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Coming Out Simulator 2014 - a half-true game about half-truths
Coming Out Simulator is exactly what it says it is. It’s a free-to-play conversation simulator based on/inspired by the personal story of coming out of its creator, Nicky Case.
There’s no easy answer in Coming Out Simulator, no optimal ending to be achieved if you collect the requisite amount of points. Case based the game off a pivotal moment in his own life as a teenager. And just like in real life, the moment of “coming out” in this game is traumatic no matter which way the player chooses to approach it.
Ultimately, it’s liberating as well. But that’s not what the brunt of the experience playing Coming Out Simulator is actually like. […] There’s power in exploring a fantasy like the one in Mass Effect 3, but there’s also power in being reminded that “coming out” the way one does in that game is a fantasy, and a pretty far-fetched one for many people who faced far more difficult challenges when they actually came out.
Coming Out Simulator is a game about that second experience. It’s a painful one. But it’s also a necessary one, that I think more people who’ve never had to struggle with their own sexual identity should see for themselves.
this game made me cry omfg
Okay, I normally don’t reblog this kind of thing, but I’m literally hunched over my laptop, crying and feeling absolutely shaken. I don’t do those “reblog if you support cause A, B, and/or C” nonsense because it doesn’t get the point across. Yes, I support gay rights, yes I support all gender identities, yes I support causes that aim for the liberation of humanity from racism, sexism, and all other forms of disgusting prejudice and backwards thought we should have done away with ages ago…but those stupid little posts feel empty to me, especially after the people I’ve met and the experiences I’ve had: I shouldn’t have had to stayed up, late at night, emailing an acquaintance I’d made in fucking middle school in the middle of August leading into my freshman year of high school because he wanted to put a bullet through his head because his parents hated him for being gay. Now, I can’t say that I have met any non-binary individuals, I have come to know one bisexual and have only just recently come to understand that one of my acquaintances is trans, so, to be perfectly honest, I’m still new to this…hell, I’m pretty damn sure I’m not even entirely straight or even binary myself, I’m still learning, still exploring myself, but from what little I know and have learned so far, those stupid little “reblog if you support this” posts feel like nothing more than empty vanity and pointlessness.
But this game, it made me shiver, it made my heart race, it made me feel trapped and scared and terrified, all without jumpscares, all without 15 paragraphs of arguing under a gif or people stating the same point over and over. This was someone’s life, someone’s experience, someone’s living memories, admittedly altered and embellished (the game itself will tell you that too), but this, this is fucking REAL.
Play this game, it’s short, it’s simple, and it’ll rattle you, it’ll make you think.
(Warning: minor to moderate spoilers ahead) Alrighty Tumblr, it’s about bloody time I posted about this lovely slab of villain here. Everyone, meet Hades of Kid Icarus: Uprising…
Hoo boy, he sure does look like a crazy mess of purple madness and crazy colors, total generic big-bad-final-boss material, am I right? But oh, OH HOHOHOOHOHOHO NO. Be prepared, this guy is so much more than your we-all-know-he’s-the-final-boss dude, SO much more. Let’s take how you first meet him for example:
You’re 9 levels into the game, and you just beat Medusa, a.k.a. the ugly mother above this little blurb of text here, and arguably one of the toughest bosses in the entire game, and the credits begin to roll, and Pit and Palutena, the good guys you’ve been working with this whole time are rejoicing, talking a little cute banter between each other on the bottom screen, but then, wait, what was that?
You see that purple, clawed, freaky hand there, well guess who JUST WALKED ON UP IN THE CLUB LIKE “FOOP YOUR END CREDITS, HADES IS UP IN THE CRIB NOW.”
Oh, and as if this lovely man hasn’t already pleasantly got you ticked over those shreds of credits you’re cleaning up off the floor, he goes on to say THIS:
That’s right, Hades just walked up in your little post-game victory, tore through your credits, insulted the boss you just broke your circle pad fighting and then he up and insults all your effort. And oh, I can already hear you thinking “this guy can’t be serious, he’s just another villain talking himself up, stupid villains and their egos, lol.” I am honored to inform that his is not lying, not in the slightest. Were your fingers bleeding after fighting Medusa? Well, lets just say that Medusa would be a fluffy bunny compared to Hades, IF HADES WERE A BLOODY FIRE-BREATHING, 500 FOOT TALL DRAGON LOOMING OVER THAT BUNNY, LIGHTING THE COUNTRYSIDE ABLAZE WITH FIERY VENGEANCE. This guy is not bluffing: his boss battle is easily in my top 5 toughest boss battles of all time…and is number 1 hardest for any and all shooters I’ve played, and I played Metroid Prime 3 on Hypermode and beat it 100% so I don’t wanna hear no smack talk. (shoosh I suck at shooters)
So what, I hear you saying, he’s just another tough boss and ooooohhhh, he’s tougher than a boss roughly a third of the way through the game, big whoop. You don’t understand though. This man is the king of sass, always insulting you, always commenting on the action like he’s sitting on the couch, giggling his butt off to all the suffering you’re going through whilst enjoying a big bucket of popcorn (popcorn made of the souls of the innocent, no doubt). But that is not all, he’s not just an arrogant jerk, he’s not just an amazingly tough boss, he’s not just an evil mastermind with a quick wit, but DANG does he ever care about you. By the end of this game you will feel like you’ve known for him years, feel like you’ve had sleepovers and gone shopping and played Mario Kart with this lovely destroyer of souls, all without ever losing your admiration, and deep searing HATE for him. I don’t want to post any more screencaps and ruin this man’s genius, but dang son you are going to hate-love this man so hard by the end of this game that you are gonna be so pumped for that final battle, trust me. Anyway, I ain’t gonna waste any more of your time, so, in conclusion:
Best Lord of the Underworld, best evil devourer of souls, best underrated Nintendo villain. That is all. Peace the frick out.
Screencaps from this video.