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C-Blogs of 1-25-10 and Qalamarisms

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I hope you'll pardon my brevity, I've been fighting a headache all day and to be perfectly honest I was less than keen to gaze at a monitor for a couple of hours. Fortunately you guys almost always make it worth the pain. There were some seriously good blogs today, including a couple from feminine ladies of the womanly gender, proving that Destructoid is not the sausage-fest some make it out to be. Don't get me wrong, it's very definitely a pickle party here, but saying that there are NO GURLZ ON THE INNERNET LAWL is as backwards and ill-informed as saying there are no blacks, or Italians, or gays. Why, Electro Lemon himself is a gay black Italian*, so there's three theories shot to hell right there.

*Not really. I think. Probably.




*-You can see P4KO's fantastic Zelda: OoT remix right above this, but click through anyway and show the man some love in the form of comments.
*-BeverlyNoelle's first blog takes Bioware to task for the Mass Effect 2's advertisements' objectification of female characters. It remains to be seen if the actual game is as fixated on blue T and A. Mostly T.
*-Pixelated Lilac's essay on how Solid Snake warped her sexual awakening forever brought a smile to my face.
*-Nekobun invades my most glorious dreams to theorize about a MMO set in the Pokemon universe. Hear us, Nintendo! We would give you money for such a thing, if only it existed!


A-Lex Singleton enjoys the starting area of a game more than the end, primarily because of the challenge. What do you think?
A-Ian Hough wrote a very personal look at how he has seen clan-based gameplay shift over the last few years.
A-This article by Scamp115 attempts to give the OnLive service the benefit of the doubt. If you can still entertain more than one side of an argument after the internet has rotted away your reason lobe, you might find this illuminating.
A-A plea from Nilcam: don't ignore Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, please.
A-Think games are art? Sandorasbox would like to fight about it.
A-SAMA1984 takes up the counter-argument.
A-I'm sure this is brilliant, but I'm not gonna read anything that says it has Mass Effect 2 spoilers today.
M-MikeyD's Musing posits that the Wii represented a fork in the road when it launched three years ago.
P-Drunkcast episode 19 is now up, as well as the Drunkcast Tumblr.




This one goes out to Hamza. If anything can get him to kick the habit, this is it.


E-B-kin round three is on, it would seem.
D-D'aww. We love you too, Gary. Can't say the man doesn't give what he promises.


N-A timely bit of news from Armless-Phelan reveals that the original Mass Effect was planned to allow for all four permutations of the interactions of ding-dongs and hoo-has.
N-New studies show that games can develop your brain. Well duh.
N-Matty125 brings us the latest Etrian Oddyssey news for those who like their RPGs to hurt them.
N-The latest Team Fortress 2 update removed the Scout's squiggly crouch-jumpin' legs. The backstory for why it's taken so long is, of course, hilarious.
T-Zatoseyes pointed out an artful free-to-play MMO called Fantasy Earth Zero.
T-Freeform ramblings on gaming and life in general from Daniel Andres.
T-PreacherMan89 opines on Club Nintendo of America.
R-LegendPenguin linked to IGN's video review of No More Heroes 2.


A-Jettpack needs some help drawing Chest McMuscles.


L- Yeah, I'm not gonna click through, Monodi, but you all can go nuts. (punz!)
L-Enkido has an exclusive look at Apple's latest hardware line... though it's been cracked already.
R-It seems dated now, but FF7's opening really was groundbreaking at the time. Kishinfoulx puts on the rose colored retrogoggles and reminisces.
V-OGmaster's list of the top five most bizarre myths in gaming.


F-First, don't do this. Second, if you want to show off your toys, you want Tomopop, not Destructoid.
F- I'm not gonna lace into you for reading Ctrl-Alt-Del, as I occasionally enjoy it myself. But a Cblog should be more than one line and a (broken) link.



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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.

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