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RAIN p122 - The G Word by JocelynSamara RAIN p122 - The G Word by JocelynSamara
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Although any LGBT kid probably wishes they had Aunt Fara for a parent, the fact is that most of us are stuck with ones like Mr. and Mrs. Strongwell here. Honestly, even as fictional characters Iíd created to play the of role of unaccepting parents, they still frustrate the hell out of me. I just canít figure out which would be harder to deal with: their overcritical father or their ignorant mother.

Rudy displays a rare moment of weakness here. And yes, itís not over getting beat up. Itís the fact that not only did he not get an invitation to the party, he didnít even know about it until Gavin brought it up to him. Surely his parents arenít helping either (at least Maria tries to help). Some readers might find this strange and that he has his priorities mixed up. Not so much. Rudyís just the type that has an easier time dealing with physical pain than emotional pain. Neglect and feeling outcast can be especially damaging to a teenager.

But is it really just a case of kids being uncomfortable with him like his dad implies? Or was Emily and her posse just unable to find him when they were passing out flyers.

On a lighter artistic note, yes, I am very much aware that the table is oddly tall. I didnít notice how much until I actually colored it. I do plan on fixing it, but not just now.

Also, I originally planned to have a field day with the newspaper their father is reading, but space constraints did not allow it. I wanted to sneak in the reference headline: "Mysterious department store blackout caused by mouse." just to see how many people would get it. Not that it bears any significance to the story; I just like making references. ;P

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Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.
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Tiny-Boy-Toy Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
i can imagine him yelling "FUCK OFF" in this scene
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Ryu890 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Reference...? A reference to what?
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Writer
"Mysterious department store blackout caused by mouse."

If you're unfamiliar with this headline, you should play Earthbound. ^_^
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Ryu890 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Hmm...I probably should. Is it on the Wii Shopping Channel? Of course, I promised my brother I'd buy Rhythm Thief first. ^^; He can't get these songs out of his head. And neither can I.


3, 2, 1, Go.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Professional Writer
Sadly, no. It's like, THE most demanded game for Virtual Console at this point, but for one BS reason or another, Nintendo is content with not putting it on there.

The only affront that potentially rivals this, is Mother 3 (Earthbound's equally brilliant sequel) also never seeing US release. Mind you, I've played it (twice) via emulator, but I'd much, MUCH rather own a physical copy.
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Ryu890 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Right up there with Final Fantasy 6 and some other third thing.... *sighs* It seems like Nintendo, (heck, same with Sony), are content to keep their fans from what they all seem to be clamoring for.


Strange though. People keep resorting to piracy, but only because the companies won't make it remotely possible to give them what they'd gladly pay money for.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Writer
Actually, Final Fantasy 6 IS on Virtual Console. It's just called "Final Fantasy 3". The actual second and third installments of the series weren't released in the US way back in the day (Square of America believed they were "too complicated" for American audiences). So when they originally released 4 and 6 (and not 5 for the same reason), they were released as Final Fantasy 2 and 3 respectively. It wasn't until Final Fantasy 7 came out that people in America realized they'd been gypped of SEVERAL installments in the series, and it would still be a few years after that before we saw the actual installments and the correct numbering.

So, FF6 is there. They probably just legally HAVE to call in FF3 when referring to the US SNES release because that IS what it was called at the time. But I think it even admits in the description that there was a naming error and that it is actually FF6.

As for Earthbound, the whole reason they claim they won't re-release in Virtual Console is that one of the battle themes sounds a lot like an actual song, so they're just trying to avoid copyright infringement. This is Nintendo's actual story. I call BS though. I mean, it WASN'T infringement years ago in its original release, so why is it now? Furthermore, the track is only played TWICE in the whole game. If they're so afraid of using the track, would it be SO hard for them to substitute it with another one? Hell, I'd play those two fights in silence if it's what it took; that song being there - while cool - just isn't that important to me.

Finally, Mother 3 PROBABLY didn't see US release because of Nintendo of America strict censorship policies. That doesn't make it okay, but I do get it. In a lot of censored games, they get around things by fixing little details here and there or changing the word ever so slightly. But there is actually a fair bit of (tactfully written) homosexual innuendo and humor, a (very clever concept of a) race of "genderless beings" that look like drag queens, and an entire (brilliant) dungeon that revolves around a drug trip. Of course, I only speak for myself, but none of these things bothered me. The story is one of the best to be in a JRPG in almost ever, the game is a blast, and if they had to slap a "T" or even an "M" rating on the cover just to get it over here, fine; it wouldn't change my thoughts (or most peoples'). But, Nintendo would just rather... not.

And this has been my long trivia rant from "Lynn: The girl who knows too much about video games". I hope I didn't bore you too much. ^_^
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Ryu890 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Ni. *listens intently, taking notes* Dangit Lynn! Now there are so many options. XP I only have so much money, and half of it is reserved for non video gaming things!
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Ryu890 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
Uuuuugh. Do they even realize how stupid they sound? Its almost like a child's program thats trying to deal with a touchy subject. Like when The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog tried to teach about sexual harassment.
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wolf-blazer Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Student Interface Designer
G!

IS FOR ....GAY!!!!
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