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I wrote this for the Bitsy Essay Jam. I'd been meaning to write something up about these feelings, and i'd been meaning to make a bitsy, so the timing of the jam was perfect.

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Some examples of people calling Clint an "incel", "nice guy", "neckbeard":

Updated 4 hours ago
Published 17 days ago
StatusReleased
PlatformsHTML5
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Authorianmart1n
Made withBitsy
TagsBitsy, Short

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this whole game makes no sense 

the whole argument is made on things that were never said or never i heard of like when did people said clint is an incel (wich he is very clearly not) i just don't get the argument

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fan threads pop up every so often on reddit, stuff like this:

https://www.reddit.com/r/StardewValley/comments/7g7z8t/clint_is_a_niceguy/?utm_m...

https://www.reddit.com/r/StardewValley/comments/49y7dr/i_hate_clint/?utm_medium=..

(googling "clint stardew nice guy" should turn up more of these threads) 

and what i'm saying in my game here is that this hatred is driven at least partially by how he looks. (that second thread i link calls him a "fat neck bearded son of a bitch".) i think that the way he looks causes people to make nastier assumptions about him and what he says, and i think it's unfair and gross 

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oooh now i get it but still i'm pretty sure this people are a minority or at least exclusive to reddit cause from the few things a saw in the steam community people or completely ignore clint or just don't care about him

yeah, i don't think it's a lot of people, i think the clint thing is just a small example of a larger problem of people make assumptions about people based on how they look. it was something that made me feel weird when i saw it, so i used the clint thing as just a way to make the game more personal to me.

Problem? Trollfcae

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I love this essay and the way you walk the player through it. I initially thought Clint was kind of a creep because of his interactions with Emily, but now I feel like he was given an unfair hand. I'm sure it wasn't intentional but now its hard to ignore. He deserves a better character arc. Fat characters deserve better, and we deserve more fat characters. We deserve to see ourselves reflected in the media we consume, even if (especially if) we aren't thin, white, or pretty. Thank you for sharing this

hey, really glad you enjoyed this! yeah, i don't think anyone intentionally meant any harm, but i'd love to see people break out of this subconscious association of fatness with creepiness. i appreciate your comment! thanks :-)

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I've never played Stardew Valley but this is a very nice essay that exposes some serious flaws with mainstream Leftist rhetoric with fatphobia, not to mention touching on the roots of that rhetoric that's hurt... a lot of marginalized men in general, really.

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thanks! glad you enjoyed it

I've always liked Clint, so it really bothered me when I realized that a big part of the community really didn't like him.

Thanks for taking the time to make this

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thanks for playing! <3

Whenever I did meet Clint in Stardew Valley he made me feel good about myself. Since like I saw a nice person that did their job with a smile on their face because they enjoyed it. I never looked at his figure and saw him as fat or ugly. I just saw him as this big loveable guy that deserves some love. He honestly is in my top 3 of the game the first two being Shane and Sebastian. I haven't gotten to him getting upset about being rejected and he never seemed to exhibit the red flags that my mind constantly searches, in fact he made me feel better every single time I walked out of his shop if I remember correctly. If he's getting this hate I see no reason why he's getting it since he's loveable in personality (and we all seem to agree that Shane's fine and he's like an alcoholic) and he is still conventionally attractive. Sorry about how long this is, but this boi deserves the love.

thanks for writing this! i'm always happy to hear from other ppl who like clint :-)

I DID NOT REALIZE THAT THIS WAS THE CLINT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT. i never noticed him as a nice guy creep type. I loved him :(

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oh definitely, i loved him too! he's not really characterized like that at all, i think people just make a ton of assumptions about him based on some throwaway dialogue

so powerful. "look at us side-by-side. one of us is different."

how did you manage the "tips fedora" image import? it looks like an overlay and not something made through RGBitsy.

heyo! i used the character portrait hacks here: https://github.com/seleb/bitsy-hacks/blob/main/dist/character-portraits.js and here: https://github.com/seleb/bitsy-hacks/blob/main/dist/character-portraits-animated.js

it takes any image and just draws it over the bitsy canvas

Just right off the bat: how is Clint both a "nice guy" and a "creep"??

Furthermore: how could having a "neckbeard" be a predisposition to misogyny? Supposing a causal link between these two absolutely unrelated phenomena could be found in the culture of the present, wouldn't that be sufficient reason to alter the culture?? It feels like the exposure of a guilty conscience when one confuses one's own aversion to minor, arbitrary detail for ["CLEARLY prejudicial"] aggression towards one's self.

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Post: it's ironic, but in my experience "skinniness" isn't really widely revered either in men, though in women it remains appealing to a fault. Haha.

Additionally, why would being kindly EVER serve as a "red flag"? It's obviously not up to "Emily" to decide whether or not "Clint" is truly a "nice guy", unless she is supposed to be some sort of deified Authority on the matter. I should hope that she would be a lady and reciprocate the kindness; it's kids' stuff that hardly requires explanation, L.L.O.L.

"Mindset" was not specified in the essay; please include annotations or direct quotations longer than two words.

Finally, I don't claim to understand the intricacies of feminism, which are surely encyclopedic in length, (as is most rationalization and ideology) but it's hard to imagine that any academic, politician, or clergyperson would ascribe moral credibility to the sorts of teasing we encounter in f*cking Elementary School. Cheers, mate. Keep it Hurley, Dude.

Rinzai.

this is an awesome essay!

thank you! ☺️

great game, thanks for making it

thanks for playing it!

love how this is constructed & love your message. keep up the great work

cheers, thanks!

Nice game! Nice content! And nice artwork! I hope many people will play your game! :)

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thank you for the kind words!!

this is good

thanks!!

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yessssssssssss this was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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thank you!!!! 😊