Top 10 Video Game Time Masters

Hello everyone, it’s me ChrisX and we’re back in another Top 10 list.

A particular element that tends to stand outside the common group of elements like Fire, Water, Earth and Wind (and Ice, and Thunder, and… a lot more) is the element that constantly moves even as I type this post, even as you read this post, even as you even so much take a breath. With this element, man grows from walking with four limbs, to two limbs and eventually three. I am of course talking about Time. The element that continue to march on for eternity, causing living beings to grow, to mature… and to die (unless either a massive blunt force or a pointy stick to a body part would have a word for that. Or viruses and bacterias.)

In video games, it’s pretty common that there’s someone who uses time manipulation to give them the advantage when it comes to fighting. They come in many flavors, either by rewinding, accelerating or altogether stopping time itself to give them plenty of time to set their enemies up. And hey, time motifs can look cool, starting from clockwork, stopwatches, or the cogs of time. And now is no better time to count down the clock of the 10 masters of time itself.

The normal rules will still do. Only one per series rule, and of course only from games I played. And exclusively for this, no mere Time Travelers. Sometimes you CAN use the time-travel device, but that doesn’t make you a Time Master. If you want to Time Travel in this list, you need to produce the phenomenon from your own skills or body, not borrow someone else’s. Also I know some of the more famous titles might be missing from this list, but please excuse me on that… because I haven’t played through those games, mostly.

And the time is ripe to finally start the countdown of…

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Top 10 Video Game Archers

Hello everyone, it’s ChrisX and I frickin’ apologize for not updating for so goddamn long time. Things… happen. New games, jobs, and stuffs like that. But yeah, I’m… kind of back. I hope.

So that being said, let’s go back to another list including weapons. Let’s see about… ranged weapon. Of course, the first instance of ranged weapon is… stone. Yeah, pick up a stone, then throw it to your enemy. But eventually, it evolved into something more eloquent. For instance, eventually they sharpened the rock, and put it on a stick. And thus… a throwable pointed stick

… Pointed sticks?

… Anyway, as humans evolved more, they started to develop more classy weapons to attack from afar. But pretty much, amongst the older weapons, the most popular one has got to be the bow and arrow, where you launch your arrow using a strung bow. The user of this weapon would later be known as ‘Archer’.

And seeing that video games often take place in fantasy themes where feudal weapons were used, it’s no surprise that there are tons of archers in video game history. And hell, sometimes even in modern times, there are still archers that forego more modern ranged weapons like guns, and instead uses bow and arrow. It’s easier to pull a trigger, but archery is a different beast altogether. Calmness and concentration plays a bigger part in this, so a lot of archers really come with a cool head as they are looking for ways to get into the best position and then give one fatal accurate shot that will still kill their target just as good as a gun does. On a head.

I mean, sure, we do have some super hot blooded archers out there, but I don’t think that would make them quite efficient in a long run. However, that’s that: Cool-headedness definitely will be a bigger part on what makes a great archer in video games. But otherwise, same rules apply. Only one character per series and only from games I played. And another thing… the characters must be MAINLY using bow and arrow for their weapon. If a bow is just a side weapon for them… I’m sorry, but that’s out of question. Also… crossbows? I try not to use them. There seems to be more crossbow users that later would warrant its own list.

That’s enough for introduction. Now deep breath, take aim… and let’s go on with the countdown.

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(Yes, I used ‘Archer’ this time, not ‘Archery Expert’ or ‘Bow Experts’. If it’s simpler that way, so be it)


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Top 20 Video Game Ice Masters (Part 1)

Hello everybody and happy holidays! Merry Christmas! And Happy Birthday to ME! Yes, so for this one occasion, here’s a special treat for you. It’s a winter season, where there’s lots of snows and ice.

