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81  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 The only major ship they have is an outdated Krivak frigate.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  That presence amounts to squat though, if it's pint-sized and made up of outdated ships.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.
82  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.
83  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
84  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.
85  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.
86  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.
87  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.
88  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.
89  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.
90  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.
91  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
92  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.
93  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?
94  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
95  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
96  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.
97  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.
98  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.
99  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
100  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.
101  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.
102  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.
103  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.
104  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.
105  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.
106  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
107  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.
108  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.
109  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

110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: January 29, 2014, 08:19:19 PM

Quote from: Siljanus on January 29, 2014, 06:42:15 PM

Quote from: hepcat on January 29, 2014, 06:39:18 PM

I started watching Attack on Titan last night.  I only made it through the first episode, but it seems like it might be fun.  I always appreciate subtitled with original dialog on foreign shows too.  The majority of voice actors they use for things without a real budget are just awful and take me out of the show while watching.

(ended up deleting my original post by accident and reposting which referenced the lack of dubbing)

Yeah, I was pleasantly surprised by the subtitles.  Sometimes you get a winner like Cowboy Bebop.  But other times the voice acting falls a bit flat.

I've watched so many anime series that I've lost count - have close to 200 DVD/BRD anime volumes in my movie library. That said, this series really impressed me. I loved how the studio (Production I.G) captured the original style of the manga and I also really liked the direction - it was Tetsuro Araki who also did great stuff with Gungrave and Black Lagoon, so I shouldn't have been too surprised.

To me what was really great about this series is how it blended genres so well. The impressive/frightening titans gave it a sort of mythical fantasy flavor, but the other aspects of it seemed to be some sort of take on sword & sorcery and steampunk - maybe "sword & steampunk." slywink  At times it reminded me of Vision of Escaflowne, but that was probably due more to the overall quality of it. I agree with the other positive comments here - IMO this is definitely an anime to see, even if you don't particularly care for the medium.
111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Superbowl on: January 29, 2014, 07:46:56 PM
The Sherman gesture was definitely inappropriate, but I can tell you he can do no wrong in the eyes of some of the fans here in Vancouver. He's known to attend Canucks games wearing a team jersey. Needless to say I'm seeing a lot of Seahawks-Sherman jerseys being sported around town. I think if the Hawks win the bowl, he'll need to be invited to a corporate suite to watch games; unless he doesn't mind being mobbed. Heck, that's probably true now even if they don't win.

I'm not so impressed with his off-field behavior, but I'm also not much of a Canucks fan.
112  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Nightfall: A Deck Building Game I can Enjoy, Despite Not Being a Card Game Fan on: January 29, 2014, 07:26:49 PM
The theme is what does it for me. My kids  -particularly my daughter- can't get enough of horror-themed games like this. My gaming group enjoys it, but it's hitting the table more often with my kids. I love how the Dark Rages expansion enhanced the theme by intro'ing the avatars.
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Raid 2: Berandal on: January 24, 2014, 06:11:42 PM
The 1st film didn't get a screening in my city and I have no expectation of this making the silver screen either. I was mildly surprised when the 1st made it to Netflix. This sounds very promising and I'll almost certainly buy the BRD.
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Superbowl on: January 20, 2014, 05:03:17 AM

Quote from: The Grue on January 20, 2014, 04:52:09 AM

Unless you're talking about some other roughing the kicker penalty (I was only able to watch the second half of the game), I think it was running into the kicker and was called correctly as the 5-yard kind.

I'm not sure about the NFL rule, but in the CFL the running into the kicker rule is called contacting the kicker and it's usually only called when a defending player makes contact with the kicker's kicking leg. Even when the contact is minimal, it's almost always called roughing the kicker here when contact is made with the plant leg. That's probably something that's different between the 2 leagues though.

[edit] Looks like Leo beat me to it.   slywink So it sounds like the rules on this are the same; just different wording.
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Championship Weekend on: January 20, 2014, 03:16:37 AM

Quote from: naednek on January 20, 2014, 03:00:07 AM

Quote from: kronovan on January 20, 2014, 02:53:10 AM

Awesome! Hawks movin on to the Superbowl!  Oh man what a great game - a real defensive masterpiece.

just curious...  And I'm trying to be polite here.  How did you feel about the officiating on that game?  

I mainly want to see if it's just me being too attached to the team

I thought the officiating in that game was worse than any of the CFL playoff games I watched this year. It wasn't poor enough to ruin a game where 2 D's played a heckuva game though. The kicker call surprised me, but that no doubt has a lot due to me primarily being a CFL fan where with only 3 downs the officials HAVE to make that call correctly. I haven't watched enough NFL games to know if that sort of ruling is uncommon. The missed turnover call at the 1 yard line was IMO worse - a player holds onto a ball like Bowman did through all that pain, you owe it to him to get that call right. Not that it would have been a game changer, since as it turned out 49ers ended up with better field position and Kaepernick through an interception on the next drive.
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Championship Weekend on: January 20, 2014, 02:53:10 AM
Awesome! Hawks movin on to the Superbowl!  Oh man what a great game - a real defensive masterpiece.
117  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Games similar to HeroQuest? on: January 15, 2014, 09:16:07 PM
It's been so long since I've played Hero Quest, but I'd 2nd your idea that the D&D Adventure games might scratch the same itch. As well, gaming friends that I know that owned and liked HQ also seem to enjoy Mage Knight.
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games for Windows Live going away in 2014? on: January 13, 2014, 06:34:17 PM
Interesting wiki. I'm going to have to check into what my options are for Section 8 Prejudice, although it's more or less mplay only and that's probably dried up by now anyways.
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Looper on: January 13, 2014, 06:25:41 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 13, 2014, 06:07:54 PM

10/10 - kronovan reaches enlightenment, sprouts wings, and flies to the top of Mount Olympus to begin his rule over the remaining mortals

lol IIRC I think I made a post at this, or some website, that Inception was a 10/10. And yeah I did something similar to what you describe, but...sigh...it was all just in a dream.  Tongue
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: January 13, 2014, 06:11:05 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on January 13, 2014, 02:08:13 AM

Watched the "Flight of the Intruder" last night. Still holds up very well smile

Yeah, I have this one in my library and it gets pulled out at least once a year. It's got one of my favorite Tom Sizemore performances, although I admittedly like him in just about any military themed movie. I only read the sequel to the Coont's novel, so that's probably has helped me to continue to enjoy it.
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