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16  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: World Cup 2014 (starts June 12, kiddies!) on: June 24, 2014, 02:44:10 PM
Aaaaaaand Luis Suarez did it again.
17  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: World Cup 2014 (starts June 12, kiddies!) on: June 24, 2014, 11:53:40 AM
You have a good point about that taking stamina when it is nonstop, but only half of the field is playing most of the time wheras in the NBA all 10 players are engaging and running the entire time so that's why they need timeouts and commercial breaks (other than advertising money etc). You are also spot on to why this sport is not huge in the US. I completely agree. I also much prefer being able to take potty breaks and get food without missing something so I appreciate stoppage in play sometimes, but it does get to ridiculous levels in the NBA and NFL at times too.

Let's put it this way - FIFA doesn't need the sport to be big in the US to continue to be the biggest sport in the known universe. They're certainly not going to change things up for American sensibilities. It's up to us to either appreciate it for what it is or not.

Also, I think the officiating is perceived as "weak" simply because the types of calls the refs are responsible for in soccer are exceedingly difficult compared to other sports. Offsides is not only one of the most difficult calls to get correct every time, but is also a call where getting it wrong can be disproportionately damaging to the outcome of a game. Penalties in the box are the same way. There are lots of borderline calls in the NFL, NBA, etc that are hard to get right but they usually (not always) get lost in the flow of the game on the whole because there is usually more scoring, more plays to offset the damage done, etc. In a game where 1 goal is often the entire difference and chances are very hard to come by, mistakes by referees are simply more noticeable.

Baseball is still my favorite sport by a vast margin (the pace and atmosphere appeals to my sensibilities), but the game they call football everywhere else is definitely second on my list. I've been a Newcastle United fan for about 15 years now, but I've also really enjoyed the growth MLS has seen and having the Union games just 15-20 minutes away. Plus at 2 hours running time, it is less of a time investment than most US based sports (exceptions for tournament games that MUST have a winner and therefore have extra time/PKs of course).
18  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: World Cup 2014 (starts June 12, kiddies!) on: June 22, 2014, 08:31:40 PM
If you told me when this group was drawn that the Germany match would be meaningful, I would have been ecstatic.

If you told me at 60 minutes today we'd have a draw, I would have been ecstatic.

Somehow it still feels like a gut punch regardless.
19  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: So... Board Games? on: May 25, 2014, 11:00:24 AM
iPad version of Eclipse is magnificent.
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Trek or Wars.. on: March 12, 2014, 12:19:22 PM
I'm a Trek guy. What I always enjoyed about pre-Abrams Trek was:

1) Trek is at its core a very optimistic premise. Mankind didn't just avoid wiping each other out, we actually came together and help lead other alien races into alliances of peace. That's pretty great.

2) The main characters on the Enterprise are not superhuman. They're just for the most part regular crew members, regular members of their species, that are doing the best they can. Together they are more than the sum of their parts.

Abrams Trek loses that sense a little bit - Spock is a child of destiny. Kirk is a child of destiny. Uehara can detect subsonic frequencies. Scotty is a mechanical genius that actually invents new methods of warp beam technology. Chekov is a super math genius. Etc. I don't HATE the Abrams Trek movies, they are as previously mentioned very terrific movies that would be just fine with the name "Generic Space Action Film". But they don't at all feel like what Star Trek is about to me.

All things must go on and new interpretations will always emerge and that's okay, there is certainly a TON of old Trek material to go back and enjoy.
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan's Twitch Channel on: February 25, 2014, 05:38:18 PM
I really enjoyed the stream the other night (logged in as Rhythmroo)! I was hoping there was going to be more folks in the chat, but perhaps next time there will be a a site announcement the next time you do it (You did an unboxing announcement for Tales but not a twitch one for the game you unbox? for shame!). Don't forget you also have a newsbox on the forum. :)

Until then: Até logo!

An announcement was made: http://www.rpgfan.com/news/2014/1218.html

I will look into a way for the main page news to automatically hit the forums.
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: February 11, 2014, 08:47:19 AM
Maybe it is all just nostalgia, but I keep wanting my old Peter Parker and not this new version.

