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81  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Twilight Struggle digital version on kickstarter on: June 06, 2014, 05:41:32 PM
I own the boardgame and a few others in its style (Labyrinth the War Terror and 1989 Dawn of Freedom) and have enjoyed them all. Twilight Struggle is the better of those 3 IMO. I'm in, but since I already own the boardgame and really only want it for my Android, I'm only going in for a $10 pledge.
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mortal Kombat X on: June 06, 2014, 05:33:00 PM
I just want a new equivalent to MK Shaolin Monks. Man did my son and I ever have a blast playing that co-op. The 2011 MK game was decent, but I'd rather have another MK that was solely focused on adventuring.
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GOG Galaxy on: June 06, 2014, 05:28:09 PM
I don't know, I ran XFire and Steam for a few years and having 2 clients running never seem to get in the way. I like GoG enough that I'd probably run Galaxy provided it's footprint is small enough for run on my older PC too. I'm not at all surprised GoG's doing this; when classics started showing up on Steam I figured it wouldn't be long before something like this would be coming down the pipe.
84  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Star Realms on: June 03, 2014, 04:00:05 PM
Want it, but I already have too many good DBG's that don't make it to the table often enough.
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: May 06, 2014, 09:00:03 PM
I've been watching the anime series Fate Zero which was just added to Netflix Canuckistan. A sort of urban arcana theme with an interesting story and some terrific animation. Highly recommended to fans of anime.
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Your Favorite Star Wars Games on: May 06, 2014, 05:45:30 PM
Personally, I'd be embarrassed if I created a top 10 Star Wars videogame list and had SW The Force Unleashed in it - a truly mediocre game at best.  I'd have JK II Jedi Outcast and Rogue Squadron II in my list.
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: March 27, 2014, 03:47:12 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on March 25, 2014, 04:43:47 AM

Sword Art Online actually... and enjoying them myself as well.   icon_cool

And dang but the Christmas episode was all kinds of sad.

I'm really enjoying this series. I especially liked the 2 part story that spanned episodes 5 and 6 -  very cool story with lots of mystery and intrigue. About the only thing that's bothered me about it, is  a bit too much fan service in terms of sexy shots/angles of some of the female characters features. That's to be expected for the target audience though and it isn't frequent enough to be too annoying. Another good anime series and I'm definitely going to watch it through to completion.   slywink thumbsup
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: March 17, 2014, 04:20:39 PM
Am I the only one who caught the opening episode of the new Netflix series Dusk till Dawn. I never cared much for the original movie and the opening episode left me feeling about the same. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and watch a few more episodes, but it really needs to improve to keep my attention.
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Dungeons & Dragons on: March 14, 2014, 06:10:57 PM

Quote from: Crux on March 14, 2014, 11:18:07 AM

Unless, you know, Sweatpea were to... disappear or something.  ninja

Drow Rogue would do nicely.  icon_twisted
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Dungeons & Dragons on: March 14, 2014, 08:49:24 AM
Necroing this thread just in case anyone missed this news from about 6 months ago. It looks like this movie is going no where, as Hasbro aka Hasblow also had plans for a new D&D movie with Universal studios. The film linked in the OP was a deal that the producer of the original movie (Courtenay Solomon-Sweatpea Ent.) had made with Warner Bros. Hasblow has filed law suit to block the Sweatpea-Warner Bros deal and Sweatpea has file a counter suit.

Apparently Hasblow granted all rights in perpetuity -doh!- to Sweatpea Ent for films based on the D&D license. Meanwhile Hasblow claims that those rights reverted since Sweatpea only made 1 theatrical release (the truly craptastic 2000 film) and 2 TV movies. Yeah well....this is going to be in the courts for some time and I doubt we'll be seeing a new D&D movie anytime soon.
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: March 07, 2014, 05:12:42 PM
I've finally gotten around to watching this. I'd almost bought the BRD's a number of times, but my hefty netflix, DVD and BRD backlog always deterred me.  Anyhow I was ready to pull the trigger, but then my local public library acquired many copies of Season 1-3. I'm just a few episodes into Season 2 and enjoying it very much. I read the 1st 3  books, but wasn't wow'd by them and I'm actually enjoying watching this much more - rare for me as I almost always prefer books.
92  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [Ukraine] Crimea River on: March 05, 2014, 07:32:52 PM

