For the past few weeks, I’ve been picking away at an editorial about my frustration with the sleaze that has come to define a growing percentage of the niche Japanese action and role-playing games I love. Yesterday, I woke up to an email that finally helped my crystallize my irritation, which then precipitated, blizzard-like, into a comprehensive rewrite and a published editorial.
I took great pains not to say anything critical about people who don’t mind a patina of smut on their import games, and even stressed that I wouldn’t even care about those games’ existence if the medium offered any other vision of sexuality whatsoever besides treating unhappy, blushing girls as jiggly fun-meat to poke and prod at. Naturally, I was immediately hit by tweets and comments damning me for being so closed-minded about games where you rub phallic objects between the breasts of teenage girls with the ultimate aim of making those breasts grow to enormous sizes. I would have thought the current news climate would give most people pause about advocating games involving child molestation, but clearly I was mistaken.
My favorite angry comment? Definitely the person who tried to shame me with C.S. Lewis quotes. Because if there’s one thing the 20th century’s foremost Christian philosopher could not abide, it was people saying harsh things about anime titty games.
Anyway, that grim fallout is kind of depressing if you think about it too hard (or at all), so instead let’s enjoy some Mario Maker videos. I’m about to build a castle level. I hope it doesn’t suck!