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Current Episodes / Re: Status of Berserk's Pre-publication
« on: December 12, 2018, 03:40:11 PM »
No chapter 28/12 in Young Animal.

Damn. There goes my bet. Oh, well!

Thanks for the update, as always!

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2018! Time for Presents!
« on: December 12, 2018, 03:39:32 PM »
Man I remember when I first watched Spirited away mostly I was disturbed through most of the movie being how young I was. Mostly the old lady with the big head gave me some nightmare fuel Though "End Of Evangelion" and "Berserk" made me realize it was not that disturbing of a movie after all at least compared to those.

Yeah, I can see it being disturbing for younger viewers initially, what with her parents being turned into pigs and being left all alone in a scary place. It reminded me a lot of the Disney films I grew up watching in that respect. I didn't care for Spirited Away all that much the first time I saw it, but it's grown on me immensely over the years. Princess Mononoke is probably my favorite Miyazaki film, but Spirited Away is a very close second.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: December 11, 2018, 04:45:44 PM »
Oh, just wait until Mega Man VI, even Dr. Wily is phoning it in at that point. =) The X series eventually goes through the same thing too, and then offshoots to the Zero series, etc.



Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: December 10, 2018, 02:52:24 PM »
I have fond memories of MM5, lots of silly fun ideas, and it nerfs the Mega Buster so you can't keep it charged through damage, which I think is for the best, but it also marks when they basically ran out of gas on the main series. After that they're pretty mediocre for a while, and even the SNES version, when X really took the mantle. It wasn't until MM9 that the main series got interesting to me again.

That sums it up perfectly. I've read a lot about Mega Man, and that seems to be the general consensus for the main series. Mega Man X took things in a better direction (can't wait to play it), and then they did some fun, innovative things with the Legends games (can't wait to play those, either). I enjoyed Mega Man 5, just not as much as the others, and you could tell their hearts just weren't in it anymore.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: December 09, 2018, 02:08:15 PM »
I finished Mega Man 5 on Friday. It was a lot less difficult than the previous MM games, but I still enjoyed it. It was more MM, after all. :guts:

Next up: Final Fantasy V!

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2018! Time for Presents!
« on: December 09, 2018, 02:07:19 PM »
I received my gifts from IncantatioN the other day:

Thank you so much, Piraan! My wife and I watched Spirited Away yesterday afternoon. We'd only seen it once 17 years ago when it first came out on DVD. I think we enjoyed it even more this time around. Thank you for helping us move one step closer to a complete Miyazaki collection. Thank you for the Berserk figurines, as well. That was very generous of you. They're now swarming my movie shelf. :void:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: November 30, 2018, 04:34:33 PM »
I finished Gargoyle's Quest II on my second break at work yesterday. Both it and the previous entry are nice little platforming gems, and I'm glad I stumbled upon them.

Up next is Super Castlevania IV! I played it once before on my 3DS, but it was murky and hard to see, so I'm playing it again on my SNES Classic. I played a little bit of it this morning and it's much easier to navigate, now that I'm not squinting. Plus, it's an amazingly detailed game that's held up very well over the years.

Edit: I finished Super Castlevania IV and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Master System). Super Castlevania IV was even better this time around. It's such a well-designed game. I've become a major Castlevania fan-boy, too.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was difficult, but after several tries I ended up collecting all of the Chaos Emeralds, opening up the final stage and "real" ending. For a Master System game, it was pretty damn good.

Next up is Mega Man 5!

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: November 27, 2018, 06:57:07 PM »
Same, though I only got a few hours of games in.

Well, you do have a kid. It's just me and the missus. :void:

I'd put it on my personal Top 10, and the sequel is also good (Seiken Densetsu 3) with a translation patch. I actually loaded up SD3 on my SNES classic as well. Playing that game in English on a TV has been pretty much a lifelong dream of mine.

Nice! Seiken Densetsu 3 is on my list, as well. I'm looking forward to playing it, since it's supposed to be a more complete game than Secret of Mana. I know they had to cut out a lot of stuff since it was originally going to be a disc-based game for what ended up becoming the PlayStation.

BTW, I also picked up a new PS4, though not a Pro. I'm not made of money, either. :serpico: The old PS3 was finally starting to burn out. I think the cooling gel is starting to wear off; the fan is going almost full-blast all the time. It's nice to have a nice, quiet console again.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: November 26, 2018, 04:34:49 PM »
Wow tearing through games one after the other, you're a monster  :zodd:

Hehe, well, it helps that I had most of last week off from work. But yeah, I think it's going well so far. :badbone:

What's beeen your biggest disappointment so far, in terms of how much you expected to enjoy a game, versus how it had aged?

