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Cblogs Recaps of 04/10 and HAT-BASED STRIDERISMS

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So I've been all over Battleblock Theater, [b]as apparent in my latest blog. Honestly, play through the story mode by yourself and it'll wear out it's welcome rather fast. But play with anyone, and I mean anyone, and the fun goes up.


Oh! The struggle of it all!

Last night while playing some random story co-op, I played with someone who called me a boat, for no apparent reason. My character did not resemble a boat in anyway, but he called me a boat as we went on our merry way, trying to overcome obstacles together, sometimes backstabbing each other for giggles.

This game is far more fun when you play with a friend or at the very least, someone with a sense of humor. I love walking underneath a spike ceiling we have to be careful not to jump into, then just as my partner joins me on the other side, I uppercut him into the ceiling and watch him die. Or maybe I hold down a button for him as he crosses a light bridge. Then I get off and watch him fall into a hole full of buzzsaws. Then we laugh it off as he respawns before he leaves me to die in a similar situation.

You see, serious people shouldn't be playing this game. That same night, I joined a Muckle game against someone who spammed frog bombs all night. Yes, it was disheartening at first. But then I was like, "Whatever. I'll just experiment with what my weapons can do and just fuck with him while we continue."

So I tried jumping around him and in general, tried to get him to explode on his own frog bombs. Actually, I took the second round and he took the third, so obvious spam is a problem but not some end all, be all balance issue. Spam frogs all day? Spam grenades back. Or just dick around in general. Who cares? my triangle headed dude is wearing sunglasses and has a martini stuck in his mouth. You expect me to take this seriously?

The prisoner collection has its ups and downs. Like many other facets of life, I want what I don't have. I look through the picture collection of prisoners and want a lot of thing, like a block shaped elephant head, a blocked shaped bandito, a triangle headed noire detective, or a pineapple head. Seriously, his head is a pineapple. But the luster wears off after a while. It's only until you meet up with other prisoner players that you once again appreciate your heads. That guy's a monkey! That one's a chef! And I still have those unique Alien Hominid and Castle Crasher heads.

I feel like my creative juices have been overflowing, either from banging out all these sudden things (Battleblock post, Fapcast) or some praise and encouragement I've gotten (remember when I analyzed fighting games? Or Pokemon?). It was thanks in part due to a big block of my time freeing up this week but sadly, work will be starting back up. Thankfully, I won't be doing hellish hours. Just basic 4 - 10pm kind of stuff that leaves ample time to take care of work in the morning or late at night (I work best late night anyways).


Love ya Dtoid!

I've even put money down on a new fancy PVR. That Hauppauge Gaming Edition Dtoid reviewed a long time ago. I've always thought the delay on my video was a consequence of recording into my dingy-ass college era laptop but it turns out it's a consequence of just the PVR being simplistic in its transfer rates. Not that I'll play off my laptop even with perfect video passthrough. I don't need my laptop coughing up loogie's from all the action footage it'll be taking in. It's enough that the recording process will get easier with a dedicated button and HDMI ports, which is the main reason I still play my Xbox 360 with components. Once it gets here (hopefully by today once this post goes up), I can get back into more manageable recording habits. I'll still have the problem of rendering video together with commentaries (again, dingy-ass college bin laptop), but at least I can record raw stuff easier and start uploading even basic footage with more regularity.

But enough about that. Before finishing my Striderisms, I've got sucked into Ridiculous Fishing and need to try the Injustice demo. Can't slack off the caps now! Let's go caps!

* - The wonderful world of censorship, Germany edition

* - The ridiculous world of censorship, is this really Germany edition

* - Ending suffering can be a jarring and compromising experience, as Legend found out the hard way

* - El Table de Used advertising just how bad some of the Dtoid Community is at BLOPS2 and why you should join

A - Exploring the design ideas of bosses with Panza

P - LowerTierPodcast has stuff for you to win!

A - CaimDark blows the whistle on some of Dtoid's wanton Kickstarter coverage

A - Jon has reservations about joining those goddamn master race PC guys

S - Taterchimp realizes Dark Souls has elements of Mega Man era game design in it

P - Cblog Fapcast 10 is finally out! Did you know we're considering having a guest?




"LOOK INTO MY EYES."




When are you coming, Attack on Titan?

R - Is Jetstream worth your DLC dollars? Kenneths takes a look

D - Lingoes goes and drops fact bombs on us about Guerilla Games' role in the PS4

T - Usurp is mad at the new Pokemon aping MewTwo. I ain't mad. My jimmies remain unrustled

T - dagiarrat is perplexed by the idiocyncricies of FFVII




"Love is a piledriver."




"Oh look! It's this again!"

F - Don't you dare drag GamesRadar's name through the mud


~ StriderHoang


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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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