In video games… I like ice. It’s my favorite element. There’s just something cool about those cold blocks of ice usually formed into one big, sharp needle getting thrown to the enemy. Or occasionally, encasing them in a big block of ice, immobilizing them so you can either leave them or do whatever to them while they’re being helpless. It also helps that those who wield the ice tends to be the coolest character. No, I’m not being punny here. Kind of. Those who wield the ice elements usually has this one trait shared with the element itself: Coldness. They tend to have calm and cool composure, enabling them to plan where and how they would apply the form of ice and cold to their foes. For the most part, they tend to be very smart as well. Of course, not every ice users are like that, even those in this list, but you get the idea.

And because ice is my favorite element, and it’s nearing a special day to me, that is, the day I get closer to my lifespan limit and time where the cold hand of death claims me… I mean, my birthday… I want to make this one special. That is, rather than going for 10 characters like usual, I’m doubling the size and make it 20 characters. Yes, I have that much spare characters that I like best when using ice.

Same rules apply, only games I’ve played and one character per franchise. Now, just stay frosty… and get to the list. (… And see how many ice puns I ended up committing.)

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Top 10 Video Game Hammer Experts

Hello everybody and welcome back to another Countdown Post of mine, continuing with the Weapons on a Stick theme. Now, shall we say that if we switch the blade on that stick into a GIANT mass of weight… What do we get? Hammers, that’s what.

In the beginning, hammers were invented to construct structures. Mostly by pounding nails to woods or nails or anything. At times, people also use it to construct weapons, that’s what blacksmiths do. It just happens that the bigger the hammer becomes, the more destructive it becomes, sometimes even becoming a reverse of its original purpose, a bludgeon weapon to either demolish structures, or just bash someone’s skull, either breaking them, or knocking them away for a very long distance. It’s also a popular weapon for clerics who abhor steel sharp weapons… and it’s also a popular weapon for anime girls who tends to get annoyed with their male friends.

But we’re not gonna talk about anime.

The hammers tend to be a powerful weapon, slow at swing, but packs a massive weight in each blows. And so, within this list, 10 Experts of Hammers in video game history shall be listed and we will see who stands in the top to put the mightiest hammer down there is. As usual, the two main rules apply: Only one character per franchise, and only from the games I played. And only from things originating from video games. I swear to God, if anime-origin characters can be put in this list, I would’ve happily put in the GaoGaiGar in, due to the massive Goldion Hammer or Goldion Crusher, and it was showcased in Super Robot Wars! But alas, rules are rules.

So let’s not wait any longer. It’s hammer ti– Wait, no, I don’t say that. I’ll reveal why later. Onward to the countdown then!

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Top 10 Video Game Combat Staff Experts

Hello everybody and welcome back to your daily dose of video game countdowns. Now that Halloween is over, I’d say we can get into more normal weaponries, or this time, because I can’t get enough of themes… let’s try to come up with another silly theme for it. Let’s see… I know! How about Countdowns about Weapons… ON A STICK!

(I’m gonna have to cheat later by the way, I don’t think there’s enough poleaxe users)

We will start with the root of it. The stick itself. Sometimes, a weapon can look and appear simple, but it gets results and sometimes it’s kind of all you need. Enter the Combat Staff. Or Bo Staff.

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Long in reach, and of the blunt type, the Combat Staff is a pretty popular weapons for those who are pacifistic in nature, but requires a weapon. Monks or Kung-Fu fighting characters tend to use that. But regardless, it remains a popular staple amongst video games, what they lack in steel and cutting capability, they make it up for their long range. The combat staff also exemplifies versatility, it has various uses that will depend on its user’s mind and cunning on how much of it can unleash its potential.

So! That being said, it’s time I count down 10 video game characters that has been known for the usage of this simple yet deadly weapon. Aside of the usual rule of ‘only from games I have played’, I’ll have to mention one thing. In order to qualify, the characters must be using the staff mainly to smack around their enemies up close physically. Staves have been also a popular choice as a conduit of magic. However, they’d be magic casters, NOT combat staff experts. We’re looking for more… physical things. I would excuse it if the staff is a variant like Sansetsukon or the Three-sectioned staff, but it has to be a long staff that is ideally wielded with two hands like a quarterstaff. Baton-staves will not count.

All right, all things said and done, it’s time to dig in to the best combat staff users in video game! Let the countdown begin!

