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41  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anime thread of anime on: July 25, 2014, 08:12:06 PM

Quote from: hitbyambulance on July 24, 2014, 08:05:13 PM

recently, i saw Detonator Orgun and GunBuster for the first time. those have not aged as well.

No, not if the majority of your recent viewing are anime released in the last decade and a half. I'd argue though, that if you're a fan of the later years of the golden age of anime, both of those stand up. The problem is, beginning with the Ghost in the Shell feature, along with other landmarks in anime technique like Princess Mononoke, The Animatrix, and Spirited Away, the standards bar has been upped very high. It's hard now to watch those golden age anime without the glasses of today's standards. As well, with the decline in anime sales and production that started in the late 90's, studios and producers have been careful to ensure that most cover the bases in terns of technique quality - though atrocious exceptions to that still get released.

I'd argue that both Detonator Orgun and GunBuster stand up in terms of story and characters, the former more so. Detonator got particularly pooched by Central Park Media who handled the N.A. distribution and had a reputation for bad quality - really borked the audio for its NA DVD. I personally enjoy the simpler design of anime from the golden age and find the better anime from that era to be superior character and story-wise than the majority of what's currently being released.
42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anime thread of anime on: July 24, 2014, 07:08:05 PM

Quote from: Gratch on July 23, 2014, 07:47:10 PM

That said, my favorites back in the day were:

-  Ninja Scroll (the movie.  I thought the series was terrible)
-  Record of Lodoss War
-  Rurouni Kenshin
-  Trigun
-  Cowboy Bebop
-  Vampire Hunter D
-  Ghost in the Shell
-  Anything by Miyazaki
-  Berzerk

Lol, other than Rorouni Kenshin all of those are in my anime library of DVDs and BRD's.  I haven't bought the latest 2  Miyazaki films yet and I did once own RK, but traded it away. Oh, and my Whispers of the Heart DVD seems to be on indefinite loan to my nephew's ex-girlfriend. I really liked her and she's a professional violinist, so I'm cool with it living with her.  slywink
43  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anime thread of anime on: July 23, 2014, 06:26:17 PM
I like a lot of the titles and recommendations given . I personally mostly only watch what's on Netflix and what's free on crunchyroll.  A good part of my viewing is re-watching my favorite series/features via my anime library which is around 200 volumes. Occasionally I view via, which for those who aren't aware is a site with a huge selection of anime for free with the catch that they're only in Japanese with English subtitles - also has ads at the beginnning.  I mostly don't bother with that site though, because their hosting is poor and I frequently experience broken connections.

I'll 2nd Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040. I have the original BG and have to say, other than the middle 3 episodes directed by Masami Obari, 2040 is the better series. It's cyberpunk that's definitely influenced by Blade Runner, but instead of a gritty, middle-aged cop like Decker for a protagonist it has a team of young, attractive heroines decked out in cool, sexy power armor. The original is regarded as 1 of the formative animes for the whole power babes sub-genre. As well, instead of human-like replicants for enemies it has boomers which are sort of a cross between androids+robots+mini kaiju - many of them look pretty damn good. It's not for everyone, especially those who find power babes a turn off, but the characters in it are well done, with good depth to them and much of the Tokyo settings looks cool in a futuristic sort of way. To compliment the female protagonists there's also a special police agency which features a number of male characters that are in competition with the team of heroines to save the city/day. One of them (Leon) definitely seems to be inspired by Harrison Ford's Decker.

I like my mecha series too, but I have to say I'm not a big fan of Gundam. To me it's always seemed like Japan's mecha answer to Star Wars space opera and its Jedi Knights. Not to mention that the original 1979 series was IMO poor anime in just about every regard. That said, I do own and enjoy Mobile Suit Gundam the 8th MS Team and the 4 part Mobile Suit Gundam 0080 War in the Pocket. I prefer mecha anime that are bit more earthly and less space opera. That's probably why I'm not a huge fan of Macross with its protoculture either and why I liked Macross Plus the most out of anything in that series. Its for the same reasons I liked the 2 Gundam movies I listed above - the space opera elements are much more toned down and the characters and story stand out because of it.

I don't know if any of my favorite mecha series are on any of the hosting services, but these are them.

