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[It's December Days time! There's no overarching theme this year, so if you have ideas of things to write about, I'm more than happy to hear them.]

Yesterday, I talked a little bit about games as practice for schoolwork and other such things. Most 'edutainment" games are correctly excoriated for failing to be fun as well as informative.

Thankfully, the games I get to talk about now make no pretense of being informative or educational. And at least one of them actively mocked the idea of educational games.

Before diving into my history of video games, I'm staying in the present for a bit. Board and card games of today tends to be running in the direction of the Euro-style game, where strategy and slightly complex rules are the defining characteristics of the game. There are a lot of great ones in this vein, like Ticket to Ride, Catan, and Galaxy Trucker. They're entertaining to play and they have a sort of minimal story holding them together.

There's also been a rise in social and storytelling games recently, and outside the storied genre of the pen and paper or computer-assisted role playing game, which has been reliant on good storytellers (some of which even acknowledge this by calling their managerial roles Storytellers) for as long as they have been publishing modules and magazines. Social games have been around for a while, but Apples to Apples (and its significantly harsher cousin, Cards Against Humanity) are both games that encourage lobbying, social engineering, and exploiting personal knowledge of the players to get ahead (and have a laugh). That's not any different if you're a Mafia/Werewolf player, but it's a leak out from the LARP-ish area. Which brings me to Dixit, which takes this idea of storytelling and personal knowledge to the logical conclusion, asking players to choose artistic scenes based on a phrase spoken by one of the other players. But, like any good story, it can't be too obvious or too inaccessible - the way to get ahead in Dixit is for almost everyone to choose correctly. The story has to have more than one meaning.

The idea of games as storytelling exercises is, for me, likely a consequence of having grown up in the era of adventure games, first with text parsers, then graphical environments. It would be no small surprise to find that most of my childhood shelves were stocked with the offerings of Sierra, Dynamix, and LucasArts games, each offering interesting characters, comedic and serious moments, and either death at every step or many comedic ways to have things fail without killing the character. Save early, save often. The irreverent commentary and sly SF jokes of the Space Quest series vibrated with the more high fantasy of the King's Quest and Quest for Glory series, where jokes were actually waiting just underneath the surface. These games made the more surreal puzzle offerings of Gobliiins or the childhood adventures of Willy Beamish easier to work with, culminating in stories like the adventures of Laura Bow, Betrayal at Krondor and Betrayal in Antara going for serious, Torin's Passage a bit more lighthearted (and Freddy Pharkas a complete send-up of the Wild West story), and then resulted in putting their stamp on Half-Life, which took everything learned from those previous game ideas and put them into a story told entirely from the first person perspective, with no cutaways, cutscenes, or shifts. It was a crowning work, and came basically after the adventure game genre was thought dead.

It never died, but it certainly did transmute. Because adventure games are primarily about telling a story, and so many people thought that a story by itself cannot carry a game, and that it needs mechanics and gimmicks to go along with it. I think we might have finally gotten back to realizing why we play games in the first place - to immerse ourselves in another world, whether that's just to shoot zeds, to explore the past by examining its evidence, or to follow someone through their own memory and experience, listening as they tell us their own stories.

So, if you asked me what my favorite game was, I'd probably just give you a list of two of recommendations based on what you wanted to get out of the game. If I have favorites, it's because of certain things in them. And possibly, because of the stories they tell.

Day Off

Dec. 2nd, 2016 06:28 pm
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Alisha gets a letter asking for a date.

Words: 604, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

I'm Not Alone If I Have You

Dec. 2nd, 2016 06:26 pm
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Posted by <a href="/users/IWishForYou/pseuds/IWishForYou" rel="author">IWishForYou</a>, <a href="/users/Superwholockmerlinwestwing/pseuds/Superwholockmerlinwestwing" rel="author">Superwholockmerlinwestwing</a>

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In a land of myth and a time of magic, we should never be allowed to write fanfiction. What if the story changed? What if it ended differently? What if there were a few more players in the game?

Words: 159, Chapters: 1/?, Language: English

Request/Commission

Dec. 2nd, 2016 06:18 pm
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I am taking commissions for one shots, edits, and aesthetics! Commissions can be for certain characters, ships, AUs, kinks, etc!

Words: 240, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Series: Part 8 of YouTube One Shots, Part 4 of Explicit YouTube One Shots

Soulmates Are Forever

Dec. 2nd, 2016 06:15 pm
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Soulmates.

Something everyone in the world has at least one of. Marked by the wrists on your tenth birthday with the beginnings of names, you have to wait to find out who is going to be yours.

