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C blogs of 7-26-10 and Qalamarisms

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While I'm sure many of you are now engaged in vast and epic interstellar conflict, you may find that there's something here worth a moment of your time. If not, well, there's some more StarCraft stuff down near the end.

Recaps are in the pipe, five by five.


*-If the object of school is to impart knowledge, then Magnet School is a success... I always learn something by reading it.
*-AwesomeExMachina did a great interview with Tom Bissell, author of Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter. Well worth a read.


A-Om Nom on Souls weighed in from the Neutral planet on the whole playing-as-Al-Qaeda kerfuffle.
A-Salms Classic shares some love for one of those "so bad it's good" games, Tattoo Assassins.
A-The spoiler warning kept me from reading Shodan's analysis of Limbo, but it looks like a thoughtful, in-depth analysis.
M-Burningsoup's Musing for the month managed to imagine the world of Animal Crossing without mentioning Tom Nook or Mr. Resetti. A paradise, truly.
P-Podsumaki's Mortal Kombat special episode is now available.


E-While less a contest and more of a job interview, BlueXY has an advantage who goes by the initials A.B.
E-And Clarke sneaks in under the wire with this amusing review of Alien Swarm. That's how Big Boss died, you know.


E-Conrad Zimmerman and his fiancee will be moving from Phoenix to Portland soon, and any assistance you can provide on either end would be most appreciated.
E-The upcoming NARP in Austin is looking pretty freakin' amazing. DtoidAustin has all the relevant data collated and bound in handy blog form.
I-Greetings to IanCox1986. 4 RROD's and counting? Ouch.


N-Longtime Dtoid fightin' game enthusiast Nilcam has just launched a new King of Fighters website called Dream Cancel.
T-Monodi reminds us that the big "E" doesn't mean you have to be under ten to enjoy it.
T-Some thoughts on Survival Horror and SSF4 from Hamza Sirin.
T-Ponderings on Street Fighter, Sonic, and Red Dead Redemption from Randombullseye.
T-Nihil listed some of the games that influenced him most. I approve.
R- Thornnn reviewed the budget Splinter Cell double pack.


A-Niz was inspired to draw something chiefly with mastery.
F-Xandaca reviewed the season 4 opener of Mad Men.


L-M. Bison plays Starcraft with REAL PEOPLE.
R-Does ANYBODY like Marcus?
?-Crunshii managed to be first in line for StarCraft 2. But then, irony reared her ugly head.
?-A political rant about Georgian grandparents.


F-Who are you?
F-The Memory Remains.


Requiescat in pace, StarCraft: Ghost.

-(Qalamari)

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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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