Great post. Some of these look fantastic. And why the hell didn't I realize that Arkham Horror had a bunch of expansions?! That game was super-formative to me. I still remember the first time the world ended, and the first time we saved it. Also, there was something great about cutting out the endless CoC… » 10/30/14 2:14pm Thursday 2:14pm

Yeah, the sequels are unfairly derided. There are some missed opportunities, some stupid stupid visuals (the Zion rave scene), and the attempts at mindfuck moments, akin to Neo waking up in the pod bank, never measure up. And hoo boy, that crap about werewolves or whatever was really half-baked. But there are great… » 10/28/14 11:10am Tuesday 11:10am

Patton Oswalt's Wired piece from a couple years ago articulated this better than I can (link below), but I miss the work that went into nerd culture. It wasn't just that nerds were fewer in number, or that nerd culture hadn't gone mainstream. It was the sense that you were part of a secret society, and that the… » 10/28/14 7:45am Tuesday 7:45am

More than just being bad in After Earth, he's conducted himself like a bit of a turd ever since Karate Kid. Acts like a brat, is a total stone-faced jerk in interviews. And then he had that insane, infamous interview with dad, where the Scientology was far too strong in both of them. I know, I know, what an actor does… » 10/28/14 7:13am Tuesday 7:13am

The worst thing about jamming genre premises into standard police procedurals is that the procedural aspects of these shows always end up being so boring. Like if someone said, "Look, I'm doing Frankenstein meets The Wire," I bet we'd be somewhat psyched. But GENRE ELEMENT plus Bones or CSI or whatever the hell else… » 10/23/14 6:20am 10/23/14 6:20am

The 33 percent success rate is pretty atrocious, though, when you consider that, once the current ground-based interceptor program really got under way, the supposed threat had shifted to "rogue state" launches, which would basically be a single missile strike. So if you're pumping billions into a system that has less… » 10/16/14 9:40am 10/16/14 9:40am