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CBlog Recaps of 02/20/2018 - Step Forward

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Sorry, I had an -ism topic all prepped for this week, but then I reconsidered after ascertaining it to arrive too quickly for its intended discussion. This leaves me without a relatable (to me) subject to cover at length. Fortuitously, that actually feeds to the forefront an opportunity scarce.

What would you like to read in the Recaps?

We Recappers spill forth our musings on all things great and small, from gaming to living to science to history to anime to comics to broccoli steamed to illustrious perfection. We inquire of the people on these topics, sure. We even invite disagreements in the spirit of respectful discussion. Nothing gets past our watch, and we watch over in style.

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We almost never just plop down in here and ask what's up and what's down, what's great and what's poor - what do you folks down there, reading the Recaps, typing the comments, consider we could add to (or subtract from) our unceasing Recaps? What would you like to read?

Some Recaps run lengthy, implacably so; some Recaps stay curt so you stop, drop, and go; some Recaps beguile with topics on cue; some Recaps bedevil with randomness, too. (Once in a while, we rhyme on a dime.)

Here is your place to speak on it all. You're welcome to do so under any of the Recaps, mind. This merely represents a solicited moment.

I'll head down to the comment box to hear your remarks. Please, if you would: step forward. Thank you in advance!

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* - Blogs should run long, yes, but blogs should also express their purposes in robust fashion. Our purple-addicted invader, TheLimoMaker, succeeds at both aspirations in detailing his favorite games from 2017's absolutely stellar catalog. Of the entries I've played, I wholeheartedly recommended Yakuza 0 and NieR: Automata in a prior recap, and I take keen interest in future may-plays such as Nioh and Hellblade. Right then, enough from me - go read Limo's lush paragraphs!

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A - Lord Spencer gives a fair, professional rundown of the library of the inimitable Sega Genesis. I received this console a full 4 years before I did an SNES, and honestly, to this day, I still slightly prefer the library on the Sega platform - a position which lands me well outside the norm (and possibly unforgivable). Whatever one's own position, do give Spencer's longform blog a quality look. Then go play some freakin' Gunstar Heroes or Phantasy Star IV, yo!

S - I actually played this Othello knockoff once, though in a cheap shareware form on Windows 95 as opposed to the MSX(!) copy evaluted here, by Flegma. Its hexagonal layout drove me bananas in my tiny youthful brains. What fascinates me most? That the original Othello has yet to be 'solved' by computational analyses. Talk about unexpected complexity.

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 Enter at your own peril, for DToid handeth away 15 digital copies of the tactical/tower fusion title, Defender's Quest DX. Don't you wanna win a game then let it loiter in your Steam/PS4/XB1 library evermore? Don't ya?? (seriously, if you win, give it a whirl)

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 Since I missed out on most of the community shenanigans this past week, I'mma instead toss some props for everyone's favorite parody DToid account: MATT DAMON

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T - ViceProphet pumps out a coarse Monster Hunter blog. Look, we do keep things easy going at this site. I, uh, might propose a less...helter-skelter tone? The blog doesn't really present as much usable data as it could, owing to the interspliced barbs.

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 All right, listen up. Extreme Pinball on Windows fed our family addictions for a couple years running. I like how the 'intro' emulates a concert tuneup, then the proper voltage begins. "Tip the doorman, tip the doorman..."

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C - I give "advert" blogs like this from janserra modest leeway. Seriously, though, interact with the community (a la Boss 101) should you wish to promote your creations. Don't just sign up, blog, then evaporate.

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 I don't have a problem. I have a solution. The solution would be: more Miku.

Larx out, homeslice~

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 Never let your troubles twist your stay.

Today's title track: Step Forward
Producer: Chesa
Vocaloid: Hatsune Miku
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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.

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