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C-Blog Recaps for 6/9/13 Jinxisms

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Yes, the worst has come to pass. Jinx is a Cblog Recapper. You may know me from my assinine news comments, or my incongruously mature blogs. What can I say, there is something about comment sections that turns me into (more of) an ass. But don't worry. We're in the Cblogs now, baby, and I plan on keeping these recaps classy.



A quick bit about me:
As a Gen-Xer born in 1975, I've grown up with videogames as an industry. My first system was the Atari 2600, followed by the NES, Genesis, SNES, and N64. At that point I got my first PC, and I really haven't looked back. I love tinkering under the hood of games and hardware, and I even got my mod on as a mapper for Action Half-Life back in the day. I still find console hardware fascinating, though, and I follow The Console Wars as closely as ever.

Anyway, I'm stuck visiting my parents in BFE. Entertained myself last night playing Bunny Must Die on my netbook. It's a great metroid-vania title that deserves more attention, do check it out on Greenlight. Love the music, too. Not sure why it needs to go through Greenlight, as Rockin' Android has ports of other Japanese indie games on Steam already.



E3 is coming! Frankly, I can't remember ever going into an E3 week feeling dread. I'm not looking forward to learning more about how Microsoft and (probably) Sony are going to screw consumers, especially when the industry feels so close to a crash. Maybe there will be some great games to offset the bad? Please?

Maybe we'll learn more about Wolfenstein: The New Order. I didn't expect to want this game, much less be excited about it. But it looks to genuinely capture the over-the-top melodrama and fun of classics like Doom and Duke Nukem 3D. The moment I saw a Nazi get railgunned into red goop they pretty much had my money.



Still, I'm really hoping for some surprises at E3. Some game or piece of hardware that comes out of nowhere and makes everyone's jaw drop. We could use that.

* - bigboss0110 isn't happy to fall in love with gaming just once. Great blog about how a love of gaming can be rekindled over and over again.

A - Wrenchfarm discusses what he'd like to see from The Big Three at E3 this year.
A - MentalGaming discusses why he thinks the Xbox One won't kill used games, or even change much on the consumer's end of things.
A - TheDefenstrator has put together a short but sweet guide to Resident Evil: Revelations' Raid Mode.



You win nothing! Absolutely nothing!

S - Neshoba78 tells the story of his journey to the Animal Crossing: New Leaf Nintendo World event. Tropical storms were braved, friends were made, and games were acquired!
C - Liz discusses some positive effects of gaming, including how it has helped her through hard times and inspired her. Very good first blog.
I - JoyfulSanity gives us a belated but wonderful introduction.
S - Benjamin discusses the pros and cons of taking a shot in the mouth to get to E3.

V - Ouya! DigitalMase just got his, and is sharing a short unboxing video and an open invitation to ask any questions you might have about the unit.
P - Germaximus shares his first impressions of the beta for Panzar, a PvP MMO. It's a nice write-up and the game sounds promising.
T - PopetheRevXXVIII discusses his love of the Ninja Gaiden franchise. Also, boob physics gone wild video.
T - Zombie Orwell makes some completely serious predictions about E3. I think he needs to eat more brainz.
T - Germaximus with some impressions of the Call of Duty Ghosts All Access livestream.



Do you really want to hurt me?

C - FiggDingo slams the Wii U in a short blog meant to generate discussion. Most of the discussion seems to be about whether or not he was just trolling.



No fails... today...

Oh yeah, screw all you kids in your 20s saying you feel old. And while you're at it, GET OFF MY LAWN!

Good night and good luck, peeps.

-Jinx

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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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