Remember at all times, Rob, that as soon as you start lamenting the "way things used to be", you are old. No going back from old.
23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Enjoyment Editorial was excellent.. on: January 28, 2014, 09:41:02 PM
I was only teasing btw. These are valid points.
24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Enjoyment Editorial was excellent.. on: January 28, 2014, 06:38:45 PM
Star Ocean 4 is the best example of 'you can hate a character for many reasons'.

It's quite a feat to make a game where I hate every single character.

EDIT: since Darilon mentions a well discussed opinion, I'm gonna do that exactly:

Edge - His emo/angsty phase after the time travel is unbearable
Reimi - Her lack of self-love (or is it confidence?) and the fact that she is fine with terrible things being done to her is purely disgusting. I get that they were aiming at her feeling saintly, but it just comes out as her being some broken doll.
Faize - Nothing too deep here. I just don't like him. If I had to say why... I'd have to be non-politically correct and say 'he his so gay'. (no offense intended to real homosexuals; you guys are way better than Faize. Also this)
Lymle - Do I really need to say? I have trouble finding a single good thing about her.
Bacchus - They played the unemotional robot way too much and you end up with a doorknob as a character.
Meracle - Pretty much a comic relief character that wasn't funny at all.
Myuria - Tacked on sexy with a pure obsession with Crowe. She's pretty bitchy overall. Still, I like her the best out of the bunch.
Arumat - If there was a discussion about sexism relating to men, Arumat would be amongst the worst offenders.
Sarah - Terribad voice acting coupled with sheer retardedness.


I am excited that it only took the second page of posts for the conversation to turn completely negative. :-D
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: January 16, 2014, 01:38:13 PM
Also, I hate distributing stat points.

I just died a little bit ;-P

I'm actually the same way. I have a minor nervous breakdown every time I level up in Diablo 2 and the two Torchlights.

That's actually one of the big dividing lines between the games I think. D3 auto distributing the points/dictating my skills was a big turnoff.

It's awesome that they exist to cater to all markets. I think based on sales you'd have to say the "don't want to distribute points camp" is the larger camp these days!
26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: January 16, 2014, 01:26:56 PM
Also, I hate distributing stat points.

I just died a little bit ;-P
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: January 15, 2014, 06:52:07 PM
Put me in the camp that played Path of Exile, Diablo 3, and Torchlight 2 and adores Torchlight 2 vastly more above all of them.
Is there a way for me to send you a high five buy you a drink over the internet?  Because I would love to. 

My love still burns as strong as it ever did.

http://www.rpgfan.com/news/2012/1980.html
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: January 15, 2014, 04:15:29 PM
Put me in the camp that played Path of Exile, Diablo 3, and Torchlight 2 and adores Torchlight 2 vastly more above all of them.

The views of Random Encounter do not necessarily reflect the views of RPGFan. Especially if they are Rob's views. ;-P
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Will you raise your kids playing video games? on: January 08, 2014, 08:30:41 PM
Time spent engaging kids is time well spent I think. Whether it is reading books together or playing video games or throwing a baseball around, I have a hard time believing that type of interaction can ever be a bad thing.

EDIT: The flipside of this is that pawning kids off probably has degrees of bad. "Go do your homework and don't bother me" is not optimal, however "go play Candy Crush and don't bother me" is probably an exceptionally bad developmental idea.

But I have no kids and will never have any. Not judging.
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Member's Game of the Year - 2013 Edition! on: January 08, 2014, 08:25:00 PM
Individual editor awards are also posted for a reason. I am 100% behind the readers that Ni no Kuni was awesome, I have sunk way too many hours into it.

FFXIV would have been my game of the year 2004-2005. FFXIV is an unbelievably well polished version of that exact same game. Like literally the exact same game with an FFXIV theme. That's a very good thing but frankly I just don't have time to stand in queues or schedule raids. Holy crap though I would have been all over this if it came out when I had time for it. Great game.

All told another great year to be a gamer. It's only gonna get better.
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