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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: Today at 12:58:14 AM »
Damn kids these days don't even like video games anymore.  :ganishka: Lets be glad he's not obsessed with fortnite.

There are two kids on my son's bus that have Fortnite backpacks and matching sweaters. That game has barely even been out a year and it's already being merchandised to hell. What an insane phenomenon...

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Stupidly hating on a game aside, I did finally pick up cross code. And aside from the really long sessions i tend to play of it *i'm fucking obsessed with doing every sidequest and chest hunting is hard!* i got through the Faj'ra temple the other day and since then i decided to take a couple of days break. I don't want to rush my way through this game!
 *on a side note it's mostly been becasuse i've been kinda sick that i haven't played it again yet to be honest. Weather change head cold bullshit.*

Something about being sick and/or irradiated is what brings people to CrossCode  :ganishka: Glad you're enjoying it. I haven't played in a few days because Faj'ra temple is so goddamned long. I thought I beat it, and then was told I was only halfway through :magni: so I put it down for a bit ... Still, as frustrating as some puzzles are, many are just brilliantly executed.

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: October 22, 2018, 02:00:59 PM »
Griff, your Last Guardian review has me even more determined to snag a PS4 one of these days  :carcus: Seriously with that and Red Dead 2 around the corner, I really need to pick up a used one pretty shortly.

I've inexplicably been playing Torchlight 2 this past weekend, a 6-year-old game that I never spent much time on. It came out in 2012, around the same time as Diablo 3 and Path of Exile had been ramping up. So it was just a flooded market for those kinds of games. But I wanted something I could listen to podcasts and play, and T2 (no, the other T2) is just perfect for it. Also, it seems to me that they'd added a whole new Act 1, because it's all new to me. It's the ideal realization of "no seriously, one day I'll play that Steam game I bought on sale" and 6 years later actually enjoying the experience.

Meanwhile, my son has been less and less interested in games these days. He gets to play them on weekends, and recently when I ask if he wants to play something, it's "Nah, I want to build legos." Which is cool with me, but his birthday is a few weeks away, and I've got Megaman 11 on the Switch already wrapped and ready to show off to him.  So he'd better work up an appetite soon  :mozgus:

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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases "Deluxe" Berserk Edition
« on: October 20, 2018, 04:18:37 PM »
I have no doubt you must know what you're talking about but are you sure? (I didn't read it yet.) In that case it's probaly not a mistake made by Dark Horse since it's exactly written "Blame!" on the japanese volumes. Or maybe that's what you meant? :???:

It has nothing to do with Dark Horse (what?). Anyway, Japanese people get English words wrong all the time. Look no further than "Knight of Skeleton"  :ganishka:

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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases "Deluxe" Berserk Edition
« on: October 20, 2018, 01:07:18 PM »
Those new Blame! Translations are terrible IMO, they spell Kill as Kyurri, they embelish the text with swear words, and apparentley they screwed up the final battle between Killy Sanakan and the huge safeguard. At least we got high quality scans though.

Blame's main character is not named "Kill." Kirii and Killy have been acceptable in the past. Also, "Blame!" Itself is a bad translation, since it's pretty obviously supposed to be the onomatopoeia of a gun firing: "BLAM."

 Anyway, I have all of the masterworks editions, and they're gorgeous. I wouldn't expect anything close to those from Dark Horse. It sounds like we're getting the same translation (see my post above). And new art from Miura for a localized edition? Theres no precedent for it, so probably not going to happen.

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk PS2 Soundtrack Composers?
« on: October 19, 2018, 10:53:26 AM »
You really do collect everything Berserk, huh Walter? I'd be curious to see what are some of the most bizarre or rare Berserk related products you own, if that's available anywhere.

Oh that's actually really far from the truth. I only collect official straight-from-Miura stuff. I don't own a single statue, for example. Music is an exception, since I love Susumu's work.

Aaz is the one with all the weird rare shit.

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk PS2 Soundtrack Composers?
« on: October 18, 2018, 04:20:23 PM »
I bought the official MP3s back when they were available (2004 or so, I think), and here's what they show:



Thanks for reminding me of the existence of "Cold Snow"  :ganishka:

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« on: October 15, 2018, 01:33:41 AM »
I feel blindsided, because Sleeping Beauty is one of those films I never paid any attention to. I doubt I've ever even seen the full thing. Oh well, great catch Aazealh.

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Video Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: October 11, 2018, 07:13:12 PM »
I don't know about an XL version. The switch as is already barely fits into pockets

Just spitballing here: It could be for the people who don't need to fit it into their pockets.

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I could see them upgrading the system in general with just overall better performance and battery life.

Well that's why I called it "xl." They can upgrade it in a number of ways, not the least of which would be an enhanced screen — whether that means bigger or not.

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As for smash and pokemon, once those games drop the switch will surely either be flying off of shelves again, or have a pretty steady sale rate for the next year or two.

Those aren't enough for everyone, myself included. It's been a long while since I regularly played my Switch.

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Video Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: October 11, 2018, 05:14:27 PM »
Are you sure they aren't just going to put in the new chipset like they were talking about before?

No one can be sure of anything yet. Even Nintendo is still weighing the options for upgrades, according to the article.

As for small hardware changes to counteract piracy, those happen pretty regularly with consoles. But such changes wouldn't be "a way to maintain sales momentum" as this article indicates. That's something only a new or revised model could do. Anyway, two years into the console's life, it's pretty easy to guess at an "xl" version of the Switch on the horizon, particularly given Nintendo's handheld history. Lower cost for the base model, slightly better screen, slightly better performance for the "xl" sounds about right to me.

