My computer and video game fandoms.
I don't usually reproduce my Discord shitposts here, but when I do, it's because they are particularly puntastic. Without further comment:
Baldur's Gate III has consumed an inordinate amount of my leisure time in the recent weeks, not least because I could finally implement my go-to 5E character build (my "main", if you will) in a digital engine for the first time. One massive issue for me, however, was that a big part of my main's character concept is the ability to perform music, despite being an Arcane Trickster Urchin. In tabletop, this can be achieved thanks to the often overlooked rule that if you get the same tool proficiency from your background and your class, you can replace the extra copy with any other tool or, indeed, a musical instrument. BG3's digitalized ruleset does not support this rule, however, so I had to find another way.
The following study was originally posted by me on the Fire Emblem: Three Houses analysis page on TV Tropes.
In this study, we analyze the complex meshwork of developer-defined relationships between recruitable characters found in the 2019 strategy role-playing game Fire Emblem: Three Houses by Intelligent Systems for the Nintendo Switch.
Having just recently 100%ed Cyberpunk 2077, I was particularly impressed by the attention to detail the developers have put into its world-building and narrative. Of particular note to me was the extensive use of spiritual symbolism throughout the game, from the obvious Christian and Buddhist messages of Joshua Stephenson and the Zen Master's respective storylines, to the more obscure things like the use of Tarot by Jackie's girlfriend Misty. It is the latter that I would like to examine in-depth below. Obviously, this essay will spoil the entire plot of the game, so do not continue reading unless you are okay with that.