I don’t know if this is real or not, but I still want it.
I don’t know if this is real or not, but I still want it.
With a little help from my boyfriend who has a degree in broadcasting (thanks honey!), making this podcast/promo/commercial/whatever was not as bad as I thought it would be. However! Windows Sound Recorder is a piece of garbage and literally has a start/stop button, so you can’t record over a mistake. If you fumble, you literally have to start over or fix it in the editing process. I won’t lie, I stumbled over the first sentence three times before I got it right, and then I realized my microphone is too soft and had to adjust its settings. Overall, I think the audio of my voice turned out about as good as it can get, so woot!
My favorite part of making this was deciding what music to use. For anyone who is unfamiliar with my choices, the first song is The GAG Quartet – le Internet Medley, and the second is from HEYYEYAAEYAAAEYAEYAA (Fabulous Secret Powers). You may recognize the second video from my header! I would appreciate any and all feedback and look forward to listening to everyone else’s podcast/promo/commercial/whatever!
I made my header image shortly after setting up my blog in the first place, so I didn’t have much work to do this week. I used Photoshop 7.0 and a bunch of images I have gathered over time (I tend to save images that make me laugh) and, luckily, I actually remembered all of their sources! The sourcing is also located on my about page:
For all rage faces, please refer here.
The faces used are: f*ck yeah, poker face, cereal guy, rage guy, me gusta, troll dad, and forever alone.
I didn’t find it very difficult because I’ve been using Photoshop for the last seven-ish years, so it comes naturally at this point. If anyone would like assistance on how to use the program for their header, feel free to send me a message!
As promised, this blog will also include video games! I’ve always been a fan of the Legend of Zelda games, most specifically the N64 and newer ones. I’m sure the older ones are excellent, I just never owned the proper console to play them. As much as I love Ocarina of Time, I’m going to first focus on Majora’s Mask because it holds a creepiness in my heart that can only be held by something you first experienced as a kid.
The moon is falling and you have only 3 days to save the land of Termina – that’s right, this one does NOT take place in Hyrule. Skullkid (shown above) made a very tiny appearance in Ocarina of Time, but he takes on a much larger role in Majora’s Mask as the puppet of the main villain… the mask itself! This game ranks among my all time favorites because of its unusual story telling which, once analyzed, seems much deeper than it was on the surface when I first played it as a child. Or maybe I just see deep meaning in things because I’m a communication major, who knows.
On that note, I present to you a small analysis of the story (forgive my fangirl-ness on this one) which focuses on my interpretation of some aspects of the story. Feedback is appreciated if you’ve played the game as well!
Compared to other Zelda games, Majora’s Mask is somewhat unique. There is no Hyrule, no Princess Zelda, no Ganondorf, and not even a Triforce. So I have to wonder how the hell Link went from the Ocarina of Time world to… whatever the hell Termina is supposed to be. I have been thinking about it and, admittedly, I have not actually played the game in years, but I remember enough of it to make my own conclusions.
Basically, I think Termina does not actually exist in the tangible world as far as Hyrule and whatnot. In fact, I don’t think it exists to anyone but Link and the entire story is about him overcoming his personal demons and exploring the many aspects of “self.” Most strongly, I think it questions his identity as a “hero” and the many inner monsters a person must face in order to remain true to this identity. Can Link always be a hero? Is that his master identity or merely a situational one?
Throughout the entire game, Link collects all sorts of masks which range from mundane, to creepy, to downright silly. A mask covers a person’s face, but also represents an outward facade that does not change what is at the core of the person. What makes his transformation masks unique, however, is that someone must die in order for Link to acquire it (It’s not explicitly said in-game how the Deku mask’s original owner died, but it is pretty obvious that it was the Deku Butler’s son if you pay attention).
The point in the story that (to me) most directly points toward the theory that this ENTIRE adventure is the discovery of Link’s own identity is at the very end when Link is sucked up into the moon’s mouth and encounters some creepy children running around a tree in a field. There are five children, four of which are wearing the boss masks and the fifth is wearing Majora’s Mask.
“Your true face… What kind of… face is it? I wonder… The face under the mask… Is that… your true face?” — Child wearing Twinmold’s mask
Bingo! I don’t think it could be said any more clearly than that. They are children (like Link) who are wearing the masks of his slain foes. Like, holy cow that is so obvious. And this theory also answers the question of where the Fierce Deity mask comes from. In order to obtain it, Link gives away each of his masks one by one to these creepy children until none are left. Once every possible facade is gone, he is left with only his one true self: the Fierce Deity! Just like the other transformation masks, someone has to die in order for it to be created, in this case it is Link’s multiplicity of selves that is sacrificed in order to realize who he really is.
There is a reason the transformation looks like Link on steroids, folks. That is because it is him.
So then, what is Majora’s Mask? Hell, I don’t know if it really is one thing. I’m not the best person to ask about literary motifs, but I think it could represent regret. One of the many great aspects of this game’s story telling is how intimately you get to know almost every character. There are some prominent side-quests like the Kafei/Anju love story, but even the minor characters are all affected in some way by Link’s actions whether they know it or not. In the end, though, it is impossible to help everyone in Termina in only three days. Link can go back in time over and over to help them, but ultimately he cannot permanently make everyone happy. When the three days end for the final time and Link faces Majora’s Mask, he is facing the regrets of those he could not manage to help in the final three days.
I will not pretend to be a sports columnist, but I do enjoy watching a few games with my family after I get home from work every Sunday. And in my opinio- oh, what’s that? This has nothing to do with my blog’s theme? Au contraire!
There is nothing that is safe from being turned into a giant rage comic!
Hope everyone is having a pretty good Friday! I’ve already gotten a head start on my weekend:
As time goes on, I am finding that people who are not normally savvy to internet culture still have some experience with rage comics, most notably the popular faces like “troll face” or “forever alone.” For those of you who are still a little unsure what the hell everyone is talking about, please click the link above and, as the semester goes on, I will try to highlight different faces to explain how they are used. Some are very self-explanatory, so I may not touch upon them as much (such as the classic FUUUUUUUUUU- face).
The only face that confused me the first time I ever saw it used is called the “me gusta face.” Know Your Meme offers a great explanation and examples, but the short version is that it means “I like it.” Originally it was used to represent a more perverse or sexual pleasure, hence its immense creepiness, but now it can also mean smaller and less strange pleasures. Take for instance, the feeling of cuddling in warm blankets on a cold morning:
Most comics which use this face use the me gusta face in its final panel, as is shown here. There are also infinite variants on the words “me gusta” where people often often change up the word gusta into just… (something)sta. It is a little hard to explain, so have another example!
I don’t personally sniff books, but I suppose it is a common thing? I notice a lot of references to it on Tumblr. Anyway! I hope you enjoyed this little informative segment and come back every now and then for more! I don’t know what to do about the Submit page we’re supposed to have, so if you would like to request I cover a rage face or meme, just send me an email or WordPress message!