Quote from: Rip on March 05, 2014, 06:56:12 PM

Quote from: kronovan on March 05, 2014, 06:07:51 PM

Quote from: Rip on March 04, 2014, 07:20:18 PM

The Ukranian navy is largely irrelevant. The only major ship they have is an outdated Krivak frigate. The remainder are corvettes, minesweepers and a couple landing craft and a single ancient foxtrot submarine that you would have to have huge balls to even submerge in let alone fight with. The most valuable thing the Ukranian navy has is the bases themselves.

You're missing the point - the prize for Putin isn't some obsolete Ukrainian navy ships, it's the potential tonnage he can bank if he decommissions them and replaces with modern ships. The tonnage restriction on the Black Sea is a real pin the eye for Russia's aspirations for their BSF.  The Russians have even previously made threats to replace a ship for a ship regardless of tonnage differences - acquiring more ships makes that threat that much larger. For sure acquiring other naval ports in Crimea is a boon to to Russia, since Sevastapol is Russia's only warm water naval port. The real importance of those ports though, is  being able to sail the BSF from them and consequently have a year round naval presence in the Mediterranean.  That presence amounts to squat though, if it's pint-sized and made up of outdated ships.

This is true but it also plays with angering NATO and more importantly on this front Turkey who has a great deal of latitude about what goes in and out of the Black Sea. All they need to do is decide they feel threatened and that is the end game. Of course he could try to play hardball with Turkey but there is little doubt that playing this game with Turkey would bring about a military confrontation with NATO, which I doubt he wants.

Agreed - Turkey is the real Naval presence in the region. In fact, if the Russian forces aren't out of Crimea by the end of the March, I'd be in favor of Turkey sailing a portion of their fleet out of the Sea of Marmara into the Black Sea of a size that violates the tonnage treaty by exactly 1 ship. If Putin's willing to play his bullshit game around the naval treaty, let him know that NATO will not abide by it either. After all, with Bulgaria and Romania NATO members since 2004, the majority of the Black Sea coast is bordered by NATO nations. And with Georgia likely joining sometime in the next few years....well, it starts makes sense why Putin's desperate enough to pull off something like the Crimean invasion.
93  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [Ukraine] Crimea River on: March 05, 2014, 06:07:51 PM

Quote from: Rip on March 04, 2014, 07:20:18 PM

The Ukranian navy is largely irrelevant. The only major ship they have is an outdated Krivak frigate. The remainder are corvettes, minesweepers and a couple landing craft and a single ancient foxtrot submarine that you would have to have huge balls to even submerge in let alone fight with. The most valuable thing the Ukranian navy has is the bases themselves.

You're missing the point - the prize for Putin isn't some obsolete Ukrainian navy ships, it's the potential tonnage he can bank if he decommissions them and replaces with modern ships. The tonnage restriction on the Black Sea is a real pin the eye for Russia's aspirations for their BSF.  The Russians have even previously made threats to replace a ship for a ship regardless of tonnage differences - acquiring more ships makes that threat that much larger. For sure acquiring other naval ports in Crimea is a boon to to Russia, since Sevastapol is Russia's only warm water naval port. The real importance of those ports though, is  being able to sail the BSF from them and consequently have a year round naval presence in the Mediterranean.  That presence amounts to squat though, if it's pint-sized and made up of outdated ships.
94  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [Ukraine] Crimea River on: March 03, 2014, 08:18:30 PM
I also think everyone's underestimating the military capability and the shear determination and conviction of the Ukrainian people.  Just in case anyone's memory needs refeshing, here's a reminder   icon_cool
95  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [Ukraine] Crimea River on: March 03, 2014, 07:15:37 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on March 03, 2014, 06:53:09 PM

Russia can afford to play the long game. Of course they want their old empire back...or at least a comfortable buffer zone in their west.

