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(NBC News)   Educators worry that students pretending to assassinate each other could lead to real violence, re-enacting other crappy Anthony Edwards movies   (usnews.nbcnews.com) divider line 95
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2013-05-20 02:05:09 PM
You know, "Gotcha" was on cable a few months ago, and I watched it all the way through for the first time in, probably, 20 years. And I have to say that it's held up remarkably well. Remarkably. And it gets even better when you open that second bottle of wine.
 
2013-05-20 02:18:45 PM
Holy shiat, I'd forgotten about suave, 80's hair Anthony Edwards.

24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-05-20 02:22:44 PM
Subby forgot the one good thing about the movie:

www.fimho.com
 
2013-05-20 02:25:44 PM
isn't it better for kids to develop targeted assassination skills? that way if they flip out, they can just kill the kids that bullied them (or that they hate for some other reason) instead of having them just spray bullets and kill everyone in the school that crosses their path.
 
2013-05-20 02:28:26 PM

Sybarite: Holy shiat, I'd forgotten about suave, 80's hair Anthony Edwards.

[24.media.tumblr.com image 390x600]


For some reason I always thought that Edwards starred in Tough Turf as well but it was James Spader
Check out the 80's hair here as well

james-spader.net
 
2013-05-20 02:31:56 PM
The game is more fun when you play it with real weapons.
 
2013-05-20 02:37:16 PM
I still remember that scene when his character got across the border and gave the finger and a big "F-you" and the American military guard says "I been wanting to do that for 6 months."

It was 6 months right?
 
2013-05-20 03:01:50 PM
In before the Outraged RightTM demand that provocative vocalizations("pew pew pew!") and finger guns be outlawed.....
 
2013-05-20 03:07:35 PM
You are a weergin, yes?
 
2013-05-20 03:08:27 PM

Indolent: I still remember that scene when his character got across the border and gave the finger and a big "F-you" and the American military guard says "I been wanting to do that for 6 months."

It was 6 months right?


I think that's right. I always wanted to do that coming out of Russia, perhaps crossing the border into Finland. I think the Finns would appreciate it.
 
2013-05-20 03:08:47 PM

Apos: In before the Outraged RightTM demand that provocative vocalizations("pew pew pew!") and finger guns be outlawed.....


Huh?
 
2013-05-20 03:10:54 PM
Unavailable for comment:
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2013-05-20 03:11:04 PM
"Why are in such a hurry to leave ze DDR?"

/one-man Gotcha quote thread
 
2013-05-20 03:12:30 PM

meanmutton: Apos: In before the Outraged RightTM demand that provocative vocalizations("pew pew pew!") and finger guns be outlawed.....

Huh?



Oops...Wrong thread.
 
2013-05-20 03:13:20 PM
I was actually nearly suspended for this back in high school.  '82 or '83.

I suppose now they would deport me or something.
 
2013-05-20 03:14:23 PM
Or equally terrible movies that were made 3 years before, starring Linda Hamilton.

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2013-05-20 03:14:24 PM
Anyone else play that (assassin) in college?
/picked off 7, then the school year ended...
 
2013-05-20 03:14:51 PM

zerkalo: "Why are in such a hurry to leave ze DDR?"


gamesdbase.com

No rhythm?
 
2013-05-20 03:15:22 PM
They must have watched the movie Tag back in 1982 and never got over it.
 
2013-05-20 03:16:34 PM

scalpod: Or equally terrible movies that were made 3 years before, starring Linda Hamilton.

[cdn102.iofferphoto.com image 240x240][4.bp.blogspot.com image 320x240]


Also starring David Carradine.  Interesting that both of the main Nerds in RotN were in movies about college assassination games.
 
2013-05-20 03:19:27 PM
Oh man their gonna ban freeze tag next, i just know it!
 
2013-05-20 03:19:51 PM
And the NRA just keeps adding members.
 
2013-05-20 03:19:57 PM
"it's played at schools across the country, usually in May after exams end."

Wait, what?  At my school the last thing we did was exams.  When exams were over there was no more school except graduation.
 
2013-05-20 03:20:02 PM

JNowe: scalpod: Or equally terrible movies that were made 3 years before, starring Linda Hamilton.

[cdn102.iofferphoto.com image 240x240][4.bp.blogspot.com image 320x240]

Also starring David Carradine.  Interesting that both of the main Nerds in RotN were in movies about college assassination games.


