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Cambridge Dictionarys 2021 word of the year will come as no surprise to anyone

2023-03-26 06:45:57

Cambridge Dictionarys 2021 word of the year will come as no surprise to anyone

Cambridge Dictionary has announced its word of the year for 2021, and it probably won't come as much of a shock.

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This year the word is "perseverance", defined by the dictionary as a "continued effort to do or achieve something, even when this is difficult or takes a long time." According to a press release sent to Mashable, the word has been looked up 243,000 times globally in 2021.

Perseverance was chosen by the dictionary for a couple of reasons. On the one hand it follows on from their word of the year for 2020(Opens in a new tab), "quarantine", drawing attention to the continued global struggle brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, not to mention other looming threats like climate change, with has been thrown into even starker relief recently via a huge report from the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and speeches and commitments made during COP26.

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Meanwhile, the word is also the name of NASA's Perseverance rover, the little robot which landed on Mars back in February and is currently trundling around the red planet looking for signs of microbial life.

"Just as it takes perseverance to land a rover on Mars, it takes perseverance to face the challenges and disruption to our lives from COVID-19, climate disasters, political instability and conflict," said Wendalyn Nichols, Cambridge Dictionary publishing manager. "We appreciated that connection, and we think Cambridge Dictionary users do, too."

Well, we don't know about appreciated, but perseverance certainly seems fitting.

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    "Men currently still drive a lot of the decision-making, hold a lot of position of power," said Lawrence. "The more men are able to prioritize self-care, the more we all see the positive outcomes, with healthier relationships, and potentially more welcoming diversified workspaces. Just more people able to share spaces with one another safely."

    Because when men can be their best selves — when we begin to dismantle the barriers to letting people just be people instead of keeping them in a box — then we're all better for it.

    If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the Crisis Text Line(Opens in a new tab) at 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline(Opens in a new tab) at 1-800-273-8255. For international resources, this list(Opens in a new tab) is a good place to start.

  • Twitter users call out bugs and broken features on the platform

    Twitter users call out bugs and broken features on the platform

    It seems Twitter is full of bugs, and the exterminator won't be stopping by any time soon. The writing was on the wall. After massive rolling layoffs in November and December, Twitter's staff is dwindling. The company closed its Seattle office(Opens in a new tab) late last year, but not before things got so bad that employees started bringing their own toilet paper(Opens in a new tab) to work. Earlier this week, Twitter employees were evicted from their Singapore office(Opens in a new tab) due to unpaid rent.

    The absence of those workers is now felt while using the site: features are visibly on the fritz, repeatedly glitching and bugging out. Users are making note of the issues, but Twitter doesn't seem to be paying attention. Instead of fixing them, they've been messing with features like image display and view counts — things that don't need changing in the first place. The lights at Twitter may be on, but is anyone actually home?

    Here's a rundown of what users say need fixing right now:

    A video stops playing midway through, but its audio keeps playing, or the clip restarts

    A video's sound continues to play even after you've scrolled past it, or have left Twitter and opened another app

    Videos automatically mute when you like them

    Making edits to a tweet with a video turns that video into an image

    Edited tweets appear at the top of the home feed, sometimes multiple times

    Replies don't show up in notifications

    Both following and unfollowing an account increases its follower count.

    Tweets of users you have blocked can still be seen for a split second when first opened, and so can tweets that were deleted quickly after being posted.


  • Dodge gets slammed for using a Martin Luther King Jr. speech in their Super Bowl ad

    Dodge gets slammed for using a Martin Luther King Jr. speech in their Super Bowl ad


    Dodge made a misstep on Sunday when it ran a Super Bowl LII ad that used the words of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. trucks.

    The car company drew criticism online for pulling from King's "Drum Major Instinct" speech(opens in a new tab) given 50 years ago on February 4, 1968. As Adweek(opens in a new tab) noted, even the official Twitter account for the The King Center commented on the advertisement.

    Within minutes of its airing, people on Twitter were calling out the advertisement for its use of King's words to turn profit – a tone deaf misuse of his message.


    [H/T: Adweek(opens in a new tab)]

  • The artist behind the Awards for Good Boys Instagram isnt afraid to piss off her trolls

    The artist behind the Awards for Good Boys Instagram isnt afraid to piss off her trolls


    The most online among us have heard the adage. "Don't feed the trolls," people say. When someone attacks you online, don't respond. Don't engage. That's what they want.

