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All I ever wanted, all I ever needed was here.

If you had told me when I was 17 that I wanted to play a pixelated turn-based strategy game in which I got to manage my own team of sentai characters, I would have responded with an eye-roll and a loud “duh.” Because of course I did. I still want that now! Only now I can actually play that, and it’s called Chroma Squad, and I literally care about nothing else except that it exists and it works and it’s beautiful.

Balance concerns? Difficulty curves? Options available? I do not care about any of that. All I wanted was to get me some turn-based custom sentai creation, and look, I have it.

So you can probably guess part of my entry for this week’s installment of What Are You Playing, but can you guess the rest of the staff? Oh, you can? Well, aren’t you smart. Why don’t you share what you’ll be playing down in the comments, smart guy? I mean that. Totally serious.

Brendan Drain (@nyphur): I’ll be sadly repackaging all of the EVE Online ships I painted with an Iron Man color scheme during the recent skin bug and will finally hit level 80 in Guild Wars 2 so I can join my friends on endgame content.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I clicked on Larry’s magical link and will probably be checking out Star Wars: The Old Republic a bit this weekend while super-exp is on and free. Thanks, Larry!

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): After a few frustrating runs through Steps of Faith, I’ve finally caught my alt up to the main scenario in Final Fantasy XIV, so I’ll be doing some bookkeeping and roleplaying there. Oh, and I will also be playing Chroma Squad. Obviously.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): All of the five MMOs that I am playing received major updates this past week, leaving me in a quandry of sorts. However, I’m most drawn to checking out the Orochi Tower in The Secret World and the terrific improvements to WildStar, so chances are that’s where you’ll find me. Seriously, dev studios, are you pranking me with this release schedule? Is there some sort of joint vacation you all go on that necessitated releasing this close together?

Larry Everett (@Shaddoe, blog): This weekend will be more leveling in The Elder Scrolls Online, which has been more enjoyable this time around. My ADD loves getting distracted by thieving then murdering random citizens. As usual, my SWTOR guild will raid on Sunday, which you can catch on the Hyperspace Beacon channel on Twitch.

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): I’ll be delving into Landmark again now that it is post-wipe; there is plenty to explore and gather now that I know my progress is safe. Better than that, lots of friends are coming back now! I’ve been away from Marvel Heroes too long and I am having loot piñata withdrawals, so I am sure to spend a few minutes blasting things to smithereens there. I will also be causing a little bit of trouble in Grand Theft Auto Online, such as a finishing a bank heist, borrowing a few cars…

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It looks delightful, and I hate to be a negative nancy, but the whole sentai thing has always been just a touch too Stepford for my tastes. You know?

Even G-Force has different body types, if not different ethnicities, but the whole sentai thing resulted in a degree of sterilising verisimilitude that they all looked about the same height with the same body type. It was Stepford Superheroes if it was anything. It wasn’t just that they were in matching uniforms, which isn’t so bad, but that their uniforms completely hid any semblance of individual appearance. I always find that unsettling.

So the end result feels like the forces of Homogeneity fighting the forces of Diversity. And I end up thinking I’d rather be the monsters. Why? Well, look at them, they’re a huge conglomeration of various species of all types, of all shapes and sizes, and they’re all working together toward a common goal. I can’t help but feel that they see earth as a homogenising threat, one that’s going to remake the Universe in its image unless it’s halted right now.

that we ourselves, in time, might become an inexorable tide of genocide. Promoting human supremacy and the ultimate right to be the only species in the Universe.

I know it’s just a bit of fun, I know that. I love these shows. I love the cartoons they’re based off of. I just can’t ignore the unsettling undertones that are there, I just wish it wasn’t always a homogeneous force for good, versus a diversified force of evil. It’s like it’s teaching us that diversity is bad. If you were to invite one of these critters in for a cup of tea and some rich tea biscuits, you’d now be an acting force of evil, an accessory to some crime, an accomplice to evil. That’s silly. Yet it’s the vibe I get from these things.
It’s also the vibe I get from us, as a species, and I find it unsettling. There’s this constant undertone of Aryan homogeny (good) versus diversity (evil). I’m always feeling the effects of this as a disabled person, in that because I’m different, I’m evil. I’m a faker, I’m committing fraud, I’m different so every problem in your life is my fault. And our entertainment is teaching us to be like that.

It’s teaching us to hate diversity.

I thought that was a bad thing? To teach that diversity is evil, I mean. Isn’t it?

I can understand that this is a bit of fun, but I really, really wish we’d stop having this undertone of diversity being the enemy. It isn’t. We should embrace that which is different and strange. We’re not aggressive unga-bunga tribals any more, we don’t have limited resources that we have to kill every stranger we meet to protect. I wish we’d stop acting like aggressive unga-bunga tribals.When I look at this, though, that’s what I see — a homogenised tribe looking to kill everything different to protect what it has. Except what it has right now is opulence, so those rules no longer apply. It’s unethical to keep opulence solely for your in-group at the expense of everyone else.

