30 DAY VIDEO GAME CHALLENGE – Day 17 – Favorite antagonist.

What’s good, everyone? You’re here with Joshua Evo again, and for Day 17, we’ll be talking about our favorite antagonists in video games. Bad guys are almost a necessity in any video game. Unless players are exclusively battling other players or the environment, there is always a big bad that gamers are pitted against either throughout the progression of a game, or at it’s end. Mine is a little of bit of both, and as luck would have it, a complete psychopath. I present to you Kefka, the sadistic clown with the whooping laugh from Final Fantasy VI.

Fun fact: It's also the default setting on his white noise sleep machine.

Fun fact: It’s also the default setting on his white noise sleep machine.

Kefka is power mad, out of his mind and completely amoral. While some may contend that the Joker is the clown prince of crime, I’m of the opinion that believe Kefka is a better fit for that descriptor. For example, once the game enters the World of Ruin stage (because Kefka made it happen), he holes up in a  massive tower topped with a death laser he calls his “Light of Judgment”, that he willingly and indiscriminately fires upon towns, people and I’m sure even small animals. By the game’s end, he is seen to have murdered at least two of the highest ranking members of the Empire HE HIMSELF belongs to, and happily poisons the entire water supply of a castle. When players finally DO their crack at putting him down for good, they find themselves traipsing up a multi-level boss battle that looks like it came out of a Hieronymus Bosch acid trip. In short, Kefka is bad news, and putting an end to him was one of the most satisfying experiences I’ve ever had as a gamer.

— Evo out.


Hannah here to discuss my “favorite” antagonist. Now friends, I had a really hard time with this article. I don’t often play games with memorable or iconic antagonists, much less antagonistic characters I actually enjoy coming across. After thinking long and hard, I came up with my choice. Warning, if you have not played Until Dawn this is gonna contain some serious spoilers. Like just stop reading now if you want to play this game because I’m about to wreck it like Miley Cyrus. (I hate myself for that, btw.)

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I can totally crap my pants without moving.

MOTHER – EFFING – WENDIGOS.

Honestly, I have to give mad props to these critters. Not only did they trigger my primal fear of zombies and things that go bump/skree in the night, the animators did an absolutely fantastic job on these creatures.

In folklore, a wendigo is a Native American spirit that invades your body, causing you to crave the flesh of humans. Once possessed by the wendigo, you are turned you into an undead killing machine with strength and agility beyond that of any man. Scary or nah? Naaaaaaaaah. (/s)

I had several nightmares about the wendigos after playing the game, which makes them a winner in my book. I’ll just leave you with the happy little thought that people have actually cannibalized others and claimed to be possessed by the wendigo spirit. It’s a diagnosable condition called Wendigo Psychosis and it’s freaking terrifying.

 – HSLAMMA WILL RESPAWN IN THREE… TWO… ONE…


Hello everyone! Megan_Highwind here for day 17 of the 30 day challenge! My choice for favorite antagonist is none other than Legend of Zelda’s Ganondorf. No matter how many times Link tries time and again to take this evil villain out for good, he keeps coming back. He has risen from the dead, escaped captivity, and come back to Hyrule over and over again to try to threaten Link’s world.

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Unlike some other antagonists, Ganondorf has actually succeeded in turning his world completely evil and making it an uphill battle for Link to try to win his world back. Even those who assembled the Triforce, the gods, are scared of Ganondorf, for good reason. No matter how many times Link returns the world to happiness and sunshine, Ganondorf will always be waiting in the wings to once again wrought destruction upon Hyrule. That is why Ganondorf gets my top spot as favorite antagonist.

-Megan_Highwind has left the party.


 

Hey everyone, James B. Boss here with my latest entry for thirty day challenge. Video game villains, some we can live with and some we just wish would friggin’ die (looking at you Gil, you two-toned, man-thong wearing jerk). While I do hate majority of the villains I encounter in video games, there are some that I can bring myself to appreciate. For today, I would say that I give respect to none other than Mario’s arch-nemesis, Bowser.

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Uh, I think I’ll just skip ahead to that “other castle”

While yes he continues the seemingly endless cycle of capturing Princess Peach, only to eventually be thwarted by Mario nearly every time he tries, one can’t not help but love his determination. Even when he is beaten by Mario, he once again returns to wreak havoc and steal the princess, because that’s what Bowser do. When you get to play as him in other games such as Smash brothers, you can get an idea on how strong he can be. Bowser may be a villain, but he is definitely one that I can respect and count as my favorite. 

— Boss? What happened? BOSS?!

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