Steve and Bucky find out they share each other and another between them, an Anthony Edward Stark.

Who is this person? And when are they going to find them?

Words: 17692, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Series: Part 1 of Soulmates Are Forever, No Matter the Time

A Van Down By the River

Dec. 2nd, 2016 06:15 pm
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Jemma Simmons may run a state-of-the-art biochem lab at the Hub, but that won't help her find a date to her high school reunion. Is Agent Johnson is up for the task?

Words: 3324, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Poppin' Your Cherry

Dec. 2nd, 2016 06:11 pm
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Marinette is happy. She’s hard working; she’s studious; she’s one of the go-getter types. She’s also kind-hearted and determined when it comes to pursuing her dream of becoming a internationally famed fashion designer. To some she would make the perfect girlfriend. To her parents, she’s the perfect daughter. To the word where the important Transition from girl to womanhood ends with giving up one’s virginity by the time she turns eighteen … not so much.

This is a smut fanfiction. Smut with some plot line but mainly smut, because I needed my dosage of Marichat Sin. WARNING: Fanfiction Contains Underage (17+) Sexual Intercourse or being 'intimate' with someone. I know 17 (even 16) in some countries is the legal consenting age to have sex, but the countries I've lived in you have to be 18+. I personally would prefer if you young people wait until you were 18. But if it's legal to be younger ... I can't stop you. But please, take into consideration that it's okay to just WAIT!!!!!

Words: 901, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Second to the right

Dec. 2nd, 2016 06:06 pm
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A few weeks after Sam managed to turn a ridiculous situation to his advantage (literally being offered as a sacrifice to a pagan god, because apparently this is his life), Coyote turns up at Stanford to keep his end of the bargain: that is, handing over the yellow-eyed demon responsible for Mary Winchester’s death. Getting back in touch with Dean and Dad to end their vengeance quest changes things for the better. So does settling down in a house off-campus with his brother and his new friends - Jo, Jess, and Charlie, and an annoying pagan god who keeps popping up to get on Dean’s nerves. But the apocalypse is not to be so easily derailed… and why does Coyote refuse to lend a hand?

Words: 38313, Chapters: 5/11, Language: English

Series: Part 2 of Second to the right

Rental Mental

Dec. 2nd, 2016 11:00 pm
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Video Rental Store | NM, USA

(I worked in a movie rental store. We give out membership cards to bring up their account but we also take ID to look up the account. You can have any number of additional people verified to rent movies from your account but they must have their own ID to show that they are who they say they are. Two girls walk up to my register.)

Me: “Did you find everything okay, and will this be all?”

Customer #1: “Yes. Just these two.”

Me: “All right, do you have your membership card?”

Customer #1: “Yeah, it’s under [Actual Member’s Name] and we’re both on the account.”

(I proceed to look it up, confirm that this is the account, and see that there are about four names on the account that are allowed to rent.)

Me: “All right, I just need to see either of your ID’s so I can confirm one of these is you.”

Customer #2: “We don’t have ID’s but we always rent without them.”

Me: “I’m sorry, but I can’t let you rent these if you don’t have an ID or membership card.”

Customer #1: “Well, can we get our own membership card?”

Me: “I’m sorry, but you need an ID to get a membership card.”

Customer #2: “They ALWAYS let us rent without ID. Why aren’t you just letting us?”

Me: “If they are, they aren’t doing their job correctly. If I knew you personally, or if any of our associates knew you personally, I could call them up here to confirm your identity.”

(Both customers don’t say anything; they just stomp out. I get a phone call about 30 minutes later.)

Me: “[Opening Lines], how may I direct your call?”

Customer #3: “DID YOU TELL MY DAUGHTERS THAT THEY COULDN’T USE MY ACCOUNT?!”

Me: “Yes, I did. They didn’t have any ID on them and they didn’t have a membership card. If you send them with the membership card, I can rent to them, no problem, ma’am.”

Customer #3: “They’re six-f******-teen years old! Of course they don’t have ID’s, you dumb b****!”

Me: “Like I said, ma’am, they don’t need ID’s if they have the membership card. If you lost yours, you yourself can come in and request new ones. They come with two key-chain cards and one normal card, so you can give the key-chains to whomever you wish.”

Customer #3: “I’ve never had ANY employee tell my daughters they needed ID or one of your d*** cards. If they can tell you my name, let them rent on my account! It’s my account so I can choose how it’s run!”

Me: “I can’t allow that, ma’am.”

Customer #3: “What the f*** do you mean you can’t?! I just told you to!”