Original Patlabor TV series and the 3 Patlabor movies (Patlabor 1 the Movie, Patlabor 2 the Movie and WXIII Patlabor). Don't bother with the Patlabor OVA - it was mediocre IMO. What I like most about the series is that it takes a blue-collar approach to the mecha genre, in that the main characters are mecha pilots employed by the Tokyo police force. As a result, there's more of a focus on character and story than super-uber-hyperdimensional-humongous mecha. The quality of the animation and sound in the movies is impressive.

Detonator Orgun is very obscure 3 part OVA anime that came out in the early 90's. Unfortunately its N.A. distributor went bust and nobody picked up the license in the fire sale, so it's hard to find. Too bad because it's 1 very cool mecha anime with good animation, good characters and a Sci-Fi story with a really nice plot twist. It has its rough edges too like some disjointed scenes, misspelled text and a few instances of minimalistic treatment to the animation. Definitely worth watching if you like the mecha genre and can find it.

RahXephon. Don't even know where to begin describing it - it's 1 weird mecha anime. Some of the mecha are like high-tech renditions of ancient Egyptian statues and all of the mecha have booming audio attacks. The cast of characters and story is good and I personally feel it's a very underrated series. Again, don't know what hosting services it's on, but worth a viewing if it's available.

Some good anime I've watched recently on Netflix are Blood+, Eden of the East, Deathnote and D Gray Man.
44  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best Star Wars movie poll on: July 23, 2014, 04:44:24 PM
The folks in my circles that are really into Star Wars -regularly read the fiction or play the tabletop RPG or miniatures game- while disliking the 1st movie absolutely loved the pod racing. I'm guessing that aspect of it might have helped it to score higher than the other prequel films - hey, if you haven't viewed any of the prequels for a while that might be the most memorable moment. Personally I liked  IV through VI equally and felt the III was the best of the prequels.
45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, Mac,360, PS3] Sacrilegium-1 of the Better Upcoming RPG's on Nobody's Radar? on: July 23, 2014, 04:00:06 PM
I'm playing Two Worlds Epic now and I have to say I'm enjoying it. For sure it has its warts like terrible voice acting, a non-customizable hotkey bar and too high a concentration of beasts, but the rest of the game seems fine. I love the way you can strategically herd around 1 foe against another, - honestly can't remember another RPG where you could pull that off. Last night I led a pack of wolves into some bandits' cave and a pack of zombies against a grom encampment. smile  Of course it has an element of ridiculousness and silliness to it, but that doesn't stop it from being fun.  icon_biggrin  I'd read the graphics were crap, but that certainly hasn't been my experience - and I'm playing this on my 2nd, ancient gaming rig with low specs. If Sacriliegium is of the same quality i'd be able to play it through and enjoy it.
46  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: July 22, 2014, 03:25:14 PM
I agree with Crawley about the Knights of Sidonia - very good anime in all aspects. Attack on Titan is, as I said in the other thread, outstanding.

Another very good anime I watched recently that's at least on Netflix Canuckistan, is the Eden of the East 13 episode series - there's 2 movies too, but I haven't watched them. It's story is set in modern era Tokyo with a strong conspiracy theme. It begins in Washington DC though, with an opening situation so far out in left field that I can't remember another anime with such a strange opening scene. It's almost as if the writer began by writing some setting/scene concepts down on cards, then tossed them and went with those that fell closest. It's very good on all fronts, but the characters are really what stands out. It's also to some degree a spoof on spy action films. It certainly has its share of humor.
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, Mac,360, PS3] Sacrilegium-1 of the Better Upcoming RPG's on Nobody's Radar? on: July 22, 2014, 02:41:50 AM

Quote from: Greg Wak on July 22, 2014, 01:17:15 AM

So I found Sacriligium but what concerns me is it's been in developement for a long time, and no news has been posted on the site linked since 2012. So I don't know if it's still alive or not.

I noticed that as well and wondered if it might be due to a shift in development to next gen consoles. Their site is still logo'd with the 360 and PS3, but they may just still be there due to the site not having been updated for a while.
48  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, Mac,360, PS3] Sacrilegium-1 of the Better Upcoming RPG's on Nobody's Radar? on: July 21, 2014, 09:54:53 PM

Quote from: Gratch on July 21, 2014, 08:53:46 PM

I thought both of the Two Worlds games were terrible, so I'm not holding my breath on this one.

