Check Splatoon 2's Inkopolis Square right now — a new Splatfest has opened for voting! Yeah, Nintendo doesn't want you to abandon Splatoon 2 just because a new must-have game got released a few weeks ago. Depending on how you vote for this Splatfest, you can support said game!
What is it? On one side, we got Team Science Fiction lead by Pearl! And on the other side, there is Team Fantasy lead by Marina!
|The battle of the genres: Science Fiction versus Fantasy!|
Let me tell you straight-away: I'm supporting Team Fantasy in this article and for the Splatfest. I don't trust something that is written as “Science Fiction” but is abbreviated as “sci-fi”. Where the hell did that hyphen come from?
I also see this Splatfest as a rematch between Art vs. Science, which is the Splatoon Splatfest where I supported Team Art. I'm not saying that science and science-fiction; or art and fantasy are exactly the same, but I'm pretty sure that you should get, like, at least 90% of the same people on each team. It's basically, “Okay, Art is legally considered to be better than Science. So, what kind of art would Team Art and Team Science make?”
This is supposed to be a gaming site and I'll get to that, but once upon a time before the Internet made reading books pointless (and I know I'll get push-back from elitists and book authors in the comments section), I actually read books. I read stuff like Isaac Asimov's Foundation, some Kurt Vonnegut like Cat's Cradle, and apparently George Orwell's 1984 constitutes science fiction. Besides 1984, all of the sci-fi I just mentioned and other titles I've read, watched, or played all feel like they're trying to impress me with how science-y they are. As someone who finds such scientific bona fides to be undesirable, science fiction just doesn't resonate with me.
|This is what people say about science-fiction cartoon Rick & Morty, whatever that is. I got it confused with Ren & Stimpy.|
Oh, yeah, Men in Black is science fiction, too. But the science fiction aspects aren't why that's beloved — it's the comedic script. It didn't even occur to me before deciding to join Team Fantasy that Men in Black is science fiction! That must make it not an impactful part of the product.
Why choose Team Fantasy? Well, to you folks reading, I live in a total fantasy world. That's what I was referring to in the opening paragraph. To me, it's normal and Earth is just ridiculously boring. You want to live like me, don't you? In a fantasy world. Not some science fiction space opera like Fox McCloud. You know, he tried really hard to escape science fiction by going to fantasy for a game (Star Fox Adventures), and he just couldn't handle it. He tried to put in some crappy Arwing sci-fi action which just ruined the good fantasy parts. Not everyone can handle being in fantasy, but it's the ideal and most free state of being. Even George Costanza thinks that in this Seinfeld clip as he's jealous of Kramer's fantasy camp lifestyle:
Anyway, my own situation aside, fantasy is just more enjoyable a genre. It's a lot more fun, without this crappy feeling of pseudo-intellectual crap you get from sci-fi. All of the franchises I enjoy fall into fantasy, like Pokémon (when it's not trying to go into sci-fi undertones) and The Legend of Zelda and others. The fantasy cases in the Ace Attorney series are better than the sci-fi-based ones, and Professor Layton single-handedly ruined Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney with his “logical” mandate to incorporate pseudo-scientific babble to explain the supernatural phenomenon that happened throughout the game.
|Marina says that sci-fi is boring, and I tend to agree with that line of thinking.|
If you're so focused on fiction, then why back it up with science? Why not go all the way, as Marina suggests, and go to a wholly FANTASTICAL state of existence? That's FANTASY.
There's a reason there's tens of Final Fantasy games: People can't get enough of it. Tell me when there's even one “Final Sci-Fi” game and it gets any attention.
Speaking of attention, mark this date: November 18. That's when the Splatfest is! See you there.
Ludwig believes that fantasy is a much more whimsical basis for starting a work of fiction than science fiction. He also dislikes doing research on science concepts to actually get a sci-fi work off the ground, so he's never produced something that could qualify as science fiction. Which team are YOU joining? Are you that one person reading this and wishes that the horror genre was represented instead?
The Splatfest before this one was on Vampires vs. Werewolves, which are both fantasy concepts.
After bashing books in this article, Ludwig turns around and supports Team Book in this Films vs. Books Splatfest.
Next Splatfest in America: Sweaters vs. Socks. Is there a way to make that an interesting topic? Yes.
It apparently wasn't enough to narrow your genre preferences to Sci-Fi or Fantasy. No, they want to know Action or Comedy, too.