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21 October 2010 @ 01:05 am
Day 2: Your favorite character  
And now for a bulletin from the desk of Captain Obvious.

Cao Ren dispenses pwnage with a shield, defines his own stubborn sensitive badass archetype, and is quite nice to look at if you share my taste in men. But he's far more than the football playing Mega Man of Dynasty Warriors - he's a legend. The historical Ren was probably the best defensive commander of the Three Kingdoms era and one of the top generals overall, with a highly successful 30-year record and holding two of the highest titles in Wei's army at the time of his death. He talked Cao Cao out of massacring a rebellious city, rallied his men in the worst of times, and led a cavalry charge into enemy hordes - twice - to rescue ordinary soldiers.

Cao Ren is overlooked by KOEI fandom and Three Kingdoms fandom in general (apart from history buffs, who tend to appreciate his merits), which fuels my interest as well. Favorite heroic figures like Guan Yu and Zhao Yun are done to death in the popular tradition. I enjoy adding to the fan lore of someone who deserves to be legendary but was warped into an arrogant failure by Romance of the Three Kingdoms and some of the fictional tales that influenced it. My stuff, also featuring other overlooked guys like Lu Meng and Xiahou Yuan, ranges from srs bsness historical fiction to shameless slashy fan service and modern characterizations. Zip on over to Archive of our Own or fanfiction.net if you want to see. I has a dinky fan art collection as well. SLOWBRO IS SLOW AT FANDOM

I conveniently ignore the fact that Dynasty Warriors 6 came along and turned the Ren into Dumpster the Grouch. That is not what I signed up to fangirl over, and I think I deserve a free nerd rage musou token if DW7 doesn't take back WTF was done to Thor. At least I got some lunchbox jokes out of the deal. EXTRA BIGASS FRIES, BROUGHT TO YOU BY CAO'S JR.!

Day 1 - Very first video game.
Day 2 - Your favorite character.

Day 3 - A game that is underrated.
Day 4 - Your guilty pleasure game.
Day 5 - Game character you feel you are most like (or wish you were).
Day 6 - Most annoying character.
Day 7 - Favorite game couple.
Day 8 - Best soundtrack.
Day 9 - Saddest game scene.
Day 10 - Best gameplay.
Day 11 - Gaming system of choice.
Day 12 - A game everyone should play.
Day 13 - A game you’ve played more than five times.
Day 14 - Current (or most recent) gaming wallpaper.
Day 15 - Post a screenshot from the game you’re playing right now.
Day 16 - Game with the best cut scenes.
Day 17 - Favorite antagonist.
Day 18 - Favorite protagonist.
Day 19 - Picture of a game setting you wish you lived in.
Day 20 - Favorite genre.
Day 21 - Game with the best story.
Day 22 - A game sequel which disappointed you.
Day 23 - Game you think had the best graphics or art style.
Day 24 - Favorite classic game.
Day 25 - A game you plan on playing.
Day 26 - Best voice acting.
Day 27 - Most epic scene ever.
Day 28 - Favorite game developer.
Day 29 - A game you thought you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving.
Day 30 - Your favorite game of all time.
Current Music: Simon and Garfunkel - I Am a Rock
quufer on October 21st, 2010 11:34 am (UTC)
Double woot for the Cao that is Ren! I remember him from playing Romance of the Three Kingdoms 1 on the NES. Unfortunately, they gave him a relatively low War rating (in the low 80s, IIRC, may have been even lower), so I never really used him much in my stacks of doom.
Doness: Dun smirksdonesschen on October 21st, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
I agree, those people's real history are far more interesting to me than the polished pretty over-exaggerated stories in DW and RotK (which pushes awesome people like your Cao Ren out of the spotlight). Despite Xiahou Dun being my OMFG ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE of both RotK and DW, I am completely aware of his incompetence in battle compared to his fellow Wei generals XD. But I love Xiahou Dun for what he was as a person historically; extremely generous and rewarded his soldiers with all his extra earnings, his loyalty and his.... great administration skills! XD LOL he was mostly a desk man XD.
zerielzeriel on October 21st, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
This sort of thing is exactly why I want to see a Creative Assembly game set in this period. China: Total War. While I wasn't thrilled with Empires, if they did it as well as Medieval or Rome, I'd play the crap out of that crap.
The Heavy Metal Matador: Kuribo's Shoerydain on October 22nd, 2010 03:35 am (UTC)
One of my friends is a major Xiahou Dun fan with pretty much the same opinion. And that's awesome - someone doesn't have to be the ZOMFG BEST EVAR to have admirable traits or an overall presence that you find particularly interesting. Dun was one of my first DW5 favorites and one of the first that I looked into historically. I remember thinking he was pretty cool for being such a generous and caring administrator.

I appreciate a good DW characterization, especially when it's sexy, but I love the depth and weight of a more historical view. We may not have a time machine to confirm or deny it, but it's fun to create plausible interpretations of people and events based on records, cultural influences, and armchair military psychology.
Doness: Dun smirksdonesschen on October 22nd, 2010 08:30 am (UTC)
Heh. This is why Zhang Liao is my second favourite, because both historically AND in RotK/DW he's done many great deeds for Wei. I admire and respect him both historically and in RotK/DW for his intelligence, great battle strategies and his ability to lead armies to victory. Hurray for Battle of He Fei! XD But unfortunately Dynasty Warriors caused him to be pushed down to second place on my list because Koei made Xiahou Dun way too good-looking for me, LOL XD.
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Doness: Dun smirksdonesschen on October 22nd, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
Heh no worries, I'm guessing a lot of people are drawn to him for his eyepatch! Xiahou Dun was a Mr Nothing to me when I was obsessed with RotK many years ago, but as soon as I started playing DW6.... HOLY CRAP I FELL IN LOVE WITH THAT RUGGEDLY HANDSOME MAN XD.
The Heavy Metal Matador: Lu Mengrydain on October 23rd, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
I had a similar experience with Lu Meng, who was Just There to me in DW5. I played his musou mode, didn't remember much, and LOL'ed when people referred to him as a playable generic. I took some more notice of him in WO. When the DW6 artwork came along, I was all "When did Scruffles get hot?" XD I've since come to appreciate his other costumes, but that dusky brooding Aragorn look just hadn't struck me before.

Then he was such a down to earth grumpy teacher in Gan Ning's musou mode, and the fangirling officially began. And got worse - in the awesome sense, of course - when I learned about him historically.
Doness: Dun heart <3donesschen on October 23rd, 2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
Oooooomfg I love Lu Meng too! I love his hoarse voice and his scruffiness, he's so maaaaanly, especially compared to his fellow Wu generals lol XD.

And the DW6 concept art of him all wrapped up warmly is so prettyyyyy *__*
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The Heavy Metal Matador: GTA Cao Renrydain on October 23rd, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
Absolutely. Cao Ren always gave that impression of being a "shut up and get the job done" guy, and he has a more honest concern for the little guy than we see out of certain other preachy characters. Liu Bei stands around whining about the deaths of enemy peasants in Cheng Du instead of taking any action to reduce their death toll, such as personally bringing a quick end to the battle. Cao Ren runs out with no comment to buckler charge the arbalest that had just shot up a bunch of his dudes. Shu tries to use a water attack at Fan. Cao Ren points out that such tactics ruin the land and the people suffer long thereafter.

That side of him was prominent in his DW5 musou mode, which was one of the best in the game. DW6 had to go and lose it to the point of ruining his musou quotes. He's the "You leave me no choice" guy. Not the "How stupid can you be?" guy. BASIC CONTINUITY, PEOPLE. IT'S NOT DIFFICULT.