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Cblogs of 2/14/18 + Wishing for More Time

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Hello all.  I'm back after my week hiatus.  Thanks to Larx for covering my rear last week as I've been dealing with flu/sinus infection/upper respiratory infection for myself and then my wife.  But things are getting back to normal and I'm back.

I figured I'd talk a bit about just not having time like I used to for video games.  That's become apparent with release of Monster Hunter: World.  It's my first time with a Monster Hunter title and let me just say I absolutely love it!  The fighting, the monsters, the loot, I love everything about it.  When I'm playing it, it's one of my favorite games in recent memory.  

I do have one problem with the game, although if I'm being honest, it's more a problem with me than the game itself.  That problem being, I feel for me to get maximum enjoyment from MH, I need a lot of time to play it.  I want to be able to explore every nook and cranny.  I want to be prepared and take my time when I'm fighting a difficult monster.  I want to be able to join people on their hunts, but I just don't have the time.  I've been gaming in 45 minute increments at most recently due to the busy day to day parts of life.  That just isn't enough time to thoroughly enjoy a game such as MH.

As things stand, I'm hopeful life slows down a bit here in the near future and I look forward to being able to dive into MH balls deep.  For the time being, I'm sticking with a return to the Bioshock series.  A lovely series that is perfect for my small gaming times and still holds up really well.  I still love the series and am enjoying myself immensely.  Still, I hope to see you all on the hunt some day!

* - Kyle Yadlosky goes into detail about how he became a man. I personally became a man while listening to NSync and Backstreet Boys playing hide the salami. Kyle on the other hand became a man because of fighting games. Now I'm not 100% sure what's going on here, but I know I love it and it makes me feel funny in my pants

* - We have some funny people here on Destructoid as shown on the Comments of the Week blogs. FakePlasticTree takes a look at last week and highlights the best and funniest moments from the front page and Qtoid. Puns galore!

S - Welcome to the blogging show Roxas1359! For his first blog here Roxas starts with his first in a series about video capture devices. This time through Roxas takes a look at the Dazzle DVC 100

P - Hey Gamemaniac3434 is back but this time with a podcast. GM and LimoMaker give us an introduction and take a look at Limbo, one of my favorite games of all time. On a side note, I'd totally watch these two in a sitcom or a romantic comedy

    Food porn!

N - Oculin loves looking at pieces of games that didn't necessarily make the cut. For this blog, Oculin takes a look at some parts of Final Fantasy XI that didn't make the cut

T - MountainBlade takes a look at the arguments for and against what Joel did during The Last of Us. While not my favorite game ever, I can appreciate the emotional story and the tough choices Joel made. MountainBlade highlights these here and would like to know your opinion

L - Dephoenix reminds us of the next book for the book of the month club here at Dtoid. If you're interested take a look. Looks like a good book as usual for this month

Love Bioshock 2 to this day

Just remember, he who stands on toilet, is high on pot--Dere

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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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