    This is not Shelby Lorman's approach. The writer and artist, who runs the delightful Instagram account Awards for Good Boys(opens in a new tab) and has a book forthcoming from Penguin Random House, frequently reposts and riffs on DMs from people -- usually white men -- who feel compelled to weigh in on her work.

    Lorman, 24, started the Awards for Good Boys account in 2017. Since then, she's been posting regular cartoons skewering the "good boy"(opens in a new tab): the ostensibly "progressive" dude whose shitty treatment of actual people doesn't dovetail with his performative feminist politics.

    Considering the immense pile of filth that makes up so much of the internet, it's not surprising that Lorman's DMs are full of harassment. Her work, after all, critiques the men who do the absolute minimum, the self-proclaimed "woke" dudes who are all talk at best. As one might expect, the "good boys" aren't the best at fielding criticism -- and their entitled commentary has fueled much of Lorman's recent work.

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    "A lot of people will be like, 'I used to like your stuff, but this comic about emotional labor just paints women as nitpicky cunts, and you're doing a disservice to everyone,'" Lorman says. "Like, 'why are you so angry? Why are you so bitter?' A lot of that happens around stuff that's nuanced."

    SEE ALSO: Jouelzy is here to talk — and whether you're a #SmartBrownGirl or not, you should listen

    She points to a post about catcalling(opens in a new tab) as an example. "People [in her DMs] were like, 'You’re advocating for a world in which no one gives compliments!' No, I'm just saying street harassment is not cool," she says. "People are ready to skip the nuance and make some humongous claim about my work."

    In most cases, skipping the nuance involves re-centering blame -- for a disagreement in the comments section or on society's ills -- on anyone but men. "[People] blame women for choosing the bad men," she explains, "or our anger, or the culture right now. The immediate urge to blame anyone but the obvious population I'm talking about is really intense."

    So Lorman turns the tables on her trolls. Instead of ignoring them, she posts their DMs on her own Instagram account. Sometimes, readers will even send her their own text conversations, with messages so clearly written by "good boy" types that she'll post them alongside her own illustrations: a hilarious IRL example alongside the concept.

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    Humor is a big part of Lorman's approach to creativity in a hostile online space. "I think that in some cases, humor can be really effective in pointing out the irony of someone’s argument … or why it was absurd," Lorman says. "I'm never trying to shoot down what someone is saying for the content of it. It's about the way someone chooses to deliver it."

    But Lorman also sees the grain of truth within the "don't feed the trolls" argument, particularly when someone is coming from a place of bad faith. "It's a mixed bag, because humor is really essential for me to be able to cope with what people are saying," she says. "But I also know it feeds their narrative."

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    She's also aware of how difficult it is to communicate effectively on Instagram, particularly about an issue as huge and fraught as harassment. For example, Lorman says that while her trolls aren't 100 percent men, she doesn't post as much about the women who are angry about her work. It boils down to caution: On a platform where engagement is brief, she doesn't want to dilute her message. "I have such a small window to let people understand how fucked up our heteronormative relationships are," she says. "I'm wary to be like, 'Oh, no. Women do this shit, too.'"

    That's partially why Lorman is so excited about her book. She'll have space to explore her experience online with far more nuance -- and without the constant back-and-forth inherent to social media.

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    SEE ALSO: Joana Ceddia went viral and brought back the spirit of old YouTube

    "For some people, Instagram debates get confusing," she says. "Someone told me recently that I was just creating drama, and that's not what they came to my page to see. So I'm very excited to have the space to explain why perpetual harassment is not drama, and why calling it out is also not drama. It's that I don't want to hear people's feedback -- I genuinely do -- but it is nice to think about a book space where [critics] will have to decide to deliberately contact me. They can't just shoot off a comment into the void."

    "Perpetual harassment is not drama, and calling it out is also not drama."

    Lorman realizes that, despite the harassment she faces, she's in a pretty good spot compared to some of her peers. "I don’t know any woman who has any modicum of visibility online who isn’t constantly dealing with either people being like 'this sucks' or violent harassment," she says. She's also aware that she has the space and security to discuss her experiences in a way that others do not.

