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Cblog Recaps of 06/09/14 and STRIDERISMS

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It's been a whirlwind week with grad nights ebbing and rising over here in California. Once again, I'll be unable to properly recap Wednesday given I'll working until 2:45am and working another shift at 1:30pm. I've said it before but the people in my scheduling department either have very little resources to work with or they really don't mind handing out barely legal 9 hour turnarounds to us grunts. Most of my free time has been spent on catching up on anime I should have watched from the beginning but held a wait and see attitude on.

For example, I started watching No Game No Life, a quirky action/suspense anime which I'd succinctly describe as Yu-Gi-Oh if they played other games besides the TCG Duel Monsters. It stars two NEETs (shut ins) who whittle the days away playing games and being unbeatable at them. They're so good, a mysterious figure on the Internet challenges them to a game of chess. When the duo beat him, they're suddenly transported to another world built on an entirely different set of principles. In this world, ruled by the last surviving god known as Tet, god of games, violence is forbidden and in the place of using force, the 10 pledges stand in tandem with an attitude of playing games to get what you want. The 10 pledges amount to basic rules that physically enforce the act of betting things and to the victor go the spoils. In this world, you can challenge someone to something as simple as rock, paper, scissors or as complex as a video game and bet anything from the clothes on your back to your basic rights as a sentient being.

The pair of NEETs are dropped in the ruinous kingdom of Imanity, a thinly veiled alternate word for humans. Due to humans being the vanilla of fantasy worlds, they're dead last in terms of combat strength and magical affinity, lagging behind the likes of elves, beast people, and angelic demigods. With the duo's unbroken win streak from their old boring world, they decide to set out on a new adventure sure to be filled with challenge: put Imanity at the top of the world by defeating the the 15 other fantasy races in front of the rankings.

Speaking of rankings, as guess its as good a time as ever to post this again?



Nah, I'm kidding. Partially anyways. Microsoft didn't fuck up. Sony was ok. Maybe boring? EA and Ubisoft were emberassing, so I guess its the third-parties who really fell off the proverbial Mario Party peak. And Nintendo? You know, they don't really need to do anything. They can just prey off of our base fandom natures and be pretty successful or at least have positive buzz to work with.

As I write these isms into Tuesday morning, I have everything to gain from Nintendo's reveals while Sony and Microsoft have to work harder. Halo? That's cool, yeah. Sunset Overdrive? I don't think I'll buy an Xbox One quite yet but sure. Farcry 4? Well that's just cross-generational so alright. But release a bunch of figurines of my favorite Nintendo characters? That just triggers primal section of my brain that is usually reserved for red meat, violence, and sex. A part of my brain that goes back to the primal, neanderthal man of past who would kill things, procreate liberally with cave women, and play Metroid on the NES back in his cave.



* - King Henry was ever hungry for more power, consuming Super Mushrooms, leaping off of Yoshi's back, and all in his quest for a new heir with Peach

* - Legend has been stood up for the last time. It's only somber adult drinking from here on out

* - P. Sinn went to UFGT X and came out a changed man. Still mediocre at fighting but a changed man






C - Hamza "Shark" Aziz puts his thoughts down before E3 were to happen

R - Voex didn't like The Cat Lady but everyone in the comments disagrees

R - Terry review Kirby 64, wombo combo edition

T - Spaz makes requests for the new Smash. Except for the whole energy bar thing. That's a scrubby ass idea



? - Bewbs

L - RIP Last Guardian. Long live Last Guardian

F - Consoles? Spam?


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Villains that did nothing wrong

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.

All said and done, we arrive at the topic of this month’s Bloggers Wanted: Villains that did nothing wrong. Due to communication errors, this entry in the hallowed halls of Bloggers Wanted is a tad late. Regardless, all you have to do is head over to the Community Blog section of the site, and whip up a Cblog about a villain who you feel was secretly the good guy all along.

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