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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to ???
« on: November 21, 2017, 07:39:11 PM »
I donít know anything about the movie, but telling from the poster I assume itís a combination of Predator and Poltergeist 3.

Actually what it evokes is Predator 2, a movie in which at one point the Predator stands atop a skyscraper and uses his spear as a lightning rod.

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Speculation Nation / Re: Guts's Lineage
« on: November 21, 2017, 06:50:12 PM »
I don't believe that a "normal" human being no matter how strong could swing a sword of that size that fast and not fracture a wrist... just saying :P

Normal humans are also born with nipples, unlike Guts (or any other man in Berserk). Berserk is a fantasy story set in a fictional world.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: November 19, 2017, 10:40:14 AM »
It's a shame that WB didn't take notice of what made Wonder Woman such a success and approached this as such.

Allow me to infuriate you by saying Wonder Woman was mediocre at best as a movie, and that its success rested almost exclusively on the popularity of the character itself and what she embodies (female empowerment) in a social context where it's sorely needed.

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Site & Forum News / Re: Like SKnet? Donate to Help Us Become Even Greater
« on: November 16, 2017, 08:34:09 AM »
Thank you for your support, Headless!

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Site & Forum News / Re: Like SKnet? Donate to Help Us Become Even Greater
« on: November 15, 2017, 06:59:19 PM »
I've only been a patron twice, so I can't say I completely understand how goals are reached (the goals played a very small role with those I've supported). Does a one-month subscription contribute to the goal? You guys are awfully close to the next milestone

Every contribution helps of course, but it has to be sustained to really matter. That being said, even supporting the Patreon for a short period will be appreciated.

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: New photo of Kentaro Miura
« on: November 14, 2017, 03:28:54 PM »
Wow, nice find Jorge!

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: November 12, 2017, 10:30:25 AM »
here's a list of my transcendent Marios:

Donkey Kong
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario World
Super Mario 64

Solid. Can't disagree with that!

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: November 11, 2017, 09:23:10 PM »
What is strange to me is that you add nothing to the discussion except 'I disagree'. Forgive me if I anticipate actual discussion on forums, I do it very frequently

Hahaha, as if I owed you anything. Oh, and what discussion am I supposed to add to here? Your off-topic posts about your personal interpretation of video game history? This isn't what the thread's about.

Besides it's not like you've made a convincing argument. Putting aside factual errors (Super Mario 64 doesn't feature an open world, it has a central hub that connect to individual levels), you're grossly oversimplifying the lengthy iterative process (both before and after Super Mario 64 came out) across many genres that led to current video games in all their diverse forms. Basically what Griffith said (that I noted I agreed with): your definition of modern gaming just isn't correct to begin with. You can't trace a direct line between Super Mario 64 and games like PUBG, LoL, GTA V, Overwatch, FIFA 17 or Destiny, just to name a few.

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: November 11, 2017, 07:17:35 PM »
I think that's why 3D Land resonated so much with me, it was a different way to do 3D Mario and like a perfect fusion of that with classic platforming.

For what it's worth, Super Mario 3D Land was my favorite Mario game since 64. Odyssey is charming in many ways, and Galaxy was a truly great game (and Sunshine is greatly underrated), but I really had a blast with 3D Land that goes beyond that. Somehow it feels similar to what I experienced with Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Just addictive fun that makes you play through it without end.

As much as I actually believe that to an extent, gaming is not so monolithic and there's plenty of genres and elements and that came before and after that define gaming today.

Yes. Super Mario 64 is by all means a landmark in gaming, as is Zelda 64, but calling it "the birth of modern video games" doesn't really make sense.

Super Mario 64 is less Mario than 3D Land

That is really a very strange thing to say...

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: November 10, 2017, 01:09:10 PM »
the birth of modern video games

I wouldn't go that far.

If you compared Mario 64 to a 3D game today like, say, Horizon Zero Dawn, the latter is astoundingly greater, objectively.

