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Cblogs of 5/20/18 + Red Dead Redemption 2: The Musical!


So full disclosure up front here: I didn't really care for Red Dead Redemption. It was ok, but man it just felt like Grand Theft Auto but in the wild west. The world was huge but kinda bland, and once the thrill of hunting and skinning animals and finding those incredibly hard-to-find treasure spots wore off, it was just an open-world game that took forever to get around in. I don't hate it; I don't love it. It's just there, and I have no interest in returning to that world.

But, I do believe that the series has some potential. Instead of seeing the game follow a mostly stand-up protagonist, I think having the main character be more of an outlaw would be a lot more fun. You could still do heroic things from time to time, and there could be some growth in the character's arc, but I think the wild west fantasy is way more powerful with someone who's kind of a dick as the central figure.

I was thinking about this yesterday as I listened to a really obscure musician I found way back in the day. I used to manage a record store, and would often go through and buy obscure shit based entirely on the album cover. I would never know anything about the artist or their music; it was more fun to find an attractive cover and hope for the best from there. That's how I found John Bustine.

Sorry for the grainy quality on that - Google only has one image result for it. Crazy, huh? It's just a tan background with a small ship on the front. It's simple, and it somehow found its way to me. I bought it. I listened to it. And I fucking loved it.

I'm not a big country music guy, so how this country/rock hybrid sound found its way into my soul remains a mystery. But man, this dude is good. The tracks are pretty up and down and largely depressing in tone and lyric, but he's just got a great voice and awesome sound about the whole thing. One song in particular made me think of Red Dead; it's a haunting little ditty called "Pensacola."

This song is somber and tells a really dark tale, and while I'm pretty sure it doesn't take place in 1800s Texas, it totally could. I think the narrator in the song would make a fantastic main character in a Red Dead sequel, and the story itself would be a great setup. I don't know if the narrator is a bad person or one that just made a huge mistake at a low point in their life, but damn if this song isn't a hell of a mood-setter. It's dark and ominous, and I think it would really go well with the western motif.

If you're reading this, Take Two (which, you're not), please put John Bustine on your soundtrack. Thank you.

* - I think The Actual Charlton Heston has been actually smoking the remains of the actual Charlton Heston. It's the only way he could have produced this amazing work of art. If you haven't read it yet, please do. I'm begging you.

T - Please give a warm welcome to Professor Dillyball, who has just written their first blog! For their debut, they reflect on PS1 games from their childhood. Ah, to be young again. Give this a read, and welcome them to the Community!

T - Shoggy gives his thoughts on some game compilations that disappointed him. The Silent Hill HD Collection only having 2 and 3 was definitely a weird one. 1 should have been in there, for sure, and 4 deserves another chance. Damn you, Konami!

L - Luckrequired draws inspiration from a British man who thinks he can out-America the very American hero Iron Man. He has thusly built his own jetpack, and uses it to visit video game worlds. It's really real!

? - MDSW poses a question regarding VR centers. I'm not entirely sure what a VR center is, but I'm guessing it's somewhere you can play VR games?

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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.

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