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Villainous Villainy – What madness is this!?

Villain.

Defined as a cruelly malicious person who is involved in or devoted to wickedness or crime; scoundrel.  A knave, rascal, rapscallion, rogue, scamp.

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When I played Dead Rising 3 this past weekend, and came face to face with this crazy psychopath, injecting hallucinogens into people, setting them loose and then running around with a surgical saw blade,  grinding into their abdomens for their liver while they were in a frenzy… I can understand why one would be described as a cruelly malicious person who is involved in or devoted to wickedness. But a knave, rascal, rapscallion, rogue, scamp? Not even close.

That sicko is a psycho. I mean, its not just the fact that it’s a freakin zombie apocalypse and he’s collecting living people’s livers instead of saving them, but the depravity in giving them hallucinogens and letting them roam so he can kill them; and he has the audacity to say “You must make use of the opportunities when they present themselves!” That is a despairing atrocity.

His death is the most dramatic and considerably horrific, giving me a cringe and shudder factor I haven’t experienced in a while, especially not in a game.

Which leads me to my ongoing Villainous Villainy post. As many of you might be aware (Check the top right widget – click on it to see previous Villain posts), I am writing a series of short stories focused on villains and what makes them tick.

I’ve explored the anti-hero, the neurotic, the hardened villain in pursuit of a hero and the hero destined to be a villain. What Dead Rising 3 and the DC Universe has taught me, is that sometimes the villain is just crazy. Not even considering the Joker or any of those key villains but the entire roster. They are all just a bunch of pyschos.

Which then begs the question, what turns a man into a raging or even a subtle psychopath. What snapped? Is it Nature VS Nurture? Is it genetic? Hereditary? Or maybe the person just enjoys it. I think that really puts fear into the idea of a crazed killer. What if they enjoy doing what they do and do not care nor fear consequence. No remorse. No emotion. Now that’s a scary thought.

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About Nthato Morakabi

Nthato Morakabi is a South African born, published author working as a Technical Writer for Everlytic and a writer for Gamecca Magazine. He has published short stories both internationally and locally, and is hoping to publish a novel in the near future. He is an avid read, inspired blogger, and an aspiring digital artist.

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