Versus: Season 2 Episode 2

Ok, I’ll admit it. The first post of the second “season” of Versus didn’t go as planned. Matticus and I both made our pitches and waited for our awesome readers to vote in the poll. Then, the time came for the poll to end…. only it never did. At last glance, which was about a week ago, it was still active. I’m still not sure what happened there.

At some point, Matt and I are going to go to battle in the virtual arena that is Versus again, but I need to iron out the kinks in the system first. So, with that in mind, I’m going to subject you all to some of my regular Versus posts, only I’m going to start including polls on those. That way I can practice, and hopefully figure out what I did wrong the last time, before we have our rematch. Unlike my older Versus episodes, however, I’m only going to be doing one matchup per post.

Let’s try this poll thing again. Onto the matchup!

MORE ANNOYING VIDEO GAME PARTY MEMBER: CARTH (STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC) VS. SERA (DRAGON AGE: INQUISITION) VS. LOUIS (LEFT 4 DEAD)

We’ve got us a three way battle. I also had a Three Way for dinner (which means nothing to you unless you’re from the Cincinnati area), but that’s beside the point. This matchup consists of three characters from video games that I have spent a lot of time playing. I’m pretty sure that I’ve logged over 100 hours on each of them. So, these characters have had a lot of time to get under my skin. Let’s go through them one by one, shall we?

Up first is Carth. He is the first actual party member you pick up in KOTOR. Then, he spends the rest of the game annoying the crap out of you. He goes on some whiny tangent about how he doesn’t trust anyone anymore because he was betrayed before. If you take the time to ask him about it, he gets defensive and snaps at you. As the story progresses, if you keep asking him about it, he reveals that the person who betrayed him was his mentor and the betrayal was the bombardment of his home planet which led to the deaths of his wife and child (Although, you find out later in the game that his child survived and turned to the dark side). Granted, if my wife and child were killed, I’d be devastated, but I don’t think I’d be a whiny ass and blame it on everyone I meet. I beat this game at least 5 times and I think the only time I talked to Carth enough to get the side quest that involved his kid was the first time. I couldn’t take it for any of the others.

Next is Sera. In Dragon Age, certain people have accents that mimic those that are on Earth. For example, the Orlesians all speak in French accents. Sera, on the other hand, speaks in a heavy British accent. Normally, that wouldn’t bother me. When Sera speaks, however, she goes 100 miles an hour. I can’t understand most of what she says she’s usually talking so fast. Even when you have the text appear on the screen and read it, most of what she says is still nonsense. She uses metaphors that just don’t make sense to me. Her answers to questions are usually vague and leave you with more questions than when you started. I won’t even talk to her anymore unless it’s absolutely necessary to complete a quest.

And last is Louis. Quite frankly, Louis is a little bitch. When any of the other characters from either of the Left 4 Dead games get entangled with one of the special infected (a hunter/smoker/jockey/what have you) they cry out for a teammate to help them out. Louis just cries. I looked for an audio clip so I could show you what I mean, but I couldn’t find one. The most annoying one is when he gets pounced on by a Hunter. He screams, “Get it off me! Get it off meeeeeeee!” while sobbing. Literally sobbing. If it wouldn’t lessen my chances of survival, I’d let the little bitch die every time.

But, who is more annoying? That is for you to decide, dear readers. I’m going to put up this here poll thing and hope it works correctly this time around. Cast your vote and let me know who you dislike having in your party the most. If I get it right this time, I’ll post a follow up with the winner in 8 days.

A Couple of Post Updates

Last week, I told you about how I’m on the fence about continuing with a story that I had started. I didn’t think that I had the time or effort to put into the research I’d need to do to give the story some credibility, to make it as good as I want it to be.

Well, I’ve decided to put that story on hold. It may be temporary, or it may be permanent. It just depends on whether I ever come to a time that I feel like I can finish it properly. I’d rather have an incomplete story that I’m happy with than a complete one that I don’t like.

The other post I’m going to be talking about is from way back in November. It was a post in my Versus series. In it, Matticus and I each made an argument on who would win in a fight. He chose Duncan McLeod. I chose Achilles. At the end of the post, I put a poll down at the bottom for people to vote on who they thought would win. I thought I had set up the poll to close after a week. Apparently, I was wrong. It’s still going.

Over three months have passed now, so I’m calling it. The winner is:

Achilles!

Although, to be honest, it should’ve been an 11-10 outcome instead of 12. I accidentally voted when I was trying to figure out if it was still active. Oops.

A big round of applause to Matt for playing along with me. Sorry for the technical difficulties…

I wouldn’t mind doing another of these posts, if anyone out there is interested in going up against me. Hopefully I’ll be able to iron out the poll glitches before then, though.

Versus: Season 2 Episode 1

Anyone who had read my blog for a while knows I used to do a series of post entitled Versus were I would pit two fictional or mythological characters in some type of competition and then I would tell you who I think would win. This time around, I thought I’d try something a little different. This time, you will hear a matchup and be given an argument for each. One of them is written by me. The other is written someone else. A poll will be left at the bottom of the post and we will let you, the reader decide who the winner is.

This week’s matchup is Duncan McLeod (Highlander) vs. Achilles (Greek myth).

Arguing for Duncan is Matt from The Matticus Kingdom:

Duncan McLeod, the Highlander, was the greatest swordsman ever. 