    "I have a friend who is an activist and educator, and if she posts something about harassment, [the comments] get violent," she says. "She's a black woman. And this stuff just perpetuates violence offline."

    Lorman does think there is hope for the internet. What she's less sure about is what all of us are less sure about -- how to actually make it better.

    "The entire space of the internet is so complicated and fucked up," she says. "We have to do a lot of thinking about what that means and how to fix it. I certainly don't know."

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    In the meantime, though, she has a deep community of fans who enjoy and are comforted by her work. The support is sometimes so affecting that it brings her to tears: "[The community] is really intuitive around harassment itself," she says. "I'll get messages like, 'Hey, you’re getting so much hate today, and I just want to tell you what this page and this work means to me' and I just sit in my DMs and cry."

    "There’s so much support [from] people who are like, 'Yeah, this has happened to me a hundred million times,'" she adds. "It's really validating to meet so many people, even in the space of a comments section, who can relate. I wish there could be an Awards for Good Boys convention."

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  • Sarah Silverman said she let Louis C.K. masturbate in front of her, with consent

    Sarah Silverman said she let Louis C.K. masturbate in front of her, with consent


    Sarah Silverman used to let Louis C.K. masturbate in front of her, she told Howard Stern in an interview on Monday.

    While C.K. has been somewhat eviscerated for doing the same thing to other women, as per a New York Times(opens in a new tab) story last year which he later admitted to, Silverman said she let the comic masturbate in her presence consensually when they were in the early part of their careers.

    SEE ALSO: The Louis C.K. apologists are missing the point

    "Listen, I don’t know if I’m going to regret saying this, but I’ve known Louis forever. I’m not making excuses for him — please don’t take this that way," Silverman told Stern, according to a transcript from Vulture(opens in a new tab).

    "But, you know, we are peers, we are equals. When we were kids, and he used to ask if he could masturbate in front of me, sometimes I’d go, ‘Fuck yeah I want to see that!’"

    Silverman said her case is different to the other women who accused C.K. of sexual misconduct, as they were peers, or equals. In a statement last year, C.K. said he had taken advantage of the "power I had over these women" who had accused him, and that he "wielded that power irresponsibly."


    "It’s not analogous to the other women that are talking about what he did to them, because he could offer me nothing. We were only just friends. So sometimes, yeah, I wanted to see it, it was amazing," Silverman said.

    "Sometimes I’d be like, 'Fucking, gross, no,' and we’d get pizza. So I’m not saying what he did was okay, I’m just saying at a certain point, when he became influential — not even famous — but influential in the world of comedy, it changes.

    "And he realized that. He realized it later — but certainly before that New York Times — and even in that New York Times article, they talk about how he went on and tried to connect with some of these women to say 'I fucked up and wronged you and want to make this right.'"

    It's a comment she would later apologize for, when one of C.K.'s accusers, comedian Rebecca Corry, challenged Silverman on what she said in the interview.

    Silverman told Stern she doesn't think "everyone should embrace Louis again," but believed C.K. could made a return, if he addresses his sexual misconduct on stage.

    "I believe he has remorse, I believe he can come back, I just want him to talk about it on stage," she said.


    "Comics don’t like to be told what to do so he’s just going to have to find his way or not find his way and people are going to watch him or not watch him."

  • Google announces changes to sexual misconduct procedures

    Google announces changes to sexual misconduct procedures


    Google can apparently still live by "Don't be evil" when it wants to.

    In an email sent to employees Thursday(opens in a new tab), Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that Google was making changes to the way that it handled sexual misconduct complaints. The new policies are the company's response to the employee walkouts last week protesting the company's past actions and policies.

    "We recognize that we have not always gotten everything right in the past and we are sincerely sorry for that," Pichai wrote. "It's clear we need to make some changes."

    SEE ALSO: Report: Google paid Android creator Andy Rubin a ton of cash following sexual misconduct allegations

    Notably, Pichai said that it was ending forced arbitration in cases of sexual harassment allegations. This was one of the demands of the walkout organizers, as detailed in an article for New York Magazine(opens in a new tab).

