Every Steam summer sale starts the same.
“Well, I bought way too many games last year, and I didn’t even have time to play them all. But this year will be different. This year I will buy two games tops, awesome ones at that. That will be it. Nothing else. NOTHING.”
Fast-forward about two weeks, and we have all suffered the same fate. Once again, we bought way too many games, and we won’t even have time to play them all.
Oh well, it can’t be helped. The best we can do now is revel in our purchases and enjoy the games so much we got more than our money’s worth by the time we’re done. And that’s exactly what I intend to do.
My haul this year is as follows:
Antichamber FEZ Dark Souls Penny Arcade: On the Rainslick Precipice of Darkness Episode 4 Ys I + II Chronicles Mirror’s Edge FTL: Faster than Light Finally, I bought Thomas Was Alone as a gift for a friend, because Thomas Was Alone is still the best thing. As is she, for that matter.
Anyways, I’ve already played and finished some games from my haul. Namely, Antichamber, FEZ, Penny Arcade and Mirror’s Edge. All of them are good or even great. Antichamber is mindfuckery of in the best possible way; FEZ has cool art/music/puzzles although the math and alphabet systems are way too convoluted, especially for a non-native English speaker who doesn’t know the significance of “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog”; Penny Arcade is good, but neither as fun nor as funny as the previous episodes; and Mirror’s Edge is still brilliant (played it before, but had to rebuy). I already started FTL too: it’s fun, but I wouldn’t choose it over something like Dungeons of Dredmor.
And of course there is Dark Souls. What a fool I have been for not getting this one sooner. I’m not too far in yet, but I’m loving the hell out of this game. I like how much planning and strategy is involved in even the most ‘simple’ fights, and I love how the world of Lordran has been set up. Dark Souls feels like Metroid Prime’s worldbuilding and ]Monster Hunter’s combat had a baby who hates your guts. As for my progress, I just passed the twin Bell Gargoyles yesterday. They were a massive pain, but upgrading my equipment and a touch of strategy eventually carried me through the fight. Having rung the bell, I’m not really sure where to go next. Dashing past the faceless lightning dude (no way in hell I’m fighting him with my current stats) into the Garden seems like a fair bet though.
[EDIT: I just beat faceless lightning dude, and pretty easily at that. How? Bow. Because of course it’s the bow]
Beyond the games I paid actual money for, I also got some games for ‘free’. I dumped nearly all of my Trading Cards on the community market, and got a grand total of €10 out of the deal. Not too shabby, if I say so myself! I spent those 10 bucks on games I wouldn’t have paid my own hard-earned money for (for whatever reason) but could still see myself enjoying. In the end, I found three games which fulfilled those criteria quite nicely, and cost just a little under 10 bucks combined. These were:
Overlord + Overlord II Pack Hard Reset Deus Ex: Human Revolution
So far I’ve only played a little of each, but it looks to me like it was ‘money’ well spent. I knew I would love Overlord, having played the original back in the day, and getting it together with the expansion and sequel is a fair deal if I ever saw one. Hard Reset, being an FPS, I was less sure about. However, in his review Jim compared it favorably to Painkiller, and that if nothing else will get me to buy your FPS in a flash. I don’t hate First Person Shooters per se, I just hate what they’ve become. Give me an oldschool shooter with tons of enemies in wide open spaces, health packs and enough ammo to swim in, and I’ll definitely enjoy it. So far, Hard Reset is nothing if not that. As for Deus Ex, I’m not far enough in yet to give a verdict. Of the three, this was by far my most ‘dangerous’ purchase, because I have no clue if I’ll like it at all.
And there is one final purchase to enjoy! Just not on Steam (and thus without a 75% discount unfortunately). Over here in the old world, Pikmin 3 will be out tomorrow! I should be getting it in the mail right away. I’m looking forward to it! I never actually played Pikmin 1 or 2, but the trailers for the third installment may have sold the series to me, not to mention Miyamoto playing with stuffed animals. What’s that? PS4 and Xbox One will have ‘teh polygonz’? Fuck your polygons. If WiiU can do this that’s more than I’ll ever need. Just take a look at those leaves and tell me they aren’t the prettiest shit.
So now that I’m done making my wallet cry recalling all that money spent, let’s get cappin’! And, you know, actually playing games.
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) Iâ€™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 theyâ€™re being such a butthole.
Whatâ€™s far more interesting to me is when a villainâ€™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 doesnâ€™t necessarily fit the exact mold I laid out above, heâ€™s easily one of the most dynamic and curious villains Iâ€™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 wonâ€™t delve into the details of what makes Meruem so great. Instead I encourage anyone who hasnâ€™t seen Hunter x Hunter to set aside some time and plow through the series. Really, itâ€™s that good.
But hey, thatâ€™s just how I feel. Iâ€™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 Iâ€™ll deal with that should the time come. Iâ€™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 monthâ€™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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