That was Robert Carradine.
 
2013-05-20 03:21:13 PM
Why don't people who say this type of shiat get slapped by the nearest person who hears it?
 
2013-05-20 03:22:12 PM
Are they using drones? Cause otherwise we are not training them for the future.
 
2013-05-20 03:23:24 PM
My best Assassination kill way back when was using one of those 500-in-1 electronic kits with a light sensor and a beeper.  It would beep when light was on.  I put it in my friends room (his mom was in on it) with a note reading "You Have Been Assassinated" along with instructions to call me to inform me who my next target was.

My worse Assassination death was in college.  A friend saw his target and didn't have his dart gun.  I loaned him mine and he made his kill.  Unfortunately, his target had ME as the target, so my friend's next assignment was to kill me.  And he did, with my own dart gun, as he returned it.
 
2013-05-20 03:23:51 PM

dv-ous: JNowe: scalpod: Or equally terrible movies that were made 3 years before, starring Linda Hamilton.

[cdn102.iofferphoto.com image 240x240][4.bp.blogspot.com image 320x240]

Also starring David Carradine.  Interesting that both of the main Nerds in RotN were in movies about college assassination games.

That was Robert Carradine.


Oops, I always get the names wrong.
 
2013-05-20 03:25:12 PM
i.imgur.com

How do these people keep their ears from touching?
 
2013-05-20 03:25:23 PM
As someone who has actually shut down some of these games (usually after helping start them in the first place), I would like to point out that the danger is much more about what a stupid kid will do to avoid getting tagged out than fear that someone's going to show up with a real gun or some shiat like that.

Our last assassin game, which was with grad students mind you, was called off when somebody vaulted a staircase to avoid getting squirted and ended up rolling two flights (uninjured, but that was kind of a "well, shiat" moment).  The one before that had half a dozen minor injuries from people getting elbowed or knocked over when a target realized they were being chased and made a break for it, culminating in a sprain that required a splint/brace.  When we used to play it back in middle school (yes, this game is old apart from being a variant of tag, even the water-bottle variant goes back decades) you'd get fist-fights over it all the time, albeit it didn't take much to start a fist-fight in my middle school.

So... this can actually result in insurance-level injury pretty easily.  While as a participant it's all in good fun, it's pretty reasonable for a school administration to strongly discourage it in the students that are, after all, its temporary wards.  It's the kind of supervisionless physical game that can get out of hand at times.
 
2013-05-20 03:26:12 PM
A Gotcha reference on Fark?  And I thought I was old.
 
2013-05-20 03:28:19 PM

Jim_Callahan: So... this can actually result in insurance-level injury pretty easily. While as a participant it's all in good fun, it's pretty reasonable for a school administration to strongly discourage it in the students that are, after all, its temporary wards. It's the kind of supervisionless physical game that can get out of hand at times.


i.usatoday.net
THIS!  The welfare of our wards is paramount!
 
2013-05-20 03:29:08 PM
That actually sounds pretty fun. Good job next gen, much better than the car surfing trend
 
2013-05-20 03:29:10 PM
"this kid was proned out "  Really?  Police Deputy Chief Robert Devine, the word is "prone".
 
2013-05-20 03:29:40 PM

Jim_Callahan: As someone who has actually shut down some of these games (usually after helping start them in the first place), I would like to point out that the danger is much more about what a stupid kid will do to avoid getting tagged out than fear that someone's going to show up with a real gun or some shiat like that.

Our last assassin game, which was with grad students mind you, was called off when somebody vaulted a staircase to avoid getting squirted and ended up rolling two flights (uninjured, but that was kind of a "well, shiat" moment).  The one before that had half a dozen minor injuries from people getting elbowed or knocked over when a target realized they were being chased and made a break for it, culminating in a sprain that required a splint/brace.  When we used to play it back in middle school (yes, this game is old apart from being a variant of tag, even the water-bottle variant goes back decades) you'd get fist-fights over it all the time, albeit it didn't take much to start a fist-fight in my middle school.

So... this can actually result in insurance-level injury pretty easily.  While as a participant it's all in good fun, it's pretty reasonable for a school administration to strongly discourage it in the students that are, after all, its temporary wards.  It's the kind of supervisionless physical game that can get out of hand at times.



