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C Blogs of 8/18/10 and 8/19/10 + Ronathan 2010

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The big thing of the day is the Ronathan All-Star Podcast. Community member Alex Barbatsis joined up with Chad Concelmo, Colette Bennett, Brad Nicholson, and Stella Wong to discuss video games. Why? Because they're running a charity drive.

Cblog regulars might have heard lv99ron's harrowing tale. Ron recently underwent heavy-duty surgery and has been slapped with hosptial bills a mile high. That's where the podcast comes in. Go to the link in the paragraph above and hit the fat "donate" button. Even if you don't listen to the podcast, chip in a buck or two. Let's help a brother out. Whaddya cats say?




*- Om Nom On Souls penned a thought-provoking essay on player autonomy in games.

*- The life of LawofThermalDynamics must be awesome.

*- Freefall drops the real with his piece on awesome Star Wars games that will never receive sequels.

*- Topsauced for giving mad props to Brawl in the Family, one of the best gaming webcomics ever.

*- I love a good Jim Sterling roast!


A- mjw282 thinks some games don't have the balls to commit to unpleasant story resolutions.
A- So...are you calling Square Enix a pack of hypocrites?
S- Aniwednesday is moving to Thursdays.
S- McKn Decker continues his "Let's Play" of Terranigma.
S- Kriskitten is a casual girl gamer and finally got around to beating Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
S- The final part of Louis Garcia's interview with BioWare writer David Gaider.
M- Brandon Holmes says, "Stop picking on video games, World!"
M- chaotical asks, "Buttons, buttons, who's got the buttons?"
P- Animucast 16 is the podcast that will pierce the heavens.
P- LAPD 9 is recording in the back of a Winnebago.





S- Nathsies is writing a free ebook about games.
S- mattrodroid, you have an obsession.
C- chaos oracle wants to start an blog series covering RPGs. What should be his focus?
I- As a young'un, Driogon kicked his brain tumor's ass!
I- CrazEboy7 wants to be Suda 51.
I- Say hi to Manic Maverick...hey! You're not new!


N- No More Heroes coming to PS3 in Europe with Move controls.
N- MISSION COMPROMISED! The PS3 has been hacked!
V- Zippyduda made a very class video showcasing his favorite games ever.
V- Debut trailer for the new Atlus game Catherine. Oh, look! Sheep people!
T- All "Top XX Games of All Time" lists are fail.
T- BobaJettSki refuses to choose between Ace Combat: Assault Horizon and H.A.W.X. 2.
T- dontTrip goes all Nostradamus on the Street Fighter X Tekken lineup.
T- HoodedMiracle proves why the PSP kicks the iPhone to the curb.
T- Now aluzey drops his Street Fighter X Tekken wish list.


M- DimmuJed made a song about zombies and... uh... yeah...


V- Y0j1mb0, this Bud's for you.
C- Might be good, but I can't hear a damn word you're saying.
C- I'd start dropping the shameless plugs for your site at the end if I were you.
C- Spaces and paragraph breaks, guy! This blog needs 'em!
?- GoggleKnocker didn't get his decoder ring. He's out of the club.


COPY-PASTA- We don't take too kindly to copy jobs 'round these parts.
COPY-PASTA- 1UP can keep your review.
F- Off to a bad start, CrookedD.
F- You claim to not be trolling, then you accuse Jim of intentionally troll-baiting. Right.
F- I bet this was really funny when you first thought of it.
F- Hide that shit.
F- Know what else is free? A good kick in the pants.


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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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