Did you play the console or PC editions? I ask, because I've read the PC games were much better. I just bought Two World Epic Ed. for $2 in the last weeks Steam sale, but haven't installed it yet. I checked out a number of forums for the PC version before pulling the trigger and the posting were mostly positive. I'm going to install it this week, so I guess I'll find out soon enough.
49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Kickstarter]Robotech Academy on: July 21, 2014, 07:51:45 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on July 07, 2014, 05:33:41 PM

I like Robotech, but Harmony Gold can suck my left nut after the Battletech SNAFU

If you're referring to the BattleTech Animated Series, that was actually Saban Entertainment and not Harmony Gold. But Harmony Gold, along  with a whole bunch of other producers can suck both of my nuts for not putting $ behind a decent BattleTech animated series. And oh yeah, Amblin Ent., Sony Ent. and countless other producers can do the same for not realizing the awesomeness of the canon and producing a great live action film from it.

I wouldn't give a penny to anything Harmony Gold is behind. IMO the best thing that has been done with the franchise since the original Japanese Macross animes is Macross Plus. That was done by Bandai Entertainment, so if they were driving this it'd be something for me to get enthused about and consider pledging.
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC/MAC/360/PS3] Sacrilegium - 1 of the Better Upcoming RPG's on Nobody's Radar? on: July 21, 2014, 06:32:58 PM
I just came across this upcoming RPG, Sacrilegium, when I was looking for info on the Two Worlds games - it's by the same dev studio, Reality Pump Studios. Having just come off a replay of Vamipre the Maquerade Bloodlines and having loved the experience once again,  this game is certainly piquing my interest. It's set in modern day Romania and features a vampire themed story. Interesting enough it's slated for release on last gen consoles, so no doubt it's been in development for some time. The fact that it uses an updated version of the engine that the Two Worlds games used (Grace and Grace 2 engines) might explain why it's being developed for those older consoles.

I haven't played the Two World games, but are meaning to, so I don't know what to expect. The screen shots of this certainly look cool and intriguing. The game boasts these RPG elements:

  • "A dark, thrilling tale with a captivating atmosphere, full of twists and turns, surprises and rewards.
  • A constant feeling of tension, trepidation, and fear of the unknown and the unseen, combined with visceral action rewarded by the excitement of progression."

It's certainly a nice sized blip on my gaming radar.  icon_cool
51  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: July 21, 2014, 05:35:31 PM
Can anyone comment on Sword of the Stars, as to whether its worth playing or not. I've often wondered about the game, but never pulled the trigger. I've enjoyed space RTS and TBS's, but this sounds like it has some RPG elemets - or are I maybe confusing it with the sequel?

As well I just got Two World Epic edition but haven't installed it yet. I've heard Two Worlds II is better and the TW2 collection is on sale for $5. I'd read from many a post on forums that the 1st game was underrated which is why I pulled the trigger on in it when it went on sale for $2. I'm wondering if anyone here has played the 2 games and could give me feedback as to whether I should skip the 1st and just get the 2nd?

Reason I'm asking about these; I just got Risen which didn't exactly have a great metacritic, but I've found it to be an excellent RPG.
52  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: July 12, 2014, 10:02:18 PM
Wow, another humiliating loss for Brazil! I can't remember any other world cup where a team so strongly favored lost so badly. I'm thinking this can't be good for Brazil's Olympic committee who now have to get the Public to buy into the 2016 Olympics.
53  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The weekend playlist - 7/11 on: July 12, 2014, 02:35:01 PM
I couldn't access the GT forums for all of yesterday and Thursday evening, so maybe other folks had the same problem.

I'm mostly playing the Pathfinder P'n'P RPG and doing some medieval wargaming with the Infidel boardgame. For any time I have for videogames I'll be continuing with Risen and probably put in some time with the early access game I Shall Remain.
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: July 09, 2014, 10:55:29 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 09, 2014, 10:47:49 PM

Quote from: kronovan on July 09, 2014, 10:40:07 PM

This time the men in orange haven't subbed in their shootout goalie specialist.

