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Site & Forum News / Regarding the recent server problems
« on: April 01, 2009, 05:04:23 PM »
Hi everyone,

As you noticed the site was down for a short period of time yesterday and this morning. This was due to a minor accident at our former hosting location and to nothing else. However, former SK.net owner Walter Bennet, tired with the administrative side of things, has decided to take some vacations for a while, away from the material concerns of the world. He won't be around for some time, and has transferred ownership of the website to myself. My first decision was to move the servers in order to better watch over them. As we are no longer hosted on US soil, some of our American members may feel a bit more lag than they did in the past when accessing pages, but it's for the best in many other ways that I'm sure wouldn't interest anyone.

Walter has asked me to tell you all that he's doing fine and is currently abroad, visiting a great country that doesn't have extradition laws. That being said I have absolutely no knowledge of his whereabouts and he and I aren't related in any way, shape or form.

PS: All future references to this event are of course prohibited.

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Video Games / God of War III
« on: February 15, 2009, 05:45:02 PM »
New trailer: http://www.gametrailers.com/player/45513.html

Looks nice, but it feels much like the previous games to me. Not much renewal.

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Video Games / Dragon Quest X
« on: December 10, 2008, 01:20:06 PM »
...will be a Wii title. Development has already started apparently. DQIX will be released in Japan on the NDS in March 2009.

Meager information for a thread, but I've got the last post in all the existing ones already. :chomp:

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Current Episodes / Episode 301
« on: December 09, 2008, 12:26:21 PM »

No preview





The mystery of how Irvine shoots in his apostle form is revealed!! :guts:

Looks like it was a mix of what we had thought of (the antlers + hair from the tail).

The episode itself is more of the same thing we've seen in the past few issues. Irvine fights the mini-Ganishka monsters with Sonia on his back, and the rest of the apostles carry on the battle as well. Apparently Griffith is headed toward Ganishka though! The episode title refers to the Pontiff exclaiming "what a chaos this is!!".

Also of note: there will be a break after this episode, and the date at which the publication will be resumed hasn't been announced yet.

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Current Episodes / Episode 300
« on: November 25, 2008, 11:47:59 AM »

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Irvine's apostle form & a bigger shot of the alternate cover of March Lion drawn by Kentarou Miura. And to think I was talking about a "Beast" apostle in the previous episode! :beast:




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Speculation Nation / What will Falconia be like?
« on: November 12, 2008, 12:39:18 PM »
With the war about to end and Wyndham in ruins, it will soon be time to build a new capital for Griffith's kingdom. A capital that will be named Falconia.

The question is simple: what do you think Falconia will be like? A glorious city lined with statues of Griffith? A sprawling agglomeration riddled with filth? Something in-between?

You tell me. :griff:

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Current Episodes / Episode 298
« on: October 22, 2008, 12:02:30 PM »

No preview



Previews and stuff: 01 | 02

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Berserk Merchandise / AOW questionnaire + discount
« on: April 26, 2008, 07:10:53 AM »
Quote from: AOW
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Campaign Period: 26 April to 10 May

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Unit Price 50,000YEN ⇒  35,000YEN on the event period.

BERSERK 『Gaiseric Pendant』
Unit Price 26,000YEN ⇒  18,200YEN on the event period.

BERSERK T-shirt: Knight of Skeleton 1
Unit Price  8,000YEN ⇒  5,600 YEN on the event period.

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Unit Price  8,000YEN ⇒  5,600 YEN on the event period.

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Unit Price  8,000YEN ⇒  5,600 YEN on the event period.

To avail of the 30% discount on these items, customers are required to honestly answer the survey/questionnaire we are going to send to you after you place your order.

After receipt of your valid honest answers, we will send you a discounted invoice for your purchase and..hola!Ö..So what are you waiting for? Hurry up and fill-in your answers and avail of this once-in-a-lifetime promo. Promo is valid until supplies last!

