Stamp base --> fav.me/d4mfuln
EDIT 10/18/17: After I saw a complaint personally, hoooooo boy. It only proves the stamp's point further.
The Tatepon image for the stamp was obtained from a vector file of a promotional Flash game web file for Patapon 2 that have since then gone defunct.
(A fair warning to all who see this-- This stamp and its description contains drama, strong opinions and potential controversy. Feel free to unwatch if you want your notifications to be drama-free.)
It never came to my thoughts that even a small(?) fanbase consisted of mostly relaxed people and kickass artists (and even writers) who share their work together also run into pretty dark times-- And mind you that I missed most of it before I decided to be an active fan-artist for the series, which started back in June last year (with my scrawly re-imagination of two Flight Rising dragon breeds as Patapon variants).
Don't get me wrong-- Patapon is one of my favorite video games out there. It does have a storyline that I (well, maybe it's just me) engage in when I play. At the same time, there are so many things left to desire in the lore of the games themselves, so I was inspired to make my own interpretations of the story, especially on how everything began and what was the impetus of all conflict in the Patapon universe, and what happens after the final game of the franchise itself. I know this is a bit of a stretch since my world-building for a major literature project regarding the Patapon series is on the works and needs a lot to add, improve and/or remove form, but it encouraged me to build my own interpretation of what's going on, who's who of events that take place. Heckie, I made Ai-ton
of fancharacters (
cough cough excuse the pun there
) to go with. I even met people who also have the same love for the franchise as I do, and some are role players even-- I'm still having an RP session with a partner.
But enough about those-- From what I observed and the conversations I had with several people, some really unpleasant things happened as of late. Now where do I start-- Artists who draw disturbing images (e.g: fetish art???) of cartoon eyeballs who fight on (almost) a daily basis? Two fangames that will pay tribute to the franchise I know of (and even became part of) with their creators getting attacked A LOT
for being just that-- Fangames in the works with understandably big goals that will take time to be done, and more original content would be far from easy to make given the case of some games like Patapon that tend to recycle a lot of maps etc? Or just plain arguments that get out of hand for the sake of showing who's better or worse than who? I'd rather spare the rest of the details because I'm sure that this stamp alone
will make some people out there go bonkers over. Who on Earth knows though? I might be wrong. But what I saw mostly proved me otherwise. It's scary how these kinds of things happen, and not finding a way to curb this kind of culture is going to have people be scared off from even wanting to know what makes Patapon, well, Patapon.
Anyway, as it says in the stamp-- Fandom abuse kills interest. Be part of whatever kind of media you want; I have no problem with those. But please, don't ruin it for everyone else. It's happened to too many fanbases already, and it keeps spreading like a kind of ailment no one can even explain in details.
That out of the way also, bracing for harassment, being blocked and being talked about how much of a cow I am, to quote indirectly from the stamp base creator.
Patapon @ Rolito/Pyramid Games/Japan Studio/Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
Stamp base @ hyakkidour4n
Stamp @ SubnormalHalfspy