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The Malloy List – March 2016

Well, I hope everyone enjoyed their St. Patrick's Day... 100 years independent, baby! It's time for us to etch the name of another warrior onto the Malloy List. Now, I'm not the most astute man on the planet, but there's one subject in particular that I find fascinating and it will be my focus today: WAR.

Before we go any further, I have to make something perfectly clear: I am not now, nor have I ever been, a soldier. I have had the privilege of calling some of our greatest heroes my friends, but I won't dare sully their legacy by belittling their contributions to my freedom. I'm only bringing up the subject of war because of its relevance to his particular article... nothing more, nothing less.

At the risk of giving away this month's selection, I have a confession to make: the very idea of war has always fascinated me. When I was younger, there was a friend to the family that we would visit every so often. He had this really cool office/den at this place and in it, he had a wonderful book collection. The more of his books I read while he & my parents were doing... whatever adults did while they left their children to read, the more I came to realize something. All of these books were about war, combat & strategy. I suppose trying to brush that off as something that didn't mold me as a child would be a hilarious lie because once you've read half a dozen books about the Trojan War before your tenth birthday, yeah... you've been heavily influenced. Due to how obsessive my curiosity was (and still is, let's be honest), the mention of all these different gods led me to research the Greek Pantheon. Suffice it to say, on a scholastic level, I was very busy for those next few months. Having said all that, I'm fairly sure I can drop the usual pretenses that come with my writing and just reveal this month's inductee...

For some reason, I can't help but feel as though he's going to break into "I Wanna Rock" by Twisted Sister.

For some reason, I feel as though he's just moments away from breaking out into some Twisted Sister...

You had to have seen this one coming a mile away and if you didn't, then shame on you. In case you've been under a rock for the last 15 years or so, Ol' Flaming Mane up there is Ares, the original God of War from... the God of War series. (In hindsight, I really should have anticipated how redundant that introduction was going to be. My bad.) Honestly, this guy needs no introduction. He set in motion the ghastly chain of events that shaped everyone's favorite homicidal maniac, Kratos. However, if we're splitting hairs, the real credit for unleashing the "Ghost of Sparta" & his mythical wrath goes to Jimmy Thunderballs himself, Zeus. Long story short, this is one stunningly dysfunctional family. But, hey... what can you expect from Greek tragedy?

So what game am I going to place Mr. Bad Attitude in? I'm sure everyone is familiar with the old saying "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" and that is straight up dogma as far as I'm concerned. But what if our titular it isn't necessarily broken, just inefficient and/or not optimal? I'd like to imagine that you can see where I'm going with this, but I'll just save everyone the trouble: I want this Ares to replace the Ares from Injustice: Gods Among Us. I don't hold any grudge against Injustice's Ares, I just never felt compelled by him. Didn't see a lot of people gravitate towards him, can't remember ever seeing him in any Top 8's... he simply didn't resonate with too many folks. Don't get me wrong, from a narrative standpoint, his inclusion makes all the sense in the world, but he was simply never an effective character to me. With that in mind, I defy you to watch the boss battle with Ares from the first God of War and tell me all of his attacks don't just scream "top tier".

Until next time... keep fighting the good fight, my friends.

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