replaying the same level in a video game for the hundredth time
this is extremely accurate
like tbh i feel like my problem with the “dark and gritty!!” trend in modern stories is this
there’s this idea in our culture that cynicism is realistic? that only children believe in happy endings, that people are ultimately selfish and greedy and seeing with clear eyes means seeing the world as an awful place
that idealism is— easy, i guess. butterflies and sunshine and love are easy things to have in your head.
but i’ve known since i was fifteen that idealism— faith in humanity— optimism— is the most difficult thing in the entire world.
i constantly struggle to have faith in humanity, because it’s really, really easy to lose it. it’s easy to look at the news and go “what were you expecting? of course humans behave this way.” it’s easy to see the world and go “ugh, there’s no hope there.” and the years when i believed that were easy. miserable— but easy.
it is hard work to see the good in people. it is hard work to hope. it is hard work to keep faith and love and joy and appreciation for beauty in my daily life.
and when moviemakers and tv producers and writers go “omg!!! all characters are selfish and act poorly and don’t love each other, nothing ever happens that is happy or good, that’s so much more realistic, that’s so much more adult”
no, it’s not
it’s the most childish thing i can imagine.
One of my close friends is a belly dancer
And god help you if she gets bored and decides to knock her hip against yours
Like we could just be walking
I SWEAR THEY HAVE THE MOST POWERFUL HIPS ON THE PLANET
Tumblr user shubbabang is blasting off again!
The hips, they don’t lie…
Still a huge problem.
so in iron man 2
a little boy in an iron man helmet tries to shoot one of the rampaging suits with his lil toy flight stabilizers
in spider-man 2
a little boy puts on his spiderman suit and stands up against the rhino
that’s great for all the little boys in the theater, but you know what I want?
i want a little girl to help the heroes
i want a six-year old redhead to kick nat’s gun to her
i want a twelve-year old with braces and a lisp to shake cap back to consciousness
i want a nine-year old latina girl to take clint by the hand and walk him down unfamiliar streets back to the main fight
i want a sixteen-year old black girl to kick an enemy in the back of the knees to save sam wilson
because girls are sitting in that audience too
and they deserve to see that
Please! I want this very much!
You see this person here? You see this amazing person right here?
This is Kim Swift, people.
You might be asking yourself, who’s Kim Swift? Well, let’s go into a little history:
In 2005, Swift made a game for a student project at her college by the name of Narbacular Drop. You’ve probably never heard of it, but I’m pretty sure almost all of you have heard of the game that it eventually became:
Yup. Gabe Newell was so impressed by the level design and game mechanics of Narbacular Drop that he immediately hired Swift to work at Valve, where she became the leader of the Portal development team and the level designer, and went on to win both the “Innovation” and “Game of the Year” awards at GDC 2007 along with Eric Walpaw. She worked on both games in the Left 4 Dead series, as well.
Oh, and she’s also one of the main people responsible for the design of GLaDOS. Mother. Fucking. GlaDOS.
How amazing is that?
So, why am I telling you all of this? Simple. I’ve seen tons and tons of Portal and GLaDOS appreciation posts on here, most of which with thousands of notes. And I figured you’d all wanna know about one of the awesome ladies that made them happen.
Plus, Kim Swift is honestly one of my inspirations as someone getting into software engineering and possibly wants to develop games at some point. And I think she could serve as an inspiration to anyone.
This has been a Kim Swift Appreciation Post™.
i really like looking at google image searches for “firemen rescuing cats” or something because you get super cute pictures like
AND THEN THERE’S THIS ONE
"THAT’S RIGHT TWAS I that set the house ablaze!!!”
I remember all the Doctor Who fanfics I used to read where Rose often got badly stereotyped as a damsel in distress whom the Doctor had to swoop in and save and smooch but the way I remember Doctor Who 90% of their relationship was the Doctor just setting Rose loose on people who had done something to offend them and sitting back giggling in the corner as she shouted
Aggressive/Dramatic Zuko that make me giggle.
Watching Pokémon on Saturday mornings as a kid
this is beautiful
I don’t know who will read this, but this is something I’ve really got to get off of my chest and say.
I got a message from a dear friend of mine, who wrote me and said that I had courage for basically standing up for my unpopular opinions on tumblr. They mentioned that they wished they had the same courage because they have unpopular opinions as well and were afraid to post about them because they were afraid of losing followers and this is really what I want to talk about….
To anyone that is scared or nervous about having an opinion that they think most people wouldn’t like or being afraid that they will be trashed or lose followers…don’t worry about it. It’s your blog. If you lose followers for having an opinion or posting something that they don’t like, but you do…fuck em’. Simply, screw those people. The real winners are those followers that continue to follow you, even if you post something that maybe they don’t like. Or if you have an opinion that they don’t care for. Not everyone is going to like the same thing and if you are a civil minded person, you aren’t going to un-follow someone for having an unpopular opinion.
If they are mean to you….okay. If they make shitty comments, then okay. This is…on tumblr….it’s your blog. Ultimately, you should blog about what you want to blog about. Not what your followers care about. If people un-follow..hey that’s not so bad…they are just making room for those people that do want to follow you.
In the past I used to be shy, I used to be afraid of saying things because I didn’t want to be trashed for what I believed in. Truth be told, I got trashed and called awful names for simply just stating that I liked a character more than the other. So yeah, that brought about my sassy side because I wasn’t going to take people’s shit anymore. And if I see someone being an asshole, hell, I’ll call them out on it because people shouldn’t be made to FEEL bad for LIKING something. They shouldn’t be called names. Be told that they are stupid or anything of that sort.
I guess what I am really trying to say, don’t be afraid to be you. Don’t be afraid to be what you are and say what you want because out there, people are going to accept you for what you like and you know what? In the end. Those are the people that count. Those are the people that are worth keeping around.
This is a post I think everyone should actually take a look at. It fits to most of the things that cause people to be upset with on tumblr.
READ THE LAST ONE OUT LOUD
YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED
"Man humans are lame why don’t we have like wings/horns/etc"
Humans can’t even handle having different skin colors how well do you really think that would go
#basically the plot of x-men
#literally the plot of x-men