Please feel free to access to our homepage on 26 April, for more details of our event and to place orders.

http://www.art-of-war.co.jp/english/index.php

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Video Games / Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
« on: April 07, 2008, 07:31:38 AM »
Oh, what do we have here? :guts:

http://tarr.uspto.gov/servlet/tarr?regser=serial&entry=77434565

For the record, here's a link to some unidentified pictures that were "leaked" a few months ago and that may be from the game (if they're not fake, which is a big "if" since the title isn't even the same): http://kotaku.com/346759/rumored-new-castlevania-ds-screens-indicate-wii-connectivity

We do know that Konami is working on a new Castlevania title for the NDS anyway, so hopefully we'll get some concrete news soon. It's about time, I haven't played a Castlevania game in a year! :troll:

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Site & Forum News / [April Fools] Welcome to KnightOfSkeleton.net!
« on: April 01, 2008, 10:22:13 AM »
As you guys must have noticed, we're changing domain names. This is because, well, simply said, it was time for us to move on and to accept the official localisation of "髑髏の騎士" into English. It would have been hypocritical not to, especially considering the way we've been pioneering the correct spellings of character names ever since the site's inception. But beyond this change that is in the end not so important, we'll try to make the site even better for our users in the future.

Best regards,

The administrative team

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News & Not News / Russian Forest King killed by police
« on: March 21, 2008, 12:49:32 PM »
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/worldnews.html?in_article_id=538609&in_page_id=1811&ito=1490

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A heavily armed recluse nicknamed Russia's Rambo of the Forest has been gunned down in a shoot-out with police. Alexander Bichkov, had lived a semi-feral existence in the woods for 20 years, terrorising locals and the police if they ventured near him.

A giant at 6ft 7in with a wild straggly beard, the man lived in an old shack and self-made camps, hunted animals for food and only ventured out of the forest in summer when he wouldn't leave footprints leading back to where he lived. Russian police said he descended from a family of criminals who were exiled by Stalin to the Kostroma region 450 miles east of Moscow, in the 1940s. At the end of Soviet times nearly 20 years ago he disappeared from his home in a village in the region after refusing a court order to pay alimony to his ex-wife following an acrimonious divorce.

He was declared dead by his family in 1997 because he had been missing for so long. But now it is known the former forestry worker had fled into the dense Kologriv woods near his village, which were designated as a nature reserve a few years ago. Terrified local police refused to go into the woods to hunt him down ever since he captured a local commander while out hunting and held him at gunpoint for hours before freeing him and then disappearing into the trees. Even after he burned down 30 holiday homes in the area belonging to rich Muscovites, police refused to pursue the man they dubbed "Rambo", after the popular action-film hero played by Sylvester Stallone, who was skilled in weaponry and survival.

They did not know - until killing him on March 14 - his true identity, which was obtained from documents they found and through checks with his family. He was finally shot after the head of the Department of Natural Reserves in Moscow, angered by the inaction of local police, ordered a surveillance operation on him. After finding out where he lived, six specialist policemen - including Afghan war veterans - from outside the local police and four armed Park rangers went into the forest on snowmobiles to hunt him down and try to arrest him. But the hermit, who carried two shotguns and a home-made pistol, ambushed them and wounded two. He then set alight a swathe of forest as a diversion, tracked behind the men and was apparently preparing to start firing on them again. But a police sniper managed to shoot him in the head, killing him instantly.

One of the policemen, Andrei Potemkin, said: "He ambushed us and I told him to surrender and that we wouldn't hurt him. "He yelled 'I've nothing to lose' and opened fire. "He hit two of the others and fired at me. My bullet-proof vest saved my life. He then set his place on fire, and everything was covered with smoke. "He's a real professional. While we were helping the wounded, he made a circle around us, hiding in the smoke, and cut us off. "It was pure chance the sniper suddenly saw his figure in the trees and pulled the trigger. He shot him right in the head and he died in a flash."

Police later found in his semi-destroyed lair more weapons, dozens of furs, hundreds of traps and books about hunting and survival. Locals told of their relief that the man who had haunted the region for so long was dead. Maria Muzhalova said: "Parents would not let their children go to school without dogs going with them. "He would steal boots from outside people's homes and steal potatoes from the fields. If you came across him in the summer, he was way too scary-looking to confront him."

Director of the Kologriv nature reserve, Maxim Sinitzin said; "We were all sick and tired of him. He kept leaving traps for animals everywhere. "We'd break them and he'd make more. Once he trapped three of our inspectors and told them he'd kill them if he ever saw them in the woods again." Police said that the man used to be a forestry worker. After his wife left him and the court order against him, he turned into a recluse, cutting himself off from society. He lived at an abandoned forestry station, miles from the nearest village.

Police sources said: "At the time the forest had not been designated as a nature reserve so no one bothered him for years. "Then his parents died and his sister and her husband had him declared legally dead - as they had not seen him for so long - and sold his house. "We think this may have enraged him, making him angry at anybody who moved into the region to build a house, so much that he would burn down their homes because he had none of his own." When the forest was later made into a nature reserve, hunting was banned, leading to violent clashes between Bichkov and park rangers who would remove his traps, police said.