Oh, by all means, let's think of the poor children!  Maybe we should build some nerf playgrounds and make them sit in bean bag chairs all day, too... They might hurt themselves!

People stupid enough to hurt themselves need to get hurt.  That is HOW they learn not to hurt themselves.
 
2013-05-20 03:30:14 PM
Meet me at the Cafe Freidrichstrasse
 
2013-05-20 03:31:28 PM
Just have all the seniors met at the same paintball field and be done with it.....geez....
 
2013-05-20 03:34:52 PM
The university here has Humans vs. Zombies where humans use nerf guns to "kill" the zombies.
 
2013-05-20 03:36:32 PM
I actually liked that movie, back in the day. Seriously.

True Fact: I met Anthony Edwards once, while he was shooting an ER episode in Chicago (I was an extra). I mentioned to him that I'd liked "Gotcha!"... and the look on his face was like I'd just said something about sodomizing his dog.
 
2013-05-20 03:36:41 PM

zerkalo: /one-man Gotcha quote thread


I would kill or die to make love to you.
 
2013-05-20 03:37:03 PM
I went through so much therapy at 11 years old.. I never thought at the time my real finger could become a weapon to kill... b.b.b.b.b.b.b but my childhood finger was just a trial run for loving people as an adult. What HAVE I BECOME!??
 
2013-05-20 03:44:56 PM
Looks like everyone already said what I was going to.  Oh well, I'll just go with this then.
farm3.staticflickr.com
 
2013-05-20 03:45:40 PM

ko_kyi: Meet me at the Cafe Freidrichstrasse


Came to post this. Leaving satisfied.
 
2013-05-20 03:48:52 PM
Yeah?  Well, this is *Government* juice, pachuco!
 
2013-05-20 03:48:55 PM
i recall in the 60s "no water pistols in/around school". It's not news, it's
 
2013-05-20 03:49:00 PM
Jonathan: Mon crayon est grand et mon crayon est jaune.
Waiter: Your pencil is big and yellow?
Jonathan: Oui!
Waiter: Nice for you.
 
2013-05-20 03:49:07 PM

Sybarite: Holy shiat, I'd forgotten about suave, 80's hair Anthony Edwards.

[24.media.tumblr.com image 390x600]




I used to have hair like that, and I looked a bit like Anthony Edwards (when that movie was out, a girl came in where I was working, and told me she thought I looked like him). Then I followed his lead and lost my hair. So I still look a bit like Anthony Edwards.
 
2013-05-20 03:49:15 PM
Our local high school seniors always do this, but this year they have a rule where you can't get shot if you're naked.  Now there are kids getting completely naked in their cars to run into their house, and one even standing on a roof naked to snipe people.  Very strange.
 
2013-05-20 03:49:25 PM
Jim_Callahan: "the danger is much more about what a stupid kid will do"

So we pitch it as a Darwin accelerant and re-introduce it as community service?
 
2013-05-20 03:50:30 PM

abfalter: Jim_Callahan: As someone who has actually shut down some of these games (usually after helping start them in the first place), I would like to point out that the danger is much more about what a stupid kid will do to avoid getting tagged out than fear that someone's going to show up with a real gun or some shiat like that.

Our last assassin game, which was with grad students mind you, was called off when somebody vaulted a staircase to avoid getting squirted and ended up rolling two flights (uninjured, but that was kind of a "well, shiat" moment).  The one before that had half a dozen minor injuries from people getting elbowed or knocked over when a target realized they were being chased and made a break for it, culminating in a sprain that required a splint/brace.  When we used to play it back in middle school (yes, this game is old apart from being a variant of tag, even the water-bottle variant goes back decades) you'd get fist-fights over it all the time, albeit it didn't take much to start a fist-fight in my middle school.

So... this can actually result in insurance-level injury pretty easily.  While as a participant it's all in good fun, it's pretty reasonable for a school administration to strongly discourage it in the students that are, after all, its temporary wards.  It's the kind of supervisionless physical game that can get out of hand at times.


Oh, by all means, let's think of the poor children!  Maybe we should build some nerf playgrounds and make them sit in bean bag chairs all day, too... They might hurt themselves!

People stupid enough to hurt themselves need to get hurt.  That is HOW they learn not to hurt themselves.



The bolded part seems to indicate that they were hurting other people.
 
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