If by long game you mean then military game, then I agree. However, they won't win the political or economic game - all of this will seriously pooch the Russian economy and eventually they're going to be faced with internal dissent and terrorism in Crimea and the Caucasus. Hence my earlier comment that  10-20 years from now they'll have lost the the game. Meanwhile a number of UN member nations will have had their sovereignty seriously violated in the process.  Continuing along this path, the only thing that could save them economically would be a highly favorable trade agreement with China, but Bejing is looking across the Pacific and to the EU for its trade future.

I guess it comes down to whether you're comfortable with a Russia that's engaged in a convoluted attempt to live out the dreams of Peter and Catherine the Great in the 21st century - I know I'm not.
96  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [Ukraine] Crimea River on: March 03, 2014, 06:45:15 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 03, 2014, 06:32:03 PM

I just don't see Putin going on a frenzy of incursions.  The trigger for this is first and foremost their holdings in Crimea.  To use that as justification for incursion into other areas just seems a bit far fetched.
You do realize that Russia already made incursions into those Georgian regions in 2008 - right? They did everything but take up permanent residence - heck Russia even sent its tanks beyond South Ossettia and attacked Georgian cities. I'm not saying they annex Abkhazia or S. Ossettia this year or even next year, but that it's likely within a decade - especially if they, or their puppet government, controls Crimea.
97  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [Ukraine] Crimea River on: March 03, 2014, 06:22:49 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 03, 2014, 05:45:38 PM

If Putin stops where he is and continues no further, I think this will wind itself down (even with the slap in the face to Obama that was the incursion the day after our president says "don't!").

I'm not convinced it will be a winding down. The big gain Russian can make from the occupation of Crimea is a significant increase in their Black Sea Fleet. Did you by chance notice today that Russian forces in Crimeria are demanding that the Ukraine navy surrender 2 warships to them? With the previous splitting of the BSF between itself, Ukraine and Georgia, Russia naval superiority took a hit due to there being longstanding treaties on the max allowable tonnage of naval ships on the Black Sea. Remember when Bush sailed some US Navy ships into that sea in 2008 during the Georgia-Ossetia crisis, and Plutin warned against violating tonnage treaties? Taking Crimea is a step towards working around those limits.

What I see next up for Putan is the annexation of Abkhazia and South Ossetian Georgia - those are after all other regions that Moscow has claimed the citizenry are highly pro-Russia. With a bigger navy, concerns about blockades from NATO and opposition from the Georgian navy won't be nearly as threatening - especially if Putin follows through on his existing threat to violate treaties and add new ships to the BSF.  As well, once the ethnic Russians in Crimea start cleansing the Tartars, terrorism in Chechnya and Dagostan will blow up again. So yeah...I don't necessarily see much winding down in the region for a while.
98  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [Ukraine] Crimea River on: March 03, 2014, 05:26:10 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on March 03, 2014, 04:43:51 PM

Ukraine can't match Russia in a shooting war and it's highly unlikely that the EU would fight alongside them.

The question of the hour is whether Putin will stop at Crimea or overplay his hand.

You're only presenting part of the picture there.  No one's arguing against the fact that Russia's military dwarfs the Ukraine's. However, claiming the conflict is just an EU Vs. Russia issue isn't accurate. Five countries that border Ukraine are members of NATO and all 5 of those just happen to be former Soviet sattelites that don't exactly view Moscow favorably. I can't imagine the leadership of any of those are happy or comfortable with this invasion.  NATO is already on the record as having stated that Russia's invasion of Crimea violates their mandate on European security.

Putan has already overplayed his hand - if you don't see that they you haven't studied enough history. It may not be so apparent now, but a decade or 2 from now Putan or his predecessors will be losing this game.
99  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [Ukraine] Crimea River on: March 03, 2014, 04:18:25 PM
Everyone seems to be getting caught up with the ethnic plurality of this conflict and IMO that's a mistake. The fact is, ethnic Russians are only a SLIGHT majority of the Crimean population. Out of the roughly 2 million people living there, here's the ethnicity breaks down:

