Jeez, what a week.
I spent all of Monday getting tax stuff done. About 90% of my taxes are finished except for figuring in a handful more deductions. I wanted to have it all out of the way so I could focus the rest of the week on gamedev, but no luck. I am sufficiently frustrated that my goal is now to find an accountant so I don’t have to deal with this shitshow next year. On top of that, what should have been a half-hour-long appointment yesterday somehow ballooned to five hours. On top of that, I’m having trouble sleeping again, this time due to the fact that allergies + CPAP means that I frequently wake up gasping and choking on the very air that is being forced into my body to help me. But hey, I try to keep perspective on allergy season- at least the sun is shining and the weather is getting better.
None of this, by the way, is disastrous. A couple days’ delay when I was already pleased with progress and/or ahead of the game is far from terrible. It’s just another thing.
Anyway, the other thing that has happened this week is that I received yet another long, ranty email about how I’m a cancer in the body of the human race for daring to make wank material of something not approved by the Social Sensitivity Control Board (We put the cult in culture!). I haven’t received any of these emails for awhile, so in a way it was kind of a relief- I’m still relevant enough for anonymous harassment! Yay!
If I can rant a little here, it bothers me when people react this way to Harem Collector. I personally don’t feel that authorial intent is very important, but I feel that if you play Harem Collector and come to the conclusion that it’s sexist and promotes violence and hate against women, I don’t think you’ve played it enough or really paid much attention to what’s going on in the game. Or, potentially, that I’m terrible at communicating my ideas, but whether or not that’s true is outside my ability to evaluate.
One comment that still sticks in my craw is one from some blog I read last year where one individual said that Harem Collector was more sexist than Overwhored. Now, I love Overwhored and Cypress is my bro, and I’m not saying that OW is a bad game, or even that OW is a good game is spite of this, but I cannot fathom how you could play both games and come to the conclusion that HC is more sexist than a game literally about removing agency from a whole pile of female characters.
I’m not going to claim that Harem Collector treats it’s female characters perfectly- it is porn, after all, and if you think there’s such a thing as pornography that doesn’t objectify something then you’re an idiot- or that it secretly has some deeper, hidden meaning that makes it a grand work of art. But I have put something there to be interpreted if you’re of that mindset, and it really hurts to be dismissed as sexist when I feel I’ve hard to be fair to the female character in HC despite the non-consent content.
Sorry for ranting. I’m sure precisely zero of the people who read this blog are the kind of people my ire is directed, so this is only worthwhile in that it allows me to vent my frustrations. But if you’d like to share what Harem Collector means to you, I’d be interested in hearing it- please share in the comments or on the forum thread as you see fit.
Jeez, what a week.