“TF2 Bot Watchlits (June 2021)” by u/AGoodenough on Reddit.

This won’t be any in-depth overview of how Team Fortress 2 got to this point and what exactly there is to do next. Rather, this is my mournful reflection over watching the game I spent so much of my time on become changed for the worst. There’ll be no poetic prose or ending on a hopeful note, as I’m someone wholly concerned entirely with what the petty tragedy of this situation means to me.

As anyone who’s been on the game recently (as in the past year and half) knows, Team Fortress 2’s casual servers are overrun with an assortment…


Album art for The Mollusk Sessions

This is a follow-up to my extensive article about the influential history behind SpongeBob SquarePants.

Ocean Man is a song that Ween has described as something that formed together like magic falling into place. But like all magic, there are hidden mechanisms behind it that necessitate going beyond the scientific method. For a long time, this song has remained pleasurable but incomprehensible, yet I plan to decode it. The first life of “Ocean man, take me by the hand, lead me to the land that you understand”, while also being a reference to Echoes by Pink Floyd, is also an invitation to be taken to a world of wonder and whimsy. The world being referred…


Prelude: Originally for this story, I was planning on writing a five-story-long epic that detailed this narrative journey about a lost seaman attempting to rediscover the aesthetic history of SpongeBob SquarePants and where exactly it came from and what it means. But as two years passed on and my energy steadily drained from me, I realized that being too ambitious was a bad thing. So, I instead decided to scale back my ambitions to produce content that people will not only like to consume but something that doesn’t drain my spirits to create. …


Ah, four years already?

Blizzard Entertainment released their new title Overwatch in May of 2016, and it took the industry by storm because it was the first time the company has unveiled a new IP in a considerable amount of time. It was also unprecedented because the company that was famously known for MMOs and real-time strategy games was developing an ambitious first-person-shooter. It caught the attention of almost everyone, including myself: I was there, awaiting the months prior to its launch. I spent hours a day digesting new information about the game, reviewing the same gameplay clips over and over, trying to catch…


Official screenshot of Ken and Luigi in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Arguably, the “Ultimate” moniker of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate — while being a marketing term to sell the amount of returning content the game offers — can more profoundly refer to the game’s major design focus of returning back to the core differentiating features of the Smash Bros. franchise. Masahiro Sakurai, the series’s creator, has stated that one of his goals with the series, from its nascence, was to create a new form of fighting game that that would be easy to learn but rewarding to master. The main criticism, that Sakurai had about the traditional design of fighting games…


A showcasing screenshot from the Gun Mettle update for Team Fortress 2.

It was the 27th of August, and a new update for the PC game Team Fortress 2 had just been released after weeks of hype. The update would promise a lot of new content: Four new maps, sixteen new cosmetics, three new emotes, a bunch of new balance changes, and the biggest feature of all: Weapon skins. They were, at the time, a rather controversial addition to the game: Many members of the game’s fandom considered them to be another unnecessary monetized feature that pathetically attempted to make the decade-old game appear relevant by imitating its more popular peers. (The…


Forgive the low resolution.

I don’t recall specifically if I made a promise to elaborate on my previous article once Doom Eternal came out, but I’ll participate regardless. So, it finally happened: Doom Eternal came out. I admit that I was a person overly obsessed with its inevitable release and then second inevitable release after being delayed, but it was all worth it when I gorged on it like a termite to fresh lumber, leaving a beautiful carcass (which is a new enemy that I don’t particularly like). …


Pictured: The supposed savior of Western civilization as he appears in Doom (2016).

Content Warning & Disclaimer: This article will contain mention and discussion of very prejudiced ideas and monstrous worldviews, but this isn’t done to sympathize with them but rather explain why they congregate in what I’m addressing. I don’t sympathize with any of the reactionary views I describe here.

Episode I: Knee-Deep in the Culture

Doom is a definitive and historical franchise, and with that comes all of the belts it carries under its belt, all of them celebratory in their own ways: The revolutionizing of the first-person-shooter genre, transcending individual identity to become a style of game-presentation in itself, storming a media frenzy about whether or…


Welcome to Marksville, Louisiana

My life is a dangerous one: I’ve inherited my family’s vice of always being involved in mafia affairs, and I’m merely the receiver of the latest bit of trouble. Currently, I’m working at a steel mill trying to ensure a livelihood for my wife and only son. We’ve lived on the outskirts of New Orleans ever since my greater family immigrated here from Northern Italy, and if you’re familiar with how the American nation treats Italians, well, I shouldn’t have to explain why I’m caught up within mafia. But long story said shortly: My current state is the result of…


Captain’s Log on Tuesday, June 24, 1997. We’ve seem to have found our anchorage approaching the sandy beaches of southwest Florida, and I’ll tell you that it’s quite the break from the usual rocky shores of Baja that we were used to. Our mighty vessel, known as the USS Conchcore, tossed its anchor onto the shores just off the Bay of Postmodern Appeal (quite the strange name, but Floridians aren’t known for being normal) after this trip. On our decade-long voyage, we’ve taken a healthy supply of catches from the perception of nautical lifestyle before us: Music, journalistic writings, old…

Maurice Robichaud

Comic artist, metamodern philosopher, anti-schooling advocate, Cajun, color fanatic, & freelance astrologist. I write about your virtues and their aesthetics.

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