It’s surprising to see it in so many indie games, now, too. I don’t want to pick on this, I don’t. I’m sure it’s a lovely and fun game, based upon shows that were a bit of fun. I just wish they had more body types, less homogeneity. Truly, it is my wish that we flip this around — portray diversity as a force of good, and homogeneity as an evil.

When I see so much homogeneity around, it’s almost like having someone whisper ‘bloodlines should stay pure, eugenics to preserve the bloodlines is good, outsiders are evil’ over and over again.

Haven’t we gotten past that, yet?

Besides, the critters may be entirely reasonable. It’s not like we’ve tried talking to ’em. :P Nope, just punch ’em in the face, that’ll do. Diversity is always evil. Sigh. I’m sorry. It’s just hard to shake when, as I’ve pointed out, I’ve been a target of this all my life.

Just consider all the things I’ve seen as a nerdy, autistic, gay person. Not fun. And a lot of that is that we value homogeneity over diversity, we’re so ready to make demons of those whose only sin is to be different. I wish we could have games which are fun, like this one, bug also make a point of trying to educate people as to why they shouldn’t hate diversity.

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ManastuUtakata AdeptusEnginus Yeah, remember that in the 80s/90s things were generally not translated properly when they came over here. Biohazard became Resident Evil. Rock Man became Mega Man (effectively killing all of the rock-and-roll puns that litter the IP), etc. Power Rangers isn’t too far off; Sentai means “Squadron”, so the literal translation would be something like “Super Squad”.
Power Rangers was also far more than just a translation though. It was pretty much an entirely different show that lifted costumes and fight sequences from the original, which has continued to be the case in every incarnation it’s been through. Either way, that’s what anything you hear using the term “Sentai” is probably referring to. Heck, the game the article is referencing actually has “Inspired by Seban’s Power Rangers” as a subtitle, apparently because of a brief legal squat with Seban which ended with them allowing the project to move forward freely provided they acknowledge the inspiration.

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AdeptusEnginus ManastuUtakata 
Oh well…I wouldn’t know that, as I never really followed them. Though I am not sure “Santai” translates to mean “Ranger”…I think it has more military strategic meaning from what I gather. But thanks for the clarification. :)

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ManastuUtakata You may know the Super Sentai by their little bit more american name of “Power Rangers.” :P https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIlviCLh3m0

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I’ve been pretty hype after watching the new Avengers movie. I’ve been playing around in Marvel Heros. I’m addicted to those darn cards. I’d like to get into Landmark, but my laptop sucks.

ChristopherPierce
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ChristopherPierce

I am afraid I am not going to have much time this week end or this week to game. If I can, it will be ESO.

ClassicCrime
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ClassicCrime

ManastuUtakata an a random barely relevant note, i bought a madoka (as well as a homura) figurine 2 weeks ago o/

ManastuUtakata
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Not sure what a sentai is, other than it rhymes with senpai…
…however, I did enjoy a bit of tengoku under the sakura blossoms, listening to ambient music my tomodachi and watching the occasional *Madoka cost player sauntering by. <3

And not much from me this weekend and week…
…contemplating whether I should take a WoW vacation again, and refocus my efforts on XIV (the XP is coming soon!). Or do something else, like return to WildStar. Or try SWOTORTSWESO. /desu

*…and yes, that Modaka:

Ohnix
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More EQII, ESO, Landmark and maintaining ship research in Ascent the Space Game.  Was planning on the weekly Pathfinder D&D but graduation weekend and a sick GM did that in; ah well there’s always next week when I’ll be doing bout of ESO/Landmark/EQII. And the week after that too :)

Getting EQII alt #14 to 100/100 and running Tranquil Sea Phamtom Sea questlines.  Should make 100 near the end of the questline and then there’s Rum Cellar….

Picked ESO up after discussion here on MOP, thnx ;) Going to try something new … a single character/alt  /gasp.   Currently an 11 Bosmer Nightblade.  Love the quest lines and how they tie into the story.  The graphics, scenery and general game play are enjoyable.

Spent the past 40+ days faithfully logging in to Landmark to increase the keep update time, made 50 days today :)  And managed to get online barely a couple minutes after the servers unlocked Friday morning and ended up with an island to myself only a couple minutes from the main hub… about that hub.  Well we logging in this morning to find the hub and spires were AWOL and have not returned.  This makes getting to the caves in levels 1-5 below rather slow … /chip /chip /chip … :)

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Well, so far I spent w-a-a-a-y too much time playing the updated Landmark, now that I know I get to keep the stuff I craft :-)  Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, so I’ll be playing “dutiful husband takes care of wife” for the day.  No regrets.