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Cblogs Recaps of 1/29/10 + Y0j1mb0isms

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Been awhile since I've stepped in and did the Cblog Recaps thing. Hell, its been awhile since I've done the whole blogging thing too ( aside from my FNF duties ). I want to say its because I've been busy with real life, which really... I haven't. I'd like to say it could be all the games, new and old, I've been toiling away on, which I actually have but that's not the reason either. I think its because I lost my drive to create a blog here. I feel that I've said all there is to say about our favorite hobby within my close to four hundred blogs here. Fanboyism? Check. DLC? Check. Achievements/Trophies? Check. Sexism in Videogames. Check. The console wars? Check. Art in videogames? Yup. Old school games, New School, online play, try to think about a new angle or take about videogames and chances are I've written about it. I have reached a saturation point in my amateur writing/blogging endeavor where if I were to write/blog again, it would feel forced or worse yet redundant because I personally feel I would be repeating myself.

Which got me thinking.

Why does it seem like everybody is saying the same thing to each other again and again and again? Our general discussions or debates, when looked at or assimilated, all have a familiarity born of retread. Perhaps its me. Yet I can't shake the feeling that nothing substantial is being passed on or shared amongst ourselves. All to often I just see jaded gamers being critical of games not for the purpose of change but for the entertainment value of it. For the perceived coolness. When we're lashing out at games because of something inconsequential like the box art, for Christ's sake, you know we're starting to grasp at straws now. When eighty percent of most gaming podcasts have nothing to do with gaming and instead focus on sophomoric hijinks or nonsensical musings, it just seems we're not growing as a vehicle to cover, critic, and promote videogames like they should be.

With intelligence. With real love for the genre. Instead of prattling on endlessly about silly clownish shit.

Yet occasionally, out of the blue, there will be maybe not something new but something well said. Well illustrated. Well done. And not surprisingly it's found here. While my initiative to blog may be diminished, thank god you all have not stopped doing what you do. Expressing your authentic love for videogames. Because when all is said and done, what we'll remember here is not if this game sucked or that game didn't. What will be remembered is the clarity of your passion.



*-If you haven't read any of The Obscurer Tribunes, you are missing out. Rectify that now.
*-You Sir, have done the impossible. Made me interested in an Indie Game.
*-An example of why Dtoid rocks
*- GrumpyTurltle's NW NARP Videos are required viewing




A-Do the Wrong Thing: The Best Intentions
S-Quick Dragon Questing
M- The Future: Episodic Games
P-Steamtoid Podcast wants your questions...that they'll probably not use.




E-Fatal Destructoid 98 Brackets: A clarification
F-Euro FNF
F-PS# FNF
S-LordKat Interview
C-Mass Effect 2 shenanigans with spoilers.
C-garganroo's journal entry: The First Night
R-Belated New Super Mario Bros Wii review
R-MAG Review and a word about Camping
I-Welcome to Destructoid Samwise.




N-Crutches
V-Ummm...yeah
V-X boX ke$ha Tik Tok parody
T- Battlefield 2 Bad Company impressions
T-ps3fanboy360's take on Mass Effect2. Apparently it's quite good.
$-Videogame Bargains, bargains bargains.




A-That picture will haunt my dreams
F-Lazyhoboguy's thoughts on The Tim and Eric Awesome Show; Great Job!
S- Previously on 90210...




F-What Kryptinite said
F-Twitter.com
F-This isn't a blog. This is an extended tweet.
F-The fail is strong in this one.


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Current "Bloggers Wanted" assignment

Villains that did nothing wrong

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.

All said and done, we arrive at the topic of this month’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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