I don't really agree with that statement.

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: November 10, 2017, 05:59:38 AM »
When I played 64, I was so taken by the adventure and imagination that I wasn't completely aware I was having fun, but I always knew I was in hindsight. With Galaxy, I was way too conscious, and at times I felt like I was in a hurry, and I don't know why.

The thing is, Mario 64 was one of the great watersheds in video game history. Galaxy was a great game, but obviously it could never have the same impact for those who saw the birth of 3D gaming.

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: November 09, 2017, 07:38:27 PM »
I'm ashamed to admit it, but I was down to no lives left and very little health when I encountered Dark Link, so I had to use the corner trick to beat him (I can feel the scowls of hardcore gamers everywhere turning toward me).

Hah, I doubt that many people out there have actually finished the game, and those who did, like me, know the pain of these two bosses. Congrats on beating it, corner trick or not!

I still think The Legend of Zelda is my favorite of the two

Duh. :iva:

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Speculation Nation / Re: Guts's Lineage
« on: November 07, 2017, 07:08:02 AM »
Guts does kind of fit in to the Monomyth archetype, he's a mercenary through tradgic circumstance loses his friends and becomes cursed, and he goes on a journey of revenge, it's not a call to adventure, but it is a journey, and I suppose SK is his mentor stand in.

Pretty lame argument. Everything fits the one-size-fits-all box when the starting goal is to make it fit.

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Speculation Nation / Re: Guts's Lineage
« on: November 06, 2017, 07:39:58 PM »
The story makes it pretty clear that Guts was born normal and only became the powerhouse he is through a life of hardships and perseverance. And really, this is basically Berserk's central theme. A "mere man" standing up against supernatural monsters through the sheer power of his will...  and his brawn.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: November 03, 2017, 02:35:09 PM »
Wow, after 10 years of not reading a new berserk, I have now caught back up.

Long time no see, old boy.

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Hardcover editions of Berserk?
« on: November 01, 2017, 07:33:00 AM »
Yeah, it would be nice if Berserk had a deluxe edition (bigger format, hardcover, better translations, better quality paper and printing...), but no, there are no plans to make one that we know of.

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: October 30, 2017, 04:25:04 PM »
Makoto Fukami's writing and Dark Horse's translating, what's not to love.

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: October 28, 2017, 04:27:12 PM »
Picked up Tyranny on Steam because it was 75% off. I've heard it's good for fans of Pillars of Eternity. Anyone played it?

I played Tyranny when it launched. I enjoyed it, though I found the ending disappointing.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: October 26, 2017, 07:21:43 PM »
Can't be bothered to read all those posts (please forgive me), but here's my take on Blade Runner 2049: I thought the movie was good enough. There's some nice photography in there, although the shots are way too clean. They lack the grit of the original, they often feel sterile and some scenes really look CGI'd (specifically at the beginning when we see the car in the rain). But it is a visually pleasing movie.
The music also did a decent enough job evoking Vangelis, if somewhat crudely.

The story's not too bad, although it's got its share of inconsistencies. But it's not stupid and it tries to have meaning. In that regard the movie could have been much much worse. That being said, the Joi subplot really overstays its welcome and feels like it wanted to be its own movie but was grafted onto this one instead. I appreciated that for all its artificiality, the story played her character straight (she appears to have her own will all along), that lends it more depth than it ought to have. But still, I think those themes were better addressed in Star Trek Voyager.

Harrison Ford basically plays himself and not Deckard (like he does in all movies these days), which is unfortunate. The limitations of Ryan Gosling's acting are also visible despite his character being emotionless on purpose, which says a lot. I did like Leto's portrayal of Wallace, though the drones felt totally unnecessary and seem like some that will age terribly. I think Luv was well-acted too.

Anyway, did this movie need to exist? No. But I'm Ok with it existing. I'm also fine with Villeneuve trying his hand at Dune (my favorite novel).