58.32% Russians
24.32% Ukrainians
12.10% Crimean Tatars
5.26% Other

The Tartar population would be a bigger percentage if it wasn't for their forced exile from the region under Stalin's orders in 1944. Out of the 238,500 that were deported almost half died in the process.  I don't think it serves any purpose saying that this is a lesser or somewhat justified invasion by a foreign force because a SLIGHT majority in the invaded territory happen to be of the same ethnicity of the invaders. The Tartars are hated in Crimea, just as followers of Islam are in most parts of Russia. Mark my word, if Russian gains Crimea they'll be an ethnic cleansing of Tartars from the region. I guess it's just me, but I'm not particularly keen on seeing the next chapter of genocide played out.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (02/24) on: February 24, 2014, 05:31:25 PM
Shadowrun Dragonfall and I'll be waiting for reviews and impressions for Thief, so possibly it too.
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Prime price hike coming? on: February 24, 2014, 05:07:41 PM
I know that Prime exists for amazon.ca, but I've honestly never looked into it on account of them now accepting paypal. What does Prime do - give you free shipping, a discount, faster shipping? If it's just free shipping that wouldn't lure me away from chapters.ca as I get that with them on any order of $25 or more, my items always arrives within 5 business days and I never buy anything that costs less than 25.
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sooo....Am I the Only One Here Watching the Olympics? on: February 23, 2014, 03:56:46 PM
Gold x2 for Canada in Hockey!!! And no, I'm not so insane about the sport to have gotten up at 4:00 am to watch that game live.  slywink
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sooo....Am I the Only One Here Watching the Olympics? on: February 22, 2014, 03:39:32 PM

Quote from: Arclight on February 22, 2014, 02:42:40 PM

Was really excited to see the Canadian 2-women bob-sled team take another Gold. That's two in a row for that team. Impressive.
Its almost time for handicapping in Women's Hockey. Canada and the US teams are so far ahead of the others its like amateurs against pro's.

Yeah, except the competition has increased slightly this olympics - not as much as it needs to, bat a bit none the less. As well, ex Team Canada captain Hayley Wickenheiser now being on the IOC  should help.
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sooo....Am I the Only One Here Watching the Olympics? on: February 21, 2014, 08:05:19 PM
Oh, well that's a website I don't frequent. How's the discussion going there?
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sooo....Am I the Only One Here Watching the Olympics? on: February 21, 2014, 07:55:35 PM
I've been enjoying the game so far, but I knew my fellow Canadian country women and men weren't likely to repeat our showing in 2010 and that's looking to be the case. That said, when our Canadian Women's hockey team beat the USA for gold and today when are Men's team knocked the USA out of the gold round, my enthusiasm amplified 10 fold. Now the Men get to take on the Swedes for the gold and I'm begging that some player(s) lay some uber hits on the Sedines.  icon_twisted

OH and Tilt if you aren't watching you should be, cause your fellow Norwegian country men and women are posed to post their best Olympics ever. Talk about a bunch of overachievers - very impressive!    icon_biggrin
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Find me a more 80s album cover. I dare you on: February 20, 2014, 06:33:33 AM
This is not 80's



But definitely 70's.   icon_twisted
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Goodbye Bioshock. Irrational is shutting down?! on: February 19, 2014, 08:44:44 PM

Quote from: gellar on February 19, 2014, 08:17:02 PM

Quote from: kronovan on February 19, 2014, 07:51:31 PM

Quote from: gellar on February 18, 2014, 07:53:42 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 18, 2014, 07:45:21 PM

Quote from: Ridah on February 18, 2014, 07:38:44 PM

2K still owns the Bioshock IP, I don't get why people have to be laid off. Can't Ken and his 15 disciples depart and the rest of the team continue building another Bioshock game?

That was my thought as well.  Odd that they would shut the whole thing down.

Take 2 obviously doesn't think the other 185 people are worth keeping.

I don't agree with that assessment. This is a trend with many of the bigger videogame studios and publishers, and has little to do with the quality of the saff. IMO this has much more to do with the fallout from over consolidation that occurred last decade. This won't be the last time we see a company cut their losses by dumping a quality dev team.

Yeah it wasn't meant to be a judgement on the quality of the staff... it's a judgement on their relative scarcity (or lack thereof) and value in the company. They weren't needed, so off they go.