    On November 1, more than 20,000 Google employees participated in walkouts around the world. The protests were in response to the New York Times (opens in a new tab)report(opens in a new tab) of Google's history of brushing assault allegations under the rug, particularly when it involved executives — including a $90 million payout to Android creator Andy Rubin to go quietly after he was accused of sexual misconduct.


    In addition to an end to forced arbitration, the demands of the walkouts also included: A commitment to end pay and opportunity inequity; A publicly disclosed sexual harassment transparency report; A clear, uniform, globally inclusive process for reporting sexual misconduct; Promote the Chief Diversity Officer to answer directly to the CEO; appoint an Employee Representative to the Board.

    Pichai addressed most of these demands in his overview of the new policy. He wrote that Google will continue to "recommit" to emphasizing diversity, and that the Chief Diversity Officer will "continue to provide monthly progress updates to me and my leadership team."

    It is revamping sexual misconduct reporting in a few ways: there will be a dedicated online portal with live support to address claims, employees can bring along a "support person" during the process, and Google will provide follow-up counseling and "career support."

    Pichai also said that Google will include more detailed reporting on sexual misconduct specifically in its "Investigations Report." He did not address the call for an employee board member.

    An end to forced arbitration is significant because it gives employees who experience sexual misconduct the right to sue. That means there is no mandated policy that allegations remain under the purview of Google; it means Google no longer has the power to sweep something under the rug.

    And that's progress.


  • The best way to keep your Peloton bike from being gross and sweaty

    The best way to keep your Peloton bike from being gross and sweaty

    If you’ve got a shiny new exercise bike and no idea how to clean it, you’re not alone.


    Sales of indoor cycling equipment soared in 2020, with the uber-popular Peloton bike leading the way. But just because it's in your house and not the gym, doesn't mean it doesn't need to be cleaned regularly. In-home fitness equipment still very much needs routine wiping down.

    It's especially important to implement good cleaning practices in a home with more than one Peloton rider. If multiple people are using the machine, it's more likely that germs and bacteria could spread and cause infection or illness.

    How to clean Peloton bikes

    A basic, post-ride cleaning is all you really need to keep your spin bike in good sanitary standing. To do this, simply take a very 2020 habit and apply it to your Peloton bike(Opens in a new tab) - just as we adopted regular, routine hand washing, plan to adopt a routine Peloton cleaning habit.

    Cleaning your stationary bike after every ride will keep it in good working condition, eliminate the need for time-consuming deep cleans later, and, most importantly, keep the machine free of sweat and germs.

    Cleaning a Peloton bike (or really any other piece of gym equipment) doesn't require anything fancy or a specialty cleaning product. A (Opens in a new tab)microfiber cloth(Opens in a new tab) and a gentle all-purpose cleaning spray like (Opens in a new tab)Mrs. Meyer's Everyday Cleaner(Opens in a new tab) is all you need to clean the Peloton.

    SEE ALSO: Here's how much the ideal Apple Fitness+ setup will cost you

    Work from the top of the bike frame down, gently wiping each section. Pay special attention to high-contact areas like the handlebars, seat, and resistance knob — and anywhere else that may have gotten especially drenched in sweat.

    To protect the machine from damage, avoid products that contain abrasives, bleach, ammonia or other harsh chemicals, and spray the cleaner on the microfiber towel, rather than directly on the bike. Do not saturate the cloth with the cleaning spray; it should be just-damp, and the machine and bike seat should not be wet post-cleaning. (If they are, wipe them dry with a fresh microfiber cloth). Pre-moistened cleaning wipes, like (Opens in a new tab)Clorox Wipes(Opens in a new tab), which do not contain bleach, or even baby wipes, can also be used to clean the frame of your Peloton bike or treadmill(Opens in a new tab).

    A word about Peloton accessories

    Peloton accessories(Opens in a new tab) shouldn't be overlooked when it comes to your post-spin wipe down, but since things like cleats and bike mats are less high-touch than the machine itself, they don't need to be cleaned quite as frequently. Still, you may want to include them in your regular cleaning routine, since they both need nothing more than a wiping down with a gentle cleanser and a towel.

    Your heart rate monitor, however, is high-touch and should be cleaned regularly; follow manufacturer instructions to ensure you don't damage the monitor through improper cleaning.