Me: “If I did that, ma’am, anyone who came in, and I mean anyone, whether you know them or not, could come in, say your name, rent 10 new movies, and return them late, causing enormous late fees on your account. He could also never return the movies. If that happens, you, and ONLY you will be responsible for paying for the movies in full. If you would like your account to be usable by ANYONE knowing your name, I can talk to my manager and see what we can do for you.”

Customer #3: “THAT DOESN’T MAKE ANY F****** SENSE BUT FINE! My daughters are going back to get those movies and then we are cancelling my account!”

Me: *before she hangs up, in the cheeriest voice I can manage* “Be sure they have the membership card with them.”

Customer #3: “You’re a f******* b****!”

(The girls did come back and scowled at me the entire time I processed their transaction. They then asked to cancel the account. I explained they would need to return any and all movies they had out and, also, I would need to see the member and her ID card to do so. If looks could kill, I would be dead.)

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Summary: Takes place during Episode 6.

Notes and acknowledgements: Thanks to 100demons for having blanket permission! No thanks to this stupid show for consuming my life for the past three weeks!

Original Fic: here
Author: 100demons
Fandom: Yuri!!! on Ice
Pairing: Katsuki Yuuri/Victor Nikiforov
Rating: General
Warnings: None
Length: 00:07:36

Paraka: MP3 (11 MB) or M4B (7 MB)
AO3: here
Audiofic Archive: Check back later.

City Lights

Dec. 2nd, 2016 05:52 pm
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Giving in to the exhaustion, she walked back to the bar to sit down, she still had to do something tonight, she thought, there was too much on her mind to be able to sleep but she cannot waste all this time speculating on the inner workings of her team’s psyche. She ran through her mental checklist again. Plans re-calibration. Sanctuary plea. Iso. Swedish delegation. Avengers check-up. Avengers check-up…

Natasha.

Words: 1496, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

for all that could have been of us

Dec. 2nd, 2016 05:44 pm
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Becky knows she shouldn't, but she can't help but wonder if she should say goodbye to Charlotte.

Written for Challenge #523 - "goodbye" - at Femslash100 on LiveJournal.

Words: 250, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

She chuckles,v./in k.,

Dec. 2nd, 2016 05:50 pm
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Posted by <a href="/users/Ananfal/pseuds/Ananfal" rel="author">Ananfal</a>, <a href="/users/hatnhousejacket/pseuds/hatnhousejacket" rel="author">hatnhousejacket</a>

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Agnes is a miltary student. Nyssa is a magical theory student - with a secret. *cue music* When they get paired together on a training mission, will they complete their task? Or kill each other first?

Other questions: when will they realize they're flirting? (Soon, we hope.) WIll the wyvern ever get a name? (Something long, like Bartimaeus.) Who is Fred? What is the Commander hiding? Who will live in the yellow submarine? (Wait, you aren't supposed to know about that yet-)

Words: 2353, Chapters: 1/?, Language: English

I'm Not Alone If I Have You

Dec. 2nd, 2016 05:48 pm
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Posted by <a href="/users/IWishForYou/pseuds/IWishForYou" rel="author">IWishForYou</a>, <a href="/users/Superwholockmerlinwestwing/pseuds/Superwholockmerlinwestwing" rel="author">Superwholockmerlinwestwing</a>

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In a land of myth, and a time of magic, you should never let us write fanfiction. What if the story was rewritten? What if things had ended differently? What if there were a few more players in the game?

Words: 159, Chapters: 1/?, Language: English

Letter from the Outside

Dec. 2nd, 2016 05:47 pm
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Doris sends a letter to Mary-Anne in prison

Words: 164, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Holding On

Dec. 2nd, 2016 05:45 pm
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They should get up, but when Rosita shifts, Tara holds on to her even tighter.

Words: 268, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

for all that could have been of us

Dec. 2nd, 2016 05:44 pm
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Posted by <a href="/users/Suicix/pseuds/Suicix" rel="author">Suicix</a>

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Becky knows she shouldn't, but she can't help but wonder if she should say goodbye to Charlotte.

Written for Challenge #523 - "goodbye" - at Femslash100 on LiveJournal.

Words: 250, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Locked Out

Dec. 2nd, 2016 05:44 pm
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This is what happens when someone decides to tell me that they don't believe that I can write fluff.

Words: 1794, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Series: Part 1 of Clexathon

Somatic

Dec. 2nd, 2016 05:27 pm
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Early in her adventuring days, all Allura wants to do is find one of Emon's less scrupulous back-alley dealers of rare and magical literary works and engage in a bit of necessary-evil skulduggery. Instead, she's got a shining beacon of Bahamut's glory stuck to her like a particularly virtuous limpet.

Words: 2425, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

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