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Cblogs of 11/16/12 and bbainisms

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Hello friends! Has everyone been having fun playing the new Halos and/or Calls of Duty? I've been avoiding those games, since first-person shooters don't really do anything for me (unless they're filled with humor and a cartoony style, a la TF2 or Borderlands).

Instead, I've been playing quite the opposite; I picked up The Unfinished Swan, which is a first-person paint-thrower. It was a lovely game with an interesting premise, but I felt like they could have explored the possibilities of the paint-throwing mechanic a bit more. You really only use it in the first chapter, and from then on you use a water balloon-type thing, which creates a splat that disappears after a bit. It was kinda cool using the water to grow vines, which helped give shape to some of the blank areas, but it wasn't quite the same.



The first chapter was the most jarring and different from anything else I've played before, wandering around in a completely blank setting, trying to figure out where I was, what was around me, and where I needed to go. It took me out of my comfort zone, and I kinda liked that. The rest of the game felt more like a typical first-person puzzle game, and I was back to playing something that I was familiar with. It was a cute game, and I enjoyed playing it, but I wish they had done more with their initial idea.

Anyway, speaking of unfinished things, I should really finish up these recaps already. There were lots of reviews and lists of things today, but there was still a lot of great writing and passion to be found! Enjoy!

* - Panzadolphin56 thinks hard about realism vs. fantasy in video games. Which can be used to create a more compelling story?

* - Secret Moon Base episode 26! Featuring SuperMonk4Ever, the man with strong, rough hands and an infectious laugh. Huehuehue!

* - Conor Elsea would like to thank the Dtoid community for giving him company and places to sleep during his cross-country journey with Mr. Gobbldigook. The awesomeness of our community never fails to amaze me!

A - A personal retrospective of Harvest Moon; AKA: Revenile's lifelong quest to play every Harvest Moon game!

A - TroyFullbuster lists some of the most difficult levels he's played in video games. It seems he forgot to list EVERY ICE LEVEL EVER.

A - Jonathan Holmes has been working on a list of his 100 favorite Wii exclusives! It's an impressive list as it stands, but I'd say he has his work cut out for him if he plans to do a write-up of each one.





I - Say hello to SillyReaper! She was named after a Power Ranger!

F - Friday Night Fights on the PC + Final Fantasy MMOs!

F - Friday Night Fights on the PS3 + Capcom hate!

F - Friday Night Fights on the 360 + Game Grumps!

F - Friday Night Fights on the 3DS + Changes?

R - Review of Dead or Alive 5. Could probably use more boobs and punctuation, but it was Tyler Sedrick's first blog, so we'll let it slide this time.

R - levelseeker reviews Assassin's Creed III: Liberation for the PlayStation Vita.

R - Earthfield gives us a very thorough review of Splatterhouse.

R - A review of Skyrim by newcomer John Simone.

R - Another review by John Simone, this time it's a review of Saints Row: The Third.

$ - November 16th UK releases and bargains!




Also, unfinished cocks!

R - burningsoup plans to camp out and try to claim a Wii U without a pre-order. Anyone else in the same boat?

C - Capm Trevo lists his backlog.

C - Konnery follows the trend and lists his backlog as well.



No fails today! Woo!



- 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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