Tekanji analyzes the fan-made, live action RPG parody Ultimate Utopia on her blog. She asked that we watch the video before reading her comments, so I obeyed. My initial impressions:
(If you want to watch the video, go here. I write assuming the reader has seen it.)
Like tekanji, I also Ultimate Utopia a fun satire of the ridiculous RPGs we inhale. Walking into populated houses and taking stuff! The random spells and summons that make you go WTF! All seemed even sillier in live action than they do in polygons. It reminded me of when I wrote fanfic in high school and used to try and incorporate/explain/fanwank quirky battle elements into the plot.
In Ultimate Utopia. The woman is the healer, casts the weakest spells, and crumples over in a heap. Her wand does an impressive 12 damage. She’s blown away by a GOOD spell, which must seek out the shining goodness we’re constantly reminded of in Mary Sue characters. I think this is a parody of some of the pathetic female playable characters we get in console RPGs.
The gamer-talk Ultimate Utopia was emasculating (”cocksucker” suggests the character is femininely submissive), which I don’t think was used ironically. I hear a lot of that language used so casually and second hand when I play Super Smash Brothers with male schoolmates. “You got boned” is their current favorite, since they’re likening beating someone to being physically penetrated. This is the descendant of “raped” (which I thankfully seldom hear anymore) bothers me because it is so subtle I doubt they even think about what it means.
When the opportunity presents itself, I want to ask my friends why they use such language. I hope that will be more effective in prompting analysis than the snap or witty remark I make when I see people talk that way online.