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Cblog Recaps of 09/18 and Strider in Los Santosisms

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So everyone knows GTAV launched and everyone is busy playing it. You probably know everything I wanna say about it because I'm generally enjoying it. What else is there for me to say?

Well, I do have the unique position of actually living near Los Angeles. Nearly every open world game takes place in a different city. New York is especially popular as a concrete jungle but NYC's popularity extends far beyond video games. Comics routinely take place in NYC as well and nearly everything that wants some sort of urban take is in NYC. Can you believe Watch Dogs takes place in a distant future Detroit? I mean, Detroit?

Almost every GTA takes place in some city I'll never visit but San Andreas has that special place in my heart because I am a proud Californian. A state with constant good weather, particularly Southern California. We regularly joke that being a weatherman here is either boring or lazy. It's sunny and good or sunny and hot. That's it really. But the original San Andreas is kind of hard to pin down with it's blocky polygons. Now, GTAV is around and it's stunning the locations it recreates that I've actually been too.

Vespuchi Beach for example is a dead ringer on Venice Beach. I've biked on paths and recognize curves as they are in Los Santos. There's also the Santa Monica boardwalk, complete with cheesy carnival and the end pier. What's not in the game is the nifty little end of route 66 souvenir shop located at the end. But there's Muscle Beach though, with humongous men pumping iron. Hell, I recognize stairways near the boardwalk that I've walked down from the streets to the sand. I should check underneath the boardwalk for the tiny aquarium.

I've also driven around Los Santos and recognize that damn flowers chain that seems to be everywhere in SoCal. I think it's Conroy's Flowers and it's easily recognized with brick paved front and semi-circular entrance. I really should put another bit of effort and see if Rockstar bothered to put Little Tokyo in.



I think a little field trip is in order now. Just how much of LA has been recreated to become LS?

Well, I really should just be getting back to Los Santos. I need to make some paper.

* - Aren't assassins supposed to be stealthy? What's up with where the AC series is heading lately?

* - DJnealb puppy dog tracks is under the interview scope tonight

P - More than a day. A hump day for 9/18/13. Hump day havoc!

A - A review about reviews on Bioshock Infantantes. META.





S - Blake needs more Game Fuel because he is certainly running out of enthusiasm for games

T - Mangledesh isn't impressed by GTAV at all. COUNTER-CULTURE!

T - Brace yourselves. The LoL rage is coming.






~ 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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