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Site & Forum News / Re: New Look to SKnet
« on: May 30, 2013, 06:54:39 PM »
looks sexy. : )

Current Episodes / Re: Berserk Hiatus for 19+ Weeks—A New Record
« on: May 12, 2013, 02:46:32 AM »
Forget your worries and start over from Vol. 1! :guts:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Walter's Son
« on: November 16, 2012, 09:51:49 PM »
Holy Crudcow. Really glad to hear that you guys and the handsome little guy are safe. Sounds like it's going to be a long 6 weeks, but glad that you can be there for her.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 329
« on: July 01, 2012, 03:35:23 AM »
This was an incredible episode. It's a testament to Miura's ability that I can go from grinning my freakin' face off to being distraught that this brand new character is gone. I'd also agree with some of you guys
that this is the cutest thing in Berserk. I almost couldn't contain how cute and excited she was to meet a new friend. I really felt for her when she was talking about the sun going down and being all alone in this dungeon.

Still, I'm glad Guts took the flower...I'd like to hope that things work out!

Video Games / Re: Dragon's Dogma
« on: May 08, 2012, 04:25:12 PM »
This game comes out on my birthday. :guts: and it looks like a pretty good game to boot! I played the demo for 360 and I really enjoyed it. The animations are rather good, and the monster designs are pretty neat too. Tried to create my best Guts with a Casca pawn...they looked surprisingly close!

Creation Station / Re: Some of my doodles
« on: March 23, 2012, 07:10:18 PM »
Awesome work! I love these pens...ballpoints, right? They're really fun to doodle with on napkins and whatevers lying around.

Keep it up! Copying pictures and art is one of the best ways to improve in my opinion. You'll learn a lot, especially if you're copying someone like Miura.

News & Not News / Re: French Senate passes Armenian genocide law
« on: March 08, 2012, 07:01:03 PM »
I'm an advocate of peace, but when it comes to them I wish someone would just wipe them off the map.

You're not an advocate of peace if you don't advocate peace, even if they are dirtbags they don't deserve to die.

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Guts Figma
« on: January 28, 2012, 02:11:33 AM »
Hell yeah!  That's exciting.  I hope Berserk sees more of this kind of mainstream toy production.  You guys are quick.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: January 26, 2012, 12:12:38 AM »
Posting this here too because it's what I'm playing, at least until RE: Revelations comes out:

I'm in the middle of replaying OoT 3D Master Quest and I'm doing everything I can to make it a unique and challenging experience as possible. I'm not using L-targeting, and I've inverted the first person controls to throw me off ever so slightly like the mirrored environments, and I'm playing using only the broken Giant's Knife as my sword, so half the damage of the Master Sword (or equal to the Kokiri sword), no range, and no shield (I'm also wearing no shield, which looks cool with the big sheath, like Guts :guts:) I'm also exploring whatever alternative routes or dungeon order I can do to complete the game. For example, I have the Bow, Hammer, Longshot, and Iron Boots but haven't completed any of the Temples yet, just the Ice Cavern and side quests (I'm eying the Gerudo's Fortress next). If I can find a way back to being a child and getting the Lens of Truth without beating the Forest Temple, I will (perhaps by beating the Water or Fire Temple first, but I'm doubtful it'll work). If not, I'll just beat it, get the lens, and then do something stupid like beat the rest of the Temples in reverse or random order. In any case, the amount of freedom to explore and do what you want is refreshing. Maybe that should be the brilliant new innovation they add to future Zelda's: make it open like the first game, or at least as non-linear as OoT where you weren't completely on rails.

That sounds like it's a really interesting play through!  I would be really happy if they just changed that about all future zeldas.  I love exploring!

Been playing Infinity Blade 2 lately.  Just beat it in fact.  Pretty fun.

Video Games / Re: The Thread of Zelda
« on: January 22, 2012, 04:47:35 AM »
Agreed, the music was at times beautiful, but also largely forgettable. It certainly wasn't as memorable as the Wind Waker soundtrack for example.