Ah OK, my bad for misunderstanding you there.
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Goodbye Bioshock. Irrational is shutting down?! on: February 19, 2014, 07:51:31 PM
I'm likely alone in my opinion, but I felt the Bioshock games were a bit overrated. For sure they deserved to be ranked excellent, but IMO not AAA status in the 90+ percentile range. I'm not convinced another talented lead and dev team can't match what's bee done so far with the series. I feel bad for the staff who lost there jobs and hope they get picked up quickly by other studios.

Quote from: gellar on February 18, 2014, 07:53:42 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 18, 2014, 07:45:21 PM

Quote from: Ridah on February 18, 2014, 07:38:44 PM

2K still owns the Bioshock IP, I don't get why people have to be laid off. Can't Ken and his 15 disciples depart and the rest of the team continue building another Bioshock game?

That was my thought as well.  Odd that they would shut the whole thing down.

Take 2 obviously doesn't think the other 185 people are worth keeping.

I don't agree with that assessment. This is a trend with many of the bigger videogame studios and publishers, and has little to do with the quality of the saff. IMO this has much more to do with the fallout from over consolidation that occurred last decade. This won't be the last time we see a company cut their losses by dumping a quality dev team.
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: February 19, 2014, 04:23:07 AM
Yeah but both my nephew and I are on the westocast of Canuckistan, and typically Nintendo and Sony consoles are a bit more popular here. I think that's a result of having the largest per capita Asian population in North America. I know for sure I can't get PS4s at any of the big box stores in mine or my nephew's city. Ebgames.ca didn't seem to have them online or in store and none of the Canuckistan Big box online retailers had them either.
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: February 18, 2014, 08:06:14 PM
How long has the PS4 been out now? Reason I ask; I made a bet with my nephew last May that he wouldn't be able to get one 3 months after it's release. I checked around at all his local retailers and the bigger online stores and it isn't available, so I'm thinking I'm looking good for this bet. If I win I get my PS3 back from him, plus the extra controller he bought last year and his entire PS3 library. His gaming buddies have PS4's, so he won't be going completely without. I really just want to give him the gears with a loud "told you so!" and remind him he should have preordered.  icon_razz
111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: February 18, 2014, 07:03:58 PM

Quote from: Crawley on February 17, 2014, 05:11:37 AM

Watched Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. This is the big budget Hansel & Gretel movie with Jeremy Renner - I noticed Netflix previously had several low budget versions on it. I dunno why I put this on my Netflix queue as it didn't look all the great from the trailers. So going in my expectations were pretty low. But it was actually a fun flick...

Agreed. I actually enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. I put down my liking it to it reminding me of some of the settings and archetypes in P'n'P RPG's I've played. I really thought my son would appreciate it as much, but it only registered and "it's OK I guess" from him.
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Here come the remakes of mediocre 80's movies on: February 12, 2014, 06:03:57 AM
I'm really down on the whole Hollywood remake trend. To me it seems similar to the state of Hollywood in the early 70's before the baby boomers grabbed the industry, revitalized it and ran with it. Back in that time though they weren't making remakes, just crappy, boring formula movies. With few exceptions these current remakes aren't panning out and the way I see it they're tying up a lot of money that could be put towards more creative and original films. These latest remakes of mediocre films are that much more annoying.
113  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: How and where do you store your board games on: February 05, 2014, 05:06:33 PM

Quote from: hepcat on February 03, 2014, 02:09:26 PM

And don't get me started on miniatures.  I got into Malifaux early last year and Warmahordes shortly thereafter...and now I've got about a hundred minis that are taking up a ton of surface area.  I should buy a minis bag, but those things are like 100 bucks by the time you purchase the bag and the trays.  Money that I could spend on yet more minis!

