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Cblogs of 05/03/13 and bbainisms

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Hello friends! It's Friday again, so you know what that means. It's time for some more BOOB-- *cough* erm... ahem. Sorry about that. That one just kinda slipped out... Anyway, enough about those things, let's talk about something else for once, eh? Like, say, orcs maybe?



I finally got around to picking up one of last year's releases that I'd been very excited about: Of Orcs and Men! For some reason, I was under the impression that the game was a digital-only release, and I was wary about dropping $50 on a digital title. But then I found out the game did, in fact, have physical copies released! It's just that they were only released in PAL territories. So I ended up purchasing my very first imported game, which was cheaper than buying it digitally! 

I've only finished the first chapter of the game so far, but it's already fantastic! The combat was a little weird to me at first, and took a bit of getting used to, but now I'm really enjoying it. I like that the action slows down while you're selecting which moves to use next; it allows you to consider your options carefully, much like with turn-based combat, except it's not turn-based combat. I had hoped it would be more action-oriented combat (a la Dragon's Dogma), rather than selecting moves and watching them pan out, but it works well enough. 

You can tell that the game is rather low budget, with some dodgy animations and voice acting (the main characters are good, but some of the NPCs have very weird voices), but that's OK. Overall, the game is still pretty impressive. I haven't played enough of the game yet to really comment on the writing, but there have been some funny jokes and interesting plot twists already, so I have high hopes for the rest of the game. 


Of Orcs and Men: a Romance?

Of course, the main reason I like the game so much is because you get to play as an orc and goblin. I'm interested in almost any game with protagonists that are out of the ordinary, so getting to play as a race that's usually considered the enemy was intriguing to me. Even in World of Warcraft, I always liked to play as orcs for some reason. Not sure why, they just look really cool to me. Also, they're huge and badass, and I like playing as huge badasses (Heavy Weapons Guy, Bowser, Kind Dedede, etc). 

So yeah. Of Orcs and Men. It's a good one.



No topsauce today, because apparently us recappers hate everything. It's true.

A - While it is a heartwarming story about a father and son bonding, I kinda feel like video game violence had very little to do with anything here.

A - Ryne Sechrist contributes to the violence in video games debate.

P - It feels weird to recap the Cblog Recaps, but... new Fapcast! With Glowbear and stuff!

P - Stealth's podcast tackles the topic of sexuality in games. Oh boy.

E - Haven't heard of this contest, but here's a video of Orson Welles playing some game called No, Luca, No! Bizarre, hilarious stuff.

I - Say hello to TankFox!

S - Niero added a new Cblogs editing tool! Neato!

F - Friday Night Fights on the PS3 + Wonder Woman porn!

F - Friday Night Fights on the 360 + Nextbox rumors!

F - Friday Night Fights on Nintendo + Eternal Darkness sequel?

V - Two robots review Mario & DK: Minis on the Move. Yup.

$ - May 3rd UK releases and bargains!

L - SuperCrow wrote a poem about boring, overused video game ideas!





F - Stealth wrote out a list of 3DS games for some reason.

F - Oh boy. Too much attention given to morons who should have just been ignored in the first place. Sorry, Kodu, but this rant seems like poor judgement.



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