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Cblogs of 11/27/2017 + On Constructive Feedback

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In an earlier Recap, I called for more engagement with community blogs and ore feedback in general. That’s a way to increase the quality of blogs in the site, as well as to foster a better CBlog community overall.

Ironically, the internet’s problem is rarely a lack of feedback. Usually, there is too much of it, a lot with an aggressive tone and with a know-it-all attitude that rarely any person is entitled to. Outside, in real life, it’s a mixed bag. With people unable to give feedback, some unable to take it. This is where the constructive feedback model comes into place.

First, we must understand why feedback is important. In a controlled system, a feedback loop is included to make sure the system corrects itself as parameters change. For people, feedback is an important part of the learning process, as well as everyday activity, to basically know how you are doing at any particular task.

Here we come to the second point; who is feedback for?

It’s not for the person giving the feedback, to show their superiority or to boast about their own abilities. It’s for the person getting the feedback, and for the organization as a whole because we believe good feedback will improve the overall quality. In Dtoid, feedback is a way for readers to advise the bloggers, and in return the quality of blogs will get better with more engagement.

The constructive feedback model is a uniform way to provide feedback in the best way to achieve its intended goal; for the person receiving the feedback to accept it and use it to improve their work.

 It goes like this:

“I like xxx about your work. To improve on it further, you may try changing yyy by adopting zzz”

You mention something you like about the person’s work, therefore gaining their attention. Don’t mention something you dislike, but something you feel would be better if it changed (meaning you didn’t actually like it that much). Finally, you provide a realistic solution that could be adopted.

An example would go something like this:

“I liked that you showed clear passion and knowledge for your subject. Still, this passion and knowledge would have been more apparent if it was overall more concise. A good solution would be reading through the blog again, and if a point is made more than one time, it probably means it should be deleted at one place. Or, maybe have a blog as a summary, and leave the in-depth analysis for another blog”

The skill to provide such feedback is not only useful in online interactions, but also in real work situations. It allows feedback to be given with minimum confrontation, and improves the chances of it actually going through.

 

S- The Contra series was one of Konami's most well-known, and Ghoane is taking us here in a retrospective of the entire series with part 4 of the series. This time featuring some of the later Contra games published by Konami, but not actually made by them. An excellent effort by the writer here.

S- Here is another excellent Comments of the Week blog. These compile the funniest, weirdest, and something of the Dtoid comments. Go give these guys some love, preferably the wet kind, because compiling this takes a lot of work.

 

 

T- The Metroid series was reportedly inspired by the Aliens series, and so, yelobanan thinks the excellent Alien: Isolation would be a good fit on the Switch.

R- I didn't know about this game that Kerrik52 is reviewing, and I guess that is one thing reviews are useful for. Still, it seems like Skylar & Plux is not a particularly memorable game.

 

Now, feel free to give me your constructive feedback for this recap :)
Anyway, here are the games I am currently playing. Those in bold I am going to review when completed:
  • Little King's Story (Wii).
  • Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (DS).
  • Gunstar Heroes (Genesis).
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U).
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (PS4).
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PS3).
  • The Adventures of Pip (Wii U).

Also, here are my latest reviews:

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Villains that did nothing wrong

Villains in all media, not just video games, can end up being a dime a dozen. Far too often, a villain's motives boil down to "I am a bad, and so I do bad things. Fear me." While this format has worked for countless stories, at this point in my life (the ripe old age of 20) I’ve become jaded and grumpy, finding myself rolling my eyes when I see yet another antagonist wreaking havoc with no background or reasoning presented as to why they’re being such a butthole.

What’s far more interesting to me is when a villain’s motives or actions come across as justified, perhaps leaving you rooting for them to defeat the protagonist [insert Elder God Tier villain meme here].

My favorite example of this would be Meruem from the Chimera Ant arc of Hunter x Hunter. While he doesn’t necessarily fit the exact mold I laid out above, he’s easily one of the most dynamic and curious villains I’ve ever come across. For the sake of not spoiling what is perhaps one of the most exciting, action-packed, and tear-inducing arcs in anime history, I won’t delve into the details of what makes Meruem so great. Instead I encourage anyone who hasn’t seen Hunter x Hunter to set aside some time and plow through the series. Really, it’s that good.

But hey, that’s just how I feel. I’m sure there are folks out there who prefer their villains to be simple. If I ever met one of these theoretical people I might have a panic attack, but I’ll deal with that should the time come. I’m sure after some deep breaths we would get along. Maybe we could even snuggle, should my husband allow such an event to transpire.

All said and done, we arrive at the topic of this month’s Bloggers Wanted: Villains that did nothing wrong. Due to communication errors, this entry in the hallowed halls of Bloggers Wanted is a tad late. Regardless, all you have to do is head over to the Community Blog section of the site, and whip up a Cblog about a villain who you feel was secretly the good guy all along.

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