[News] Site Updates and More

Hey all! Just a quick update to let everyone know about the changes coming to Made Of Fail.

Obviously we haven’t done a podcast for a while. Unfortunately, Cleo and Emily have to retire from full-time hosting due to real life stuff, but that doesn’t mean they’re gone forever. Starting in June, Made Of Fail will be featuring rotating co-hosts, which means basically anyone from the Made Of Fail family could be showing up. Hopefully this will alleviate podcaster burnout and allow us to keep to a monthly or bimonthly schedule.

The website is going under some restructuring as well. I’m working on uploading all of our old episodes from the LiveJournal era to the site and making sure all the links are updated. I’ve managed to stop it from auto-posting to Tumblr and Twitter, but if you subscribe to our mailing list, you’ll probably get flooded. Uh…sorry about that.

At the moment, if you do a Google search for us, you’ll probably see a “this site may be hacked” error. This is due to changes made to the front page, and should be corrected by the time everything is finished in June.

Any further questions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment! I hope you all enjoy what’s coming to Made Of Fail.


[Editorial] Harmless Stuff

written by Dayna Abel

CONTENT WARNING: This article discusses rape and sexual assault.

If you’ve read Made Of Fail’s reviews of Season 1 of The Shannara Chronicles, you’ll know that I passed the assignment to fellow reviewer Noel halfway through. The reason? The near-rape of Amberle, which happened again with torture thrown in to boot in the very next episode.

I reached out to both Terry Brooks and the showrunners for an explanation last February, and Terry answered my question in the latest “Ask Terry” column. Here’s my question:

“First of all, I want you to know that seeing Elfstones come to life on TV was truly a blessing for me. A lot of things I love today can be traced back to my first read of that novel. For the first four episodes, I was completely on board with all the changes made during the adaptation to television. However, what absolutely destroyed my faith in the series was Cephelo’s attempted rape of Amberle. There was no reason whatsoever to include sexual assault in the story. Shannara is not Game Of Thrones, and I love it for that.

What justification could you possibly have for allowing such an upsetting element into the adaptation? I have loved your work and respected you for 25 years. I hope you can see why this plot device was wrong to include, and I hope for an apology.”

And here’s Terry’s answer, unedited:

“Asking for an apolgy assumes it is my place to give one. It isn’t. Not every battle I fought did I win in the making of the series. At times i was overruled. This isn’t a one man show,. It is flim by committee. So at times I had to give way to the majority, and this was one. I thought it was pretty harmless stuff myself, and not the only place where an emphasis on sex went away from the books. All I can tell you is that the books are the books and the show is the show, and the two are not the same. We celebrate the differences as well as the similarities. Sorry you were so distressed, but you can continue to enjoy the books without worrying about sex. Mostly.”

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Terry, no.

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[Review] Stardew Valley

written by Kate Spencer

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It’s easy to put games these days into a certain genre: simulator, FPS, action, adventure, sports, RPG, walking simulator, racing, and over-priced collector’s edition bookend. When we’re not sure of the genre, sometimes we fall back on descriptions reliant on popular or well-known games: “like Minecraft but…” In reviewing Stardew Valley, I struggle with putting it into a genre. Maybe “farming RPG”, but many describe it as “like Harvest Moon but…”

In my case: like Harvest Moon, but I actually played this game.

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