit. To sum that up? Everyone involved is a fucking moron top to bottom. Quinn's an immoral bitch, the people who slept with her despite knowing she had a boyfriend are massive gaping assholes, the game devs and journalists who turn a blind eye are unethical, and the people who took the whole thing too far are childish dicks that are only making themselves look bad despite having what should have been a very stable highground on the matter.

SPEAKING OF PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE A STABLE HIGH GROUND AND MAKE THEMSELVES LOOK BAD, I'm sick of Social Justice Warriors. Armchair activists who take up cause after fucking cause because they can who succeed only in annoying people until they're ignored or people are forced to give in because they can't take it anymore.

I cannot stand internet feminists anymore, and that's sad to me because I think equality is important in all walks of life. I genuinely want to support these movements and "be an ally" as it were. But when you take to your fucking Tumblr blogs and complain about men nonstop like they made the goddamn black plague and shoved it individually down people's throats, or bitch about straight people just because they're straight, or white people because of "white privilege" or any other goddamn fucking other cruscade of the week out there, you aren't being virtuous or noble, you're being a hypocrite.

They preach equality with one breath, and then demonize men and straights like they should become second class citizens. They take offense to words and titles and phrases that have been around for decades and centuries and get bent out of shape when people don't know nonsensical words they made up to define themselves with, but they're totally fine with tacking titles onto others if it suits them. And I might get hate for this last one, but the notion of gender identification is something that baffles me.

I believe everyone has the right to be what they want to be, and associate with whatever they want. Born a girl, wanna be a man? GO FOR IT! Its your body, feel free.

But claiming that you were never a girl is, to me, a scientifically false statement. Sex is in our core DNA. It's chromosomes, X and Y or X and X. It's binary. If you don't feel you belong in your body, that's fine. I understand. But that does not change what you are at your core. The ability to change from one of the other by changing your genitalia and estrogen and hormone intake is a man-made ability, not nature. It's GOOD. But to completely turn your back on what you were born as does you no favors, it only limits you as a human being, and is in many ways ignorant of part of yourself, whether you want it to be or not.

To clarify, I have no problem with people deciding what they want to be, I have no problem with people who change or associate with another gender. What I don't understand is the claim that one was never something simply because they don't feel it. That's like being 6'3" and saying "I'm not tall because I don't feel like it"
4 weeks ago  |  Comments (3)
Nero STARSONG
Need a new home for Starsong webcomicJust logging into Tumblr is unbearable.

Any suggestions?
1 month ago  |  Comments (1)
Nero STARSONG
My Webcomic (STARSONG) Update!So, just to remind anyone who may have forgotten, I've got a webcomic now!!

It's called STARSONG and you can go ahead and read the first few pages RIGHT FREAKING HERE


Info!

- It updates Mondays and Fridays at 12:01AM.
- For now, it's black and white until I get a stride and feel comfortable enough to get fancy.
- It's my first webcomic.... period. So I'm still learning the ropes for things like panel placement and the like, but I'm trying REALLY hard to get better, okay?

Story!

- GO CHECK IT OUT, I'M NOT SPOILING IT.

Those of you with Tumblrs should subscribe, even if you dont check your tumblrs often or don't plan to read the comic, it will make me feel better to think I have subscribers, which in turn will make me work harder, which in TURN will make the comic better and maybe someday you'll get into it! So do it! One click, it won't hurt. Promise!

1 month ago  |  Comments (0)
Nero STARSONG
Mass Effect 2... 100%Insanity Run, DONE. Probably my favorite game of all time, definitely my favorite series of all time, and at long last I did it on insanity, and you know what? It wasn't THAT bad. /mlgbrag

Now, mind you, I've played Mass Effect 2 and 3 probably a good half dozen or more times each, so obviously I wasn't some rosy cheeked noob stepping in. I knew alot about weapon power, enemy placement, weaknesses, etc. But at no point did I feel like the game was cheating me or being hard just for the sake of being hard.

Yeah, it was a challenge, but every time I died (and I did die a healthy amount of times), I always knew it was my own fault. "Man, i shouldn't have jumped out of cover there, i got cocky", or "Ugh, i should have been using disruptor ammo there instead of warp ammo.", things like that, which made for a very satisfying game when I did succeed.