"He felt he was the king of the forest," one said.

"He had his house, a shed, and his hunting traps. When we went after him he fought to the end. "It was all he had left. He had nowhere to go."

Hahaha, this guy was just incredible. It's really too bad that they had to kill him. The article has a picture of him (dead?) and he really looked the part too.

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Video Games / Metroid II fan-made remake
« on: March 21, 2008, 08:54:43 AM »
http://www.destructoid.com/warning-metroid-ii-remake-may-cause-intense-salivation-76441.phtml

This is fucking awesome. I mean check this video out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wkr8samEBQ

The original is really cool and this looks mindblowing. If only Nintendo would give it the Zero Mission treatment... But I'll settle for a GBA rom of this one. :guts:

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Current Episodes / Episode 295
« on: March 21, 2008, 07:38:03 AM »

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News & Not News / DnDead
« on: March 05, 2008, 10:28:58 AM »
http://wkbt.com/Global/story.asp?S=7963395

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MILWAUKEE (AP) - The man who co-created the game Dungeons & Dragons and helped start the role-playing phenomenon is dead.

Gary Gygax (GEYE'-gaks) died this morning at his home in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, about 55 miles southwest of Milwaukee.

His wife, Gail Gygax, says he had been suffering from health problems for several years, including an abdominal aneurysm.

Gygax and co-creator Dave Arneson developed the role-playing game in 1974 and it went on to become 1 of the best-selling games ever. Dungeons & Dragons is considered the grandfather of fantasy role-playing games and has influenced video games, books, movies and inspired legions of adoring fans.

Gygax' wife says he always enjoyed hearing from the game's devoted fans about how the game influenced their lives.

For those who don't know, this guy was basically the father of RPGs. I'd make a joke about how he missed his last saving throw, but I'm pretty sure everybody else on the Internet has done it already.

Somehow this news makes me feel older.

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Video Games / Video games and piracy
« on: March 04, 2008, 09:08:33 AM »
So, as you guys might or might not know, the Iron Lore studio that developed Titan Quest a while back closed its doors recently.

Michael Fitch from THQ posted about it on the Quarter to Three forums, and I found it pretty interesting. It's nothing really new, but I think it's another striking example that confirms the many problems that exist with PC gaming nowadays. It's not just limited to piracy either, though that's the main part of his argument, and the rest rings true as well.

http://www.quartertothree.com/game-talk/showpost.php?p=1264732&postcount=1

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Current Episodes / Episode 293
« on: February 20, 2008, 07:37:38 AM »

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Video Games / Free subscription to EGM courtesy of Joystiq
« on: January 24, 2008, 02:39:29 PM »
https://www.zdmcirc.com/forms/secure/EGM_Joystiq_Partn.html

It's a one year subscription, and it's available to US residents only (of course).

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Video Games / Deus Ex 3
« on: November 26, 2007, 11:31:49 PM »
Teaser released: http://www.eidosmontreal.com/en/games.html

Well, the teaser doesn't tell us anything but at least it's finally officially confirmed. Let's hope that they've learned their lesson from the horror that was Invisible Wars. The first Deus Ex was awesome so if we're (very) lucky this one could be too.

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News & Not News / Sleeping man tasered in his own home
« on: November 08, 2007, 06:58:45 PM »
http://reason.com/blog/show/123388.html

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Earlier this year, North Braddock, Penn. resident Shawn Hicks came back from a night out and plopped down on his own couch in his own home. Unfortunately, he failed to deactivate the silent alarm on his home security system. According to Hicks, two police officers responded to the alarm, entered his home, and woke him with a taser between the shoulder blades. When Hicks tried to explain that the whole thing was a misunderstanding, and that the officers were in his own home, they tasered him again. They next checked his wallet and ID, which confirmed his name and address. Then they tasered him again. The police then removed the taser pellets from Hicks' bloody back, refused to get him medical treatment, and arrested him for "being belligerent." They threw him in a holding cell until 5 am the next morning, when they released him without filing any charges.

You know what happened next. The police department suspended the officers who tasered Hicks without pay while they conducted a thorough investigation. The chief then had them arrested for assaulting Hicks with their tasers, falsely arresting him, and violating his civil rights. The two officers were fired from the police force, then charged, convicted, and given lengthy prison terms.