I hope that was sarcasm.  icon_razz

If I was considering his Premier league record it would have been, but I was commenting in terms of the Netherlands historically sucktastic shootout performance between the pipes. Seriously, that historical record is so dreadful that Krul's presence in net would have actually been an improvement.
55  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: July 09, 2014, 10:40:07 PM
Argentina Vs Netherlands going to penalty kicks. This time the men in orange haven't subbed in their shootout goalie specialist. I'm thinking Argentina is walking away with this one.

[Edit] Yep, very 1st Netherlands shot is saved. History is repeating. LOL and the 3rd Netherlands shot is saved. Wow, talk about choking when it counts.
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: July 09, 2014, 04:00:24 PM
Necro'ing this thread because I actually just got the game. I previously tried Risen 2, but it just didn't click with me - this has.

Anyhow...I'm wondering if anyone who's completed this could let me know if it's possible to take the quests for all 3 factions in Harbortown? So far I've only been taking the quest of the group that follows the Don, but I've encountered a number offered by the Order. I'm planning on joining the Don's alliance and taking a more Rogue-like path, mostly because I almost always play casters in RPG's.  I'd like to take the other quests for experience, but I don't want to jeopardize the chances of my PC joining the Don's alliance.
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: July 09, 2014, 03:16:54 PM

Quote from: Scraper on July 09, 2014, 12:49:52 PM

Brazil literally had no defense. They just stood there and watched Germany take practice shots. Heck half of their goals came after multiple passes in in the box. That  shouldn't happen at this level. Hell I would be mad if the defense did that on my U9 team.

Agreed. 4 of Germany's goals were WTF moments for me. I can't ever remember a defensive collapse like that in the finals at a World Cup before. The way I see that game; Germany played a very good game and should have scored 3 with Brazil scoring its only 1. Which is still a humiliating loss in a Semi final.
58  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: July 09, 2014, 02:18:00 AM

Quote from: Crawley on July 08, 2014, 10:56:03 PM

Risen 1, 1st time through, Pro-Tip: Go to the town first rather than the swamp or monastery. You'll save yourself some aggravation.

Oh darn, already chose to go to the swamp. I only just got to the camp though and haven't spoken to any of the NPC's yet. Is there anyway to change that at this stage in the game and instead go to the town, or do I need to roll back to an earlier save point?
59  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Changes in gaming habits over the years... on: July 08, 2014, 11:23:10 PM
I still enjoy most of the types of game I ever did, but for the most part I don't have much interest in games that don't feature co-op play. That's probably mostly due to me being into Pen'n'Paper RPG's and boardgames in a big way. If I can't get a social experience from a videogame, I just don't seem to enjoy it much. Competitive mplay shooters have never tickled my social interaction itch unless they're played at a LAN party. The exceptions are some Android tablet and DS games, which I still do enjoy for their SP play - would probably enjoy iOS SP games too, but don't own one. I do sometimes play a SP 360 or PC game, but that's rare and almost alway an RPG.

I was big into crunchy flightsim and racing games in the 90's, but despite still owning decent wheels and HOTAS, I don't make much time for them any more. Not that there's many quality titles for those types of game now anyways. The biggest change for me is adventure games; loved playing them on the PC a lot in the 90's, but seldom ever play them anymore.
60  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Question about Dixit on: July 08, 2014, 10:26:32 PM
Sorry I did't reply back again earlier.

I'll 2nd the recommendation of Pandemic for a very good co-op game, although I'm of the opinion that in order for adults to get a decent challenge from it you need the On the Brink expansion. If you like Tolkien's Middle Earth, the Lord of the Rings boardgame can be fun for co-op.

For something with a bit of a Lovecraftian horror flavor Elder Sign can be a fun co-op experience, but it's fairly light on theme. Along the same lines Arkham Horror nails the Lovecraft theme in a much deeper way, but it's rules are crunchy and it takes a long time to play - well worth it though. There's also the newer Eldritch Horror that many seem to enjoy, but I personally haven't played it.

