Let’s Discuss: The Erasure of Sexualities in the FF Fandom

i’m sure most people would rather i do that than run my mouth, but here we are.

Wow, that title is a huge mouthful. I usually like huge mouthfuls and have no problem with them, but that’s not the topic for today. No, this blog post came to me during a discussion with some of my friends in which we were talking about our favorite ships. It’s no surprise that I believe Ignis/Noctis has more chemistry than a galactic supernova, but not everyone supports non-straight ships.

And that’s fine. All of my opinion posts are prefaced with: you are entitled to your opinion (as wrong as it may be). Straight people will often seek out ships that mimic their lives, and people who are not of the straight variety will often seek out ships that mimic their lives. Neither is inherently wrong (**See: fujoshi/lesbian fetishists– and no, this doesn’t apply to anyone who enjoys consuming non-straight media despite not belonging to the group of people! It applies to those who delegitimize us as human beings while still finding the idea “hot.”) And there is a problem when alternate sexualities are delegitimized by the fandom at large when it comes to the characters. Trust.

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Let’s Discuss: My Top 5 Favorite FFXV Theories

If you assume that I’m making this blog post that features my favorite Final Fantasy theories (confirmed, debunked, or still unproven either way) by Final Fantasy Peasant because I’m too lazy to actually write something of substance today, you’d be correct! I honestly have not the attention span to put my thoughts down into coherent words today, and I have been dying to play one of my otome games that I’ve had for about a year now. Is it selfish? Of course. Would you do the same? Probably. Today, I’ll be sharing with you guys some cool videos which detail the theories and why I love them because I know you guys are just here for my opinion. Clearly. Because I’m amazing.

If you don’t know who Final Fantasy Peasant is, then you’ve been living under a rock in this fandom. For awhile there, his channel surrounding theory videos delivered with such excitement and enthusiasm that you’d think he was a kid hyped up on caffeine in a McDonald’s ball-pit. Why am I focusing specifically on Final Fantasy Peasant? Because he has variety. Plain and simple. If I did a generalized list, his videos would still dominate 3/5 of it. Don’t hate the player, hate the game. … God, I’ve really lost my sass lately. Someone help me find it. These jokes are just pathetic.

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Let’s Discuss: FFXV Ships – Ignis/Noctis Part 2/3 (*giveaway*)

this is so late. i’m trash. someone send me ignis.

Hello, hello, hello! We are back with the second installment of the Ignoct blog post. If you haven’t checked out the previous post, find it here! Now that formalities are out of the way. Let’s get into the juicy stuff. That’s what you’re here for, right? Right. And guess what? No drinking this post. So I have no excuses if it’s shit and makes no sense. I am so late with this. I’m sorry, guys!

Today we are going to be examining Ignis and Noctis’s relationship within the contained universe of the game. Again, this is not taking into account the Royal Edition which I am too broke to buy and too lazy to play. Sob. But I did manage to put on pants today, so I’ll take the little successes when I get them. With that being said, let’s get this show on the road.

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FFXIV Struggles: Why Your Healer Hates You

the party as soon as the healer goes down.

People often think the pressure is on the tanks to keep aggro and lead the dungeon, but anyone who has played FFXIV beyond the starter dungeons will start to realize that once your healer dies, you are fucked. Now, I’ve seen some pretty impressive level 70 paladins solo-ing Leviathan EX unsynced once the rest of us have been knocked off the ship into a watery grave. But they can self-heal, so screw them. Healers are so damn important, yet people are willing to play them more because the tank will always be shit on if something goes wrong, even if the healer was scratching his balls and didn’t cast his cure in time. There’s a lot you can get away with, and unless you royally fuck everyone over, most will still assume that you were the most essential component in victory.

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Let’s Discuss: FFXV Ships – Ignis/Noctis Part 1/3 (*giveaway*)

this is self-explanatory tbh

We all knew that I wouldn’t be able to wait and blog about this after Royal Edition’s release, so I’m going to go ahead and do it. I have no self-control and that’s 100% fine. It’s fine. It’s fine. It’s not a secret among my friends that this is my #1 ship in the FFXV fandom. Wow, who would have thought? A sexy man who has his shit together? And a British accent and glasses? And the fact I’m Noctis? No, you know what? Let’s tell it how it is: Ignis fetish. I have an Ignis fetish. And because of that, who better to examine the relationship between these two than me?

I will say that I usually support the canon pairings. This has to be the first Final Fantasy game where I didn’t. No, it’s nothing against Luna. She’s badass in my opinion. But that is another topic for another day. Today’s topic is in regards to the romantic relationship and pairing of Ignis Scientia and Noctis Lucis Caellum. If this bothers you, please use the emergency exit on your browser. It’s that little arrow in the top left corner. For everyone else, keep reading! I’m giving away a Ignis/Noctis doujin at the end of this post!

Fair warning: I’m not going to detail every plot-point in this post. I’m going to focus on certain interactions that were key to me. I might explain some emotion behind them, but I do suggest watching Brotherhood to have a better grasp of their interactions so you can decide for yourself if I’m just a crazy fanboy or if my conspiracy theories are actually true.

This post contains spoilers for: FFXV: Brotherhood, Platinum Demo, & Episode Ignis.

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Let’s Discuss: The Great Divide of FFXV Part 2/7

am i actually going to be serious for once?

Welcome to the 2nd installment of The Great Divide of FFXV! I am your host Jules, and today we are going to be discussing multimedia platforms being used as a method of storytelling. Hopefully you guys have read my previous post about this topic which can be found here.  If you haven’t, please do. I’m not going to tolerate pettiness here that doesn’t come from my mouth. Please and thank you. Now, back to the main topic at hand. Clearly, there is a lot of disconnect going on between fans who loved the use of different platforms being used to tell the story and those who hated not having it packaged within cutscenes of the game itself.

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Let’s Discuss: The Great Divide of FFXV Part 1/7

Today in the news, Final Fantasy XV continues to draw controversy from raging fans who feel butthurt that Square Enix did not cater to their every need. I’ve heard all of the arguments before, and we’re going to discuss them right here, right now.

So grab your popcorn, hide your kids, hide your wife. If you feel butthurt, go take a shit and come back to me when you’ve got it all out of your system. I’m going to say this right now: I think Final Fantasy XV is a good game. Actually, it’s one of my favorites because I personally identify with Noctis, being a prince and all. Are there problems with it? Sure. Do they warrant all of the hate? Well…

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FFXIV Struggles: Player Commendations

yes i want a gold star, plzkthx

I’ve noticed in the very vocal online community, people are struggling to make sense of their justifications for choosing who to give that precious player commendation to at the end of the dungeon. It’s one of the many moments in this game that will trick you into believe you are a god. Everyone has a different method for handing out their table scraps from the best glam to the simple act of not sucking.

Okay, but what is a player commendation? If you’re like me, you played your entire 35-level free trial without noticing the button in the bottom right corner. It’s almost like the game is subtly telling you that no one actually deserves to feel like they did a good job. Sounds like my teachers in school are behind this programming. Basically, a player commendation is right above a participation trophy but below a gold medal at the local bowling tournament. A gold star, if you will, to tell the person “congrats on not being the worst player here.”

Then you can leave the dungeon and realize that everyone thought you were trash, and you don’t deserve a gold star.

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