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@laszlokovacs said:

Is... the title a reference to Aesop Rock?

I came here to say the same thing. God, that's a great song.

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The story of Shinsuke Nakamura is an interesting one, especially as it related to Hiroshi Tanahashi. I don't really watch wrestling any more, but I was way into puroresu in the mid-2000s when Nakamura was hitting the scene, so I remember it well.

Nakamura and Tanahashi came into NJPW at around the same time, and the plan was that Nakamura was supposed to be "the guy", which obviously isn't how it worked out, as Tanahashi has been much more successful. The old guard of New Japan thought Tanahashi couldn't be a top draw because he wasn't that old-school, strong-style, super badass wrestler that Japan has idolised ever since the days of Antonio Inoki and Jumbo Tsuruta.

Nakamura fit that role much better: Nakamura had a background in vale tudo and MMA, while Tanahashi had a background in lucha libre, something Japan had never quite embraced outside of indie promotions like Dragon Gate, Michinoku Pro, and - as mentioned by Jared - DDT. So Nakamura was pushed as the next top draw of the company; he was even given the nickname "Super Rookie". He was given the IWGP Heavyweight belt in 2003, three years before Tanahashi's first reign, but had to vacate it due to injury.

But as it turns out, New Japan under Jado and Gedo needed to go in a new direction. It needed a bit more glitz and glamour, and not to just be stuck in the very traditional pattern of puroresu that had held back All Japan for so long and was starting to weight down NOAH. And Tanahashi was perfect for the "New" New Japan. He looks like a rock-star, he wrestles in a high-flying, energetic style, he is unbelievably popular with the female audience, and he's an excellent wrestler. Nakamura's in-ring work used to be pretty boring and predictable, and he just didn't flash like Tanahashi did, so he was seen as a bust who was doomed to remain in the upper-midcard, in the shadow of his more successful contemporary.

So after the Brock Lesnar experiment, New Japan gave Tanahashi the belt, strapped a jetpack to his back, and launched him into super stardom. Prior to Tanahashi, the IWGP belt was traded between a bunch of the New Japan old guard like Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Kazuyuki Fujita, so for Tanahashi, who wasn't yet 30, to be made the new star of the company was a big, big deal, and it worked out perfectly. The rest is history; he's held the IWGP title for longer than all-time Japanese legends like The Great Muta and (the late) Shinya Hashimoto, who were the stars of New Japan during the glory days of the 90s when the wrestling business was so huge in Japan.

Now, to hear that Nakamura has done so well transitioning into a more off-beat (for Japan, at least), crazy, vibrant character, and blended that into his hard-hitting, strong-style wrestling is a little surprising, but shows that the potential for him to be amazing was always there.

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The only games on their top ten I've played are South Park, Far Cry 4, and like 30 minutes of Hearthstone. Seems like a fine list, I guess. I dunno.

My GOTY was Magic: The Gathering Online, so, *shrugs*

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My response to what Dan said about North Africa in WW2 was very close to Drew's. What the hell, man. Battle of El Alamein? Rommel, the Desert Fox? Field Marshal Montgomery? Field Marshal Auchinleck? Tobruk? The first mission of Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, where you're in Algiers? C'mon.

I ain't mad really, and this was a fun QL. My expectation that Dan would be very comfortable in the Quick Look format appears to have been well founded.

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Whoa, that came out of nowhere. I'm so annoyed that it's iOS only, since the first Civ Rev came out on consoles and handhelds and the DS version was really good. I don't have an iPad, and I don't want to play a game like Civ Rev on my tiny iPod Touch screen.

Shame, I really liked that first Civ Rev game.

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@beard_of_zeus said:

What is the title of this video a reference to? I feel like I've seen it once or twice before on the site. Google tells me it's something related to Friday Night Lights?

The head coach and main character in Friday Night Lights uses the motto "clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose" to motivate his team, and he says it before every game.

Did Jeff do a video with a similar name? Clear Eyes, Full Jar, Can't Lose? Something like that? Am i imagining things?

There's a video from early in the CBSi days where Ryan, Patrick, and Brad interview Steve Gaynor of The Fullbright Company, and the video is called "Fullbright, Clear Eyes, Can't Lose". I can't think of a Jeff jar time with that name; I think Brad and Patrick are the staff members who love FNL enough to reference it in video titles.

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Oh my word, please please please do something with Crusader Kings II, Patrick. More people need to know about how special that game is and the batshit things you can do in it.

You're right that it might be better suited to a curated and edited video experience, as there's quite a bit of letting the game run and waiting for stuff to happen, but it just has so much potential for hilarity and awesomeness that it's worth doing, IMHO.

If it's something that you're willing to get community help with, then there is a very small but passionate group of GB community members who play CKII and would help you learn the game or guide you towards the more interesting stuff.

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I knew that I wasn't going to be able to stop myself from playing this game. I'm too big of a TES lore nerd. You start the game in Coldharbour? That is so fucking cool.

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@lightningproof said:

Soviet anthem (which is 10x more rad because the Red Army Choir version has hammers and sickles being banged together in the background), not Russian. Hence the lines about 'The Party of Lenin, the strength of the people' etc.

I stand corrected. Shows how much 20th century Russian history I know. I guess that doesn't entirely take the sting out of it - is it really better to play something associated with Stalin than playing something associated with Putin? - but I was still wrong, so retracted.

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I don't know what's funnier: people being butthurt because they perceive Vinny as feeling slighted by the abrupt ending of his segment, or guitar people being butthurt because the guys were fawning over a guitar player who wasn't some god-tier axe legend (which is totally missing the point).

The only part of the show that I didn't appreciate was the Russian national anthem. I don't hate Russia, or the Russian people, but I have a bad taste in my mouth from all the recent goings on and it seemed super poorly timed, almost tasteless. Apart from that, good show that had me laughing outrageously hard at times.

EDIT: Someone pointed out to me that Drew actually played the Soviet national anthem. I think my point still sort of stands, but I was still wrong so I redact the above statement.