...in more ways than one. In light of the recent maxismightve trigger warning debate on tumblr, I thought I needed to finally come out and say it: My TS2 playstyle is caught between the conflict between what I really want my game to be like and what I feel I can get away with portraying in a blog, as well as a major life decision I made over the new year.
You see, my depression last summer was due to an overwhelming hatred of the 21st Century. I would much rather live in the Stone Age (seriously), or at least in some kind of hunter-gatherer tribe similar to Kulo Seeri, but I have to content myself with getting as close as I can through my Sims. The one thing that makes modern life semi-bearable for me is creating new cultures that are as unlike the "modern American suburbia" setup EA designed for the Sims series as possible.
And that invariably means adding in elements that people who are OK living in this time might not appreciate me blogging about, and/or taboos against things that are modern standards. Don't get me wrong, I'll be the first to stand up and yell "death to censorship!", but I also don't want to start any flame wars.
For example, the Nuidya culture of Kulo Seeri is feeling boringly generic at the moment, but that's because I'm trying not to start a flame war. In my head, though, Nuidya are perfectly fine with polygamy, ritual use of hallucinogenic plants, occasional discrimination based on birth omens and various other things of that sort, expect every tribe member to have earned adult status by the age of 15 and class anyone whose identity or orientation doesn't match their biological gender as part of a separate third gender. (Although that isn't prejudice in the slightest - those Sims are actually revered as having mixed male and female spirits, often becoming shamans or lorekeepers. Trust me, I'm asexual and identify as male - that was the discovery I made around New Year - and that aspect of KS culture doesn't bother me in the slightest.)
And so, dear readers, since I don't feel I can really share the story of my game and play it my own way, I wonder if I should step down from blogging. I have felt for a while that it gets in the way of my game's flow, anyway. I will still be around, reading the blogs I'm already following and downloading shiny CC, but maybe this isn't for me.
*packs bags for another spin round the VT Hiatus Revolving Door*