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Top 10 Video Game Scythe Experts

It’s not usual for me to celebrate, Halloween… but I’d like to make something special for that day, it’s not today, but hell, everyone’s making preparations. So I guess… early Halloween present? Hm… let’s see… the undeads, monsters…  what else can I make… Oh, right! The Scythe!

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Welcome, folks, to ChrisX’s Top 10 Video Game Scythe Experts

Why scythe, though? I mean, originally it was made to just cut grass. But thanks to the wonders of fictions, stories everywhere attaching the tool to the image of the angel of death, the Grim Reaper, it has turned into a wicked cool awesome weapon that instills fear to whoever faces those wielding these weapons. And because Grim Reapers is some… seriously creepy and spooky creature, I guess why not, it’ll do for Halloween.

Basic rules apply here: Only one character per franchise and only from the games I have played and… those that debuts in a video game. So… just excuse me if a character you like didn’t make it to the list, but let me know anyway via comments! Oh and also, I only count actual scythes. Not smaller ones like kama or kusarigama. At any rate, click on to read the list. If you like this list, take your time to also tell your favorite VG scythe users. It’s good to share.

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MOBA Season (Old Video): Top 20 Smite Gods

Because Smite is awesome and is definitely one of the better MOBA’s to play. Give it a chance, guys.

Part 1

Part 2

As time passed, I came to like more Gods along the way that this list may be invalid, but that’ll be a story to tell in another time

The MOBA Season: Prologue

In which I explain shortly on how I got into the genre and my attempts to get to these series of videos…

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(Unfortunately for Heroes of Newerth, I still kinda lack a lot of knowledge on them)

It all began when a certain event in console gaming shook me so much, as much as a geek like me could handle (We’ll get to that later), that I retreated to PC gaming. At first I was just an ex-Dota player, who played in my campus casually, and after that retreat, I discovered Steam… and Dota 2 was free! I was able to indulge myself in the game as a small retreat, but due to TV Tropes and a certain youtuber/content maker known as the Green Scorpion… Well, long story short, I got introduced with League of Legends. I was skeptical to join at first… until I discovered there was an Indonesian server provided by Garena.

Long story short, I simply got ADDICTED. I spent hours and hours within the year in playing that game, exploring its nuances, getting better. In addition, I also occasionally slips into Dota 2 as well. The latter is a harder game, but nonetheless enjoyable. And as time passed, more big stuffs came in, in form of Smite and Heroes of the Storm. All in all, I fell in love the MOBA genre for real… something that was supposed to be a runaway place.

However, as time passed and I also became more and more impressed with countdown makers… It hits me one thing… Most of them are only giving credits to League of Legends. I know everyone have their own preferences, and it’s okay… and it may be just me getting petty. But I thought that the other big MOBA games deserve their own recognition amongst the community. This, in addition of several unsavory stuffs amongst the genre… that is, being a fan war that attempts to badmouth the other product to make their own product look better… (for instance, ‘a Dota 2 fan calling the genre MOBA should be lambasted because it’s League that coined it, Dota 2 is ARTS damn it!’. No, shut up, enough with this elitism.) It doesn’t endear me one bit. It’s like saying you can only pick one. Pick just one to master with dedication, I can understand, but pick just one to love and badmouth the rest? The hell??

And that was why I made the MOBA Season series of videos. I might have very little audience so far and it still pained me, but does that deter me? No. I did it anyway, because I start to enjoy doing what I do and expressing love to what I like. The MOBA Season is basically a series of countdowns where I list up my favorite things in certain MOBAs, though I put it on hiatus for now to hopefully expand my area of interests in the eyes of many. Besides, I don’t call myself pro, I’m just your casual scrub who never played Ranked. So things are mostly on personal preferences.

And after this, I might even expand the season for things other than countdowns. For instance, common cliches that are often featured throughout every MOBAs. It’s not going to make your play style better, but it might be some interesting tidbits.

But for now, after this, I will first post the videos I have made so far for the Season, before I move on. If you’re interested in this… Good for you!

I’ll see you next time.