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!
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) Iâ€™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 theyâ€™re being such a butthole.
Whatâ€™s far more interesting to me is when a villainâ€™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 doesnâ€™t necessarily fit the exact mold I laid out above, heâ€™s easily one of the most dynamic and curious villains Iâ€™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 wonâ€™t delve into the details of what makes Meruem so great. Instead I encourage anyone who hasnâ€™t seen Hunter x Hunter to set aside some time and plow through the series. Really, itâ€™s that good.
But hey, thatâ€™s just how I feel. Iâ€™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 Iâ€™ll deal with that should the time come. Iâ€™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 monthâ€™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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