I'm going to go ahead and start on a negative note and say I never liked Nanbu.
We can just say I can only blame myself for that. Lots of people loved having her around. I just never encountered her on a positive note. It was always the toxic, critical, jaded commenter. And that you'd need to be banned in order to walk away from something on the internet? Can't you just, I don't know, unbookmark the website and start watching cat videos on YouTube?
I mean really now. It's not even 10 seconds away.
You know what I like about Dtoid? The people. I've played Injustice with people like SuperMonk4Ever. And by played, I mean shot arrows back and forth in a super simplified bullet hell. I've already described my GTA Online shenanigans with Wrench and Stahlbrand but we also go back with Mass Effect 3 multiplayer (Geth 4 lyfe son). Then there's that time I played bait with a giant lootmonger on Borderlands 2 and I had to depend on Andy Dixon to kill him for me.
Destructoid can be like a school. Maybe the school has changed due to inflating lease prices or maybe that biker gang a few cities over has decided to make that Jack In The Box across the street their new hang out but I can still hang out with my cliques and friends. School might change but friends don't (necessarily) do.
Those assholes! I want my curly fries!
Also, I'm glad Wrench and Manus recapped those Pokemon blogs that were talking shit about Pokemon. Don't talk shit about Pokemon. Well, I've come to the realization that everything Nintendo is, can be compared to CoD or Madden. The difference is that it's not annual. It'll take more than one year. I no longer make fun of CoD or Madden. Video games you know? It might be the fresh coat of paint or the new Pokemon, the new metagame, the new social interaction, but X and Y has shaped up to be the most engrossing iteration of Pokemon yet. I just spent the last two days training a Gardevoir, Azumarill, Mawile, and Pinsir to be the best Pokemon I could possibly throw into battle against my great asshole friends. You won't know humilation until a blue water fairy pounds you into the ground until you're a stump while dancing around with a happy smile on his face. My Pinsir knows Earthquake, Quick Attack, Storm Throw, and X-Scissor. This is all important information, yes. And when Pinsir mega evolves, Quick Attack becomes a flying-type attack which he gains STAB on for additional damage and...
shit, hold on. I'm sorry. I get carried away. You know how CoD fans will obsessively pour over every little detail on their guns? Well, Pokemon are my guns and every stat must be meticulously tuned. Mawile needs bulky defenses because she sure as hell ain't running on any speed.
The point is, there are two kinds of games at this point: the kind that wow and excite people by being completely different and the kind who know that if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
I'm don't see a need to question my experience in Pokemon. 8 gyms with a variety of designs, a nefarious terrorist organization with a different slant of domination, the Elite Four with it's continually grander presentation. It's all the same yet new every time. When we fought Sabrina back in gen 1, we just pawed our way through invisible walls. In X/Y, we're traveling through the infinite cosmos as created by an arguably more powerful psychic. Brock's gym was full of rocks. Grant from X/Y has a mountain and you have to freaking rock climb your way to him. Same deal but new experience man.
Also, happy birthday to my girlfriend for October 23rd! I'll never forget because she told me her birthday while driving and the clock said 10:23. A moment frozen in time!
Last week, in the quick posts of Destructoid's community, we saw the rise and fall of community manager Wesley J. Russow. He rose to prominence with his immutable power, only to see it come crashing down as the working class clambered beneath him and tore him down. Truly, the life and times of Westopher G. Raggamuffins was a lesson in live fast, burn hot, crash spectacularly.
Wes went from community darling to lovable despot over the course of a few days. It was a thing of beauty to behold. Truly, nothing is better to witness than a real-life heel turn. Wrestling is nothing without these terms after all. A "Face" is a good guy wrestler who fights the man, stands up for the little guy, and fights fairly while still winning. A "Heel", on the other hand, is a despicable, dastardly villain or even anti-hero. I loved Kurt Angle's antics as this gold medal Olympic winner turned wrestler who wasn't necessarily as likable as his gold medals imply. I loved hating that guy! A good heel is fun to hate, and there's nothing quite like the gasp of shock when watching the turn, when a face uses dirty tricks and turns into a heel.
Let me ask you this: is Kratos a hero? Before we see Kratos return in what I'd call Dad of War, let's not forget Kratosâ€™ sordid past as a hero. In the first game, it was a revenge tale. It was a story of a mythical Spartan warrior who wanted revenge on the God of War who betrayed him. But as the series went on, it became a story about the lengths Kratos would go to justify his vendetta against people who wronged him. He would literally destroy the world just to destroy his enemies. Sure, we played as him, and we were taken on a ride, but would you really put your bet behind him and say, "Yeah, look at that hero!"
This month's Bloggers Wanted is about your favorite heel-turns or anti-heroes (in case a heel turn is too specific). Do you like it when Ryu turns into Evil Ryu? Or maybe you like Injustice, with its built in heel-turn Superman? I won't claim to understand the time line of Revolver Ocelot between Snake Eater and Guns of the Patriots, but I love that knucklehead.
To participate, just start a blog in our community section and title it "Heel-turn: [your blog title here]." Write to your heart's content, and if its up to snuff, you'll see your stuff published on the front page! Just remember, you're telling us about your favorite heel-turns and anti-heroes, not becoming one yourself, like Wes. Rest in spaghetti, never forghetti.
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