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C Blogs of 01/14/14 + Wrenchisms


I had a Maxistentialism night yesterday. To celebrate my brother's birthday we got together with the girlfriends, tacos, Samurai Gunn, Nidhogg, and Cards Against Humanity. And maybe some booze.

It was pretty sweet.

I started writing some thoughts about the games for my -isms, but they quickly expanded into something I'd rather write a proper blog about. But here are a few key things you should know -

- Samurai Gunn is the most fun four people, 12 bullets, and a bunch of sharp objects can have together.

- Nidhogg is gorgeous, deep, and lets you throw a sword at your brother's face (GOTY potential).

- Cards Against Humanity is still providing proof positive that we are all terrible, terrible, people deep down.

I'm going to try real hard now to organize my thoughts into a proper blog before work tonight so you don't all feel short shrifted for nothing. But for now, do yourself a favour and download both Samurai Gunn and Nidhogg, dust off your rolodex, and call some people up for a games night. You won't regret it.

* - I don't know, the dudes on the cover or Rival Turf look pretty badical.

A - So Strider is collecting these so called "pocket monsters" now? What an obscure hobby!

A - Wow, there is certainly quite a bit of scholarly debate about the proper rearing of these "pocket monsters". There is a lengthy rebuttal in the comments that is probably more illuminating than the blog itself.

P - Another gaming podcast! Sadly, the blogs formatting is a little messy and hard to read.

C - Alphadeus could use a hand organizing the story for his concept album. Check it out and see if you're interested.

R - Some personal blogging by Titannel. His grandma sounds rad, and he made a WISE decision picking up Flashback on Genesis, and the underrated SNES port of Wing Commander. That's some good classic gaming.

R - Whatsacow is another victim of the Dtoid blog editor. Don't worry about it man, that thing is a massive pain in the butt to everybody.

V - A new Let's Play team is taking a crack at this YouTube thing. The post starts with a neg criticizing the typically low attention span of the average internet dweller, kind of guilting you into reading the rest of it. Fun times for sure!

L - Is this the part where I'm supposed to be snarky and ask why you'd want to play DmC at all, let alone be first at it?

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Last week, in the quick posts of Destructoid's community, we saw the rise and fall of community manager Wesley J. Russow. He rose to prominence with his immutable power, only to see it come crashing down as the working class clambered beneath him and tore him down. Truly, the life and times of Westopher G. Raggamuffins was a lesson in live fast, burn hot, crash spectacularly.

Wes went from community darling to lovable despot over the course of a few days. It was a thing of beauty to behold. Truly, nothing is better to witness than a real-life heel turn. Wrestling is nothing without these terms after all. A "Face" is a good guy wrestler who fights the man, stands up for the little guy, and fights fairly while still winning. A "Heel", on the other hand, is a despicable, dastardly villain or even anti-hero. I loved Kurt Angle's antics as this gold medal Olympic winner turned wrestler who wasn't necessarily as likable as his gold medals imply. I loved hating that guy! A good heel is fun to hate, and there's nothing quite like the gasp of shock when watching the turn, when a face uses dirty tricks and turns into a heel.

Let me ask you this: is Kratos a hero? Before we see Kratos return in what I'd call Dad of War, let's not forget Kratos’ sordid past as a hero. In the first game, it was a revenge tale. It was a story of a mythical Spartan warrior who wanted revenge on the God of War who betrayed him. But as the series went on, it became a story about the lengths Kratos would go to justify his vendetta against people who wronged him. He would literally destroy the world just to destroy his enemies. Sure, we played as him, and we were taken on a ride, but would you really put your bet behind him and say, "Yeah, look at that hero!"

This month's Bloggers Wanted is about your favorite heel-turns or anti-heroes (in case a heel turn is too specific). Do you like it when Ryu turns into Evil Ryu? Or maybe you like Injustice, with its built in heel-turn Superman? I won't claim to understand the time line of Revolver Ocelot between Snake Eater and Guns of the Patriots, but I love that knucklehead.

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