Another good co-op game with a Fantasy setting is Legends of Andor. Just be warned that it has a time-limit play mechanic that a number of players don't like. I've played it with my kids a number of times and they've always enjoyed it, despite often losing. And of course there's the 3 Dungeons & Dragons adventure games (Castle Ravenloft, Wrath of Ashardalon and Legend of Drizzt) that nail the feel of playing the RPG quite well.
61  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: July 08, 2014, 09:05:10 PM
I'll just chime in and comment that I bought Risen 1 yesterday and I'm quite impressed with it. I previously owned the Risen 2 DVD, but wasn't nearly as impressed with it.
62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: July 08, 2014, 08:46:01 PM
Yep, would never have predicted this - all sorts of records being set in this match! I don't have the audio where I'm watching  it, so I'm curious if the usually very noisy Brazilian crowd is rather silent?
63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: July 05, 2014, 11:03:41 PM
I want to say the Netherlands have a chance to go all the way now that they've got the extra time monkey off their back, but I've been very impressed with Argentina. I'm gonna say Argentina wins if they keep the Dutch off the score board. If they let the men in orange get even 1 in the net though, I expect they'l lose. I'll go with Argentina repeating their magic of 78 and pulling off a 1-0.

Even though I've seen the Germans in many a World Cup start slow and finish strong, I"m going to say Brazil gets pumped up by the home crowd and finds a way through. So I'm going with Brazil winning 2-1. With an Argentina Vs Brazil final, I don't even want to venture a prediction, except that it'll be 1 helluva game!  smile
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: July 05, 2014, 10:43:35 PM
Don't look now...Netherlands and Cost Rica are going to a penalty shootout. Netherlands look like they may have done yet another of their dominate-the-entire-game-but-somehow-manage-to-lose. many times have I watched them do this - deja vu all over again.

[Edit]Phew...Netherlands does it on penalties. There was going to be 1 or 2 breakthroughs there -  a Concacaf team gets to the semi-final for the 1st time since 1930, or the Netherlands finally win a game that goes to extra time. Hard to believe the Dutch had never won a world cup game that went to extra time until today. Next up; a rematch of the 1978 World Cup in a semi-final!
65  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: July 05, 2014, 08:04:16 PM
With both Brazil and Argentina now through to the semi-finals, I'm starting to feel more certain that this will again be a cup held in the Americas and won by a team from the Americas. I was very impressed that Brazil got by Columbia, as the latter had been playing so well. Argentina looked very good in their match against Belgium too. Brazil gets Germany, Argentina probably Netherlands, but based on they way they've both played, I'm not convinced either of the European teams are good enough to reach the final.
66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I had a pretty sad encounter today at Rite Aid on: July 05, 2014, 06:12:46 PM

Quote from: Zekester on July 03, 2014, 11:25:16 PM

2) why did you move to another line??? Fuck that.

I'd stay in line, order neopolitan and proudly display my cone while proclaiming I've just ordered a multi-colored, multicultural flavor. Then again, I live in Canada.  Tongue
67  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Transformers 4: Age of Extinction on: July 01, 2014, 11:12:21 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 27, 2014, 07:03:22 PM

Quote from: Lee on June 27, 2014, 09:26:13 AM

Side note, $14 for a popcorn and large drink??? I can't believe how expensive it is to go to the movies nowadays.

Expensive???  Try watching a film here in Chicago.  I had to prostitute myself in the alley behind the theater to get money for a medium sprite.
You make that statement expecting us to believe you wouldn't do that even if you didn't need the money.   Tongue

All of this is confirming my intentions to not waste a cent on this and maybe, MAYBE, watch it if it shows up on Netflix.
68  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: July 01, 2014, 10:38:48 PM
Yup, Belgium has indeed returned to their form of the 80's.  That was one great game! Howard was truly outstanding; if it wasn't for him the USA could have easily been down 3 by the end of regulation.
69  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Question about Dixit on: June 27, 2014, 03:37:48 PM
I'm sure you're aware of all the co-op boardgames available. I find 3 players to often be the sweet spot for gameplay with most of them.
70  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Question about Dixit on: June 26, 2014, 11:01:07 PM
I don't have any direct experience with Dixit Origins, but the base Dixit game IMO really needs 5 players to shine. Of course with 3 very creative thinking players it could play half decently. You can always check out what other players think the minimal required players are by checking out Dixit game page at Boardgamegeek. There's a section called "User Suggested # of players" where you can view what other players think are optimal numbers; just click the [Poll] then [Results] button.
71  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: June 26, 2014, 10:14:28 PM
Lol! Belgium plays half the game down a player & still manages to beat Korea.   icon_razz