    Cleaning the Screen

    Peloton's official recommendation for cleaning the bike's touchscreen is to wipe it down using a glass cleaner that is safe to use on LCD, plasma, or other flatscreens, such as (Opens in a new tab)Endust LCD and Plasma Screen Cleaner(Opens in a new tab), and a microfiber cloth.

    For convenience, screen cleaning wipes can also be used on a Peloton screen, though what you gain in ease you'll lose in cost and waste, since disposable wipes are more expensive than reusable microfiber and create more trash. Always shut down the screen prior to cleaning by holding down the red button on top of the tablet.

    SEE ALSO: SoulCycle's at-home bike is great for Soul diehards

    Peloton says to clean the screen once per month, which is simply not often enough to keep bacteria at bay — especially on equipment that's being shared by multiple people. Instead, plan to wipe the touchscreen off with a microfiber cloth or cleaning wipe after every ride. And, of course, don't forget to wash your hands immediately after your workout!

    One final handy tip for you: Keep your supplies like wipes, a spray bottle, and cleaning cloths in a bin or basket near your bike, along with your shoes and other accessories, for easy access.

  • We are LIVING for Lady Gaga stripping through four Met Gala outfits

    We are LIVING for Lady Gaga stripping through four Met Gala outfits


    Lady Gaga, patron saint of all that is Extra, arrived at this year's Met Gala with not one, not two, not three, but four stunning looks for the pink carpet.

    Are we OK? Not at all. Take a deep breath — you'll need it as we walk you through the wonderful journey that is Mother Monster's camp-themed Russian nesting doll strip.

    This year's Met Gala theme is Camp, based on the essay(Opens in a new tab) "Camp: Notes on Fashion." Susan Sontag, who wrote the essay in 1964, defined camp as "love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration." She clarifies that you can't expect to take camp seriously, and campy art tends to be viewed as "kitschy."

    In modern day terms, camp is anything extra, and Lady Gaga nailed the theme based on her four-outfit strip alone.

    Let's start with outfit one. Gaga arrived at the pink carpet in a billowing fuchsia gown, accompanied by an entourage of tuxedo'd men to help her, well, billow.


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    SEE ALSO: Lady Gaga crashes Fred Durst's Hollywood jazz night to perform Frank Sinatra hits

    Can we just take a moment to appreciate those lashes?

    Here's a close up and are SHOOK. Credit: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

    Then, she slid out of the massive dress while still owning the carpet, revealing a classy black gown.


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    Gaga reveals a second outfit underneath her pink cape. Credit: Kevin Tachman/Getty Images

    She paired it with a fun umbrella, looking like the whimsical goth we all wished we could be in middle school.

    Vampy Mary Poppins? We're so in. Credit: Kevin Tachman/Getty Images

    Gaga stunned us all once again when she was unzipped out of the black gown to reveal another hot pink dress underneath. This time, she accessorized with oversized sunglasses and an '80s-esque clunky phone. She even reapplied lipstick while posing for photos.

    We stan an icon!

    Impossibly, we have another look on our hands, folks! Credit: Theo Wargo/getty images
    Can we just take a moment to appreciate this icon? Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/getty images

    Finally, as if we weren't shook enough from the three perfect examples of camp, Gaga stunned us all with a fourth and final look. She literally stripped down to underwear and bedazzled tights, and toted a hot pink and gold wagon around the carpet.

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    Obviously, nobody on Twitter was OK after that display of CAMP.

    And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why Lady Gaga is a legend.

  • Voice actors overdubbed the worst ‘Sonic’ game to make it the best ‘Sonic’ game

    Voice actors overdubbed the worst ‘Sonic’ game to make it the best ‘Sonic’ game


    Sonic games, in the past few years, have been universally acknowledged as not good(Opens in a new tab). They're notorious for ridiculously confusing plotlines, poorly-rendered, buggy cutscenes, and dialogue so corny it would make an after-school special shudder. It's a wonder how the legacy of a little blue dude who runs speedily has managed to stay intact this long.

    But sometimes you gotta dig in to the cringe to pull out anything of quality. Like a chaos emerald in the rough, a project emerged that would breathe some much-needed life into a franchise dying from lack of self-awareness.

