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Cblogs of 06/22/14 + 06/25/14 and Summer Sale Striderisms

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Boy oh boy, is my first Steam summer sale on a doozy. My badge shows all that Im on my fifth year with Steam but this is my first serious year of PC gaming and man has my library fattened up. Note that I do not care about backlogs. Ill play everything I own in due time when Im interested. I view the Steam summer sale as something that a lot of people probably view it as: some sort of meta-game, a game that you play and dont own. In other words, the summer sale is a summer camp activity. Am I going to play Dino Horde? I seriously doubt it. But for a game to go from $20 to $2, how can I not put it on my Steam account? And thats something random. The Summer Sale Adventure has repeatedly told us to keep our wishlist updated and not only is that a good idea in order to track all your favorite games and when they go on sale, the prize for the summer adventure is free games right off your wishlist. Nuclear Throne has been at the top of my wishlist for months and Ive never seen it go on sale. To get that as a freebie would be amazing.



And the whole points and badge thing? I know not everyone on my friends list is necessarily eating that up. Me though, I love collecting me some trading cards and being rewarded for my OCD klepto tendencies is an enabling crime. I havent touched the community market in months since I slipped out of my PC gaming groove but Ive booted up games I havent touched so that I can grab their cards. I am compelled to show my love of certain games by crafting badges out of their cards but for anything Im less than interested in, Ill happily nab their cards and hawk them off to the market so I can use their chump change to buy other trading cards to craft badges I care about. Like those last two foil badges for Mercenary Kings I need because I got one from a booster pack and bought two others to accompany it. Hope you like having somewhat trawling your inventory for interesting specimens cause Im doing it all day for you.

I managed about 32 points yesterday when Pink was in 2nd place. There are conspiracies rampant about the contest getting rigged by any number of entities, from Steam itself for the purposes of earning more money from market percentages to a much more plausible mass craft wave being planned out on reddit. Considering there are people out there who will drop tons of money for the purposes of winning the Summer Adventure contest, Im not holding out hope that Ill top out someone else and get free games. But the feeling of contributing points to my team is certainly something nice. Plus Im eyeballing my competition. Im watching you OpiumHerz, and your 4 points contributed to green team. Those green swilling chumps aint winning over team pink #TeamPINK.



I'm also thinking of breaching a touchy subject in a future cblog: Smash Brothers as a fighting game. It seems like no matter how much I love it and how much I respect its mechanics, I cannot consider it a fighting game in my mind. I like thinking about how spacing works in the game, talking about the edge game and recovery between characters, and everything in between when it comes to the subject of winning. But I can't bring myself to label it as a fighting game in the same domain as Street Fighter, Guilty Gear, or Virtua Fighter. In fact, it can be less a discussion of why I can't consider it a fighting game and more of a chance for me to put my thoughts on the matter down on paper. Could it be the lack of a straight health bar and the mechanics of ring outs? Could it be because Nintendo's never been fully supportive of having their game in a competitive environment?Could it be that small sect amongst the competitive Smash subculture that can be so divisive and vitriolic? I may never know until I at least try putting these thoughts and biases down on paper and open myself up to discussion. One which will inevitably draw kingsharkboi cause I know homie is all up in that culture.

* - Seymour hits all the right notes in his music selection

A - Especially in Last of Us, Sabo became disconnected from his on-screen character

A - Handy does an autopsy for his big E3 predictions list

A - CT is looking at the nitty-gritty for predicting the next Nintendo handheld

A - Don't worry about your backlog

A - Luke is feeling old and calls people marmite







T - This nerd is looking forward to the next Zelda







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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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