This is something that only a few people will care about, so… if you’re reading this, thanks! I hope you enjoy some insight into both my design process and my self.

A shot from the new redesign.

So, the time has come to talk about the process of redesigning my visual identity! This redesign has come with… a fair bit more reflection than the usual. I hit a peak with my mental health issues and had a severe breakdown recently.

Thanks to my friends, I was pulled out of the pit and able to keep putting the pieces together. …


NOTE: This was originally published on September 15th 2020, well in advance of the announcement of the SISEA bill that threatens to repeat everything that happened to tumblr across the entire goddamn internet. SESTA-FOSTA should never have passed. SISEA will kill millenia in work hours of queer art and effectively destroy the internet we know, much like it destroyed Tumblr. It must be stopped. If you are US based, contact your congresspeople and ensure it does not. The rest of the article continues below, unmodified from it’s original form.

On December 17th, 2018, Tumblr banned ‘adult content’ across the site…


Well, uh…

Cyberpunk 2077 (dir. Adam Badowski; dev. CD Projekt RED; original screenshot by tielqt)

A couple days back from time of writing, I finished Cyberpunk 2077, the hot new game that everyone is talking about!

As has been well and truly documented on the internet at large, that game has a LOT of problems right now. It had lots of problems in development, with crunch, transphobia, and edgy marketing making the top of the list.

I purchased the game ages ago with the intent of reviewing it, so now that I’ve finished it, where is my review?

Short answer: it’s not going to be here for a while.

Longer answer: I feel like what…


A screenshot from the Pacifica District of Night City, from CD Project RED’s upcoming game Cyberpunk 2077.
A screenshot from the Pacifica District of Night City, from CD Project RED’s upcoming game Cyberpunk 2077.
Cyberpunk 2077 (dir. Adam Badowski; dev. CD Projekt RED; 2020)

The narrow window for anything to be relevant and talked about in this age means that criticism of media suffers.

The upcoming release of Cyberpunk 2077 is weighing heavily on my mind as it rapidly approaches. With it, I saw some speculation that games journalists were crunching (much like CDPR were, for months on end; a complete failure of project management)[1] to get reviews done in time for the review embargo lifting. Criticism, done well, isn’t a small feat, and review embargos are often a nightmare. There are a handful of reasons for that, to put it mildly. Let’s dig in.

This piece, as with all my work, is supported in part by my Patreon and Ko-fi. If you’d consider…


EDIT 12/12/2020 — Hey folks, just a couple notes on this article! While the information is all up to date, even in the most recent version of OBS, I just want to give you a heads up that this is the direct copy of the script from the video version. As such, the structure includes all the usual video trappings, such as an introduction, call to subscribe, etc. It’s wildly popular, so thank you very much for reading it.

Welcome to OBS Mythbusters. My name is Jessica, known online as tielqt, and I’m a support volunteer and moderator for the…


The collision of violence and art.

No Man’s Sky (developed by Hello Games; original release 2016)

Content warning: this article contains some imagery from video games depicting bloody violence. Reader discretion is advised.

This essay is also available in video form.

For as long as I can remember playing games on the PC I’ve been taking screenshots as I play. At the time of writing, my collection of screenshots from the PC alone is 17,000 strong, taking up 44 gigabytes. It dates back to 2012, with the oldest stuff in there being preserved snapshots of the world and cinematics of Alan Wake. It was the ability to immediately capture — and later return to appreciate —…


EDIT 12/12/2020 — Hey folks, just a couple notes on this article! While the information is all up to date, even in the most recent version of OBS, I just want to give you a heads up that this is the direct copy of the script from the video version. As such, the structure includes all the usual video trappings, such as an introduction, call to subscribe, etc. It’s wildly popular, so thank you very much for reading it.

Welcome to OBS Mythbusters. My name is Jessica, known online as tielqt, and I’m a support volunteer and moderator for the…


Night in the Woods (2017)

Night in the Woods’ cast of characters provides a great jumping off point for looking at your life.

Night in the Woods is a game which will forever stand out in my game collection, especially when contrasted with the type of game I normally play. My library is packed to the brim with frantic action-fests, sporting mechanics and systems that go to depths I will never fully explore, all alongside lore-dumping fantasies with extensive universes I will never fully see. Both deep mechanics and deep worlds aren't a negative, but usually they’re exclusively serving the purpose of asking the player to put thought into just that game and nothing else.

Night in the Woods stands out in this…

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