Definitely.  It was odd in that half the music really hit home and the other half was pretty dull.  Maybe because of different composers working on different areas? dunno.

I've actually kind of flipped on this point. Instead of being a nice balance between the Wind Waker and Twilight Princess style, it's like a half-measure because they knew they couldn't make it look any better than TP, which is actually still the most technically impressive Zelda visually (some of those forest environments and lighting are still downright gorgeous). Though, I liked Link's character model here better than his face in TP (where he looks like the feral boy from The Road Warrior), but he's never looked better than in Ocarina of Time 3D. I don't know why they couldn't get him perfect here too.
Most technically impressive for sure, but I still enjoyed Skyward more than TP in this regard.  Maybe because I'm not a big fan of realism in my Zelda games.  TP felt like it awkwardly tried to make these cartoony designs serious.  Though I don't mean to be a hater on TP, that's just me.  My biggest buff with TP was that it felt like I was replaying OOT.  What I love about the Zelda series is when they do crazy shit like Windwaker and everyone loves it.  So I hope next time they really deviate and do something we don't expect.  

I haven't played OOT 3D, but the screenshots look just like the concept art...which is awesome.  Though I wouldn't mind if they went back to the button nosed, red-haired link just for a change.  I always thought he was a fun design.  

Yeah, it was really good development how he switched from one stupid off-the-shelf cliché to another off-screen. :iva:

Impa was as cool as she's ever been, but Ghirahim disappointed me when all was said and done, same with the rest of the villains.

It goes beyond that too, with the limited size of the story, world, and number of characters this was a great opportunity to do a full voice Zelda game and really there was no reason it shouldn't have been. Would have really gone well with the Disney style graphics/plot and gone a long way towards making it a more modern IT title without losing anything (other than a lot of waiting for text to scroll across the screen; how did they make this worse than ever before?).

Hahaha, I'll admit his character has been done before, but for his role in the story I found him charming, though not breaking any barriers on meaningful characters.  I would agree with you on that.  I think the series would benefit from good voice acting, quite a bit.  Those characters are just dying for some decent lip-syncing and fun acting.

Just read the article you linked, I agree with him on the locations/dungeons, though not as strongly.  And I'm cool with motion controls.  Which is a good thing, since I heard someone say they'll be incorporated in future Zelda games.

And I really agree about that part.  I kind of wandered around the area just wondering if there was something else to do or if that was really point, and we had to go somewhere else.  OKIE DOKIE cute robot with a mustache!  Whatever you say.

But Ghirahim was such a great dancer!

I also wanted to say I agree that it would've been nice to have a better explanation behind the ending.  The whole "Evil just because we need bad guys" never sits well with me.  That's one thing I love about Berserk.  And Majora's mask, the villain was just a kid who got caught up with a powerful toy.  But at least the ending looked badass and had sweet music. Demise really gets whipped in this one.

Video Games / Re: The Thread of Zelda
« on: January 15, 2012, 08:23:16 PM »
Well, I just finished Skyward Sword!  I certainly enjoyed the experience.  I liked a lot more than I didn't like.

Things I loved:

The Music was pretty amazing at times.  The music in some of the dungeons was forgettable.  I don't know if they were doing that on purpose to give it more atmosphere instead of being catchy.  Skyloft, sealed grounds, goddess statue music was beautiful and surely going in my all time favorite zelda music playlist.

The flying was really fun, but I don't think they did enough with it besides going from point A to B.  I also wish there was more to explore in the sky.  Bigger islands, other cities, something.  After playing windwaker the sky felt small.  Oh, and flying at night would've been cool.  

Enjoyed the combat and controls.  Didn't have any real problem with them.  

Art style.  LOVED the art style.  And the watercolor effect on distant objects was beautiful.  

Relationship between Link and Zelda.  One of the few games I actually cared about Zelda. : ) Very nice.  I enjoyed all the characters and NPC's.  Something I really appreciate about Zelda games is the charm and humanity of the characters.  They remind me of a Ghibli film at times.  Groose was one of my favorites.  He made me laugh, and he had good development from a total douche to a good friend and reliable good guy with sweet hair.  Granny, Ghirahim, Awesome.

