It has been pretty hard to miss the existential controversy this lovely little site of ours has seen over the past week. Which means that I get to do what I do best! Which is to say hide in the corner until it blows over.
Actually, no. Let’s not.
I’m not going to talk about Nanbu or what I thought of her. It doesn’t matter. I do want to thank her though for sparking the discussion that reignited my drive to be active on the site. We have seen a lot of great responses to her blog, including some of which I think have the potential to bring back the spark in all of us (in fact, just check the caps below!). Myself, I was kind of in a downwards spiral on Dtoid which I wasn’t sure was my fault or the site’s. Maybe I didn’t visit as often anymore because the site was getting worse, or perhaps it felt like the site was getting worse because I wasn’t visiting as often anymore. Who knows?
But seeing the passion of the people here to keep Destructoid a great place means a lot to me. From silly jokes to well-reasoned thoughts on why the site can still be great, and even the ones who see problems but give suggestions on how to fix them. It’s all valuable. Because Destructoid is all of us. And we can make this place as awesome as we want it to be.
Everything else has already been said, and me repeating it doesn’t make the point any better. Just go read the blogs instead, you know the ones. Go out there, and start having fucking fun.
What I do hope though is that this new wave of inspiration also reaches the front page writers. On the one hand it’s great that Destructoid has separate areas so that we can claim the Cblog as our true home on the Internet. On the other hand I also have a place in my heart for the frontpage. On reflection, I think that a conversation I had with taterchimp had some truth to it. He said that the site was becoming too negative, with all the controversies going on and how many writers constantly point out the flaws in the industry. I don’t think he’s necessarily right in saying that we’re “too negative” though. I think it’s more a case of us being “not positive enough”. There is a difference.
Too negative implies that we should let some things slide because we’re afraid to come across as bitching or making a big deal out of nothing. I don’t believe that’s the case; when things are shit, things are shit and we should call the ones doing the shitting out on it. More positive, however, means talking about cool things just for the heck of it. More positive means being excited for something and proudly displaying your internet-boner (includes lady boner) for all to see.
I’ll show you what I mean. I think I mentioned this sometime before, but let me show you my favorite Destructoid article ever.
What strikes me with this article is one thing, and one thing only. The pure excitement on display. Here we have a grow man, a self-described “fat cunt”, and he’s being giddy like a schoolgirl for a game in which Kirby is made of string. So giddy, in fact, that he just went “fuck it” and wrote a news post for no other reason than to show how giddy he is.
I do feel that we haven’t seen as many of those kinds of articles lately, and that’s a great shame. Fuck the people who complain that it doesn’t have any news value. Fuck the ones who think the game looks kiddy. Fuck everyone. Just be excited about Kirby being made of mothersh*tting string again. While I don’t think it would help much for the people who think the industry is getting too negative, it would mean the world to me.
That’s what I want to see more of. Let’s just be excited for the sake of being excited again. Let’s not focus on being less negative. Let’s focus on being more positive. And again: let’s start having fucking fun.
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) Iâ€™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 theyâ€™re being such a butthole.
Whatâ€™s far more interesting to me is when a villainâ€™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 doesnâ€™t necessarily fit the exact mold I laid out above, heâ€™s easily one of the most dynamic and curious villains Iâ€™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 wonâ€™t delve into the details of what makes Meruem so great. Instead I encourage anyone who hasnâ€™t seen Hunter x Hunter to set aside some time and plow through the series. Really, itâ€™s that good.
But hey, thatâ€™s just how I feel. Iâ€™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 Iâ€™ll deal with that should the time come. Iâ€™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 monthâ€™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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