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Cblog Recaps of 9/11/13 and Striderisms

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I started playing Dead Rising 2 and after an hour I wish I wasn't.

Dead Rising has always been weird to me. There's a sort of cultural charm to it. Like, this is a game where the Japanese create America through their point of view. Actually, I'm fairly interested in continuing on the game. I just got through the first case branch. But if there's one thing that absolutely drives me up the wall, it's how Frank West or Chuck Greene take their fucking sweet time in their jog. In a game about navigating hordes of zombies with a constantly moving timetable and mission requisites, you'd think Chuck could pick up the pace a little?



But why am I going back to Dead Rising 2? You know, besides the fact that it was free for the month of August. Well, the answer is four simple words. Or three plus a number. Grand. Theft. Auto. Five. GTAIV was fairly fun, don't get me wrong, but I don't have humongously big fond memories looking back on it. That is to say, I don't have any really, good or bad (except for Heat. Everyone loves Heat). And yet why am I so excited for GTAV all of a sudden? Simply put, San Andreas was my GTA.

While everyone got their start on GTAIII or Vice City, I had my chance to start my life of crime on the Xbox with San Andreas. Too big? Too ambitious? Who cares, it was engrossing. Did you hate needing to go to the gym to do stupid mini games and eat? Oh well, I loved riding a bike all over San Andreas including the highest point in San Andreas' environment and making the biggest jump ever. And that I think about it, that's what was missing from future Grand Theft Autos: bicycles. Bikes in San Andreas were sporty and zippy. No need to worry about acceleration with motorcycles and cars. Just get on a bike, pedal, and bunnyhop and weave through all sorts of goofy alleyways and shortcuts. Everyone is excited for the return of proper airplanes and jets in GTAV. But I want fucking bikes.

Another thing getting me excited was seeing Monk's invite on the Rockstar Social Club. This didn't have a lot to do during Red Dead Redemption and I didn't get Max Payne 3 when it introduced the crews functionality. But now GTAV is of course coming with all of this in place and I also can't wait to see what the TOID crew can do to enhance my multiplayer shenanigans after I get tired of pedaling my bike through all sorts of weird stuff.



But I've got about a week left before GTAV comes out and I can start getting into trouble with a return to San Andreas. I've actually got quite a few things to occupy me until then. Mass Effect 3 Leviathan DLC was 50% off so I jumped on that. Yes, despite loving ME3, I've never played any of its DLC. I also feel like jumping back into Skyrim for its DLC and general wandering around shenanigans.

Also Attack on Titan 22 *cackling loudly at anime watchers* I read the manga you swine. I am emotionally prepared!

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go jog slowly across Fortune City and sit through endless cutscenes and loading screens.

But damn Rebecca Chang, I cannot take my eyes off you.



* - Glowbear is going to start her own con to raise awareness for disabled gamers

* - CaimDark thinks there's something amiss when perfectly doable arguments become guilt trips and pissing contests

* - Who is this Phil guy? Fuck that guy.

P - CommunitoidPAX!

A - What are games? Are they gamey things? Existential questions abound!

P - Honky ninjas and podcasts! Go! Also, a paragraph to Jessica Nigri?

A - Less the vocal minority affected the Xbox One and more PR disaster bomb

A - One man's flaws are another man's treasure ~Holmes

A - YOU'RE THE GAME NOW DOG

A - Let's put a game on the Wii or Wii U and watch the money not roll in





T - The Daily Spelunk reawakens Dupree's primal love of games

T - The Final Fantasy slider for quality and fun, brought to you by the Square Enix merger

V - You know what would be cool? Real life, infantry nuclear launchers. And then the idea found its way to Fallout









F - I'm choking! Choking on the sarcasm! Or whatever we call this!


~ Striderhoang

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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.

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