Now, time to wipe the floor with Mass Effect 3's Insanity mode! Woop woop!
1 month ago  |  Comments (0)
Nero STARSONG
Starsong - Official Webcomic Launch!

An original webcomic written and illustrated by me! Updates on Mondays and Fridays every week.

STARSONG

Please click above to go check out the first two pages on Tumblr where all posts will be made. I'll post update notifications here and twitter, but you'll still need to go check them out there, and you'll see them faster if you follow me on Tumblr.

I really hope you guys check it out, and any likes, comments and shares would be super super helpful to get the word out. Don't make me beg!

This is also my 500th journal entry!!

1 month ago  |  Comments (0)
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STARSONG

In my sleep deprived state I've been doing some thinking as well (true story, all the best work is done when the artist is in a fragile mental state.) and I've come to the realization that the reason why some of my past works have sort of fallen apart is because I end up trying too hard. What inevitably ends up happening is I make something great I'm really proud of by working very very hard on it, and then when I try to live up to that standard, it doesn't work out and I get discouraged from continuing.

So here's the epiphany I've realized. My art style is my art style for better or worse. I'm going to make mistakes, my line weight is going to be borked, and I'm going to struggle with consistency. But that's okay, because all that stuff gets ironed out with practice and time and gradually the comic will look better and better as I get better and better. Expecting it to be great out of the gate is setting myself up for failure, so rather than do that I'm going to expect myself to improve instead.

I've come to this realization by looking back at the webcomic that has my personal favorite art style, Supernormal Step. Since starting, the artist has come a damn long way, and honestly compared to now, the way it started out is actually not great by comparison, artistically. So I'm going to lower my self-standard a bit and learn to work my way up to where I want to be.

So I guess what I'm really trying to say is... I'm gonna do my best with the comic, but it might not be supercalifrajulistically awesome right out of the gate. But I hope you stick with me, because I think I've come up with a damn fine story to tell, and I think my art will live up to it with time.
1 month ago  |  Comments (1)
Nero STARSONG
[ART] Artsy fartsy comicy womicky stuff. You wouldn't understand.Well, I doubt this is gonna get seen as much as my last journal where I reposted something from reddit with literally no extra input from myself and somehow got over 9000- WHAT, 9000!? 102 thumblikes, which is about 100 more than I usually get. ANYWAYS, Art stuff.

So, I'm gonna swing back into gear with the comic concept I came up with a while back. If you don't remember it, no worries! Because I'm starting mostly from scratch. If you do remember, well then you must unlearn what you have learned.

If any of my artist friends out there have any suggestions for things like page size, dpi, line weight, etc, then please, let me know. If all that was gibberish then just wait for the comic to come out and hopefully enjoy it!

Addendum:

In my sleep deprived state I've been doing some thinking as well (true story, all the best work is done when the artist is in a fragile mental state.) and I've come to the realization that the reason why some of my past works have sort of fallen apart is because I end up trying too hard. What inevitably ends up happening is I make something great I'm really proud of by working very very hard on it, and then when I try to live up to that standard, it doesn't work out and I get discouraged from continuing.

So here's the epiphany I've realized. My art style is my art style for better or worse. I'm going to make mistakes, my line weight is going to be borked, and I'm going to struggle with consistency. But that's okay, because all that stuff gets ironed out with practice and time and gradually the comic will look better and better as I get better and better. Expecting it to be great out of the gate is setting myself up for failure, so rather than do that I'm going to expect myself to improve instead.

I've come to this realization by looking back at the webcomic that has my personal favorite art style, Supernormal Step. Since starting, the artist has come a damn long way, and honestly compared to now, the way it started out is actually not great by comparison, artistically. So I'm going to lower my self-standard a bit and learn to work my way up to where I want to be.

So I guess what I'm really trying to say is... I'm gonna do my best with the comic, but it might not be supercalifrajulistically awesome right out of the gate. But I hope you stick with me, because I think I've come up with a damn fine story to tell, and I think my art will live up to it with time.
1 month ago  |  Comments (0)
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