The overall story: I liked it.

The yuck:

The difficulty felt random.  At times it was challenging.  The enemies would take off 1-2 hearts.  I felt like it was a step in the right direction difficulty wise.  But I still yearn for the day when Zelda will be nintendo hard.  I was hoping the battle with demise would have several more forms, each of them being more difficult than the last.  

Some of the dungeons felt repetitive/easy.  Some of the puzzles were really cool.  I loved Sky Keep.  But some of the quests could have been eliminated in favor of something more unique.  

The way the worlds were connected.  I guess I prefer a more open-world design.  Not sure how to fix it, but It felt awkward at times going from one "zone" to another.  And like griffith said, desert and volcano zones were similar.  

FUNKING dialogue made my eye twitch from impatience.  Streamline the shit.

Overall: Some very touching moments.  Some awesome battles.  Enjoyed it very much, It's not my favorite Zelda...but it's top 5.  Hell of a lot more fun than TP, I thought.

And Link should've kissed Zelda.

And this was kind of cool.  In case you hadn't heard of them, the Shoebill stork inspired the loft wings. 

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Your most hated words
« on: January 10, 2012, 12:18:21 AM »
I hate 'definitely' because I can never spell it.  But Epic, cake, lies, and any other unfunny meme.   

Shootin' the Breeze / Will you be voting this year?
« on: January 09, 2012, 07:25:02 PM »
Which GOP candidate will you support?  Or will you vote for Obama?  Or not at all?

I've only been able to vote for one election, but I've never been into politics.  I've never felt strongly that I really agree with a candidate and his stance.  But the more I read and hear about Ron Paul the more I find his views refreshing.  My primary draw toward him is his foreign policy (We shouldn't start wars, we should make friends instead of killing their civilians) and his stance on social liberties and smaller government.  He has some radical ideas but I think we need radical ideas to really shake up what we've become. (a huge, corrupt printing press that has its priorities very out of order)

What do you think?

RON PAUL 2012! :guts:

Presidential debate highlights -
Humanitarian bombings - warning: has some strong content.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: December 26, 2011, 12:15:00 AM »
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. :iva:

Ah, that is a game I have some very fond memories with. : ) Portal 2 is also excellent! Good games to be playing on the holiday.

Myself, I'm cooling it on the Skyrim for a bit to play Skyward Sword.  Played a few hours so far and I'm loving it.  It's great to be back in a Zelda game.  I especially love the charming animation, the great music and the overall presentation is very classy.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: New around here.
« on: December 15, 2011, 03:39:47 PM »
Welcome to SKNET!  No better place for berserk-anything.  You should post some of your art in the creation station, would like to see your work.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: What'd you do over the weekend?
« on: November 29, 2011, 12:34:45 AM »
I am glad to see everything went fine with the procedure. I wish you the best my friend.

Really glad to hear you're better now, Aphasia. Health is what matters most!

Aphasia, so glad to hear that your procedure went over so well. You must be very brave to have undergone it, and some of it awake. But I'm also sure you understood it needed to be done. That you feel so good about it only passes to me, man. What joyful news.

Congrats Aphasia. Hope everything stays well for you.

That sounds scary as hell. It really sucks that you had to go through that stuff. I'm glad you're better, brotha.

Good stuff Aphasia! So glad you're doing better and thanks for keeping us posted ^_^. Wishing you and all members on SK a Happy Thanksgiving.

That's fantastic. Glad it worked out.

Wow, I'm so happy to hear that you're doing better, Aphasia! I'm wishing you the very best as you continue your recovery.

Awesome Aphasia! I'm glad to hear you're doing okay. Now get some rest, Skyrim isn't going to play itself, you've earned it!  :guts:

Thanks everyone.  Your support means a lot.  :guts:  Feeling better all the time!  Walking up the stairs is especially satisfying.  What used to be a 10 minute ordeal of pausing every step takes 10 seconds.  Haha, you're right Dar Klink!  Skyrim needs me! 

