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C Blogs of 2/18/12 and 2/19/12 + SilverDragonisms

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I have JEREMY-LIN-FEVER. Do you???

Most of you probably have no idea what that means, so if you don't I highly recommend googling the name "Jeremy Lin" to see what the big deal is. To give you a quick explanation, the kid is a nobody basketball player from Harvard who's suddenly come out of no where to dominate in the NBA. Two weeks ago he was sleeping on someone's couch because he had no where to live, and now he's the most talked about basketball player in the world. It's incredible.

Yeah I know this has nothing to do with video games, but unfortunately I don't really have much to talk about. I haven't played a single game since I beat Gears of War 3 last week. I bought Batman: Arkham City this week but haven't started playing it yet due to a jammed thumb I got while playing basketball this week. It's all black, blue, swollen, and it hurts like hell.

Well I hope you all had a great weekend. Now let's get on with the weekend recaps shall we.






*-Beginnings: The Life and Times of a Video Game Fanatic

*-Panzadolphin56 takes a look back at what made System Shock 2 so great.

*-Nathsies tends to agree with David Jaffe that story telling in games and "cinematic experiences" are doing more harm to games than good.

*-FIghting Game Sequelitis in the Age of DLC: A Po-Faced Rant.



A-SeymourDuncan17 examines how Mass Effect 3 is changing to appeal to the masses, and wonders if it's a scary thing or a good thing.

A-Swishie lists the pros and cons of HD remakes.

M-Beginnings: Life's Not a Game (It's a series of them)

M-Beginnings: Put it on the Pizza

M-Beginnings: Platforming the Playground

P-Pocketoid Episode 15: Resident Evit Revelations Overload!!

P-Pocketoid Ep 16 Records Tonight w/ Tara Long.



S-Tim ONeil tells us about all the hoops he had to jump through to get his 3DS up and running properly.

S-Sweatmode gives us a quick life update ... a really quick update.



R-Chi-Guy reviews Resident Evil: Revelations and gives us all some tips on playing it.

T-Werebear tells us why Link's Awakening is his favorite Zelda game so far.

T-Chi-Guy is excited for Street Fighter X Tekken to come out, and has started preparing for it by playing SF4.

T-Lostleader shares his impressions after beating Mega Man 4, 5 and 6.

T-Jorshes shares his impressions of Catherine.

T-Glowbear has not been the biggest fan of EA recently ... and explains why in his most recent blog.



The Cblog recaps have no culture this weekend



R-This is indeed a blog about games ... and owning game systems. Please beware of Gears of War 3 POSILERS before you read this short blog.



It's a MIRACLE!!!! There are no Failblogs this weekend!



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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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