it's still weird to me that south park isn't considered a strange artifact that escaped the late-90s adult animation boom. like i feel like it should have lasted a season before getting adult swim reruns in 2003 like all of its peers
before the game came out and confirmed that it was a pile of shit i was mostly in disbelief people still cared about it
i had no idea it was still on let alone lasted past when i was in fucking elementary school and i knew someone who enjoyed it
In one of the few morning shows I listened to Patrick was saying that all of South Park's shit was better than DR's one fanservice scene because you "expect it" from South Park, as though that made it ok. Absolutely criticise the fan service! But then almost entirely uncritical of SP. They were talking about this same point for like 5 or 10 minutes. It's really confusing and frustrating how wide a berth he's giving it. I don't get it, at all.
yeah idk it’s super weird and hopefully he reexamines his thoughts on it a bit more
i think a lot of people just don’t look at south park stuff critically b/c we were all so young when we started watching it. hell i’m old as dirt and it was still on in early HS for me
yeah, that’s what i’m thinking. they should b/c it’s awful garbage but if you were into it as a kid like i imagine a lot of people were you might have a major blind spot with it
especially since a lot of the game seems to be rehashed stuff from the show itself if i’ve heard right, and how basically every review i’ve seen of it is about how much it is super faithful to the show in every way and not really a review of how it plays
edited that to make clear that his perspective is on videogame genres and that he’s super willing to experiment with genres he absolutely would never spend time with otherwise, like 999/VLR and fire emblem
personally my guess is that patrick really isn't kidding at all with his perspective of "give everything a chance"/gives too wide a berth for humor, and additionally, already likes south park to begin with. didn't he say that he likes how south park "goes after everyone" in bombing the A.M. or something?
i don’t watch the bombing in the AMs, so i’m not sure.
his “give everything a chance” perspective is pretty much only regarding different videogame genres, for what it’s worth - he’s called games on their shit before regarding all this and even noted how bad the treatment of a certain character in Dangan Ronpa was which makes me wonder a bit why he’s treating South Park differently. hell, I’m pretty sure I remember him ragging on GTAV’s “satire” as weak and bad, too
seriously, like, i’ve liked a lot of patrick klepek’s stuff but i always knew he was pretty much very very much on the restrained/bland liberal area of progressive oriented criticism of games, and south park’s RPG is kinda proving that
i’m wondering if he just has a massive blind spot with it, idk
i expect a lot better than that from him and i wanna know why he’s not recoiling from the game like i am
A low-tech culture discovers an immense, ancient robot lying in rest near their city. No one knows where it came from, who created it, or even what it is, but when their bravest explorers draw near enough to touch it, the machine wakes, rises, and begins to wander.
The people are terrified at first, but this ‘Ancient’ proves gentle and benevolent. It never steps on their roads or fields, it watches the seas and uses its vast body to blunt the wind when storms blow in, and it even retrieves wayward livestock and lost travelers, carrying them to safety in the palm of one gigantic hand. Communicating only in warm, rich bass tones that are somehow grand enough to shake the earth but soft enough to calm the nerves, the Ancient watches over the people for many, many years, never speaking a word, but always quick to grasp what needs to be done.
When invaders come to kill the people and conquer their land, the Ancient changes. Its soothing hum becomes a thunderous roar. Its footfalls split the earth, and its gentle hands smash ships like tinder and hurl stones the size of houses. The Ancient’s terrifying, almost godlike fury utterly routs the invaders, much to the joy of the people - but the Ancient itself seems oddly changed by the experience, even after it returns to its usual placid self. Its voice is softer, its steps a little slower… and it is often seen standing at the shore, staring silently, mournfully, at the edge of the horizon to which the invaders retreated.
Generations later, the invaders return. The people are prepared for war this time, having built fortifications and formidable weaponry to protect their country from future incursions. But when the Ancient strides out to the shore again, the invaders make no attempt to attack the cities or villages. The Ancient, itself, is the focus of their ire - many of their people died by its hand, and they have returned to exact vengeance. The sea roils, the sky grows dark, and the wind howls.
The Ancient sits down and waits to die.
At first the invading general is baffled. He looks upon the people, now strong enough to fend for themselves, even without their fearsome protector. He looks upon his own ships, powerful enough to destroy the Ancient, but not without heavy casualties. He looks upon the Ancient, making no move to defend itself as its age-old plating is gradually rent from its vital systems, softly humming its great, mellow music as the driving rain runs down its crumbling form. He looks upon the people again, and sees their horror and anguish. He sees them frantically marshalling their forces to defend their defender, and he knows that they will not make it in time. He realizes that the Ancient has calculated this. The machine is an admirable strategist. It has found a way to defend its people at the cost of only a single life.
The general watches the weary Ancient sing to its murderers, and his heart breaks.
The tale of the general’s remorse is a famous one. It is retold - by the people of both nations - for centuries after he is gone. Mothers tell their children how the proud general and the ancient machine met between two armies, and made peace without speaking a word. Teachers tell their students about the pact the nations made that rainy evening, signed under the shelter of an outstretched metal hand. The old tell the young about the general’s cliffside funeral, and the towering, ancient being that stood head and shoulders above the crashing waves, singing an eerily calming funeral dirge as it watched his people consign his body to the sea.
The Ancient tells no stories. It walks, and it shelters, and it rescues, and it sings in its weird, beautiful, wordless voice.
And when the weather is calm and the people are safe, it goes to the shore and stands in solitude, staring at the horizon and singing softly to the long-dead general with the broken heart.
Jerry does a funny but immoral thing. Kramer does something ingenious, but is undermined by either his friends or himself. Elaine is a good person made bad by the people she associates with. George is immoral, but also quite dumb.
if i saw anyone praising the south park game because one of the characters roleplays being a woman for the sake of giving platform to relentless transphobia, i would literally log off and not come back tbh
all these fucking comics saying just “drop everything and do what you love, artists, cost is no object”, they never end, there’s so many of them
where is the comic that says “artists! make it easier to comfortably fund doing what you love by drawing dragons fucking on commission on furaffinity, eventually building up enough of a portfolio that you’re paying rent every single time you draw two fantasy monster dicks frotting furiously against each other”
For some reason this post is going around again and it has reached the jaded people with no wonder in their life. I have literally seen notifications on my dash claiming the green heron isn’t even a real bird. Like “This can’t be real, where does the neck even GO?” and I’ve gotten an ask unironically telling me to stop making up fake birds because what a jackass I must be to lie to people wowowowow. What a joyless existence that’s gotta be, to think every goofy creature out there is actually a photoshop abomination made to fool you in to thinking the world is less boring than you believe it to be.