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: What'd you do over the weekend?
« on: November 25, 2011, 07:42:07 AM »
So I told you guys I had that heart ablation done.  It didn't work out the first time around.  Last weekend I had another one done.  This time I had it done where the procedure was developed, fortunately the facility was in the same state.  My tachycardia was getting really bad.  I've been suffering from chronic atrial tachycardia for over a year.  My heart would race around 200 BPM on average.  My heart just kept going faster and faster to compensate for missed beats.  I was completely miserable.  I ended up going so fast at one point that I was defibbed multiple times and put in the ICU.  It was very scary.

The second ablation lasted about 4 hours.  I was awake for the whole procedure, minus the last part of it.  I woke up with a normal heart rate.  I can't describe to you guys how wonderful it is.  My normal heart rate is now 70 on average.  I measure it all the time because I can't believe it.  I've still got a lot of fighting to do to get stronger, but my life has gotten so much better after this surgery.  I wanted to tell you about it because it's a happy ending after a lot of bad times.  Thanksgiving this year was extra special.  I've got my life back, and I'm just so thankful to be alive.

Video Games / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
« on: November 13, 2011, 10:26:22 AM »
As for what I liked specifically, the visuals and overall atmosphere are truly impressive. I really like the fact that you can just be walking around and hear characters interacting in a meaningful way, not just trading cookie-cutter lines the way they did in Oblivion. I'm also not turned off by the fact that they pared down a lot of the old skill/leveling standards from previous games. I can understand that people wanted to be able to level up their acrobatics and athletics skills like in the previous games, but I personally found them to be a bit of a distraction, and didn't add much to my play experience. Then again, maybe it was just the type of characters I was playing?

Speaking of characters, what sort of setups did you end up choosing for your initial playthroughs? I went with an old standby of mine for the first go: cranky Redguard with an axe and heavy armor. :guts:

I'm a warrior Nord with some serious mutton chops.  Focusing on heavy armor/block/smithing/one handed for the most part.  And my dude has the coolest mace in the world.
Is he cute?

It's the one from the house of horrors quest in Markarth.  That thing is so darn cool looking!
I almost never play a bruno warrior guy, so I decided to since it's Skyrim and all.  Typically I would go for a stealthy dunmer female who focuses on her bow but has a small blade for backup.  Thinking about starting another character already, in fact...I'm so excited to try out the magic/stealth!! Growl the meager doesn't dabble in the arcane arts.  Too pussy. :guts:

I also agree with you on athletics and acrobatics.  I'm glad they're gone.  They just contributed to the overall silliness factor.  I guess you could do them well, but jumping 15 feet in the air and running faster than a horse is totally goofy to me.  I don't think it would've fit skyrims atmosphere.  The sprint feature more than makes up for it, however.

Cranky old Redguard sounds fun! What's their power?  I can't remember.  Adrenaline rush?

Sorry the interface isn't much fun on the PC.  It's obviously created for the console controls, because I find it's pretty easy to jump into the menu and get out of it.  But I could see where it would be tedious with a mouse.

Have you guys had anything funny happen?  I was patrolling a particularly steep mountainside on my horse when I heard a bear.  I hate the roar they make, so I freaked out, fell down the cliffside, my horse cushioning my fall.  Then the bear comes out of nowhere and we get set on fire somehow and I'm thinking "Oh shit oh shit oh shit" because I have a sliver of health left.  Then I have the bright idea to use the whirlwind sprint shout.  "I can get away! Ahah!" And I slam into a cliff and die.  No idea how.  haha.  

I also had a follower glitch out.  He would teleport and stand on the enemies head and smack them in the face.  They just stood there, unable to defend themselves while he balanced on their head.  I laughed.

Video Games / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
« on: November 13, 2011, 12:00:16 AM »
About 10 - 15 hours in.  Can't remember.  Haha.  Also loving it.  So far I'm very impressed with how many things it improves upon over its predecessor.  Skyrim is pretty generic in terms of fantasy, but it manages to have a certain charm and culture that was lacking in Oblivion.  The landscapes are stunning, the character animation and models are vastly improved, and the combat feels better.  I also love the way they handled the skill system, and leveling up in general.  It feels like a very natural progression as you discover what you enjoy improving. 