I find the Plano storage units are good for this and fairly low cost as most Walmarts carry them. I have 3 for the roughly 1000 Star Wars Mini's I have and the best thing about them is that they stack on top of 1 another. As well, don't forget, RPG GM's will often be interested in any mini's you're looking to move. There's also a number of online retailers like coolstuffinc.com that have generous buy back lists/services.
114  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: [KickStarter] Mob Town on: February 05, 2014, 05:00:55 PM
The city location building play-mechanic looks very interesting, but I'm afraid the game looks a bit too light for my group. I'm going to mention it to the family boardgame cooridnators at my local gaming society on Friday, to see if they might opt in a few times on the kickstarter.
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Phillip Seymour Hoffman on: February 03, 2014, 08:32:13 AM
I was really saddened to hear this - IMO one of the best actors of his generation. I really liked his lead performance in Capote which netted him all the top awards, but I also really liked all the smaller roles. One of his most memorable performances for me was the small role he played in Magnolia as the nurse Phil Pharma. I also thought he was the only actor that turned in a decent performance in Twister - a mostly forgettable movie. I really liked him again last month when I watched him turn in another terrific performance in Hunger Games Catching fire.

What's such a shame about this, is that you knew he was just going to get better and he probably hadn't delivered his best performance yet.
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Superbowl on: February 03, 2014, 07:28:16 AM
I just got back from watching the game with friends and family in my favorite sports pub over in Victoria. Oh man was that ever an awesome game!!! There's no way I would have ever predicted the Seahawks would beat the Broncos so soundly. So very happy I finally decided to follow a NFL team from season to end.
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: January 31, 2014, 04:22:16 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on January 31, 2014, 04:12:56 PM

Interesting... maybe they pulled it, yup DVD only now. Just checked my account and I streamed it on Netflix back in July of last year. Didn't recall it being that long ago.  icon_neutral

It disappeared on Netflix Canuckistan recently too.   icon_confused
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: January 31, 2014, 04:04:00 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 31, 2014, 01:25:36 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on January 31, 2014, 03:03:51 AM

Quote from: kronovan on January 30, 2014, 07:35:16 PM

  • The Last Exile; don't know how to describe, but it's for sure epic.
  • Darker Than Black; somewhat dark urban arcana (may also be on Netflix)

I loved The Last Exile and went to the trouble of tracking down a copy of 'The Murata Range Complete Set Edition' on DVD back in 2008. And yes, Darker Than Black is on Netflix.

Darker Than Black isn't on Netflix for me.

If you're also considering any of the others in the list I posted, I'd recommend viewing those before Darker than Black. It's an excellent anime, but it's a small notch below the others I listed.
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: January 30, 2014, 08:10:53 PM

Quote from: Razgon on January 30, 2014, 07:53:35 PM

Is any of the anime kinda like epic western adventures without the heroes being kids with spikey hair and big swords or small girls? Not judging, its just not for me.

No, not really. You have to remember that anime features and series are primarily funded by Japanese companies and any production has to sell well in that maket. That market has really only proven to have a taste for westerns that have some twist on them or are cross-genre. So there's Trigun which has a lot of comedy, some steampunk and yeah, the wacky anti-hero with weird hair. There's also a fair amount of space cowboy like Cowboy Beebop and Oultaw Star. Usually when a Japanese producer gets an itch to produce something along the lines of a Western, it's almost always a Samurai movie - usually with a revenge story. Those are afterall the western equivalents for that culture.
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: January 30, 2014, 07:35:16 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 30, 2014, 01:14:23 PM

It's been a long time since I did the anime thing, but I've added it to the queue.  

Is there anything else in the last, say, 10 years that is "must see"?

Of the ones listed here, I would put Bebop and Escaflowne in that category.

If you're looking for series, these are the animes in the past 10 years that have impressed me the most:

  • The Last Exile; don't know how to describe, but it's for sure epic.
  • Samurai 7; a sort of steampunk retelling of Kurosawa's Seven Samurai
  • Samurai Champloo; Samurai revenge with hip hop thrown in (may already be on Netflix because it's available on netflix.ca)
  • Planetes;  blue collar sanitation workers on a space station -has to be seen to be believed
  • Darker Than Black; somewhat dark urban arcana (may also be on Netflix)
  • Technolyze; somewhat dark cyberpunk
  • Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex 2; IMO better than the 1st series
  • Gungrave; urban arcana/horror
  • Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit; historical fantasy set in feudal Japan and China

[Edit] I didn't include Attack of the Titans on my list because I already mentioned how excellent it is. Added 1 I missed. slywink

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