There is no room for discussion.  There is no potential rival.  He was the greatest.  He lived for centuries, and the nature of his being has meant he trained every day of his life to be the best with a sword.  Train, fight, win, repeat.  That was his entire existence since 1592 when he was born in the highlands of Scotland. 

Raised to be the next chieftain in a clan of warriors, Duncan ended up traveling the world again and again throughout his immortal lifespan.  He constantly learned and adopted the fighting styles of every culture he encountered, including: Irish bare-knuckle fighting, the craft of the Sioux, and the way of the Samurai.  All of the techniques he picked up, he practiced until he had perfected them and could seamlessly use them while fighting.

Additionally, he had the benefit of being able to make mistakes and learn from them, which is often said to be the best way to learn, because he could die and then rise up again with new knowledge that made him wiser and therefore a stronger warrior.  On top of being able to learn from his mistakes, Duncan spent years teaching others how to fight, which is also often said to be one of the best ways to learn.  You do not truly know a skill until you’ve taught it to someone else.

If all of that wasn’t enough, McLeod also inherited the skills and knowledge of any other immortal he killed in battle.  So, while he already had amassed an impossible array of skills and knowledge over his long life, he also had at his disposal the skills and knowledge of every immortal he had defeated, who had the skills and knowledge of every immortal they had defeated, and on and on.

In the end, when Duncan reached the source and the gathering came to a close, he was the only immortal remaining.  He had taken on the strength, power, and fighting skills of all the other immortal warriors who had ever existed since the four horsemen rode free near the beginning of recorded time.  He was the sum of all of their greatest attributes.  He won out through all the rest, which means his swordsmanship was better than all of them.

Who was the greatest swordsman ever, you ask? 

There could be only one, and it was Duncan McLeod.

 

And, here is my argument for Achilles:

 

Achilles, a name that has lived on for thousands of years. The greatest warrior among an army of legendary warriors. A man unequalled in battle. A man that will be remembered forever. 

What made Achilles so great? Was it his epic fighting skills? Was it his mythological immortality? Or was it that The Iliad, one of the most enduring stories of all time, is centered around him? 

Maybe it’s all of the above. 

Achilles bested anyone who ever challenged him. Hector, the greatest of all the Trojan warriors, was beaten easily. Achilles, in a show of dominance, then tied Hector’s body to the back of his chariot and paraded the corpse around the walls of Troy so that all could see who was truly the best.  

When the Greek army finally broke into the impenetrable walls surrounding Troy, it took the god Apollo to save the Trojans from feeling Achilles’ wrath. Some say that it was Paris that slew the immortal Achilles, but we all know the truth. It was Apollo in the guise of Paris. Nobody but a god could stop the wrath of Pelias’ son. 

And no gods are here now. 

 

Well, dear readers, who do you think would win in a fight, Duncan or Achilles? Vote below. Also, if you want to challenge me in the Versus Arena, leave me a comment and we’ll see what we can come up with together.

A Day Late and A Lot of Dollars Short

First of all, I’d like to congratulate all of the people who have been able to do the post-a-day thing this month. I don’t know how you do it. Hell, I’m only posting once a week and I can’t even do that right. This post should’ve been done a couple of days ago.

There are a few reasons for my tardiness. First of all, I got sucked into reading Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf by R.A. Salvatore. The story itself is a mash-up of recycled stories from previous books in the series (which is bound to happen eventually. After all, it is the 27th book in the Dark Elf saga), but he writes so well that it doesn’t bother you and you still can’t put it down.

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Versus: Episode 13

In the last episode of Versus, I did matchups of different actors playing the same character (I know it was a long time ago, so if you forgot what happened, click here). This time, I thought I’d flip it. I decided to go with matchups of different characters played by the same actor.

As with all of my other matchups, I’m going to try to keep them as fair as I possibly can. After all, Harrison Ford played both Han Solo and Indiana Jones, but that wouldn’t be much of a fair fight. A whip and a pistol may be good in the 1930s, but they’re no match for a blaster at your side.

Because they both have powers, I was tempted to do an Ian McKellan: Magneto vs. Gandalf matchup. I won’t be doing that one…at least not yet. I’d like to keep from reusing characters as long as I can and I’ve already done a matchup with Gandalf. Speaking of Lord of the Rings, however…. Continue reading

Versus: Episode 12

A while ago, my writing partner Matticus suggested doing an episode of Versus which featured characters from movies that have been remade going against each other. For example, he suggested doing Glenn Ford (1957) vs. Russell Crowe (2007), both of whom played Ben Wade in 3:10 to Yuma. While that is a very good idea, it’s one I can’t do. It’s not just because I haven’t seen the 1957 version of that movie, but it’s because I don’t think I’ve ever seen both of any movie that has been remade. At least, I can’t think of any. The only one that’s even close is Red Dawn. I’ve seen the original and parts of the remake (I was sick at the time and was in and out of sleep during the entire movie).

So, instead, what I’ve decided to do with this episode is match up people who have played the same character, but in different movies. The first matchup is a three man fight to the death…well, a fight until I pick a winner, anyways. Continue reading

Versus: Episode 11

It is yet another late edition of Versus. At one point, I had hoped to do one of these every week. That has not happened in a very long time. Unfortunately, life has gotten in my way……stupid life….

I hope you’ve all missed it. I’m pretty sure you didn’t, but I’ll allow myself to be a little deluded on this one.

The first matchup for today comes from Faithhopechocolate, the ever awesome.

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