A Brief Announcement

So, some of you may have noticed something about the URL of this blog. Yup, due to hitting a goal on my Ko-Fi page, I was able to get an actual domain name for the page! (Thanks, Dad.)

Hence, wrathofthebitchqueen.wordpress.com is now simply wrathofthebitchqueen.com. If you have the page bookmarked, you shouldn’t have to change anything: the old link should just redirect to the new one.

That is all. You may now carry on with your lives.

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Patreon’s Fee Changes And Where To Go From Here

(Update 12/13/17: Due to the backlash that this decision has received, Patreon has apparently decided not to roll out the changes detailed below. In the post linked above, they say that they will still be making some changes, but will be listening to input from creators and patrons this time. Personally, I plan on taking a wait-and-see approach before deciding if I want to use their service again.)

Just a bit of housekeeping here. A number of folks may have realized that Patreon, the website that I and many others use to fund our work, has decided to add a 2.9%+$.35 fee to all pledges in order to try and make this a bit more even, as before it was a 5% fee+whatever processing fees were. They are planning to achieve this by passing these fees onto customers.

This will have the greatest impact on those making $1 donations, which is the lifeblood of Patreon. This change actually makes those donations cost $1.38. And, again, this is not a flat fee across all pledges, but per pledge, which adds up. Because of this, I have had to cancel my own pledges to other creators.

And, because of this, I can no longer in good conscience continue to use this service.

I have, as of today, closed my Patreon page. I would like to thank the people who have supported me over the past couple years or so. I am so very, very grateful to every one of you. I may start it up again if Patreon decides to walk back this change that no one wanted or asked for, but that seems likely.

There aren’t really a lot of other services like Patreon; Kickstarter is currently planning a new service called Drip, but that is still in beta. In the meantime, however, I do currently have a PayPal and Ko-Fi page for people who want to support what I do here with one-time contributions.

So, that’s that. Thank you again for your support. I really do hope that Patreon considers walking back this disastrous change, but I very much doubt that they will.

Katie Plays Stuff: Silent Hill, Part 1

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So, I’ve decided I’m going to try something new. Instead of posting game reviews (at least for now), I’m going to focus my gaming posts more on writing posts about games that are already pretty well-established, or that I just like for some reason. These will be more like analyses than game reviews, and will go under the Katie Play Stuff tag (which I used to use for game reviews, but I think it fits stuff like this more).

I’ve decided to start with one of my absolute favorite horror games: Silent Hill. Naturally, there will be spoilers (as much as one can be said to spoil an almost 20 year old video game, anyway). Also, there are a number of uncomfortable themes, such as abuse and the loss of a child (not to mention a metric fuckton of blood and random corpses), so if that kind of thing bothers you, you might want to sit this one out.

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They aren’t kidding.

I’m going to split this up, otherwise the post will get ridiculously long, so I’m going to start with a summary of the game’s plot. As can be expected, there will be spoilers after this point (as much as one can spoil a popular, almost 20-year-old game), so I would recommend tracking and playing the game first if you can.

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