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07.12.2013 @ 12:19Amazing. The greatest leader of the last century has just departed us, and people in here are throwing dirt. Well, not so surprising perhaps....
As Jack in the Green says, non-violence is a great moral high ground and the ANC followed that for a very long time. But they were faced with a regime that met non-violent demonstrations with brute force and massacres, and in the early 60s the ANC finally changed their approach and started with sabotage operations against points of the regime. Maybe we should keep in mind what lead to the other, hmm?
He led a remarkable life and I for one am sad to see such a great man gone. The world needs more Mendalas, not less. To suffer what he and his people did and still come out of prison and be reconciliatory is amazing. Not many men would have done the same when in position of power. Look at other African countries. Look at other countries in the world. South Africa could easily have gone down a much more violent path, but didn't largely thanks to Mandela. If that alone isn't praiseworthy, then look at his fight against HIV/AIDS.
We're not like to see his like again, and I think we can be worthy enough to keep that in mind. There is sadly no lack of conflicts in the world, and each one of them could use a Mandela and a Gandhi.
07.12.2013 @ 00:10
gadrael said:I really like this series, but some fights are just annoying, especially Zilong single-handly fighting whole armies /> ›››
This was quite idiotic, particularly the scene you are probably thinking about where he pretty much took down (or at least survived) being surrounded by a whole army. Apart from some of the fighting, the series is bloody brilliant though.
dragonbird said:I must admit, I never liked Suma Yi. Cold bastard. ›››
Very much agree. Couldn't like that cold snake at all, but I gotta give him that he was an intelligent and calculating bastard. Lucky son of a bitch too at the end...
KnightofPhoenix said:Most Shu in battle are ridiculous.
Yea Sima Yi is probably the coldest character in the series, but he's awesome. And imo more impressive than Zhuge Liang. Sima Yi is humble and subtle, never revealing too much and doesn't care about appearances, which is why Zhuge Liang always failed to provoke him. Zhuge Liang on the other hand likes to be recognized for his intellect, which makes him arrogant. If he was smart, he would have never revealed how smart he is to Zhou Yu, which would have avoided a whole mess of trouble. ›››
I said before that I got a bit of a mancrush on Zhuge Liang, I thought he was wonderful. But the comment by Sima Yi to that smart show-off kid of Cao Cao's said much (I forget his name). Paraphrasing, "the smart person is the one that hides it well, so others don't know how smart he is". Sima Yi himself in a nutshell.
Loved Kongming though, and was truly tearing up when shit hit the fan.
Love had to go out to Liu Bei too. He had his heart in the right place and wanted to do good, but in conflict surrounded by calculating snakes he was too naive for his own good.
One of the best series I have ever seen though, and I look forward to revisiting it when some more time has passed.
Oh, and for the people who questioned watching this on YouTube: Sure, it's not great, but getting this in DVD quality is no easy task either. I looked and found nothing. Besides, the linked YouTube channel has fan translated subs, with extra info here and there, which is a goldmine for anyone watching it.
06.12.2013 @ 23:58
.Volsung. said:The original Baldur's Gate is excellent, it has some kind of dark age atmosphere (perhaps due to the "low" level campaign and the chiseled stone interface, heh). Baldur's Gate II is on a different level. Everything the first one did is there, and then some. Better, more cohesive narrative. More intricate plot and subplots. Much more elaborate NPC's, affecting party stability and opening up dialogue/quests. The combat is even more exciting and dynamic, I'd say, perhaps due to the higher level mage spells.
One drawback of BGII is perhaps that high level D&D campaigns are usually over the top. You're basically walking around with a party of mythical heroes. But if you get past that little detail, it is a satisfying, well rounded computer RPG.
For me, BGII sets the standard for all other cRPG's. Planescape: Torment may have better narrative and reactivity, and others may have less fantasy stereotypes. But BGII features ALL desirable cRPG elements and implements them very well, fantastically in many cases. ›››
A very good post as usual, but I do have one slight issue with it. BG2 is a fantastic game and it deserved all the laurels it gets, but one thing where its predecessor bettered it was in exploration.
There aren't really wilderness areas in BG2, at least in the way you know them from BG1, and the story isn't as "do what you wish, when you wish it". This freedom can make BG1 a little disjointed at times, so overall it may actually be a positive change, but I would be lying if I said I didn't miss it.
It's a wonderful game though, and right up there as one of my favourites of all time, next to Planescape Torment, and quite possibly Icewind Dale 1. The Witcher 1 was great, but it doesn't quite reach those standards.
I'm now tempted to retake one of my playthroughs of BG2. I believe the main character was called Nelson Mandela. It would be fitting for such a day (for later readers, he died today, December 6, 2013) that he went through it and beat down all the evil in his way. He did much of that in life. Not with magic, but to transcend all the injustice he suffered, he will perhaps seem a bit magical when students read about his life in 50 and 100 years.
24.11.2013 @ 12:58How can people not find this? KOP has embedded the first episode in the first post. Just watch the rest from the same playlist/channel.
The series is fantastic btw. You basically need to watch it to understand how good it is, because words can't sufficiently give it justice.
24.11.2013 @ 12:55Very close vote. I went for Real-time with Pause.