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C-Blogs of 07/01/14 + Late Wrenchisms

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Sorry for the late caps! It was Canada day on Tuesday so i went and did Canadian stuff (drinking beer, chopping wood, holding open doors, etc) and on Wednesday I went to go see a live stage production of Welcome To Night Vale at the beautiful Elgin theatre in Toronto. It was a hell of a mid-week weekend and I had a great time.

I'd like to talk about some videogame things, but I'm late enough as it is. If you aren't doing anything else this afternoon, maybe check out this blog I wrote about Risk: Legacy back on Friday. Risk: Legacy is a super cool game with a deft mastery of design and vision. If you're really into "game design" as a thing (and I bet you are since you're the kind of Morlock who reads the C-Blogs) you need to check it out, you'll learn something about yourself as a player and what makes games interesting.

* - Dead Nation sounds like a bummer.

A - Saint's Row is nothing if not honest. The game and characters are what they are with no pretention.

A - Germany is still super weird about it's censorship rules. Guts, limbs, and haircuts?

A - Mojang is laying down the law on grubby Minecraft pay-to-play servers.

N - Ouya is doing a thing.

R - Shovelknight looks spectacular, it's just a matter of when I pick it up.

C - A giant wall of text where a living, breathing thesaurus mopes about his grim dissatisfaction with gaming. Marvel as he openly anticipates being disappointed by a game he hasn't even played yet for vague, pretentious reasons. Please everyone, writing like you're an 18th century Count Chocula doesn't make you seem intelligent or interesting, it's just annoying.

F - Fuck off.


-Wrenchfarm

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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.

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