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Hey! I've been watching this wiki grow for a few years and I absolutely love the amount of pages on here. I spend hours just going down rabbit holes and I pretty much know my main aesthetics and dream aesthetics... But one half of my aesthetics don't seem to blend very well with the other... I know that sounds kinda strange but after I explain them, it should make a lot of sense. It needs to have a focus on pets, especially V and E pets... Which I will touch on at the bottom
I love mostly all cyber/y2k/electronic/nostalgia aesthetics... but I also love nautical and a few academia aesthetics (vibrant academia and Lisa Frank school supplies)... and I feel like there should be an overlap somewhere, and I think it's cause I grew up on the east coast... there's a certain kind of nautical aesthetic that is really romanticized in 2000s movies, especially teen ones, about the coast, going to the beach, the mall, etc... but it isn't really tropical, it's more nautical!
Think of movies like Aquamarine or especially the show Hannah Montana! I've always loved beaches, and grew up enjoying the aesthetic of the ocean... so Seapunk kinda fits but it's a bit too clubby, a bit edgier, etc. I'm looking for something more nostalgic and has a much more innocent philosophy about childhood. Also less of a focus on the ocean itself and focuses on things themed with the ocean, think of the Baltimore aquarium, old screensavers, those tropical shower curtains with fish on them we all had, and those trippy lamps that just have fish going around and around... Dude, I'm getting nostalgic just thinking all this...
Plus it needs to be modern, but, in a retro futuristic way... think of Childhood Zen Kawaii (not sure if I got the name right but I love that aesthetic!) and straight up Frutiger Aero... I notice a lot of electronic/vaporwave aesthetics will ALMOST hit that mark... but have more of a focus on the ocean itself, rather than a modern tropical city. Frutiger Aero for sure almost hits the mark perfectly but needs more of that Disney channel taste.
So basically, nautical, but modern. Nostalgic for old technology, very retro-futuristic. A little sprinkle of vibrant academia and Lisa Frank yet clean and minimalist, a little bit corporate, maybe in a Wii aesthetic way...
As for V pets and E pets... I feel like this just fits in with the aesthetic.. SO many electronic pet franchises were pushed at the time... especially around Christmas. Tamagotchi, Petz by PF magic, Neopets... and just pet trading/breeding sites in general. Pet games, such as Nintendogs and Sims 2 Pets' (and all its ports specifically for Pets) E pets, such as furbies, furr real friends, aquapets, I-dog, D-rex... This is also when Monster Collecting HIT THE WEST HARD!!! SO I feel like pets go into this more than anything.
Virtual pets and LCD devices still have thriving communities, so I wanna really articulate the feel of "enjoying them as a child in 2006"... These people, no doubt, would SO resonate with the aesthetic and probably feel the same nostalgia.
People also could not get enough of pets in all media... this is when pet memes rose to fame (Can I haz cheezburger) and movies about talking dogs were just pumped out constantly, and this where it blends with teen movies for me. Like Beverly hills Chihuahua. Rich Y2K girls always had to have a "little poopsie" in their pink bags while at tropical looking malls, so that's why this stands out to me. Merch brands such as The DOG, and The CAT (those stuffed animals with big heads) were popular.
A strong focus on "2000s teen media" such as Disney channel sitcoms, going to the mall, bopping "Year 3000" by Jonas Brothers on your iPod while you grab your nautical woven beach bag to go play some volley ball in the muggy ass weather or some hot cloudy beaches... not sunny beaches... but cloudy beaches, that somehow just speaks to someone who grew up on the coast.
Sorry if I sound kinda dumb and rambling! I'm trying my best to just channel my pure nostalgia and mental imagery.
So here's my idea, I think I've created two different aesthetics, I will call it Coastcore/beachwave or something just like nostalgic nautical... and that's the modern, retro futuristic tech side of things. Basically just Frutiger Aero mixed with Nautical, and needs a heavy focus on teen media at the time, malls, and stuff with reef fish plastered on it. This aesthetic just smells like linen air freshener and woven laundry baskets!
The other Aesthetic is basically lisa frank mixed with corporate cleancore, and also Frutiger Aero, but focuses purely on v pets/toy pets/merch with quirky animals on it and old cat memes. Very strongly Childhood Zen Kawaii, but with a focus on Petz/Neopets... I feel like this is too specific to be its own thing but is also too specific to just fit with my other idea of "Coastcore" This aesthetic smells like static, the plastic of your childhood PC as you logged on various games or websites to feed virtual pets.. we all had them. Even on social MMOs or on MMORPGs, we all had one just following us around. I'd call it PetCore... and it screams old pokemon, petz, and nintendogs. Definitely ties in with old web aesthetics but it needs to be its own thing. The 2000s was obsessed with pets in a very oddly specific manner. Whatchu think? :3
I'll be honing these two aesthetics and searching for pictures to fit, right now I have the perfect mental imagery but I need some help articulating my thoughts!
Oh and the philosophies of both would have to be more positive, maybe there's a bit of bittersweet sadness, but I don't want something depressing... I want something that's like "This was my childhood, I'm glad it happened. I have good memories I want to hold onto forever, and I'm happy I made it this far" I feel like there's a lot of aesthetics with darker philosophies and I want those people to have their own spaces. My aesthetics are chaotically positive which I feel compliments the darker ones such as Traumacore and the darker sides of Vaporwave.
