Dear people who tell artists to “stick to their art” and leave politics out of it:

A letter to people who are shocked at what happened at the Capitol or who say it was unexpected, or people who want celebrities/public figures/game developers/etc. to “stick to [career] and leave politics out of it”:

In case you can’t tell from my photos, I’m very white. What you can’t see in my photos is that I’m also LGBT+ (I have a wonderful, supportive boyfriend).

I’m part of a marginalized group, but I will admit that I do still live in privilege just because white privilege is so strong it can sometimes overpower that. But the point is, that I am part of a marginalized group.

I say all this to say that people who are white, straight, “normal” people can very easily say stuff about “not paying attention to politics,” or “not into politics,” because there aren’t active politics in place that marginalize them. It’s easy to not pay attention to something when there has never been and is currently nothing in that thing that affects them differently from others.

When you are part of a group whose rights or very life are casually put up for debate every few months, you have no choice but to pay attention to politics. I’m not into politics like it’s sports or knitting or gymnastics, I’m forced into the middle of politics in the sense that there are politics that are trying to actively destroy my rights constantly, and my rights are brought to the table so casually as if it’s a discussion about budgeting.

To you politics is a choice, something to spectate when you want and come in and out of as you please. It’s also easy for you to be intellectually lazy and say that everything is just “two sides of the same coin” (toxic centrism). To us, politics is about people fighting against our rights to life and happiness.

We’ve been warning that exactly what is happening right now was going to happen for the last 5 years, but it was dismissed time and time again as dramatic or ridiculous, and now you’re shocked that it is happening.

So during this time please don’t tell human beings to “stick to [career]” because guess what…they’re still human beings and it’s hard to focus on [career] when that human is scared for their life or their rights.

Also please stop saying that we just “all need to get along” or “put our differences aside” or “not let politics come between us” or that “it’s time to heal and move on” (without holding people accountable). Tell that to the fascists who are trying to destroy people’s rights, not us who are merely holding them accountable. The only way to heal and move on is to hold Trump and all of his seditious, fascist, bigoted cult accountable for their actions, that’s the only damn way I’m going to heal. If you’re not in a marginalized group stop telling those of us who are how we should feel or react. You wouldn’t tell a murder victim’s family that pursuing conviction of the murderer would just cause more division and problems, or that they just need to “turn a new page” and move on from the event so they can start healing, so stop doing that for this.

In conclusion: Please don’t tell people whose identities on social media are their “persona” or their career (i.e. YouTubers, game developers, etc.) to stop talking about politics, because “politics” is a term with a completely different meaning to them than it is to you. They’re suffering right now, and just because you can’t comprehend their suffering because of your personal experience doesn’t make their stress invalid. We aren’t just a robot or factory that produces the content you consume, we are human beings and we are in mental, emotional, and physical distress. Our art cannot exist without us, so stop trying to consume our content while simultaneously trying to dehumanize and bring down the one creating it.

P.S. The only way to heal and prevent this stuff from happening again is to put Trump, all of his bootlicker Congress members, and every single person who broke into the Capitol in jail to rot for the rest of their lives. And that’s the tea.

Website Restructure

Hello, friends. Sorry the website was down the last month. I was in the process of transferring the site to a new host, and trying to deal with other stuff at the same time. BUT here we are, the site is up and working.

There are still things I need to get working 100% again, like getting all the images reuploaded and in the correct spots. I may also be restructuring the site and its menus and what not.

Anyway, I hope you all have had a great 2017 so far, and I hope to bring you more updates in the near future.

MAGFest Indie Videogame Showcase!

This is a little late, but I wanted to share this. I was honored to be selected as one of the indie developers at MAGFest Indie Videogame Showcase. My experience at MAGFest was nothing short of incredible. It was a blast.

It was exhausting to be a presenter there, but it was well worth it. It was amazing to get direct feedback from a huge amount of people (I think the attendance is over 16,000 typically). I also just loved meeting so many new people, even though as an introvert it drained all of my social mana.

Thanks to everyone who came and saw me, to everyone working and volunteering for MAGFest who made it a wonderful experience, and as always, to all of my fans and friends.

So here is my badge I am so honored to have. Click it to link to my spot on MAGFest’s page. Look around the site and see what they have to offer. Hopefully I will see you at MAGFest 2017 🙂

Lucid Awakening 2 Demo now available

Hello, friends! I know it’s been a while since I posted on the site, but I am still alive.

There is a demo for Lucid Awakening 2 available. It has a ‘Story’ mode which will let you play through the first hour or so of the game. It also has an ‘Action’ mode which will let you play through a later section of the game; it gives you access to several souls to let you jump right in and play with the battle and Dual Soul mechanics.

You can download it from this section of the website:

Demo Page

-Matt

Lucid Awakening 2 – v1.05 Patch Notes

1.05 (1/21/2015)

  • Actually able to get to the credits now after the epilogue (some people were only getting a black screen)
  • Total number of optional ‘things’ to collect in the second half of the game has been fixed so you can 100% complete the game
  • Cart sequence repeat error fixed
  • Entering prison area after completion does not just bring you to a black screen anymore

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