AX 2015: My last AX for a while?

Next year will probably be my last AX in a row o<-< I like seeing long-distance friends but it’s so costly to attend and I want to save for other cons like Sakura-Con and MAGFest.

I just wish that Fanime, which I’ve had an unbroken attendence streak for since 2006, had incentives for my out-of-state friends to go. It doesn’t help that because it’s only a little over a month before AX, it ends up being a “choose one or the other” dilemma, and most of said friends will always choose AX due to the much better programming, industry presence, and dealer’s hall; Fanime is just a fan-run convention with lower-tier guests and almost nothing that attendees can’t also do or get at AX.

If you want a picture of the future, imagine Nintendo region-locking their gaming platforms–forever.

So the new 3DS and new 3DSXL are region-locked, just like the basic 3DS, 3DSXL, and 2DS. In other news, the grass is green, the sky is blue, and Aerith dies.

Maybe there will be a day when Nintendo embraces region-free once again; after all, in 2001, an issue of Nintendo Power features a reader letter response touting the region-free properties of the Game Boy Advance. But maybe that day will never come and there will be more chance of Konami releasing their entire active BEMANI lineup in the US. I’m enjoying my 3DS but I don’t enjoy not being able to play games that will never get released here.

Ironically, the Vita is region-free as far as physical copies go, yet has shown to be a commercial failure.

Justice

Much as I dislike social justice advocates who take it too far (e.g. "die cis scum", "lol straight men don’t exist", etc.), the anti-SJW scene pisses me off as much sometimes, if not more; "anti-feminism, pro-equality" blogs are one such example of this sort of trash. Like, fucking whatever…just treat everyone with respect and kindness to the best of your abilities, stand up for oppressed and weakened people, etc.

Take feminism, for example: If you think the point of feminism is to harm men rather than to call the inequality between the genders to attention, then please look at the movement as a whole, not just female supremacists who think they’re feminists. Yes, men face issues as well (e.g. the acceptance of F-on-M abuse in contrast to attitudes towards the reverse, etc.) but those issues shouldn’t be brought up when the current subject is the rights and treatment of women.

SJWs suck, but a lot of anti-SJWs suck too. Throw them into DPRK-style reeducation camps or something please.

“Don’t change yourself for anyone.”

I kind of agree? But, well…

On one hand, you shouldn’t make yourself into someone you don’t want to be for the sake of somebody, whether it be a friend or someone you love.

On the other hand, don’t use this sort of philosophy as an excuse to not improve yourself as a person.

Be the person you want to be and those who are truly by your side will accept you, but learn from whatever mistakes you make, especially if those lessons help you with striving for the former.

Let’s go on a date…or not.

It seems like the term “date” has become twisted over time.

A “date” could just mean a social outing between two or more people of any sort–it could be family, friends, or lovers. But it seems like the term now refers to specifically romantic dates, and so I could say “I’m going on a date with (my family|my best friend|my classmate|etc.)” and it would raise a lot more alarms than it should.

This perhaps explains why there is so much controversy over the ending of Kill la Kill, for example. In the ending, one character insists to another character–one of the same gender–that they go on a date, which happens. You have some people asserting that the two characters have become lovers, and some others asserting that they’re BFFs and nothing more.