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The game gained a massive spike in popularity when popular video game reviewers such as GmanLives, Civvie 11, Zero Punctuation, and even Dunkey made their own video on it.
Perhaps one of the most unique and infamous features Cruelty Squad has are the deliberately garish, eye-melting graphics consisting of a vomitous blend of bright colors, and low-resolution textures resembling an old computer malware from the 1990s, all while combined with extremely surreal and trippy visuals influenced by underground, ultra-violent video games from the early 2000s. The soundtrack is not much better; many of the songs feature jarring synths mixed with disgusting squelching sounds that sounds like something out of a glitched-out surreal parodies of old-school edutainment games such as Baldi's Basics in Education and Learning.
However, despite its intentionally “messy” art-style that looks and feels like someone's bad acid trip after consuming a gallon of LSD and other hallucinogenic drugs, Cruelty Squad is unironically a really enjoyable and great game (it has “Overwhelming Positive” reviews on Steam) and I actually highly recommend playing it by yourself. Just keep in mind that you should have a corporate mindset to enjoy these types of games.
Gameplay and aesthetic-wise, Cruelty Squad can be easily summarized by several people as "Deus Ex meets Hitman meets E.Y.E. Divine Cybermancy meets Rainbow Six meets Super Mario 64 meets Hotline Miami meets GoldenEye 007 meets Quake meets S.T.A.L.K.E.R. meets Suda51 meets LSD: Dream Emulator", and it shows.
Here are all the screenshots of Cruelty Squad:
I’m not actually sure what Cruelty Squad’s psychedelic and weird aesthetics was supposed to be, though it could be possible that the game would most likely be somewhere between the lines of either Vaporwave or Weirdcore.
Finally finished! I’m sorry if they aren’t what you guys thought of, mostly Vaporwave (I was really confused on the fashion)
Edit: I missed Pastel Goth! Its there now
Vaporwave (I made two characters)
Second Vaporwave is based on this photo
Natural Philosophy (Green Academia)
And finally, Prairiecore
Let me know what you think!
Guys I finally found my aesthetic, this took so long </3
It's a mix between Lo-Fi and Vaporwave; I call it Dreamland because it perfectly matches the aesthetic of the album Dreamland by Glass Animals. Sadly I can't make a wiki for it due to the rules, but I just wanted to share that I finally found my aesthetic :')
Some things I'm interested in...
-My favorite colors are Black, Grey, any dark hue
-Wired rimmed glasses
-Lightly dimmed rooms
-Horror games or videogames in general
-Makeup (light makeup not heavy)
-Did I mention harry potter already lol
-Clear lensed glasses
-OH! and I love cardigans, boots, and any comfortable shoes
Hi! this is my first time posting on this wiki, and when I first looked into the list of aesthetics I was super interested in alot of them! they seem to be made by very creative people, and I respect the hard work people go through to bring their own idea of beauty into the world.
But, unfortunately that's not my real main point right now..my point is that I have an idea of my own. so I'll explain it here.
I've been intrigued by a fictional group from the Pokemon Sun/Moon games named the Aether Foundation. from their style and fashion to the dang music that plays the moment you head to the Aether Paradise-or Very-Large-Floating-Structure, it's just so simplistic yet booming with aesthetic. you can look up the Aether Foundation/Paradise if you want a good idea of what I'm talking about, or look at the articles on Bulbapedia if you wanna take a quicker look :) (NOT affiliated with Bulbapedia in ANY way, btw!! I just find the website helpful for this kind of info.)
I've been researching a bit on here so I can safely say that this aesthetic is a bit of a mix of several others aesthetics, with a Pokemon addition, of course.
There would obviously be a futuristic base, but with an Ethereal or heavenly vibe. colors can include the Foundation's base colors (gray, light gray or white) with a good mix of pastel colors like light blue, lime green, light yellow/gold, or generally any other color as long as it still gives off soft, calm vibes.
Optional additions can include the context of Pokemon, Naturecore/Earthcore (due to the Foundation's conservation area where they keep and research Pokemon that stay in habitats filled with plenty of vegetation), or Angelcore. heck, Bible-accurate angels might be a great add-on to this!
From what I can see, this might be a subgenre or related aesthetic to Vaporwave and Seapunk, so just keep that in mind.
I would like to call this Aethercore, but I have other name ideas for it like Ethereal Techno, Ethercore, Aircore or Prism Techno. music genres being compared to this are completely optional.
The core idea is a hybrid of the concepts of futurism, the element of air/wind, and quiet, minimalistic beauty.
This aesthetic is still being worked on, and I'm fairly new to aesthetic forming, so I would love any tips, ideas, maybe some fashion ideas for this one, as I'm not too fond of that topic. either way, I'd appreciate it. and also, if there is an aesthetic that might be too similar to this one, let me know! I'm a bit too worried to actually make a page out of this, so I just need your help whether or not this should be made into one.
Anyways, if you read this whole thing, thanks a bunch :> I'm gonna go back to working on my schoolwork now, I just wanted to share this weird idea that I didn't even plan on paper to the world. seeya!