Board games vs. video games: which are better?

The correct answer would be, of course, "both are equally awesome, you fool." I would agree, naturally (maybe even with the "you fool" part), but there is a certain level of discussion to be had here, and since Kevin is suspiciously absent from the blog (I've never seen him and B.J. Blackowicz in the same…

I am a true American — suck it, everyone else!

Ever wondered if you're secretly (or not so secretly) a fascist? I know I always have! That's why I was eager to see this post on io9. It references the F-scale, developed in 1947. Here's the quiz itself. I scored a 3.4. The quiz called me "disciplined but tolerant; a true American." It's about time somebody else…

Diplomacy: WWI gaming at its finest

I owned a copy of Diplomacy for three years. I never once played it. Apparently, games by e-mail are the way to go now. But, this article on Grantland stirred my interest in it again. World War I has a problem. That problem is not enough Americans. Because America's part in the war was minor,…

This is better foreign policy, but not by much

The Economist, on Monday, wrote about a proposed plan for the US in Iraq. Happily, it's better than the administration's present policy of doing nothing. It's excessively sanguine about the Iraqi army's chances -- yes, it's much larger than ISIS, but the US Army was much larger than the NVA and Viet Cong too -- but,…

So long, Vince Young and Tony Gwynn

Tony Gwynn and Vince Young played completely different positions for completely different teams in completely different sports. They are almost polar opposites for each other, in the public mind: Tony Gwynn was the kind of player that everyone loved, gave "110%," a Hall of Famer. A tremendous all around player (although dWAR doesn't like his…

Too much Coolidge, Obama

I am all for doing nothing. I personally live up to the Second Foundation maxim of "Never act  unless you must. And then -- hesitate." Then a friend sent me this article. It's a Jonah Goldberg piece, incidentally. I actually hope we never get that time machine. I shudder to think what would happen if Obama…

Sorry, Mike Trout: should have gotten an economics degree

Regression is quickly becoming the most interesting site in the Deadspin network (if the least funny). A recent article actually quantifies a superstar General Manager as more valuable than the best player in the game.  You can get his actual paper here. I've skimmed the paper -- the writing itself could use some improvements, I would…

Women in gaming

Assassin's Creed: Unity, the version of AC coming to PS4, XBOX One, and PC next year, does not have any female characters in co-op because "they don't have enough time." The idea of women in gaming is not a new one. There is a dearth of games with dominant female protagonists (excluding games like Mass Effect…

Prontra Kevin: more on tuition costs

Yes, prontra is a portmanteau of pro and contra, as I am both in favor of and against some of Kevin's propositions. The subsidies I described are going to the universities, not to the students, in exchange for a reduction in tuition. More like agricultural subsidies in this sense. I think his cause #3 is…