Why is a game from 1999 in the top 50 most played games on Steam? Because it was a really good game and they stopped making RTS games, so I guess if you only get to play old games, might as well play a really good one.

A writer considered whether gamers have stopped liking strategy games. He wrote:

Looking at the most played games on steam, we find Age of Empires II on spot 28. It’s consistently been in the top 50 for a while. Why is a game from 1999 in the top 50 most played games on Steam? Because it was a really good game and they stopped making RTS games, so I guess if you only get to play old games, might as well play a really good one. I also checked StarCraft 2, which displays the number of games being played on Battle.net when you log in, and according to that number it’s more popular than Age of Empires II by at least 25%, but the numbers are hard to compare.

If we broaden the criteria a little bit and look at all strategy games and derivatives of strategy games, the top 50 is full of them: Dota 2, Football Manager, Sid Meier’s Civilization V and VI, Dota Underlords, Total War: WARHAMMER II, Hearts of Iron IV, RimWorld, Oxygen Not Included, Europa Universalis IV, Cities: Skylines and Stellaris. That’s thirteen out of fifty.
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Sequential art out of sequence – beware spoilers for Blassreiter

I had selected a few frames from Blassreiter. However, you can watch episodes 18 and 19 if you want to see them in sequence. I am willing to scramble up their order because I don’t think much meaning is lost by such scrambling.


Many fantasy battle shows feature attractive young people who are not so busy battling that they can’t find the time to fall in love and at least get as far as kissing and holding hands.  I might very well complain about such shows – I probably have complained about them at some point in the past.

If these fantasy battle shows were taking place in a dangerous time, the young people might find that they did not have any time to fall in love.

Blassreiter has a lot of attractive young people. Spoilers below.

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“the result are broxas men” What the heck is a broxas? Does he mean “broke-ass”?

Some writer, apparently a Russian, wrote:

Among the various industries of capitalism in its late phase, society of the spectacle, consumerist capitalism, one of the most nefarious and grotesque is the pornographic industry.

Created by Zionists, and practically monopolized by them to this day, the pornographic industry can be considered as a veritable poison driven by parasitic forces against the psychological, moral and cultural health of the peoples of the world. Let it be clear, the sale of sex, such as the slave trade and usury has always been a Zionist specialty.

According to the director of the Anti-Defamation League (a major Zionist lobby), Abraham Foxman, “Jews who entered the porn industry have done it as individuals seeking the American dream.” Moreover, according to the historian Nathan Abrams, “Jews are the driving force behind the modern pornographic industry, and their motivation is in part to destroy the morals of the Gentiles.”

The creation of the pornographic industry came in the wake of a “libertarian” discourse aimed at breaking away from post-Victorian moral conservatism. In spite of being earlier, the generation of 68 is symptomatic of the “libertarian” mentality in which the founding of this industry participated.

Against bourgeois puritanism emerged libertine hedonism, also bourgeois. Restriction standards have been superseded by standards of excess. The quality of the sexual experience has been replaced by quantity. And the porn industry was the protagonist in all this from the beginning.

The “secret” and the “veil” concerning the body and sexuality do not have a castration, but an intensification of sexual tension, which increases the meaning and power of the sexual act. So what happened was predictable.

Sexual “liberation” and the popularization of pornography have spawned a generation of two types of people: non-sex masturbators, and sex slaves ranging from irrelevant sexual experience to irrelevant sexual experience.

The poison of pornography is deep. Pornography, by tinkering with dopamine, is as addictive as any other drug. And being addictive, it makes its slaves go into spirals of fetishistic degradation. The end result is people who can no longer be excited by simple nakedness of the opposite sex, the result are broxas men who can only get excited with horn fetish, transvestites and other bizarre in general.

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Blassreiter took about 15 episodes to hit its stride.

Blassreiter requires a considerable degree of attention from the viewer. In the end, if you watch all 24 episodes in quick succession, you should be able to remember who the characters are, and why they care about each other.

The writing has a great deal of talent. And yet, in some ways, this show is silly. You must be willing to accept several wildly bizarre premises to watch this show.

The voice actress for Mei Fang is a major reason to continue watching this silly show.  Happily, I can report that she has been getting work in other shows.  Also happily, I can report that this show is not entirely silly.  It does eventually address some serious themes, such as “Will you lose your humanity if your body is transformed by nanotech?”

The final episode delivers at least one “moral of the story” but there are some bits of dialogue that suggest very serious themes. The quotes from the Bible eventually pull together quite a few important themes.

Blassreiter took about 15 episodes to hit its stride.

It is a show about attractive young people getting into super high-tech vehicles and sallying forth into combat. You have seen this formula for decades. Sometimes the young people get into giant mecha. Sometimes they form a sentai. The details can vary. However, the formula is clear.