So very happy that Algeria did the David & Goliath thing & advanced at the expense of Russia. First Russia completely chokes in Olympic hockey and now this.  icon_lol
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: June 26, 2014, 06:09:19 PM
Team USA moves on to face Belgium - a team that appears to have returned to their form of the 80's. Going to be a good, but challenging game for team USA.
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: June 26, 2014, 05:36:28 PM
Ghana has now tied up there match with Portugal. Not looking good here for Team USA - they look seriously outclassed in this match. If it wasn't for Howard they'd be down by 2 or more goals. They're going to need some major, lucky brake to walk away from this one with a draw.

[Edit] Portugal has taken the lead (2-1) again - there's hope yet for Team USA.
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: June 26, 2014, 04:51:05 PM

Quote from: Caine on June 26, 2014, 04:31:02 PM

Quote from: kronovan on June 26, 2014, 04:19:52 PM

Rather than ban Suarez, I don't know why FIFA and the leagues he plays in don't just make him wear a mouth guard. He's obviously a repeat offender with no ability to handle his primal/vampiric urge to bite. The minute he doesn't wear his mouth guard in a match, ban him for life or put a wooden stake through his heart.   icon_twisted
I believe they have a shot of this. 

Perfect!!!    icon_cool thumbsup
75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: June 26, 2014, 04:19:52 PM
Rather than ban Suarez, I don't know why FIFA and the leagues he plays in don't just make him wear a mouth guard. He's obviously a repeat offender with no ability to handle his primal/vampiric urge to bite. The minute he doesn't wear his mouth guard in a match, ban him for life or put a wooden stake through his heart.   icon_twisted
76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: June 24, 2014, 07:23:07 PM
Italy officially out, maybe I shouldn't have edited the subject line afterall, as they truly did suck.

I'm bummed about Croatia; their defense played terribly against Mexico and they had an excellent shot miraculously stopped by a Mexican defender. Still Mexico played a very good game -particularly their offense- and got a well deserved win. With Mexico and Costa Rica through, If team USA also advances this world cup really can be claimed ground-breaking for Concacaf.
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: June 23, 2014, 06:14:37 PM
Wow, I knew Netherlands had a good chance to beat Chile, but I really didn't expect them to shut them out! With that win I believe they avoid a round of 16 match up with Brazil.  Go Netherlands!   icon_biggrin thumbsup
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Edge of Tomorrow (aka All You Need is Kill) on: June 23, 2014, 08:56:32 AM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on June 23, 2014, 06:00:28 AM

Is Penelope Cruz in this film, and I just missed her slywink?

lol. Yeah, I did a brain fart there - edited and corrected.  I must have seen one of Penelope's films recently - although I can't recall which one.
79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Edge of Tomorrow (aka All You Need is Kill) on: June 23, 2014, 03:20:04 AM
I saw this last weekend with my son and really enjoyed it. I'd classify myself as a Cruise fan and I thought this was one of his best films of the past 5 years. Much to my surprise my son didn't enjoy it nearly as much; he didn't think the subtle humor meshed well with the rest of the movie. Whereas I thought it added some nice contrast. We had just watched Oblivion the night before, which my son thought was excellent and a better Cruise film, so that may have been some of it. I'd never read any of the graphic novels or novella, so I went in blind and found the story to be good, solid SciFi.
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 - Man have Spain, England and Italy Sucked! on: June 23, 2014, 02:44:04 AM

Quote from: Scraper on June 23, 2014, 02:27:05 AM

Mexico will advance. Concacaf has been tough in this cup and Mexico is playing with a new found confidence.

While I'll admit Mexico has a good team, I don't think it's a slam dunk for them. Croatia looked decent even in their loss to Brazil and would have looked that much better if they hadn't had a bad call go against them.  Meanwhile they absolutely demolished Cameroon - one of the most lopsided results of this tournament yet. It's for sure going to be a good game, and the way things have been panning out at this World Cup so far...who knows.

[Edit] Too bad about Team USA; I figured they'd outplay Portugal, but a miraculous save by a defender and a lapse in the final minute cost them. I won't be surprised if they still make it through, but they're going to need some luck go their way in the last group matches.
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