My problem with Social Justice Warriors

Free speech is under assault and SJWs are leading the way. It’s not an oppressive government (at least here in the U.S.A.), but rather a fairly large vocal population that has the false belief that certain people have it easy in life simply because of the color of their skin or because of their gender. I have no problem with people believing these false assertions. The problem with SJWs is that if you disagree with them, their reaction will be try to censor you. The notion of freedom of speech is their’s and no others, and the only excuse to combat their bogus believes is labeling you as a racist. The perpetually offended is such a frightening force. We have to look beyond the simple stupid things as “safe spaces” to the much more serious ones like first world feminists on Twitter censoring you simply because you disagree with them, and Facebook censoring former ex-Muslims because current Muslims deemed it offensive.

Having a subset of society dictate our freedom is almost as frightening as if a government doing so. It’s no secret that I absolutely love The Witcher universe. Yet, even tough the series is based on Slavic mythology and Polish history, SJWs criticized the game because it didn’t had any minorities in it. On a similar fashion, how the Academy awards are under constant scrutiny for not having enough minorities nominated for such thing. All of this for political correctness.

Not All Hope Is Lost

I can’t help but see SJWs as being absolute idiots. Being born in this country or living here, SJWs don’t realize in fact how privilege they really are. While in other places I can’t help but admire those people with no such freedom and risk their life by speaking of things such as criticizing their government, femicides in Latin America, equal rights for women in Muslim countries, to name a few.

The Irony

Universities should be a place where people share ideas, knowledge, and obviously apply critical thinking to decide on conclusions your own. Yet if for example a speaker were to give a speech in a college campus and SJWs don’t agree with such speaker, chances are they’ll try do do just about anything to censor him or her.

Ron Paul

I utterly despise Donald Trump, and see him a big threat to our civil liberties. Yet, there have been multiple political rallies where citizens were forced to abandon them, and in some occasions prevent from attending them altogether. Ironically, the people taking away your freedom of speech are the ones advocating for “free college tuition” and “free healthcare”. So it’s no shock to see Trump’s popularity skyrocket at frightening levels as a result of people having enough of SWJs.

Cultural Libertarian

Canadian libertarian commentator Lauren Southern does a good job describing how SWJs are even changing libertarianism itself.

Book Review – Baptism of Fire

Baptism of Fire

The third book in the Witcher saga, and as of the time of this writing the last official English translated novel published. Baptism of Fire, continues Geralt’s journey to rescue Ciri. This book is mostly described by Geralt’s point of view, and on occasions from Ciri, and on lesser from Yennefer’s.

NO SPOILERS: In The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, Geralt’s journey to find Ciri mainly consists of him doing most of the work and the occasional help of his friends from leads he was able to learn or find, however in the Witcher saga, Geralt is allied with certain characters that most were never part of any of the Witcher games. All together helping Geralt find and rescue Ciri. These additional characters helping Geralt made this book really fascinating to read, since they all had mystery and secrets.

Aside from Geralt, the Northern Kingdoms, and the Nilfgaardian Empire. Their is a new entity formed that wants Ciri because of her special powers. That entity emphasizing on the importance of magic.

Book Review – The Time of Contempt

Time of Contempt The second novel of the epic Witcher saga, this book if fucking awesome. Browsing through the Witcher subreddit and forums (avoiding spoilers obviously), a lot of people tend to rate The Time of Comtempt as their least favorite book. In part, I can see why many people would have a hard time liking this book.  The Time of Comtempt covers a really important event which sparks the second war between Northern Kingdoms vs Empire of Nilfgaard. The politics in the Witcher universe is absolutely amazing. There’s a lot to take in while reading this book, and it maybe a bit overwhelming a times. Like every war, they’re alliances and betrayals among both sides.

Many people compare The Witcher to the Game of Thrones, and the reason people (Witcher subreddit and forums) prefer The Witcher; is because how the political intrigue and plots in the Witcher universe are apparently much more astonishing than in the Game of Thrones.

NO SPOILERS:
On this book, you’ll continue to learn more about the vital role Ciri has in the war. Character development is also a huge part of this book, you’ll start learning more about certain characters that were described or mentioned on previous books, but not necessarily fully explained. Even I was surprised to learned new things about Ciri’s mythical Elder Blood ancestry and other aspects about her. By the time this book ends, she’s fleeing for her life, and beautifully gateways onto the next book in the Witcher saga, Baptism of Fire.

Book Review – Blood of Elves

Blood of Elves This book is the start of epic Witcher Saga. The saga were the witcher Geralt of Rivia was destined to be the guardian of Ciri; the most important living thing in the world, whose prophecy said will change world. Having only played The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. I started reading the Witcher saga about 2 hours into the original Witcher PC game and I still haven’t not played the Witcher 2. So at this point I can’t really comment how all the games differentiate between the actual saga. Also, at this point having a strong knowleged of the the complex Witcher universe, I’m avoiding reading the Witcher Wiki in order to avoid any spoilers.

