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!
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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