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It’s Halloween, So Villains!

For those of you who don’t know, the new Batman Arkham game came out last week. So, I’ve been pretty much glued to my couch with my 360 controller in my hand since I picked it up on Sunday morning. Overall it’s received mixed reviews, but so far I’m hooked. It’s got a bigger city to explore, the combat system is the same (which is good cause it’s pretty flawless), the boss battles are great, and the story has me hooked so far. Maybe I just love being Batman and beating up bad guys, but so far I think it’s well done (minus the small glitches that seem to happen from time to time-I’m not picky though, so those don’t really bother me).

At any rate, as far as comics and super heroes go, I think Batman has some of the best villains. They’re so iconic and I think you’d be hard pressed to find someone that doesn’t know a handful or have a favorite one. Many even make the argument that the Joker is the greatest villain of all time. And from playing Arkham Origins and getting good old one on one time with some wonderful classic and nostalgic villains, it gets the brain ticking. It inspires me to reach that level of productivity. Villain ideas have been flowing out of me left and right, each one trying to be more devious or challenging than its predecessor. In short, I’m having a blast.

Though all this is great, I find myself at a bit of a worry. It makes sense that whatever you’re reading or following media wise or doing in your every day to day life would affect your writing. Arkham is pretty gritty in nature, and Batman’s villains pretty vile. Deep down it creates a small worry to me while I create endless amounts of super villains for Quincy to face through his adventurous because his story is so light hearted and comical. Sometimes, it makes me worry that the whole theme will take an abrupt turn as it goes along.

But, whatever. Right now I’m having too much fun coming up with super villains to worry about all that. It sounds like a problem for future Ben anyways.

-Your Dark Knight of the Couch

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It amazes me  how much I learn to love each character as I write more and more. Even the small people, like a cashier who has but one purpose, seems to grow on me in their own way. Obviously,  these supporter can’t take my heart as much as the main attractions. The heroes, like Quincy Quiver, or the villains, like his nemesis, Milton the Magician. A lot of sources claim that villains are more complex. This could be the case in some instances. They have a lot going on. How they became evil, what they want to achieve. Personally, I try to give all my characters this great depth, but I find it easier to understand my villains from a writing stand point. For instance, Milton has this drive to be the greatest Magician of all time, at all costs. That’s his core motive, and it helps make him easy to write. Coming up with his back story was a piece of cake. What he needs to do, no problem. And every time he appears in a scene, he just does what he would do.

 

This might seem bland but it leads to great things. The villain always struggles. The hero always foils their plans, everybody is against the villain. Think about how tragic that is. All he wants is one thing, and no matter how hard the villain tries, countless amounts of people try to stop him. Being a villain isn’t easy.  They plot for years just to get foiled on one night, but one man who thinks what they’re doing is wrong. I don’t know about you, but I’d be pretty miserable and/or mischievous after that too.

 

At any rate, I just wanted to take a moment for us to appreciate some great villains over the years. Despite their troubled lives, some of them have broken through the mold to the point of being even popular among fans.  Just look at the Joker. He is a fantastic villain. In most renditions he has one true goal, to oppose Batman. It seems so bland and simple. Yet, it’s made him iconic. He’s ruined Gotham over and over, tortured Commissioner Gordon’s family, and schemed ridiculously detailed plots just to get under Batman’s skin.  It’s almost to the point where a Batman story without the Joker just isn’t nearly as good as one with it.

 

Villains are simple, yet so complex at the same time. That’s why I keep falling in love with mine. What do you guys think? Are villains awesome? Are they funner/easier to write?

 

-Your Mischievous Young Plotter

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Story Matters, and so does a hot Lara Croft.

I’ve never been a fan of the Tomb Raider games over the years. I don’t know why really. I played one or two and couldn’t get into them.  To be honest, I had taken the opinion-like I’m sure others had too- that they were just using the games as an excuse to show off Lara Croft.  

With that said, as soon as I saw the trailer for the reboot I got excited. It looked so raw and rugged; and the new Lara Croft look was also an upgrade IMO. So naturally, I went out on a limb and bought it. What’d I think? It’s awesome.  

 

I don’t think I’ve ever played a game in which I’ve felt constantly in peril. The game keeps you on your toes constantly. Half the time you can’t even walk without something bad happen. It’s great. And you know what surprised me the most? The story. It was actually good and entertaining, which is something to say for most games now a days.

Now, Square has a great history of games with great stories, but even they have been sliding down hill lately. I know some of you don’t play games for their stories, but I am a huge sucker. I find the story of a game to be way more important than it is given credit for. Sure you could mindlessly waste hours away as a Dovahkiin with almost no rhyme or reason (cause let’s face it, the majority of us paid little to no attention to what was actually happening on the side quests. Though I will admit there were one or two that were actually captivating. Like the one where you go on a drunken bender and figure out what you did) but personally I’ve always loved games that held more meaning.

 

Just look at Arkham City. Yes the game play was amazing, but so was the story, and despite how cool it was to be the Batman, the story held my attention from start to finish. I couldn’t wait to see what happened next.

 

In a sea of games that come up with very poor over all story and character development, Tomb Raider delivered. And I must say I have a new found respect for Lara Croft. She is a straight beast, and a sexy one to boot! I just hope she continues down this path for years to come.

 

-Your Everyday Lara Croft Lover

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