The Nature of Anime Fandom “Discussion”

Icon-AnimeIcon-MOEThe “#EducateAnime” movement has popped up recently. It’s growing, but where it goes still remains to be seen. The premise is to encourage discussion and debate, and discourage blind hatred and negativity.

Longtime She’s Lost Control readers might recognize this as everything I’ve been on about since before this site launched, back when I was on Blogspot and writing for The Moé Coalition.

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Games are NOT Your Soapbox

Icon-GamingGaming is kind of in turmoil right now.

Between collusion and dishonesty in the gaming press, constant badgering and prodding by the both sides, and the mealy-mouthed haranguing of the anti-gamer crowd, this can certainly be called an upheaval.

One of the core issues at work, however, is the attempt by “social justice”-obsessed individuals to change the core aspects of gaming in order to use it as a soapbox for their issues.

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“Gamers” Aren’t Dead – A Response to “A Guide to Ending ‘Gamers'”

I didn’t want to write this.

When I revived She’s Lost Control Gaming after it’s almost year-long silence, I wanted it to focus on the games, because I feel like too much time in the gaming media is spent talking about anything but the games.

This, however, motivated me to respond.

In response to the recent turmoil surrounding gaming and gamers, Devin Wilson, on his member blog on Gamasutra, wrote up an article titled “A Guide to Ending ‘Gamers’,” in which he proposes a set of eighteen strategies for changing the gaming community.

I have some things to say about them. I recommend referring to the points in the article before reading my responses, as they’ll make more sense that way.

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Everybody’s Database

M134OpinionIcon-MOEWhen talking about otaku and moé, detractors tend to like bringing up terms like “database” and “checklist mentality” to describe the way moé fans consume their media. They see the proliferation of moé as an abandonment of narrative and a reduction of works to a database of traits.

Perhaps, however, this “database” is simply a different perspective of how we all consume media.

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Hyperion Rising – An X3: Terran Conflict AAR – Part 1

Back in the day, my friends and I had a habit of playing videogames and adapting them to our own stories. Taking the constraints and emergence of a more freeform game and using it to tell a story outside of it was a pasttime that I still, to an extent, indulge in.

So, in line with that, I’m trying something new. Hyperion Rising is the story of two traders, pilot/navigator Serenè Hayes and analyst Selcie Lee Cirno, as they build a corporate space empire.

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Lolicon and the Problem With Misrepresentation

Icon-MOECNN ran an article pretty recently about the recent ban on the possession of child pornography in Japan, and how the anime and manga industries have managed to escape such a ban, despite the existence of lolicon manga.

You can read the article and watch the video they produced here. All in all, however, the entire thing is less of a news article, more of a moral outrage piece.

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