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Cblogs of 12/27/13 and bbainisms

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Hello friends! I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday, I know I did. My boyfriend got me a Dreamcast with Shenmue for Christmas, so that was awesome and unexpected! I never knew anyone with a Dreamcast growing up, so I never got to play any of the cool-looking games it had, and I've recently been having a very strong urge to play Shenmue for some reason. And I will get around to playing it, but there's another game that I'm currently obsessing over, and I feel I need to finish that one first.



La-Mulana has seriously got me hooked. Granted, I haven't been able to figure out all of the puzzles so far without aide. I had to shamefully use a guide to figure out the puzzle to obtain the Fruit of Eden, along with a few other minor things, but for the most part I'm trying to stay away from guides. I think I've done a pretty good job of figuring most things out on my own. La-Mulana is super cryptic, though, and full of riddles and subtle hints. It's very difficult and mysterious, but that's definitely part of why I like it so much. I've had to pull out a notebook to take notes on while I play, and I keep revisiting areas to make sure I didn't miss anything in the background or skim over any of the tablets too quickly.

The last thing I accomplished in La-Mulana was defeating Chi You in the sacrifical pit, and now I'm pondering what I should do next. I still haven't defeated Zu yet (he's really tough!) so maybe that should be my next goal. I did just unlock the second floor of the Endless Corridor, which is probably where I should go next, but it's baffling me at the moment. Regardless, I'm determined to beat this game (and hopefully with as little help from guides as possible).



No topsauce today :(



A - Dreamweaver made a list of video game characters he wouldn't want to fight in a bar. Better not spill your drink on any of these guys!

P - Go For Rainbow Podcast sits down for a chat with Runic Games' lead animator!







E - anthonyacc and friends will be streaming video games for charity for the next 12 days! That's a lot of video games!

F - Friday Night Fights on Playstation + PC building!

F - Friday Night Fights on Xbox + Holiday cheer!







M - Need some new music to listen to? Why not check out Alphadeus' extensive catalog of awesome original tunes?



R - Reinhold Hoffmann shares some more cosplay from DeviantArt. My favorites this week are probably Wednesday and Zangief.



No fails today! Huzzah!



- bbain

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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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