Arse Prime

Sep. 16, 2022

Solo Leveling Critique

⚠️ Note that this critique will be based on the first four volumes, and will be spoiling the story for those volumes in its entirety. 🔖 Incomplete post is incomplete and very much bad. It’s probably not going to be finished, so keep that in mind. Although I have read a fair few Japanese light novels at this point, Solo Leveling is the first officially translated Korean novel I have ever read.

Sep. 10, 2022

On Cloudflare

⚠️ Reader beware the fearsome binary letter. Unstructured and generally bad post is really bad, as is everything else on the site. In his infinite wisdom, Cloudflare CEO, Matthew Prince, has made the decision to backtrack on the company’s prior statements and drop Kiwi Farms, citing “immediate threat to human life” as a reason, and also expressing deep frustration towards legal due process. This comes just days after the company made a long and overly verbose post wherein it stated it did not wish to and that it would not continue to act as the Internet Police.

Aug. 8, 2022

The Suicide of Rachel Foster Critique

⚠️ Spoiler warning for the game. If you haven’t watched it yourself, then I would recommend doing so before reading this post. 🔖 Incomplete post is incomplete and very much bad. It’s probably not going to be finished, so keep that in mind. Narrative driven games are hard to get right, arguably more so than a “normal” game. You not only have to nail the story, but also the audio visual elements as well.

Jul. 27, 2022

Weeb Media and I

I have been a fan of Japanese anime for some length of time. What initially drew me into the anime sphere was how different the animation was, from anything that was being broadcast on the old TV at the time. It was like a fresh breath of air and managed to get me – my then younger self – to be ever so eager for what would come the next episode.

Jul. 22, 2022

The Future Is Licensed

The Internet of today has developed far beyond what any one average person could possibly imagine since its inception. The sheer scope and bandwidth of modern day internet connectivity were but a fantasy just twenty years ago for most. Today, we have digitized entertainment on-demand just a button press away – a far cry from the old days of dial-up modems where one could be waiting for a day, or more, for even just a single, lowest of low-resolution episode of one’s favorite Cantonese cartoon.

Jun. 18, 2022

On Automated Content Moderation

Earlier this June, I received the following electronic communication from YouTube: Hi XXX, We have reviewed your content and found severe or repeated violations of our Community Guidelines. Because of this, we have removed your channel from YouTube. My initial reaction, reading the first paragraphs, were of mild confusion more than anything else. Had I been more invested in the platform – that is, had I been uploading many videos over an extended period of time, or had a boatload of views and subscribers – then I might’ve had a stronger reaction.

May. 25, 2022

Tormented Souls Review

Today we’ll be reviewing Tormented Souls, a game which draws heavy inspiration from classic games such as RE and Silent Hill. Review I’ll being this review with saying that I’m not a massive fan of the original Resident Evil games, or any of its various clones. With that minor disclaimer in mind, Tormented Souls was one of those games that I did not expect to like; and initially, I very much didn’t, but ended up taking a real liking to by the end.

May. 25, 2022

On Media's Undying Love for Sensationalism

#GamerGate There’s quite possibly nothing which evokes such a reaction out of media, like this rather harmless-looking set of letters. Why? Well, its history is, apparently, according to far greater minds, deceptively deep and intricate; and as such, for those who seek a thorough dive into its deep-lore, I would like to instead direct readers towards other sources. Examples of unbiased and trustworthy sources of information about the “movement,” includes Wikipedia, Vox, Vogue, Kotaku, and getting familiar with Resetera.