    Penny Parker(Opens in a new tab), a voice actress and video producer, is known for her gaming YouTube channel SnapCube(Opens in a new tab), dedicated to Let's Plays and general uplifting gaming content. But a recent series of hers has been gaining wider popularity for its combination of stellar improv comedy and lovingly dunking on the worst that the Sonic franchise has to offer.

    SEE ALSO: 'Sonic the Hedgehog' director promises design changes after fan backlash

    The series, titled Real-Time Fandub Games, is essentially the Mystery Science Theater 3000 of the gaming community. The episodes consist of a group of voice actors dubbing over cutscenes from various video games — one take, no script, zero rehearsal. The most recent, and most popular take, happens to be for the epic failure of a game, Sonic the Hedgehog (most often known as Sonic '06).

    The show is actually a spin-off of a co-created production with Charley Marlowe, aka PopeLickVA(Opens in a new tab). Originally titled Real-Time Fandub, it started with voice actors dubbing Gravity Falls episodes on a livestream to celebrate the show's anniversary. It covered various movies and TV shows, before Parker pitched her own video game-themed spin-off, and decided to test the idea with another Sonic flop, Sonic Adventure 2(Opens in a new tab).

    "Sonic games are notorious for being, in a lot of cases, pretty ridiculous," Parker told Mashable. "I’m a big Sonic fan, but it’d be very ignorant for me to deny that a game like Sonic '06 is an absolute disaster to watch and supports our style of humor quite well. There’s definitely a very unique energy to the character dynamics and setpieces that make Sonic games really special to dub!"

    How hilarious you'll think the whole dub will be is directly proportional to how personal you take jabs at the "gamer community."


    The most recent dub Sonic '06 dub really does show off the best the series has to offer. As a viewer going in, you're not required to know the plot of the game (if it has any plot at all, let's be real) to enjoy the nonsensical running jokes and gags. It's arguably even funnier if you don't know anything about the Sonic the Hedgehog game series, as clearly even the game devs themselves didn't. The most quotable moments need little to no context, and as with most improv comedy, there's rarely any context anyways. in a new tab)

    This bit turns the whole mini-movie into a ton of in-jokes about gamers. How hilarious you'll think the whole dub will be is directly proportional to how personal you take jabs at the "gamer community."

    Eggman's plan loosely involves becoming Todd Howard and turning all the "epic gamers" (Sonic and the gang) into "Minecraft PS4s." Or put them in Fortnite. There's a subplot about how Sonic's rapping and "fire" mixtape will destroy the world. Shadow marries Sonic, but only because Shadow thinks Sonic is Mephiles. Then Mephiles dumps him when Omega the robot shows up and professes his love for Shadow. It turns very quickly into a host of jabs at (Opens in a new tab)Fortnite(Opens in a new tab). The chaos emeralds are now "gamer gems." The plot gets a little hazy.

    But supposed plot continuity matters less when the jokes, and more so their delivery, are just so damn funny.

    "People often remark that some of their favorite moments are when cast members audibly react out of character to something on screen that they didn’t know was going to happen (such as when one actor, Alfred broke character to comment(Opens in a new tab) "This game is awful"), and not many things are quite as good at doing that as Sonic the Hedgehog games are." But Parker also added that a lot of intention and structure goes in to the dubbing style, and the legitimate rules of improv are at the core of their success.

    According to Parker, the dubs are made with all the actors gathering in a group chat/call room on Discord with the footage cut and prepared in advance. Everyone records their audio remotely, with Parker currently doing all the post-production work (audio editing, visual gags, music, etc) herself, as well as providing her incredible voice talent for the OG, Sonic. It's an incredible feat, but she says the fan reaction has made it all worthwhile.

    "One thing I’ve noticed that actually has warmed my heart is that die-hard Sonic fans, for the most part, are responding really enthusiastically to the Sonic dubs, and that’s not a coincidence. We’ve approached these dubs as passion projects first and foremost. Yeah we poke fun at some of the sillier aspects, but nowadays a good amount of fans are pretty turned off by the mean-spirited and cynical nature of a lot of Sonic-centric comedy."


    Parker says she likes to think that the series brings something different to the table by not implying that liking the Sonic game series is inherently cringe-worthy or ignorant.

    That heart for the source material is what sets Real-Time Fandub Games apart from other gaming comedy channels and parodies. Because nobody knows how to roast a piece of media like the people who adore it the most.