Russia Angry Historically Accurate Game not Nicer

I am sure this exact thing happened, Russia

Long time readers of the site will know that I am a huge fan of the Company of Heroes series, in the past I have gone so far as to claim that it is a better real time strategy game than StarCraft.  I say this so that you know when to take what I am about to say in the right context.  A, rather large, Russian gaming distributor has stopped all sales of Company of Heroes 2 because the game doesn’t paint the behavior of everyone in Russia as “wonderful” from the second World War.  While the game is nowhere near close enough to accurate to portray everything that happened as fact, as that would be a less interesting game, it is at the very least “inspired by” enough to make most Law and Order episodes look dumb for using “ripped from the headlines”.

I have not played the newest addition of the series, mainly because every time I have been paid since it came out there was something twice as important that seemingly needed to be bought that week, but the other games would only ever talk about real things that happened in kind of boring cut-scenes that used maps and giant arrows to show troop movement.  I never felt that any of the levels that were played in the game went over the line to disrespecting the memory of what happened—but I was also pretty sure that all those missions were simply things that could have happened.  Interestingly enough when I read about this story there was instantly people in the comments point out how painfully nationalistic Russia has been as of late.

Source: EvilAvatar

Man Planning to Break Skydiving Record

In a story that might as well be called, “What Won’t Red Bull Sponsor?” someone has decided that he is going to jump from a balloon on the edge of space—brought to you by Red Bull.  The only other people who have ever jumped from a higher elevation than him were back in the 60’s when the government (US and Russia) were testing their equipment on men to make sure that they wouldn’t explode when they went into the outer limits of this world.  Interestingly enough the first person to do it, a US Marine, had an issue with his suit during the experiment and had one of his gloves fill with blood but said nothing because he thought that the test was too important to stop it just because he might be bleeding to death.

The plan is to jump from a height of 120,000 feet, the height of four Mount Everest from sea level to the tip – or 4800 Jawses if you are Kevin Smith and need that terrifying image to process data, and pretty much shatter the previous records.  As someone who has repeatedly gone on record for being afraid of heights I can honestly say that this is the worst idea ever, but it is good to know that if I do ever fall from space I can use a parachute to live.

Source: BBC