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Cblogs of 07/12/13 and bbainisms

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Hello friends! Today (as in Saturday, not Friday) marks the one-year anniversary for my boyfriend and I! Not sure what we have planned for the day, but there will probably be lots of Japanese food (from our favorite restaurant) and maybe some co-op Spelunky action. I can't wait :3



In other news, I'm back to obsessively playing Persona 4 Arena. My current goal is to conquer the Score Attack mode with any character (but probably Teddie, because he's the only one I'm really good with). Score Attack is freaking crazy. The AI is apparently set to a level above the highest difficulty setting, so they basically just go ballistic at you as you fight to stay alive and take them down. There are 13 rounds, and so far I've only made it to round 4, which, ironically, is Teddie. I can't manage to beat the one character whose moveset I'm most familiar with! Although he is granted abilities that I don't have, such as using a triple Circus Bear attack, Teddie's most powerful, and arguably cheapest, attack. The first time I tried Score Attack mode, though, I figured I'd never even get past the first round (Yosuke), but I've since managed to do that, so I have (a slim) hope that I can eventually beat it. Just gotta keep practicing!

I'm also starting to pick up on some minor details about the game that I often miss during the hectic battles, which are making me love the game even more. I'm starting to hear more of the hilarious lines of dialogue uttered by the characters while fighting, like Teddie saying, "I'm spinning more than usual!" when he's about to be All-Out Attacked or Chie shouting, "Everyday's great at your Junes!" while auto-comboing Yosuke. I also never realized how funny Elizabeth is. Her attacks are so rage-inducing that I usually miss what she's saying.

It would be cool if Atlus released some more DLC for this game (and not just color swaps or additional navigators). There are still several Persona 3 characters they could add. I'd definitely enjoy playing as Koromaru or Ken! Or maybe they could expand on the story mode to reveal the mastermind behind the tournament. Or they could just work on making Persona 5. That'd be cool too.



No topsauce today... :(

A - GlowBear discusses the problems with labeling. Why can't we all just get along?

A - zerocrossing argues that AAA game production costs are detrimental to the creativity of video games.

A - GreaterThanGaming has a few tips for Blizzard on how to get people talking about World of Warcraft again.

A - Spieler Dad has noticed a distinct lack of people using gaming handhelds while traveling, which is weird because I see people walking around with 3DS's all over the place.

S - amlabella wraps up his list of favorite games, including his favorite game of all time!

P - Go For Rainbow! episode 14 is chock-full of gay stereotyping!

P - Nerd Unemployed episode 12 is chock-full of Anthony Burch!





F - Friday Night Fights on the PC + Steamy sales!

F - Friday Night Fights on the 360 + Ninja theories!

F - Friday Night Fights on the PS3 + ElZilcho hosts all the games!

F - Friday Night Fights on Nintendo + EVO 2013!

T - mattttherman3 (got enough t's in there, buddy?) makes some predictions about what will happen in Dragon Age 3 and Inquisition.

T - Revenile really likes Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, and here's why!

$ - July 12th UK releases and bargains!





C - I was gonna fail this, but then drmcscott edited it and it actually WAS much better. Too bad he didn't think to write something like this in the first place.

F - We're not gonna vote for you, dude. Who are you?!



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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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