NO SPOILERS: Blood of Elves continues were Sword of Destiny finished. Ciri is still a child, and Geralt has taken her to Kaer Morhen. The game flawlessly portraits Vesimer exactly how he’s describes in this book. As a matter of fact, the game perfectly illustrated Ciri’s training in Kaer Morhen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QN8gANz8Te4 exactly how Andrzej Sapkowski wrote in the book, which totally brought a smile to my face while reading it.

Triss Marigold finally appears in the saga, and it was really cool reading how she first met Ciri. Yennefer also first meets Ciri in this book. Quite to their respective personalities of both Triss and Yennerfer, they both treat Ciri in their own unique way.

I really wasn’t aware how Ciri unknowingly is a key figure in the Nilfgaard Empire vs Nothern Kingdoms conflict. Additional, another important thing I learned by reading Blood of Elves and it really wasn’t mentioned on The Witcher 3 (as far as can remember) is the conflict between humans and elves. This is a real important thing in The Witcher saga, hence the title of the book.

This is such a good book, there were multiple times were a scene or circumstance stopped to go a different part of the story. Making me wish it continue in order to know what happened next.

Although the book doesn’t explicitly mentioned why, but Ciri already being sought after by evil entities.

Finally, key characters such as Philippa Eilhart, Dijkstra, and Shani also first appear on this book.

Happy 20th Anniversary to Pokémon

pokemon

The Pokémon game was first release 20 years ago, and it’s hard to believe it is been around 17 years that I first played Pokémon Red and Blue on my Game Boy pocket, and later on my Game Boy Color. Hell, Pokémon was the sole reason why I owned a Nintendo Game Boy on the first place. Such an amazing series and great game, I will forever cherish the wonderful memories I experienced playing this game as Pokémon played a major role of my preadolescence life.

As a side note, right after I completed the main quest in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and was already suffering post-game depression. I thought to myself when was the last I’ve had such a feeling. Then I quickly remembered the last I felt the same way was when I first completed the Pokémon game. Perhaps the role-playing aspect of both The Witcher and Pokémon amazing universe’s, nevertheless.

Sadly, now days I have absolutely no clue of the current modern Pokémon universe, let alone any of the non 150 original Pokémon monsters.

Book Review – Sword of Destiny: Tales of The Witcher

Sword of Destiny
Sword of Destiny

Given that the official English translation of Sword of Destiny was published three months ago, in a way I’m glad I discovered The Witcher fairly late. This book is a collection of short stories and follow up of The Last Wish: Introducing The Witcher.

NO SPOILERS:
This book is divided into six different short stories. It is a precursor to the epic Witcher saga. As with The Last Wish: Introducing The Witcher, this book continues on taking jabs on fairy tale Disney stories. One of reasons why I love the Witcher, aside from having an amazing story, it also has that bit of funny entertaining dark fantasy… Hell, aside from the traditional monster slaying and foul language, this book has anything from a charming family story, to love triangles, and orgys in it.

Yennefer is my favorite character in the Witcher universe, behind Geralt of course. Though a lot of prefer Triss over Yennefer, there’s a reason why Yennefer is Geralt’s main partner. The short stories in this book will definitely help understand Yennefer’s character much better.

But the focal point has to be the story on how Geralt first met Ciri, and the destiny that would bind them together.

Book Review – The Last Wish: Introducing The Witcher

The Last Wish
I loved the main story in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, so it was an absolute no brainer that I was also going to read all the books of this amazing dark fantasy series. The original story/books are written in Polish, so initially I was a little worry the English translation might be either not great or literally lost in translation, however The Last Wish: Introducing The Witcher was an enjoyable read. The Witcher universe has a lot of Eastern European folklore and mythology which I had to refer to Google to fully understand what Sapkowski was exactly referring too.

This is the first book of the massive and complex Witcher universe (The official Wiki has over 5k pages!). Amazing how reading the book, thanks to the video game I can picture the stories that it narrates.

NO SPOILERS: It was cool reading the backstories of Geralt himself, how he met Yennefer, his adventures with Dandelion, and most importantly to the Witcher saga itself, the relationship between Princess Pavetta and Duny. I also found it amusing that the books describes events that are exactly as of the major Walt Disney fairy tales stories, almost implying that The Witcher is the opposite of the traditional Disney fairy tales. As well as finally learning why Geralt dislikes traveling through portals.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Best video game I’ve ever played

I’m not much of a gamer, but The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is hands down the best video game I’ve ever played. Holyshit this game is amazing. Having played over 200 hours to complete the main story, not including all possible quests, hell I’m even definitely buying the additional expansion pack to continue playing this masterpiece of a game. I haven’t played any of the previous Witcher games, but this massive beautiful open world game; has an amazing story, lots of great characters, and an absolutely incredible soundtrack. In my humble opinion this game is one of best games ever to be created and certainly the best game I’ve ever played. So it’s no surprise to see this game winning tons of awards.

 

 

Watching the launch trailer after completing the game literally gave me a teary eye.