Contrariwise

Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee
And I’ll forgive Thy great big one on me.

—Robert Frost

For GoNintendo

I’d like to start by saying that I don’t work for Nintendo. I did those commercials with my dad years ago now and enjoyed them thoroughly, but the belief that my love of gaming is false and created for those spots has plagued me ever since. I’d like to state, for hopefully the last time, that it is not. I was named after a video game by two parents (and a brother) that love them. I didn’t have to love them too… but, like many of you, I do, and hopefully always will. 

Anywho, onwards!

This was a difficult year for Nintendo. Between the new platform upgrades beating out the WiiU and the loss of visionary ex-president Hiroshi Yamauchi, the man who brought Nintendo into the video game world in the first place, times have been better. But when things look down, it’s important to remember why we all grew to love Nintendo so much in the first place. 

Now, I won’t pretend to only have one system in my house. Like most video game players, I’ve tried my hand at every company’s platform. But unlike Nintendo, the Xbox or the Playstation will never be the system I grew up with. It will never be the creator of the first games I ever played, the one’s that made me love gaming. Those are games I still play with my parents, my brothers, my family, and hopefully always will. So while some people are quick to critique Nintendo for not changing with the hyper-realistic, violent times, I commend them for sticking to their family friendly guns (irony intended). And here’s why.

I will never be nostalgic for the first Halo. I don’t go back to replay old Call of Duty games when the newer, shinier ones come out. And while those games and their legacies are impressive, I doubt we’ll be buying antiquated systems or rereleased discs to play them again in all their obsolete glory decades from now. I will happily continue to do so for Nintendo. And while I wouldn’t want to imagine a gaming world without those other companies and games (I do so love me some Master Chief), I can’t imagine a gaming world without Nintendo. And hopefully I’ll never have to. 

Happy Holidays all.

She had blue skin,
And so did he.
He kept it hid
And so did she.
They searched for blue
Their whole life through,
Then passed right by-
And never knew.

—Shel Silverstein

tewks2 asked: What are you passionate about?

In no particular order? Writing. Books. Family. Music. Art. Anime. My dog. My friends. Work. Life. Love. Comic books. Civil Rights. Videogames. Movies. Boobies. Babies. Laughter.

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

There’s been a lot of debate in recent years about change in the world, from very opposing ends of the spectrum. Some argue that without change and adaptability we’ll wind up on the wrong side of history, particularly when it comes to social issues. Others, that if we change too much we’ll no longer uphold any of the values that used to define who we are: government, family, education. Change, to them, is scary. It’s a departure from everything that they know and are comfortable with.

Now, I wish I could speak from a place of understanding for that fear, to argue fairly for both sides, but I’m not sure I can. I do respect that at 24 and raised in a very open household in San Francisco, a very progressive city, that I grew up in a world already accepting. I am both grateful for this and acutely aware that because of it, relating to those who deny change is a very difficult task for me. As a prominent example, not a single ounce of me understands how granting equal rights to all infringes upon your own ability to live, even if their lifestyles are not ones you agree with. Perhaps one day someone will be able to explain it to me in a way I might somewhat understand, but in all the debates I’ve ever had with those who feel that way I’ve never once agreed with a word they said. Then again, quite a few compared homosexuality to pedophilia or bestiality. Perhaps I needed to find somewhat more rational discussion partners…

In my mind, to deny any consenting adult the right to love (as with some countries), to marry (as with ours), to benefit as others do simply because of a difference in sex, religion, orientation or skin color, is to rob that person of their individual expression and rights as a civilized human being. I for one am much more afraid of being remembered as a generation that denied them that than one that left behind the last vestiges of certain antiquated values… and yet there is still resistance. Where does it come from?

Who or what is the main opponent to change? Is it fear? Disgust? Religion?

I have found that some of the loudest and brashest opposition to social change tend to speak from a place of faith or on behalf of their Lord. Not all religions feel this way certainly, and not all people of faith, but as someone who has been bible thumped before for her ‘alternative lifestyle’, I do wonder: what threat does my existence pose to the lives of those who wish to live by a certain creed, particularly if I’m given equal rights? Am I, as an outspoken bisexual woman, so scary? Alternatively, how is equality for those of different sexualities any different as a civil rights issue than the equal rights of women, of people of color, of followers of different religions?

As I eagerly await your responses to this discussion, I leave you with some of my favorite quotes regarding change and evolution.  

"Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything." - George Bernard Shaw

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” - Lao Tzu

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” - Albert Einstein

“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.” - Mary Shelley

“When people are ready to, they change. They never do it before then, and sometimes they die before they get around to it. You can’t make them change if they don’t want to, just like when they do want to, you can’t stop them.” - Andy Warhol

“Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.” - Dostoyevsky

"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change." - Charles Darwin

"What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” - Maya Angelou

helenized asked: Woah, I've never been the one to give the writing topic before. Ever. Thanks for that! :) Hmm..how about a piece on why people tend to be resistant to change and new ideas. I always tell myself "comfort is the enemy of knowledge" whenever I chicken out on something, but I just wanted to know what you thought of it.

Sounds like a great jumping off point. I’ll happily give it a shot!

I don’t believe in children. I don’t believe in childhood. I don’t believe that there’s a demarcation. ‘Oh you mustn’t tell them that. You mustn’t tell them that.’ You tell them anything you want. Just tell them if it’s true. If it’s true you tell them.

—Maurice Sendak