To start Striderisms, I'll start with something I asked my girlfriend to write out to help me as I got off work late last night. I asked her to write about anything and she decided to describe our Christmas together and probably why it was one of the best Christmases she's ever had.
"Yet another year has passed and my yearly trip to Anaheim was underway. I was hoping for an awesome and peaceful weekend with Marcel in celebrating our fifth anniversary. This year did not disappoint. Not only did Marcel treat me to free Disneyland, he showed up with a new puzzle game for me to try out. Puzzle games have always been my favorite, but I have not obsessed this much over a game since Tetris.
Crashmo is a block puzzle game. The main story is that a small grandfather made a contraption for birds (ed. note - the contraption belongs to Grandpa Blox's grand niece). The main character, who looks like a tiny sumo wrestler, disturbs the contraption and the birds fly away. The grandfather becomes upset and the tiny sumo wrestler swears to retrieve each and every bird for the grandfather. The tiny sumo wrestler and the grandfather find that each bird has found nesting atop of a block puzzle which the small grandfather help the tiny sumo wrestler figure out. After a while, you and the tiny sumo wrestler are left on your own to figure out the puzzles in order to climb up and retrieve the birds.
I took every opportunity to play this weekend, and Marcel was more than happy to oblige, making sure his system was fully charged. Of course, his system was always on to gather more street tags. It always amused me when his me continually bragged to his new street tag companions that he works at Disneyland. When it looked around and confirmed that there where no more people street tagged, it amused me even more.
Then we went to Disneyland. His sister and her friend came along, as well and I had to share my time with Marcel since her sister and I both had limited time in Southern California. However, for most of Disneyland, he was all mine. Other than its historic characters, Disneyland is famous for its eternally long lines. However, thanks to this game, the lines were almost non existent. Thanks to last Saturday, Disneyland lines will be special moments which Marcel and I can bond over 2 things that are special to me, our relationship and puzzle games."
To sum it up, our relationship is a strong one. Built on a solid foundation. A foundation made primarily out of colorful blocks.
So what did you guys get for Christmas? I didn't get much physically, but I did get plenty of money to otherwise get myself a few things I wanted. I got VVVVVV and Bit.Trip.SAGA with the 3DS eShop points I got. I also got Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 with the $100 bill I got for Christmas. So my 3DS should be full up on games for awhile at least. I can't believe I have sort of a backlog on it now.
Otherwise, I'm just glad to have my girlfriend's help, as back to back shifts are certainly a thing that Disney likes to do to me after I use up my regular days off for the holidays. Hope you guys are having good holidays too!
Last week, in the quick posts of Destructoid's community, we saw the rise and fall of community manager Wesley J. Russow. He rose to prominence with his immutable power, only to see it come crashing down as the working class clambered beneath him and tore him down. Truly, the life and times of Westopher G. Raggamuffins was a lesson in live fast, burn hot, crash spectacularly.
Wes went from community darling to lovable despot over the course of a few days. It was a thing of beauty to behold. Truly, nothing is better to witness than a real-life heel turn. Wrestling is nothing without these terms after all. A "Face" is a good guy wrestler who fights the man, stands up for the little guy, and fights fairly while still winning. A "Heel", on the other hand, is a despicable, dastardly villain or even anti-hero. I loved Kurt Angle's antics as this gold medal Olympic winner turned wrestler who wasn't necessarily as likable as his gold medals imply. I loved hating that guy! A good heel is fun to hate, and there's nothing quite like the gasp of shock when watching the turn, when a face uses dirty tricks and turns into a heel.
Let me ask you this: is Kratos a hero? Before we see Kratos return in what I'd call Dad of War, let's not forget Kratos’ sordid past as a hero. In the first game, it was a revenge tale. It was a story of a mythical Spartan warrior who wanted revenge on the God of War who betrayed him. But as the series went on, it became a story about the lengths Kratos would go to justify his vendetta against people who wronged him. He would literally destroy the world just to destroy his enemies. Sure, we played as him, and we were taken on a ride, but would you really put your bet behind him and say, "Yeah, look at that hero!"
This month's Bloggers Wanted is about your favorite heel-turns or anti-heroes (in case a heel turn is too specific). Do you like it when Ryu turns into Evil Ryu? Or maybe you like Injustice, with its built in heel-turn Superman? I won't claim to understand the time line of Revolver Ocelot between Snake Eater and Guns of the Patriots, but I love that knucklehead.
To participate, just start a blog in our community section and title it "Heel-turn: [your blog title here]." Write to your heart's content, and if its up to snuff, you'll see your stuff published on the front page! Just remember, you're telling us about your favorite heel-turns and anti-heroes, not becoming one yourself, like Wes. Rest in spaghetti, never forghetti.
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