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Cblogs of 3/29/09 + SilverDragonisms


I'm posting the recap a little bit early tonight because I'm tired and really want to go to bed. I hope you all have had a good weekend. Mine has been crazy, and hectic, and lacking in the video game department. Actually, I haven't gotten to play games much at all in the last 2 weeks. Real life is sort of kicking my butt right now, which means the game playing has had to be put on hold. Oh real life, how to torment me.

On a side note, I went and saw the movie Knowing this week. Has anyone seen it yet? If you have, what were your thoughts on it? I thought the first 2/3rds of the movie was great, but the ending was just totally out of left field. I mean I didn't hate it or anything, but I didn't think they did enough to prepare you for the totally crazy ending. Watching Knowing is like watching Dante's Peak, a movie about a volcano that's threatening to destroy a small town, and then finding out that it was actually space aliens that were making the volcano erupt the whole time. I mean WTF! Where did that come from? Anyways, go see it for yourself and decide if you like it. But be warned that the ending will make your head spin out of control.

Now let's get to the recaps.

*-Expanded Universes - Why does my wife write fan fiction?

*-Meganistfrieg lists the 5 worst places to live in video games

A-Agonofinis analyzes the pros and cons of voice acting in video games
A-Agonofinis disagrees with Jim and thinks Princess Peach is a useful scumbag
P-Leave your questions for the Backwards-Compatible Podcast recording tonight

S-Njsykora has 23 JRPGs he is going to finally finish this year
S-CWal37 goes to town on an old GameBoy color with a pair of pliers
S-Dmgi tells of his horrible XBOX customer service experience
S-Buzski lists off some of his favorite games of all time
S-Rider Chop recaps his Spring Break
H-Njsykora shows off his Crib and gaming collection
H-Funktastic's gaming collection continues to get bigger, and bigger, and bigger ...
H-Jozo shows off his gameboy game collection

N-How to play SNES controllers with your PS3 controller
N-Rock Band Released of this week
N-UniWar is coming ot the iPone on 4/10/09
R-Ckarasu reviews Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop
R-Jamez Pkiover reviews Resident Evil 5
T-KilledBySmarks rants about Virtual FIghter 5

M-The Gothsicles are playing tonight .... someplace .... I don't know where

?-There is a conspiracy afoot I tell you ...



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The heel-turn

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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