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Where To Send Fan Mail
« on: October 22, 2017, 01:07:00 PM »
The address for fan mail is written in the margin of each episode when it's prepublished in Young Animal.

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Video Biography of Miura (Chinese)
« on: October 22, 2017, 11:54:16 AM »
Welp, thanks for the clarification.
Now I want to find more info about this Freaks  :guts:

[BTW, I've never seen this on the Chro, maybe the photos were on a Topic and not in the gallery. Or maybe they were the couple of photo of the gallery that had a broken link since I joined the Chro in 2008]

I wish I had the time/money to get it properly translated because there's some cool stuff in there that not many people know, things that have resurfaced recently but that was known way back (simple things about Miura's inspirations, etc.), but also tons of crazy stuff that's nowhere else, like detailed floor plans of Miura's apartment and such.

As for the Chronicle, yeah it was a while back, it's possible that it had been taken offline in more recent years (talking like this makes me feel old).

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Speculation Nation / Re: So i have this theory
« on: October 22, 2017, 10:56:26 AM »
I have a very similar theory with Casca using the Beherit, but a different sacrifice. Although not to be a tease and not explain my theory, but I'm of the mind to let the author do the storytelling and let the fans appreciate his work/art. I'll explain when the series comes to an end. I don't want to jinx anything  :-X  :zodd:

:schierke:

No one will remember this post ever existed by the time the series come to an end. Sounds like your theory, if it exists, simply can't withstand public scrutiny.

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Video Biography of Miura (Chinese)
« on: October 22, 2017, 09:05:53 AM »
I think you kind of buried the lead there, Raffo. Yet another b+w photo of Miura in the '90s isn't really a big deal. But that video shows sketches of Miuranger, the manga he made in grade school for his friends.
Yep, the bit with  the Miuranger's pages kinda gave me hope for the legitimacy of the photo.

Guys guys guys... Come on! None of this is new. All these pictures of Miura are from Berserk Freaks 1 & 2 (while the pictures of his childhood manga are from the Illustrations File). They were taken by three fans who visited Miura back in 1994. And they wrote down these two fan books with tons of info. They cover a wide array of things, ranging from the shape of Guts' ears to the Idea of Evil and so on. I'll take some pictures of my own copies, but these photos were already available to us 10 years ago. I'm pretty sure they were posted on SK.net, and Raffo I guarantee they were on Berserk Chronicles at some point. Beyond that, a lot of the very early info on Berserk & Miura that floated around back then was from these books. And the reason we originally started the Patreon was to translate them, too. We just didn't get nearly enough support to tackle that big of an endeavor (they're like 50 pages each).

I guess time truly does reclaim all things... We're getting so old we now rediscover things we'd forgotten. :ganishka:


What an enigma is Mr. Miura. I can't think of anyone who has lived a more private life.

So you've never heard of J. D. Salinger? There's really quite a lot of information available about Miura. He's regularly given interviews over the years on a wide variety of topics. And he's given little details about his life for years in Young Animal. Like Walter said, he's just not on Twitter, but other than that it's nothing out of the ordinary for a mangaka.

I can't help imagine a world, somewhere between Twitch.tv's CS:GO and Hearthstone channels, where a master of his craft makes music-accompanied progress on a work at a never-before-broadcasted pace, and may or may not stream iDOLM@STER in between panels.

This is a stupid comment and you should be ashamed of making it, even for a joke. There's already enough bullshit floating around without the need to add more.

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News & Not News / Re: AIM Going Offline
« on: October 06, 2017, 06:37:42 PM »
Like everyone else, I haven't used it in years, but do have a lot of fond memories communicating with everyone from my buds in high school, Wally and Aaz, to my wife. Going to miss those old "Direct Connect Wars" with Wally most of all (Barret: "My name is Albert Wesker." *ominous strings*)

Yeah man, it sure takes us back. And are we even really better off now?

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Creation Station / Re: Lith's colors & tutorials
« on: October 06, 2017, 06:35:31 PM »

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