Hmmm, probably Secret of Mana. However, I think a lot of that had to do with playing it on my phone. I've since purchased the SNES Classic, so I'm going to play it again on that and see if being able to control the characters a little better helps with the experience, since I've heard the game is one of the best ever.

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Tsume-Berserk
« on: November 25, 2018, 04:07:24 PM »
It looks cool, but it's way too expensive for my wife and I to afford. Not sure where we'd put it anyway. :void:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: November 25, 2018, 04:05:44 PM »
I wasn't able to complete Wing Commander: The Secret Missions 2 - Crusade! because of the same slow-down issues as before, so I watched half of it on YouTube to see the story. After that, I beat Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi, but I wasn't able to beat the last mission of the first expansion, Special Operations 1, so I watched the ending on YouTube, as well. However, I was able to beat Special Operations 2 pretty easily this morning after beating Kirby's Dream Land in about 25 minutes yesterday evening. It's been a video game-heavy Thanksgiving vacation, that's for damn sure.

I really enjoyed Wing Commander II. It was a pretty big step up from the first game, with a lot more focus on the story. The missions were a lot of fun to play, though, and I especially enjoyed the ones with torpedo runs.

Kirby's Dream Land was fun, too, but it was way too easy and way too short.

Next up is Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness!

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: November 14, 2018, 12:45:24 PM »
I beat Sonic and Mega Man 4. I think Iím turning into a Mega Man fanboy. Iíd heard Mega Man 4 wasnít as good as the first three because of the addition of the Mega Buster, but I loved it. I continue to be amazed at what companies were able to do on an 8-bit system.

Next up is Wing Commander: The Secret Missions 2 - Crusade!

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: November 05, 2018, 04:36:01 PM »
I finished Final Fantasy IV this morning. I'm glad I played it again; I'd forgotten a lot. While no where near as advanced as Final Fantasy VI, it was still fun to play with a compelling story.

Next up: Sonic the Hedgehog for Game Gear, via the 3DS Virtual Console.

Current Episodes / Re: Status of Berserk's Pre-publication
« on: October 11, 2018, 03:50:37 PM »
That's too bad, but as always it's worth the wait. My bet's on December, too. Fingers crossed!

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: October 09, 2018, 06:51:46 PM »
I finished Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge this morning. It was a really solid Castlevania title, despite the limited system it was on. I'm glad I gave it a chance. When I originally made my list, I left off all portable games for some reason, but that's no longer the case.

Next up is Final Fantasy IV. I've played this once before when they re-released it for the PlayStation with Chrono Trigger. It was a really bad port (the menus were unbelievably slow), but I slogged my way through it, because it was the only way I could play it back then. This time around, I'm going to play a fan translation of the game. I'm looking forward to it, since it's still considered one of the best 16-bit RPGs of all time.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: October 03, 2018, 08:05:18 PM »
I finished Gargoyle's Quest earlier this morning. It was a neat little game for its time. I don't know if it's worth the $5.00 it goes for on the 3DS Virtual Console, but I enjoyed playing it.

Next up is Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge! For some reason, Castlevania: The Adventure is on the 3DS Virtual Console, but not its (from what I've read) far-superior sequel. They're both Konami games, so I can only chalk it up to Konami continuing not to care about its older titles.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: October 01, 2018, 06:00:13 PM »
I finished Final Fantasy III yesterday morning. For an early 8-bit RPG, it was pretty awesome. I had a great time with it and am really looking forward to playing Final Fantasy IV again in a week or two.

For now, I'm playing Gargoyle's Revenge for Game Boy on my 3DS. I'm only an hour in, but so far it's a pretty nice action RPG in a Zelda II style.

BTW folks, how much would you pay a month for access to Nintendo's classic game library (whatever that is to you, from NES-Wii)? As in, what would you need included and then what price would be too high? :carcus: Nintendo must really be weighing that cash cow versus selling the same shit ala carte every time since it's hard to pretend at this point these guys are so quaint and out of touch they can't figure out the equivalent of email accounts when they've otherwise been innovators in the marketplace for decades, "How can you be so obtuse; is it intentional?"

As someone who's trying to play a lot of their classic games, I would happily pay $20.00 per year for the opportunity to play everything they currently have on their various Virtual Consoles. However, the last time I checked, they only had a few NES games available. I'll wait it out and see what happens in the future.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: September 26, 2018, 03:38:40 PM »
April fool's day is coming late this year.


Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: September 18, 2018, 03:35:55 PM »
I finished reading Stone of Farewell on Sunday and started reading the final book in the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy, To Green Angel Tower. I'm really enjoying this series and can't wait to see how it ends.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: September 03, 2018, 11:34:12 AM »
Whew indeed, if you do all those you'll be be able to teach me about Mega Man.

Iíll do my best!

Iím taking a break from Wing Commander: The Secret Missions. I played Bifrost II over and over and over, and I just canít beat the damn thing. Part of the problem is the lag Iím experiencing. Anytime thereís more than three or four ships in the area, the game lags to the point where the controls stop responding, which leaves me a sitting duck.

So for now, Iíve started playing Final Fantasy III on the NES. Itís pretty good so far. Iím amazed at the quality of the later NES/Famicom games. They were able to do a lot on that little system near the end of its life.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 31, 2018, 11:14:21 PM »
BTW, have you or will you be playing MM9? MM7-8? MMX, etc? I know, and the extended MM11 trailer demonstrates, there's a million of these games but to me the true canon is the the classic NES ones including 9, and SNES X games and maybe the Zero series on GameBoy Advance.

These are the rest of the Mega Man games on my list:

Mega Man 4
Mega Man 5
Mega Man 6
Mega Man X
Mega Man V (Game Boy game)
Mega Man X2
Mega Man 7
Mega Man X3
Mega Man 8
Mega Man X4
Mega Man Legends
Mega Man & Bass
The Misadventures of Tron Bonne
Mega Man Legends 2
Mega Man Xtreme
Mega Man X5
Mega Man Zero
Mega Man Zero 2
Mega Man Zero 3
Mega Man Zero 4
Mega Man ZX
Mega Man ZX Advent
Mega Man 9
Mega Man 10
Mega Man 11


Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 29, 2018, 06:10:38 PM »
Speaking of which, coincidentally saw this today...

I guess my champion is the recently abandoned Mass Effect: Andromeda since I technically stopped during the blank screen transition between my desktop and the game starting. I don't know that there's any sooner one can actually start and quit a game. :daiba:


The very first time I played Mega Man 2 I quit two or three minutes into Airman's stage. After the first jump landed me on a drill rising out of the hovering robot, I almost quit immediately...but I gave it another two lives before quitting for good (or so I thought :void:).

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 28, 2018, 11:41:47 PM »

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 24, 2018, 02:15:06 PM »
Yeah, now there's a game that could benefit from a modern HD remake and streamlining of the interactive video to meet today's standards. I wonder if the raw footage of the actors was high quality and still in good shape (I'm guessing not both). Btw, I think it might have been patched in subsequent releases, but a "big" issue at the time was that in-game space was dark blue instead of black for some reason. I'm sure it was fixed by IV, but let me know if your copy is still blue. =)

Will do!

I can't imagine the cost of remastering the footage in III and IV, and I doubt they still have the original film. Still, that would be the ideal way to play it, and a pretty cool undertaking. Oh, well. I'm still looking forward to the experience. :serpico:

Yeah, MM3 is no joke and the last of the pure, classic pre-megabuster games, until MM9 that is (best title screen music too, beautiful and fun to play on an acoustic guitar). One of my dissapoints with MM10 was they didn't bring back the megabuster charge and/or the slide, along with a second castle, to make it the MM4-6, or at least MM3, of its generation to compliment MM9's perfect MM2-style revival. That and especially two-player co-op (thank God for Shovel Knight =).

Yeah, I've heard the middle set of original Mega Man games are hit and miss, but I still plan on playing them. I've grown to love this series in a very short time.

I'm starting to get the hang of MM3. I've beaten the initial Robot Masters, so I'm gearing up for the stages between them and Dr. Wily's castle. :badbone:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 23, 2018, 07:31:46 PM »
As I said, Wing Commander III has a special place in my heart for essentially being the best Wing Commander movie there could be, and an interesting Movie/Game novelty concept (I don't have those feelings for those that followed =). Plus, they cast Mark "Luke Fuckin' Skywalker" Hamill as Blair, which makes it pretty unassailable (and Biff as Manic! Way better than Freddie Prinze Jr and Mattew Lillard). When you get there see if you can spot the ironic social commentary that was always confusing and probably hasn't aged well at all. :carcus: :ganishka:

Yeah, I have fond memories of playing it at my friendís house back in the day. I was blown away that Mark Hamill was playing the main character. Iím looking forward to a proper play through later this year or early next year.

I beat the original campaign this morning, and since Mega Man 3 came out before the Secret Missions, thatís what Iím playing next. Iíve only spent a few minutes with it on my breaks at work, but it already feels more difficult than MM2.

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