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Cblogs of 3-02-09 and Qalamarisms


Greetings, fellow automatons.

In the background tonight, I have a torrent of Jonathan Coulton Looks Back percolating away. He's probably best known in these parts for writing the closing credits song for Portal, but he's done many fairly geeky songs that statistically, if you're reading this, you will enjoy. He's well versed in gaming and internet social trends, having released a couple of his songs as free downloads for Rock Band-- and everyone who's met him at PAX or other events has said he's just as awesome in real life as you would expect. The album is a legal torrent, all of the songs distributable under Creative Commons, and can be grabbed right here if you are so inclined. It won't cost you anything except time, why not have a listen?

Seeing this live was one of the highlights of my life. No exaggeration.

I traded my copy of Bioshock for a friend's copy of Fallout 3 for a while and have just started that up. I expect to be exploring the D.C. Wasteland for quite a while. The first two Fallout games reminded me of Choose-your-own-adventure books, and each save was like putting your thumb on a page to see what would happen next. I hope this one continues that tradition.

Lots of reviews today, but not much news. Let's get to the recaps.

*-There are some exceptionally talented artists here on Destructoid. GrumpyTurtle is one of them.
*-"I think it's fitting that I share my name with some mustachioed cowboy gay porn bear." -Jim Sterling

A-StrawHatLuffy writes about the ups and downs of emulation.
S-Every Monday NihonTiger90 politely asks What'd You Get?
M-The first Musing for this month is from Unangbangkay, who wrote about the Star Wars universe.
M-MotoRobo wrote about bibles for his Monthly Musing. I can almost guarantee it's not what you're expecting.

C-PacoDG posted some cool Cosplay pictures taken at Megacon, and is giving away some of the stuff he bought.

E- Love Dtoid? Live in Texas? Check this out.
F-Apparently Killzone 2's first FNF was a lot of fun. Clance can't wait for this Friday.
S-Coonskin shares some IRC hilarity. WTF is a hedgehog?
I-UCHU briefly introduces him-or-herself. Oh, wait, no, it's a him.
I-Uber Mashu makes a fine introduction and lets us know what it's really like to work in a U.K. GameStation store.
I-Mighty Pinto wrote a truncated "10 things" post. That's ok, his 8 things are all pretty sweet.
E-Falinter is promoting a XBox version Left 4 Dead tournament.

T-Nilcam ponders the dickery surrounding SF4 ranked matches. The internet is a magical place, isn't it?
R-SephirothX reviews Killzone 2's multiplayer portion.
R-CWal37 played the PC demo for Lost Remnant on Steam, and shares his impressions.
T-Shinryu108 got a new HDTV and a PS3 for Street Fighter 4. After, his head asplode.
T-Perfect Chaos wanted to know what DS game to try after Time Hollow.
R-Hot Cyder's review of Chrono Trigger endorses bank robbery if you can't afford it. In these troubled economic times, I suppose that's valid.
T-Speaking of Chrono trigger, have you heard about the upcoming Black Sigil? If not, do yourself a favor and check out Jackal27's blog.
R-Lots of reviews today, half retro, half modern. Stewie32887 reviews the original Castlevania. Qraze gets cranky.
R- Barcode reviewed Star Ocean: The Last Hope.
V- TheCleaningGuy reports that King of Fighters 12 will be coming to consoles later this year. It's a good year for fighting games.

S-Pendleton21 has been disgusted with Gillette ever since he saw today's Penny Arcade. Niero agrees.
F-InfiniteStrike posted some casting choices for Street Fighter 4: the Movie. I think Reggie would make a better Ryu.
L-Michiyoyoshiku reviewed some comics.
S-SurplusGamer has a friend who's leaving to serve their country. Before she left, she gave him a very nice going away present.
S-VGMari picked up some Japanese Gameboy games and BSG patches at Megacon. Nice haul!

L-Gregatrons shares a couple of game-related pieces from The Onion. Nice header image, by the way.
R-This was the first post I looked at today. No mention of Hades and Persephone? You could tie it in with God of War or something.
V-Parrothead shares a music video called "Guitar Hero Hero" by MC Lars. There's a wicked guitar solo about halfway through, oddly enough.
?-Bwuh? No comprendo.

F-Forums, please.
F-Preview blogs don't fly on my watch. Post actual content the first time or don't post at all.


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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.

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