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Cblogs of 12/08/08 and Qalamarisms

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Greetings, Destructoid. You may have noticed a few changes over there on the sidebar. We've added the legend we use to classify your Cblogs to the profile for easier reference. Additionally, a few new recappers have been added, and I have the honor of being your regular Monday host for the foreseeable future. Please join me in welcoming SilverDragon1979 and ScottyG to our incestuous little recap family. I'm excited. Are you excited? I'm excited.

I've had the Dragon Quest Ballet running in the background the entire time I've been doing the recaps today. That music is phenomenal. I'd heard bits and pieces of it over the years, but if anyone can point me to where I can acquire the whole thing, I'd be quite grateful.

Anyway. Mondays are always busy, so on with the recaps!



*-An alternate point of view on Left 4 Dead. Tongue firmly planted in cheek. I hope.
*-Holy crap, Faith sighting. And she made something really cool out of Perler beads.
*-This has to be seen to be believed. I hope someday someone can do this with Mega Man 9.
*-Sit down, shut up, and listen to Y0j1mb0. School is in session.
*-Sir Sterling's anti-fan club is always good for a laugh.



S-Taterchimp starts a series on his favorite game endings. Castle Crashers spoilers.
M-Clance talks about Tetris for his Monthly Musing.
S-NihonTiger90 asks that immortal question: "What'd you get?" He got a new computer. I got jealous.
Funktastic had to answer Nihon with a separate post. I got more jealous.
A-EX35 has some ideas on how to improve Guitar Hero/Rock Band.
S-Hoygeit's Media Monday. Drop in and see the pretty pictures.
M-Anything with the words "zombie" and "chop" in it is worthy of your time.
P-Sorry, didn't have time to listen to your Podcast. I'll try to later though, I'd like to hear what Jeff Gerstmann has to say.
S-The Blur is still in Japan. So many cool pictures of Pagodas.



W-T-rav won Fallout 3 a while back, and opens it publicly. Are the love gloves a new meme?


E-SquirrelyG seems to be hosting a Street Fighter tournament.
I-Rygiz introduces himself. Welcome to Destructoid.
D-I don't mind this ad so much, it's the one that screams "HELLO" every time you mouse over I can't stand.
S-Kadosho's moving today. Best of luck.
E-Gravity's Plaything wants to celebrate the end of finals. Check it out if you're in the Portland area.
R-PS3s don't usually red ring. Hope the HD wipe works for ya.



N-LittleBigPlanet was 33% off today at Amazon.
V-Reasonably funny video about Thwomps. Mongo smish.
R-BlindsideDork reviews Prince of Persia. Or Wii Music. Not entirely sure.
T-Some thoughts about digital distribution.
D-Kisguri is developing a game and looking for Beta testers. Welcome to Destructoid.
N-Soulja Boy is making a video game? The header image sums it up nicely.
N-OH SNAPS! Missed it by thaaaaat much.
N-Level 5 may become a second-party PS3 developer.
T-Funky Goodness verbally masturbates the Gunblade. His words, not mine.
R-SneakerElph reviews Penny-Arcade episode 2.
D-Pong + Ikaruga = DO WANT.
T-More about Left 4 Dead Co-op. Complaining about random matchups is the new Dibs, I guess?



A-Every time I do recaps, someone posts a cake.
M-It's hard to do digital distribution on vinyl.
F-Alien movies without aliens? It could happen.
F-Something about a LOST Alternate Reality Game I think.
S-LittleMelissa asks about laptop stickers.



R-Pepsi changed their logos. EVERYBODY PANIC
V-Mashup of two movies I haven't seen.
C-Robot Chicken's funny, but I'm pretty sure that's from last season. I know I saw it a few months ago.
C-Randomness about South Park, Indiana Jones, and House. I'd probably fail it if I didn't also have a man crush on Hugh Laurie.
C-VoyToid had a problem with some Band of Brothers discs. I kinda want my 2 minutes back.
C-Followup to the previous post. I really don't think the videos are necessary.
R-Discussion about site features.





F-It's an ad.



-(Qalamari)

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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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