Dec. 9th, 2015

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If Leonardo DiCaprio had played Anakin Skywalker... It would be the perfect setup for the inevitable Darth Vader movie they're going to make. Because while he'd been a whispy pretty boy at that time, he's grown up to be fairly solid bodywise and he's a skilled actor.

But, since he did not play Anakin in the 2nd and 3rd Star Wars movies, the actor choice at least explains why Vader would have a voder in his helmet. Because could you imagine respecting the whining scree of young Sith Anakin Skywalker? Ugh.

He was annoying as hell.
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Dec. 9th, 2015 05:50 am

My tweets

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  • Tue, 21:44: "I'll be damned, Tatooine." Oh Phil. #AgentsofSHIELD
  • Tue, 23:29: I wouldn't buy a hoverboard. There's been talk of them bursting into flame for months. Like duh, Komo, that's old news. #hoverboarddangerous
  • Tue, 23:33: It's terrible. Somebody in Lake Stevens is making rat poison laced meatballs and giving them to dogs. What a monster
  • Wed, 03:24: I like this one a whole heck of a lot. "Gardening" by The Feels Whale. Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield https://t.co/gy0phksbrn
  • Wed, 03:25: I didn't really enjoy the Hobbit. It felt super drawn out (three movies!) and the end was depressing. I could have done w/just LoTR.
  • Wed, 03:25: RT @BrianRathbone: When properly used, #hashtags allow you to reach people who share interest in a common subject even if they are not foll…
  • Wed, 03:28: This is me *every* frickin' day. It makes me sad that I've gotten too old and respectable. https://t.co/y72LXrqvZt
  • Wed, 03:43: Sometimes I smoke my internal motivation. https://t.co/3fMuQpRrRa
  • Wed, 03:51: I don't even know what I'm babbling about. Please pardon my random fandom squee. Unless there's something else you want to talk about.
  • Wed, 04:10: Could you imagine if young Leonardo DiCaprio had been Anakin Skywalker? It would have been great for when they make the Vader movie
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harperkingsley: (Aphrodite smile)
I have not played the game. I don't care about the game. All I've seen is the trailer popping up on TV. Yet every time I've seen it, my instinctive reaction has been "Ugh" and I didn't know why.

But then I started thinking about it. About the phrasing used in the commercial and the visuals shown. And I think I've figured out what's been bothering me:

Colonialism.

Humans show up on an "alien" planet and immediately start claiming territory. There's already native lifeforms doing their own thing, but of course, humans take priority in choosing where they want to live and what resources they want to use. It's like, "You're not human, so GTFO" to the beings that were there first.

And from the commercial, it looks like the native lifeforms are fighting back against the encroaching horde of human settlers. Yet the humans have Skel (?) suits, some kind of exo-armor that makes them stronger and deadlier than the natives, and using their more advanced technology the humans take over.

Considering the way white settlers treated the natives of America, Africa, Alaska, and even Canada... is it no wonder that the trailer rubs me the wrong way? It's my instinctive reaction to lash out against the game and tell the Kid "No, you're never playing such awfulness. EVER!" which is, I admit, a bit unfair.

Because, looking at the Wiki entry for the game, I'm relieved to see that there's an outside xeno threat that chased the last remnants of humanity off Earth and attacks them, leading to the crash landing on the planet Mira. The humans attempt to coexist with the indigineous lifeforms while being attacked by the Ganglion.

So I don't know how much of my anti-colonialism feelings are or aren't justified, but I'm going to hold back an opinion on Xenoblade Chronicles X until I've got more information.

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