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Good Monday evening to you all. I hope you'll indulge me a small question up at the top. How can I better serve you in my capacity as a recapper? Last week's outing went practically unnoticed, which is discouraging to say the least. It makes me think I'm not doing something right, so I'd like to ask you what I can change to make things better. Just hit up the comments at the end of the post; be honest and please keep it constructive, that's all I ask.

Lots of good stuff at the top tonight, a couple of monthly musings by Banjo-Kazooie fans, and some worldwide NARP retrospectives. Let's get to it.

*-AlphaDeus has a talent for playing the piano, but a limited time to share it with the world. This is some truly lovely playing right here.
*- Handy's Fanart Flops this time brings you such horrors as Lady Gaga Cloud and Tiny-Face Tidus. That's right, it's the Final Fantasy version.
*-Need proof that the Dtoid community is awesome? Look no further than their willingness to help out a stranger in his time of need.
*-Corduroy Turtle's Musing for the month should be familiar to anyone who's ever tried to explain something to a child.

A-Nice to see BahamutZero return to the site with this rant slanging off in-box DLC.
M-Burningsoup Musing explains his bias in favor of platform games.
M- XL1ska tells a harrowing story of how his bias for Rare has dwindled to nearly nothing in recent months.

W-Destructoid: Where Even the Losers are Winners!

E-Zen Albatross and friends will be rockin' 8bit goodness at PAX prime in less than two weeks. If you've seen any of Topher's Journalism Show videos, you've heard Zen's music and know it to be good. Let's show some serious support at PAX!
D-Video and pictures from last weekend's EuroNARP are now condensed into this handy little blog.
D-Not to be outdone, Dtoid San Francisco countered with video and photos of their NARP. Don't worry, I managed to stay off-camera the whole night. Your eyeballs will be safe.
I-A reintroduction by one of Destructoid's most senior members. Power-Glove is a man of wealth and taste.

N-Louis Garcia12 wanted to let everyone know that the free-to-play MMO Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures is now in open beta.
T- Some rantin' and ravin' about Sega by The Auracle.
T-Kytherno recommends a couple of retro Playstation games, but Goggleknocker makes an excellent point.
T-Lil DangerouZ posted a few things he thinks are necessary to sell a game.

A-Some beautiful ink drawings based on Diablo 2, Shadow Hearts, and Rule of Rose by Yorda.
M-Kingcrude put together a Modern Warfare 2 music video using the game's sound assets.
S-Hey guys, we're all gonna get semi-formal dresses from the 80's! SWEET!

L-Geoff shared a video showing some silly Mirror's Edge cosplay in the vein of Mega64.
V-DimmuJed likes Pokemon Red's music. It's still amazing how much game got packed into that little plastic cartridge.
C-Short blogs consisting of one or two lines tend to go ignored. You'd have better luck in the forums.

F-Occam's (AKA The Toothbrush Man) used his GIS superpowers to keep this one from being a total waste of space.
F- A cross posted review of Kane and Lynch 2. Hard to say what's the bigger fail.


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Last week, in the quick posts of Destructoid's community, we saw the rise and fall of community manager Wesley J. Russow. He rose to prominence with his immutable power, only to see it come crashing down as the working class clambered beneath him and tore him down. Truly, the life and times of Westopher G. Raggamuffins was a lesson in live fast, burn hot, crash spectacularly.

Wes went from community darling to lovable despot over the course of a few days. It was a thing of beauty to behold. Truly, nothing is better to witness than a real-life heel turn. Wrestling is nothing without these terms after all. A "Face" is a good guy wrestler who fights the man, stands up for the little guy, and fights fairly while still winning. A "Heel", on the other hand, is a despicable, dastardly villain or even anti-hero. I loved Kurt Angle's antics as this gold medal Olympic winner turned wrestler who wasn't necessarily as likable as his gold medals imply. I loved hating that guy! A good heel is fun to hate, and there's nothing quite like the gasp of shock when watching the turn, when a face uses dirty tricks and turns into a heel.

Let me ask you this: is Kratos a hero? Before we see Kratos return in what I'd call Dad of War, let's not forget Kratos’ sordid past as a hero. In the first game, it was a revenge tale. It was a story of a mythical Spartan warrior who wanted revenge on the God of War who betrayed him. But as the series went on, it became a story about the lengths Kratos would go to justify his vendetta against people who wronged him. He would literally destroy the world just to destroy his enemies. Sure, we played as him, and we were taken on a ride, but would you really put your bet behind him and say, "Yeah, look at that hero!"

This month's Bloggers Wanted is about your favorite heel-turns or anti-heroes (in case a heel turn is too specific). Do you like it when Ryu turns into Evil Ryu? Or maybe you like Injustice, with its built in heel-turn Superman? I won't claim to understand the time line of Revolver Ocelot between Snake Eater and Guns of the Patriots, but I love that knucklehead.

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