Just kidding. They were cleared of any wrongdoing.

I find that pretty appalling honestly. There used to be a time when Tasers were the alternative to pulling out the real deal and shooting someone. Now they're just a lazy way to get people on the ground without tiring oneself.

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Video Games / Street Fighter IV
« on: October 17, 2007, 04:25:59 PM »
Capcom's finally announced it. No information on what platform it'll be released (or when) yet, but there's a rather stylish trailer out: http://www.gamekult.com/video/8625701

They've also announced a PS3 version of Lost Planet containing all the X360 add-ons, and a new action-adventure game called Dark Void with a Sci-Fi theme.

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Berserk Merchandise / Headlong - Void statue
« on: October 17, 2007, 09:14:23 AM »
I was checking Headlong's site today and apparently he's working on a Void statue. Pretty cool news I think, which should even make Walter happy. :void:

It's in the blog section, but there's not a lot of information so far: http://www.geocities.jp/headlong037/


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Video Games / EA is buying BioWare/Pandemic
« on: October 12, 2007, 11:17:56 AM »
From Yahoo Finance.

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Electronic Arts Inc. today announced an agreement with Elevation Partners to acquire VG Holding Corp. -- the owner of both BioWare Corp. and Pandemic Studios. This acquisition gives EA a strong competitive position in key genres in interactive entertainment: action, adventure and role-playing games. The two studios have been recognized for creating some of the highest-quality games in the industry.

BioWare Corp. and Pandemic Studios have ten franchises under development, including six wholly owned games. BioWare Corp. is currently developing the highly anticipated Mass Effect, which will be published by Microsoft in November, and is in the early development stages of a massively multiplayer online game. Pandemic Studios is redefining open-world games with its upcoming Mercenaries 2: World in Flames(TM) and Saboteur(TM), in addition to several unannounced projects.

Pandemic Studios and BioWare Corp. employ roughly 800 people across four studios located in Edmonton, Canada; Los Angeles; Austin; and Brisbane, Australia.

"These are two of the most respected studios in the industry and I'm glad to be working with them again. They'll make a strong contribution to our strategic growth initiatives on quality, online gaming and developing new intellectual properties," said John Riccitiello, EA's Chief Executive Officer. "We also expect this will drive long-term value for our shareholders."

Pandemic Studios is led by Andrew Goldman, Josh Resnick and Greg Borrud. BioWare Corp. is jointly led by Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka. These teams will join the EA(TM) Games Label run by Frank Gibeau, President of EA Games.

"Pandemic Studios remains focused on attracting the best talent and creating blockbuster action games," said Josh Resnick, President and Co-founder of Pandemic Studios. "As a worldwide publishing leader, EA represents the ideal partner to bring our titles to market as global entertainment events."

"We are truly excited by John Riccitiello's new vision for EA," said Ray Muzyka, Co-founder and CEO of BioWare Corp. "This vision is consistent with BioWare's focus on crafting the highest quality story-driven games in the world. It will enable us to further the careers of the passionate, creative and hard working teams at BioWare Edmonton and BioWare Austin."

EA will pay up to $620 million in cash to the stockholders of VG Holding Corp. and will issue up to an additional $155 million in equity to certain employees of VG Holding Corp., which will be subject to time-based or performance-based vesting criteria. EA will also assume outstanding VG Holding Corp. stock options. In addition, EA has agreed to lend VG Holding Corp. up to $35 million through the closing of the acquisition.

And some more details from GameSpot: http://www.gamespot.com/news/6180818.html

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Video Games / Monster Hunter 3
« on: October 10, 2007, 08:07:32 AM »
...will come out on the Wii.


Saiya, you know what you have to do. :guts:

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Watch old classics for free
« on: October 02, 2007, 09:08:51 PM »
I was linked to this site earlier today: http://www.freemooviesonline.com/

The concept is pretty simple: they take old movies, cartoons and TV series that fell into the public domain and make them available through a Creative Commons license. It's free, it's legal, you watch them online using streaming, and they have a really nice amount of good stuff, some of which is pretty hard to find elsewhere. "The Man Who Knew Too Much" by Hitchcock, a color version of "Nosferatu", Charlie Chaplin's classics, early Betty Boop and Bugs Bunny stuff, The Night of the Living Dead, the Dick Tracy Movie Serial, Laurel & Hardy, etc. They even have John Wayne in there. =)

I think it's a pretty neat idea, so anyone interested in cinema should give it a shot.

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