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Cblogs of 07/28/2010 + Sykisms

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This week I've been doing two things as far as videogames are concerned. Firstly reminding myself that for all the glorious storytelling, excellent characters and open ended gameplay, Deus Ex is brutally hard. I can't remember the last time I died this much on a first mission. Still a brilliant game though.

Secondly it's the pure primal joy of 100% levels. Yes I've finally gotten around to making good on my promise to buy the game when I met Joe Danger devs Hello Games at Eurogamer Expo last year and damn if it's not addictive. The Trials HD effect is well in place, every level must be done perfectly until standards slip and you just can't do it anymore.



* - ADOPT AN AVATAR FOR PAX PRIME!!
* - Gotta love it when Occams does a thought dump
* - Outstanding post on the power of Half-Life 2's weaponless opening
* - A point overlooked here, are Achievements what sets Kinect apart?



A - Limbo is the videogame Lost
A - PC NEEERRRRDDSSSS will like this guide to FOV
M - Without Your Eyes Getting Wet
S - AlphaDeus's piano journals are back!
P - System Lynk 7
P - LAPD records tomorrow!




This is what I do at work.



E - Kraby makes his case for adoption
I - RexWolf's intro has plenty of potential
C - DRUNKBLOG! Analoge explains his love for the Mother series
S - Wow, Knux has had a wild month
S - Woo! Scouting story!
S - Here's the story of Triplzer0's month



N - Spoiler: Starcraft 2 is going to make an asston of money
N - It's Double Fine's birthday!
T - Sexual Chocolate goes over the MAG patch notes



Nothin' for you here.



L - Made me lol, Battle.net's username limit is 12 characters
C - May be an oldie, but not immune my iron hammer



F - What Guncannon said
F - Forums, also get a PS3
F - I had to tell this guy how much he failed personally
F - Just not good enough


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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].

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.

But hey, that’s just how I feel. I’m sure there are folks out there who prefer their villains to be simple. If I ever met one of these theoretical people I might have a panic attack, but I’ll deal with that should the time come. I’m sure after some deep breaths we would get along. Maybe we could even snuggle, should my husband allow such an event to transpire.

All said and done, we arrive at the topic of this month’s Bloggers Wanted: Villains that did nothing wrong. Due to communication errors, this entry in the hallowed halls of Bloggers Wanted is a tad late. Regardless, all you have to do is head over to the Community Blog section of the site, and whip up a Cblog about a villain who you feel was secretly the good guy all along.

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