The difficulty is also satisfying.  I'm playing on "Adept" which is normal, I believe.  I don't know what kind of system they're using this time around, but it feels really good.  Been getting killed by high level creatures, and I'll occasionally wander someplace that requires me to come back later so I don't get rolled.  The sense of danger in the world is really nice.  Oblivion was just jank.  Here, I feel like I'm actually getting stronger.


Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Adventures in YouTube
« on: November 10, 2011, 06:54:26 PM »

Video Games / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
« on: November 09, 2011, 01:56:57 AM »
I need someone to talk about this with, but let's just say you're all in for a treat. They improved the engine so much since Oblivion. I'm about 16 hours in.

Very encouraging to hear!

Video Games / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
« on: November 02, 2011, 11:41:32 PM »
I enjoy TES games on both the pc and console.  I first played Morrowind on the xbox and then PC.  Same with Oblivion and Skyrim.  It's fun to play it on the big screen and chill on the sofa.  I know, PC can do that too.  But I'm lazy.  Plan on upgrading my computer at some point though so I can experience it both ways.  I'm sure there will be plenty of quality mods by then.

@Oburi - Did you ask what race people are playing?  Probably go Nord warrior first time around, just to fit in :guts: Though all the archetypes look fun.  And the magic actually looks good this time around!

Trying to forget we're only a week away release.  The last few days are killer!

Also wanted to note the music in the concept art video is beautiful.  It looks like Skyrim is going to have an incredible soundtrack.

The chanting in the main theme is awesome.  Really gets me in the mood to do some funking roleplaying.  I'm going to steal every spoon in the game.

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« on: November 02, 2011, 08:13:11 PM »
That new trailer is rocking my world.  :guts:

PS: I'm not happy with all the incongruities that have been listed.  I've yet to see an anime that faithfully depicted the original (manga) artists vision.  I think that's mainly due to different artists taking liberties for the sake of style or whatever.  I'm just going to enjoy the ride and hope the final version doesn't totally botch the story.  I've been lowering my expectations for a while.  I never really expected anything to match (or come close) to the manga in terms of scope.  Besides, is there anything we can do?  Has anyone tried contacting them with concerns or critiques?  They should've hired Aaz, Griffith and Walter combo for quality assurance. 

PS: LOVE THE MUSIC!!! That really is quite beautiful.  I also like the voice acting.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: What'd you do over the weekend?
« on: October 04, 2011, 12:21:03 AM »
I hope it's nothing serious Aphasia.  :casca:

Damn Aphasia. Hope you recover ok dude.

Heart ablation doesn't sound like the kind of thing I'd like to go through. Keep your chin up man, I'm sure they'll be able to patch you up one way or another.

  Have a fast recovery and with hopes the meds will stop the problem. 

Shoot, hope what the docs suggest works well. Good luck!

Sorry to hear that my friend, hope you'll get better soon !!

Thanks guys. :farnese: The encouraging words mean a lot.  Think I'm gonna be having another surgery to fix my rhythm problems.  Should be good. :iva:

Rented a bicycle on Caturday and hit up a park about 30 mins away from home with bike trails. I forgot how much fun it was and how taxing cycling could be over long distances. Sunday I broke my week-long diet and hit up Hundred Acres in Soho for brunch (recommend the place). Ran back to Queens to hang out with 2 pals and we watched Redline (my 720 rip) and Akira (on Blu Ray). I wish I'd done some laundry though *sigh*

Yeah, biking is a blast.  Always really fun after you haven't rode in a long time. :guts:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: What'd you do over the weekend?
« on: October 01, 2011, 12:59:57 PM »
Spent this week and weekend in a hospital for heart arrythmia.  My mom has been here with me.  Had a heart ablation surgery done yesterday to correct the problem but it didn't work as intended.  So now i'm chilling waiting on a response from my electrocardiologist.  Think we are gonna try lots of meds instead.  Here's for being high all the time! Haha.

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