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Cblogs of 06/27/14 + 06/28/14 and bbainisms

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Hello everyone! I've been noticing something about the Cblogs lately that has me a little concerned. I feel like I've been seeing a lot of trolls in the comments of some of the Cblogs recently, and some have even been posting blogs, which tend to get a lot of likes and comments from the other trolls. The blogs have been taken down, which is good, but I still see the trolls in the comments, so it seems they'll be sticking around, at least for the time being. This is a little odd, because before now, the trolls generally stuck to the front page only. I'm not sure why they suddenly decided to invade the Cblogs.

If I could offer a bit of advice: if you think a blog or comment was made by a troll, just ignore it! Even if a terrible blog has a bunch of likes and several comments, and you feel the need to comment on it and express your bewilderment of the blog's popularity, or even if you want to troll the troll, just try to resist the urge. Don't talk to them. That's really all the advice that I have on the matter.



Anyway, in more gaming-related news, I've been playing a lot of adventure games this week. I bought both Kentucky Route Zero and Broken Age, which were greatly discounted during the Steam Sale, as well as Valiant Hearts on PSN. They're all adventure games, but they all play very differently, which was cool.

Kentucky Route Zero doesn't really have any puzzles, it's mostly about conversations. It's a very strange and atmospheric game, and your characters sort of seem to develop a personality as you choose dialog options. It's a very well-written game, and I'd say that's definitely it's biggest asset (although it also very well-animated, and sounds nice too!). I've only finished Act 1 so far, but I'm interested to see where the story goes.



Broken Age is a bit more of a traditional adventure game, in the vein of games like the Monkey Island series. It's all about finding items around the environment to use, sometimes combining items, and talking to other characters to figure out what to do next. It's a particularly beautiful game, probably the prettiest adventure game I've ever played. It's not too difficult, but it is very entertaining. Personally, I enjoyed Vella's story more than Shay's, but they were both pretty interesting. I liked how they connected the two stories at the end of the game. Now I just gotta wait for Act 2 to be released.

Valiant Hearts was my favorite of the three games. It's heavily focused on puzzles, with no dialog other than narration. The story is phenomenal, though. It's very educational and emotional, and I felt invested in all of the major characters' stories. It made me glad to play it just to learn more about World War I, which is sort of strange because learning about wars in school was always incredibly boring to me. In fact, this is probably the only game about war that I've ever actually enjoyed.



Plus, the dog in Valiant Hearts is just about the bravest, most adorable dog I've seen in a video game. You can pet the dog whenever you want, and you can even play fetch with the dog if it finds a bone. So cute!



* - For board game enthusiasts, Wrenchfarm highly recommends Risk: Legacy. It's like Risk, except you can destroy the world with an army of mechs and bear-riders!

* - Pre-order Iconic Faye's Epic Toronto Adventure now! It's everything you've ever wanted out of a video game (according to the publishers)!



A - sonic429 wants to see some more sequels for some of his favorite games.

P - Radio Destructoid episode 40 is out now for your listening pleasure!



F - Friday Night Fights on Playstation + Plus!



T - OpiumHerz is seriously urging everyone to go play Goat Simulator. Baa!

R - Fenriff reviews Shovel Knight! I can dig it.

V - Chi-Guy gives his thoughts on Shovel Knight in a video.

$ - June 27th UK releases and bargains!



F - Fengor discusses the new Transformers movie with friends in a podcast.



C - I don't really know what to say about Supercodebreak's intro...

C - Well, at least Gamingnerd is trying, I suppose. He still needs considerably more content in his blogs, though.



F - News in the Cblogs? Zzzzzz...

F - This blogs reads like an advertisement. What's with the part about T-Mobile? Also, I don't trust anyone who ends their blog with "let us know what you think." Who is "us"?!

F - I don't know how I feel about linking to strategy guides for old games... maybe if it was for a more recent title? But even then, this guy's website is kind of a mess...



- bbain

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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].

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