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C-Blogs of 3-25-10 and Qalamarisms

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What's this? Some kind of witchcraft? A hideous, glaring mistake? (Well, maybe.) A time-space anomaly resulting from a spacewarp?


I still have a shirt like the dude on the left in my closet somewhere. God I feel old.

Nahhhh. Actually, our newly-greyscaled Thursday recapper has joined the multitudes winging their way to Boston this weekend for the inaugural PAX East show. Jet lag and spotty internet connectivity have presumably worked their wonder twin powers on him, so I'm filling in. Simple as that.

I'd like to thank those of you who answered my question on Monday about what PC game I should try next. Despite an early lead, Borderlands faltered in the stretch and it looks like my next challenge will be to guide Marcus and Dom through the dreary future the Locusts have created.

Anyway, I've got a lot to get through, looks like lots of people want to get in on this month's Musing before the calendar rolls over. Let's get to it.


*-Capm Trevo uses science to decode the mysteries of the RPG, coming to a shocking conclusion! The first in what will hopefully become a new series.
*-God, Enkido, this is fantastic. It's like poetry in my mouth. Music in my eyes. All that and a grim warning of things to come.
*-Steph Louise K's Musing makes a modicum of modesty its motive.
*-Beyamor writes the last review you'll ever need to read about any game's sequel. It's only funny because it's true.
*-Low Tech had the good fortune to write a Pokemon blog on my watch. This might get the topsauce anyway though, since it's a great introduction to hidden stats using language anyone can understand.


A-Cadtalfryn writes that as much as the gameplay in No More Heroes 2 was improved, it lost something intangible with the change.
A-At the time of this writing, Velt's post about hysteria and censorship didn't have any comments, and that's a damn shame.
A-Randombullseye freely admits he's an asshole in games. And that's OK!
M-DanielCampbell's Musing encourages us to buy with the brain up top.
M-While not an officially licensed Monthly Musing, Om Nom Nom on Souls' article certainly fits the theme. Apparently owning a console can get you laid?
M-Dr Light Ate Your Magicite thinks that for sex in games to move forward, the medium as a whole must mature.
S-It's Thursday, so it's time for Gemsi's EU release dates.
P-Animucast episode 8 is available for your listening pleasure.
P-321Gocast episode 12 is now live and features one of Dtoid's newest editors, Mr. Andrew Kauz.


C-Tray Ben has an extra Persona 4 poster and all he wants in return is your comment.


C-JT Icefire's gonna be at PAX, but he feels a little nervous. Don't worry, you're in for a great time!
C-Count Grishnack's been having a significantly less great time. The support of the community is heartwarming to see, though.
R-Robert Culp, voice of Dr. Wallace Breen in the Half Life sequels, died earlier today. He will be missed.
R-A fine actor and a terrific villain, dead at 79.


N-Nilcam wrote up a comprehensive guide to everything we learned about King of Fighters XIII today.
N-The Silent Protagonist brings word that Atlus will be replacing any defective copies of the music CD that shipped with their most recent game.
T-Ran24 shares this free flash games he describes as "Peggle with zombies." I'm sold.
T-Capsulex wrote about a game that legitimately scared him... and it's probably not what you're thinking.
T-Dr Face Doctor makes the argument that consoles are helping spur PC games to get better, not killing them. What do you think?
R-Ruicraveirinha's review of Machinarium convinced me to give the demo a spin.
R-DaedHead8 posted a spoiler-free review of Bad Company 2's single player campaign.
D-Beyamor's been fascinated by the concept of one-button games recently, and decided to take a run at the idea. You can try his creation here. That looks like 'Lectro Lemon. Is that supposed to be Lemon?


A-Aliens Vs. Predator Vs... Pooh bear? Oh bother, indeed. Nice find, Antwhan.
A-Jack Maverick arted a little.
M-The revelation that Jimi Hendrix's works would soon be available on Rock Band sent Occam's Electric Toothbrush into a frenzy of happiness and GIS.
F-Antwhan shares the trailer for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Michael Cera's just been on a roll lately.
F-Mooks linked it too, and added some awesome VG related art.
F-TheJesusNinja recaps Lost.


C-This ended up not panning out, but it was an easy mistake to make. I feel bad putting this here, but it's not really news.
C-I love Metroidvania games, and I would like to hear more about the one you're making. A little more content next time would go a long way, though.


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Villains that did nothing wrong

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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