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Cblog Recaps of 03/19/14 and Striderisms!

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Today was my first day back in a classroom in 5 years. I haven't been a student in so long, someone who submits themselves to the mercy of a teacher, in such a long time. It was disorienting to pick up skills I hadn't used in so long such as math with fractions, solving for x, and other such high school math skills that I simply did not use in my 4 years of college for a BA in journalism.

And yet that degree has served me no better than a scrap of paper that says, "Give me a job."

I'm going back to ITT Tech of all places to try getting an AS in Information Technology, so I can at least aim to be the IT guy in your typical office. It is after all a position that finds no lack of space, unlike the rapidly shrinking writing position with a website or magazine. But first I have to get through unenjoyable periods of homework, assignments, papers, and bureaucratic grade hopping, not to mention the heaps and heaps of student loans I've just gotten myself into. I managed to graduate Cal State Long Beach debt free thanks to using my government afforded Pell grant. But that baby is all dried up and I'm left with money bags with strings attached to them.

If there's anything I can take away from this, its that I feel I have a direction now. The pressure of spending my own money and entering a cruel and unforgiving education feels like there's a tangible goal line in sight for me, however long or expensive it may be.



Also, I get a loaner laptop for e-books and a fresh new laptop is just what I need to enjoy Steam in all its glory.

It's probably no better than my current laptop but the fact that's its fresh and not weighed down by personal data and junk allows me to play games I should've been able to play before but couldn't. Did you know my old laptop could not play FTL of all games? It was eerie playing it so smoothly on this Dell laptop without nary a drop in frame rate. I still need to try a lot of other things I've had trouble with before like Recettear, Hotline Miami, and Prison Architect. I may even give TF2 another go after loading it with a mess of low spec, performance inducing scripts (the kind that make the game butt ugly but super easy to run).

Of course, to make sure it stays this way, this work laptop is purely for use for work and just Steam. No other things like music, movies, streaming, or other seedy unmentionable internet browsing experiences. I have to treat this thing like a holy relic if I want to continue playing at least enjoyable low grade experiences the likes of FTL on it.


* - Sex doesn't fly but violence does huh? What about that General Mills?

* - Mr. Cool-Guy-Gamer-Teacher here thinks he's mister, um, what I just said


A - Which game is the DOTA-iest of the DOTA games?

A - Obscure, awesome, and EXPENSIVE games you should try when you're finally rich

A - Thrashall went from gaming loner to gaming buddy thanks to Dark Souls 2's invite system

A - Can a game be tasteful while pushing the boundaries of what's expected in game narrative?

A - A stroll down Metroidvania lane with Pixelated





F - OpiumHerz wants to play games while he's in an oceanic timezone across from a lot of us


R - Brazilian Wagner gushes big time on MGSV

R - A mechanically unsound review of Final Fight perhaps?

T - Learn about the factions and Covenants of Dark Souls so you can be a dick to real people on the internet!


A - Day of the Metroid








~ Striderhoang

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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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