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Cblog Recaps of 08/14 and Striderisms

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Can you believe how long it took me to find a safe looking bunnygirl picture to post here?

So let me get one thing out of the way. I'll try to tip toe around the bushes here in an effort to be tactful. Hell, I'll quote one of Gobun's tweets so I can say I didn't say it but talking to my girlfriend earlier and talking about certain things. Man, I miss her.

So yeah, refer to Gobun's tweet for additional context. You should follow him too. I don't understand a lick of what he says on twitter and I'm not sure I fit his target audience but damn if his content isn't hilarious to me.

If you're reading this babe, I couldn't help it. But what I wouldn't give to see you in one of those.

Meanwhile, after months of people praising it and talking about how it didn't reach sales expectations, I managed to rent Tomb Raider and man Mitch Dyer was not kidding about the first hour. Mostly watching Lara realize just how deep shit she's in, watching said shit hit the fan, and more silent realizations of how fucked she is plus a lot of wolves. Oh man the wolves. It's like a furry convention if somebody got drunk and decided involving actual wild animals was a good idea.



But through it all, I played an awesome action game with just great controls. The kind of controls you'd take for granted in such a rough island. Lara just moves how I want her to all the time. Her jumps at times feel unbelievable but at the same time, majestic.

The shooting also feels good too. I'm sorry, shooting a bow feels good. That feeling you get from pulling the drawstring all the way for a fully charged shot right in some unsuspecting doof's head. Or shooting a quick volley as you move down a hallway asking for all the henchmen to head for their doom towards you.

I'm also glad I rented it. I have a feeling it's a great trip once through and it'd probably be great on more playthroughs but I'd probably just put it down after I beat it with just a passable multiplayer experience.

What I'm really excited for is Splinter Cell Blacklist, especially the Spies Vs. Mercs mode. I never got a chance to try it back with Chaos Theory and I really want to try the newly modernized Spies Vs. Mercs. I love me some assymetrical gameplay and feel like I'll play the shit out of that mode. Oh, and Splinter Cell's newly reborn campaign gameplay style. Panther all the way!

* - For many, Persona 3 is one of their most beloved games for all the things it did right as a fantastic JRPG. For Azure, it is one of his most beloved games of all time for a very different and personal reason. He didn't just play it though; it was as if he was apart of it.

A - The salt, it flows like juicy nectar from steescribbles tears of agony. All the great Japanese games are bullshit and the Illuminatii feed off of his hatred

A - Gamers or gamma testers? What sort of witchcraft of wordcraft are you pulling here zerocrossing?

A - Look at these games! No literally! Look at them! Through the Oculus Rift! You can't not look at them this next-gen!





F - Hump Day Havoc is a game get together thing and you're a lame ass for not knowing that

P - POstudios describes to us Face Noir, a game about noir-ish things

R - Dr. Robotnik's Big, Mean, Motherfucking Bean Flipping Machine

V - Don't be swapping my roles on Zelda now Nightv

N - Doth thou purchase a parcel of audio-visual delights? Then thou shalt spit upon the face of such a conglomerate by the name of E and A incorporated

T - V is not for Vendetta when KingSigy talks COD

R - Titannel looks at Game Gear Ninja Gaiden! Ninja Gayden? Ninja Guyden? Ninja Guy Fieri? SHINOBI!

M - Colton Phil gets all metal on our collective asses





F - Dusty's Who-cares!


~ 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.

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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