Here is my biggest issue with this Lets Play. Dandelion does present quite the unbelievable premise, but from an objective standpoint, how is a girl with a bunch of animals that can turn into humans any more or less fictional than the many fantasy games that target a male audience?
Yet unlike those games that seem to garner some basic level of respect from the community, the disparaging remarks against the plot and the characters throughout the course of that Lets Play is ridiculous.
There is one point during the Lets Play where Heejung is laughing at something the animals have done, and self-reflectively thinks, "Ah, when was the last time I laughed like this?"
"God, this girl is so emo!"
Seriously? This is a story about a character that has been emotionally abused from childhood. She was pressured into being the perfect child by her mother, and when she finally decided later in life that she couldn’t fulfill that role, she moved out on her own to pursue art. That is courageous as hell, it’s inspiring, and yet Heejung still has so many emotional problems stemming from her childhood.
Yet the moment we go into flashback mode, it’s all laughs and making fun of it, because there’s no one out there that could possibly relate, right? Offensive is scarcely the appropriate word to convey how disgusted I am that these people thought this appropriate. They did not approach this game with good humor, they started it to make disparaging remarks and further the stigma against female gamers, and games that target a female audience. I don’t care if that was their intention or not, that’s the result of what they are doing.
You give the message that depressed people don’t deserve to be treated with respect, especially when you shit on their pasts. However silly you think it is doesn’t change the fact that it is a serious point of trauma for Heejung, and that she is representative of thousands of people who have experienced emotional abuse in childhood.
Some people might find humor in this video but I think it is absolutely ridiculous. There is nothing funny about abuse, there is nothing funny about poking and prodding a character that is severely mentally scarred and yet moving on DESPITE those mental scars.
I have no problem with humor or humorous lets plays; I’m making some with my partner, but we have never once debased the main character or what she’s been through. Comedy should never be at the expense of other people, even fictional characters when their trauma is based off of REAL people.