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Cblogs of 07/19/13 and bbainisms

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Yesterday, Earthbound, one of my favorite games of all time, was finally re-released on the Wii U's virtual console. This is the first time since 1995 that anything from the Mother series has been available to anyone other than Japan. We never got the Mother 1+2 compilation or Mother 3, which might even be a better game than Earthbound! But now there is finally a glimmer of hope. Nintendo is finally acknowledging the series' existence outside of Japan once more. We just have to prove to Nintendo that we are indeed interesting in this amazing series, and maybe, just maybe, an official translation of Mother 3 will see the light of day (although that possibility still seems highly unlikely).



I am slightly discouraged, however, by the current attitudes of some gamers. This masterpiece of a game has been priced at $10, and somehow, many people seem to find this price to be unreasonable. Really? Ten bucks is too much for a good game? I get that most SNES games on virtual console cost $8, setting aside exceptions for imported titles, so the choice may seem a little odd. But is $2 really worth getting upset over? I could probably walk outside right now and find two bucks lying on the ground. I just could never have imagined waking up to a world where charging $10 for Earthbound was considered unacceptable. I'm utterly flabbergasted. I mean, seriously, $10 for a legal copy of Earthbound is a FUCKING STEAL.

*huff huff huff*

Anyway, I sincerely hope the game sells well, despite the wet blankets. I don't own a Wii U currently, so I can't purchase it yet, but if I ever acquire one, Earthbound will be the first thing on my list of games to buy. One of my friends owns a Wii U, and I'm half-tempted to go over and purchase it for him, even if he doesn't want to play it. I just want Nintendo to know that their game is loved, even outside of Japan.

* - Last Scion of the House of Blue Lions wrote up a BEAST of a blog about Demon's Souls, full of poetry, humor, and useful tips for boss fights! Amazing!

* - TheDustinThomas ranked all of the Borderlands DLC, which is handy because I haven't tried out any of the DLC yet!

* - BobPalindrome's entry for the SMTIV contest also happens to be a very good blog about Nocturne and Digital Devil Saga, and why he loves the Shin Megami Tensei series so much.

P - Scary Granules episode 16, brought to you by Hayden Christensen!

E - An entry for the Shin Megami Tensei IV contest.



E - Want to be included in the new Friday Night Fights banner? Of course you do!

F - Friday Night Fights on the PC + Team Fortress vids!

F - Friday Night Fights on the 360 + A phoenix reborn!

F - Friday Night Fights on the PS3 + A mouth-watering chicken!

F - Friday Night Fights on Nintendo + Fightin' games!

D - TheManchild is working on a game in RPG maker! It seems to be giving him some insight on just how much work goes into making games.

T - SongSeven enjoyed the zany cephalopod action in Octodad, and even gives some thought to a deeper meaning behind the game's story. Interesting theory!

T - I don't know what exactly the 'breakfast quest' is all about, but it sounds like Pixielated is enjoying some Shin Megami Tensei IV, irksome quest logs aside.

N - There appear to be some issues with controls in the fan-made game, Mega Man Unlimited.

$ - July 19th UK releases and bargains!





R - PanaMusica is sick of the term "PC master race," and so am I.

L - whatsacow hits us with a list of the worst games ever, along with a hefty serving of sarcasm.

F - Formatting problems galore!





- bbain

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Villains in all media, not just video games, can end up being a dime a dozen. Far too often, a villain's motives boil down to "I am a bad, and so I do bad things. Fear me." While this format has worked for countless stories, at this point in my life (the ripe old age of 20) I’ve become jaded and grumpy, finding myself rolling my eyes when I see yet another antagonist wreaking havoc with no background or reasoning presented as to why they’re being such a butthole.

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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