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Congratulations! Your Shade leveled up to: 22!

HP + 25
MP + 8
ATK + 2
DEF + 2
ACC + 4
INT + 7
DEX + 3
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Your Shade wants to learn who would win in a fight between Link and Aragorn. But, Shade already knows four moves! Delete a move to learn who would win in a fight between Link and Aragorn?

Video Games
Basic Social Etiquette
Eat
Fart

….

1, 2 and …. … poof!

Your Shade forgot Basic Social Etiquette, and learned who would win in a fight between Link and Aragorn!*

Yep, as you may have been able to guess from that (partially shamelessly ripped off) opening, today is my birthday! By the time I put this up it will be the morning of the 12th of April, which means that 22 years ago to the day you got that inexplicable chill down your spine like a great evil had been unleashed upon the world.

According to IMBD the only interesting person I share my birthday with is Claire Danes (does Brooklyn Decker count as interesting? *Googles* …oh. Apparently yes, yes she does.), who I only really know from playing that pretty star-girl in Stardust. But hey, I really liked Stardust, so there you go. I mean, what’s not to love about cross-dressing Robert De Niro?!



Either way, I can’t talk about presents or anything else yet until later today, probably tomorrow. It’s still early in the morning and I’ll be heading for my parents’ place in a couple hours. Either way, I don’t often ask my parents for games or gaming stuff, because I’m fairly sure they don’t like giving that kind of thing to me. They seem to think it’s boring to give me video games all the time, except for the fact that obviously I love receiving video games and barely ever know something else to ask for anyway. I have a video game wishlist of at least three or four pages, comprising WiiU, Wii, 3DS and potentially PS3 if I ever do decide to buy a used one on the cheap. And that’s not even counting my 51(!)-strong Steam wishlist, nor accessories like a Pro Controller and stuff.

Perhaps they just don’t like or understand my video game habits period: my parents don’t even like to play board games very much, so I don’t think that’s much of a stretch. My grandparents do like board games a lot, but they too don’t really understand teh vidya. This is always strange to me, because I actually have comparatively young grandparents, but they’re still as technology-illiterate as any. The disheartening thing is that on every family get-together my two nephews aged 9 and 6 will be playing their DS and without fail at some point during the day my grandma will ask me in disbelief “So you play those kinds of things too?” to which I kind of just reply that I play video games, just not even remotely the same ones they are. Regardless, my grandparents are the sweetest people, so I can forgive them a bit of misunderstanding.

Either way, I try to oblige my family every year by asking for things other than video games they can give me. It sounds awful saying it like that (and I personally hate asking for things too), but they actually do bug me as long as they need until I ask for something. Usually these are books (which I do want to read, but rarely find the time for nowadays) or home appliances for my dorm room. Useful, but ultimately not as fulfilling as opening your present and finding Luigi’s Mansion 2. Oh well. This year I dug deep and found a couple of things to ask for other than video games though. I asked for Hyrule Historia, which is video game related enough at least, and a 1TB+ external hard drive…to store my video games on.


Oh, and these Xenoblade posters, because I'm pretty sure it is humanly impossible to grasp how much sheer WANT these inspire.

Let's hope they don't figure it out. Either way, much like all good ones my parents have a knack of always giving me things I didn’t even realize I wanted. We’ll see what they have in store this year once I get home in a few hours. I’ll keep you posted!


*Link if he gets all of his items and magic, Aragorn if it’s a straight-up swordfight. The real question, however: Brego or Epona?

* - Topsaucing a blog I never read because of Infinite spoilers? Why yes! It has To the Moon in it, and reliable(ish) sources tell me it's good, so give it a read! It's SuperH's first blog too; keep up the good work man.

A - A longhaired failed musician (isn't that a contradictio in terminis?) finds his bellringing skills in Theatrhythm.

S - Taterchimp continues his fantastic Dark Souls journey, Belmont style.

A - Another blog I haven't read because of Infinite spoilers, but it looks like it would be good too.





C - Alphadeus explains his April fools day joke and gives more glowing reviews of his own work.

I - The noble Last Scion of the House of Blue Lions (that sounds like a reference I should get) relates his recent decision to join Dtoid. Go welcome him with open arms and floppy dicks!

S - Fred Durst has had it rough. Real rough.

F - PC FNF and again with the Super Sentai.

T - MS has the US (do they though, with all the current rumors flying around?), Sony has Japan, but who has Europe?

D - The composer for Cognition shares some details on what it's like to make good music for a video game.

R - Kodu reviews DLC Quest: Live Freemium or Die, and he really liked it!

R - An Alone in the Dark review. Yeah, you know where this is going.

A - Here are some thoughts about Elizabeth, but mostly cosplay. Also, dude, why would you name yourself gamesradar?

L - Nathsies wants you to read his new novel. It's partially based on F. Scott Fitzgeralds work, whose wife's name should sound familiar to every gamer.

C - Wait...the WiiU is selling?








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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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