Personally, I think any slump in sales for the Switch are more likely to be software related than sticker shock. Because aside from Smash and Pokemon, there's been a dearth of major first-party software announcements. Hitting 2017 running with 2 amazing first-party titles was a great move that clearly paid off on the interim, but the long view has been looking spotty as a result -- hence slower sales. You can tell from the past few Directs that Nintendo has been leaning into their growing third-party lineup (I mean fuck, it finally happened for them!), but those are at best appetizers while most of us wait for more main courses to be served up.

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Speculation Nation / Re: Death
« on: October 10, 2018, 05:40:00 PM »


Voted.

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Speculation Nation / Re: Death
« on: October 10, 2018, 12:39:18 PM »
I think they'll find a way to separate Femto from the body. After that, the Vortex seems appropriate to me.

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Dark Horse Releasing Berserk Guidebook
« on: October 08, 2018, 02:48:16 PM »
To be honest I wasn’t planning on buying the guidebook, but your comment made me change my mind. :serpico: My copy should be arriving in a few days.

I could trash-talk 75% of the guidebook for a full thread. Most of it is worthless for fans who have even a passing understanding of the basics of Berserk. As Aazealh said earlier in the thread, if they needed filler to surround the interview, an artbook would have been a much more welcome — and needed — addition to the Berserk merchandise lineup. But the interview itself is unassailable.

Speaking as someone who has spent a lot of time intuiting Miura's impressions in the absence of very little information, it's powerful (even surprisingly disconcerting!) to read Miura's straight talk on aspects of the whole series. The interview goes through each arc of the manga and captures insights from Miura on his intent and how he executed the ideas, sources of inspiration, and more.  Of course, there was a fan translated version of this interview circling around a year ago, but I didn't pay much attention to it, as I was waiting for a better translation. In comparing the two last night, I found this official one more coherent and natural-sounding, which is pretty important if you're trying to formulate the main man's opinions on things.

As usual, Miura comes across as modest to a fault, which requires some processing to get at the truth of the matter. This manner of speaking is natural for Japanese readers, who see a modest person and infer mastery and confidence (think "Yoda"). But in English, he sometimes comes across as self-deprecating and inconsiderate, given the pristine quality of the series he's created. For example, he talks at length about how he doesn't plan very far in advance, creates dialogue for scenes on-the-spot, etc., but then drops the bombshell that he created the idea of the Beast manifesting from the Berserk Armor back in Volume 16 — 10 volumes ahead of its debut. So much for not making explicit plans!


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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Dark Horse Releasing Berserk Guidebook
« on: October 08, 2018, 02:21:35 AM »
I'm reading through the whole guidebook now, which is just surreal. One thing I'm curious about: they spelled it as "Tudor" instead of their translation of "Chuder." I'm curious if they're correcting that error, or if they just didn't coordinate the translation with previous releases. But if they ARE correcting it, how could they still call him "Knight of Skeleton"?  :SK:

There are quite a few inconsistencies, which is sadly to be expected given that this is a real hodge-podge production by Dark Horse, with a ton of text and obviously not a ton of copy-editing. I was surprised to see that in the interview they used the correct phrase "incarnated" to refer to Femto, and but then on the character section, refers to it as "resurrected." Oh well!

And yeah, that Knight of Skeleton business: back when a few of the DH team used to post here, they shared that they had reached out to Hakusensha to clarify how they should translate Dokuro no Kishi, which turned out to be a mistake. Because the official verdict from up top was "Knight of Skeleton" likely because they had already dealt that shitty translation for statues/figures and wanted consistency abroad.  And because they had asked for clarity, they had to stick to it.

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Dark Horse Releasing Berserk Guidebook
« on: October 07, 2018, 01:15:59 AM »
Just finished the interview. A few typos aside, it's really fantastic. Everybody should read that thing.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: October 06, 2018, 06:08:35 PM »
It's the mannerisms that are impressive. He's shrunken down Bale and blown up this old man.

As for Bateman, now I can't unsee it. After all, Patrick was a VP (so was everybody else  in that company). "Well George ... I'm a vice president of a large company. Im into Murders and Executions."  :ganishka:

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: October 06, 2018, 12:13:30 PM »
Yeah I saw the trailer a few days ago and was really impressed by Bate-man. I saw it first without sound (Twitter feed) and wondered who the fuck this Costanza-looking guy was. Then I heard the voice and knew -- no way!  :isidro:

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: October 03, 2018, 05:30:40 PM »
BUT, what if I sweeten the pot with every N64, Gamecube, and Wii game you don't want to play!? :carcus:

That'd be quite generous for the company that's re-selling 4-year-old WiiU games for $50  :ganishka: (you know, I actually bought Tropical Freeze for my son, who really didn't like it -- and neither did I -- so we returned it).

Again, I like the service model idea. I just don't think they'll ever be able to cook up an enticing enough package for me or ... really anyone who cared enough about those old games to seek out the NES/SNES Classics.

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: October 03, 2018, 03:24:21 PM »
I don't think it's going to last between me and CrossCode then.

Well I would say that because they're sidequests, you don't have to engage with them ... but there's a suggested level cap on the dungeons that gate story progression. So it's either grind quests or enemies. I did both for about 2h and ended up a little bored before I was allowed to progress the story.

Now that I'm through the second dungeon, gotta say the puzzle design of those areas is pretty great. Reminded me of Zelda 3 and Lufia 2 puzzles.

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Yeah, but what if they gave you their NES/SNES Library for $5 a month?

I genuinely don't care about it. Because I already have the games I actually care about in my back pocket, and I don't even play them that often.


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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Dark Horse Releasing Berserk Guidebook
« on: October 03, 2018, 01:40:27 PM »
My guidebook shipped yesterday. I gave it a cursory look through. A lot of work went into it, just from a design perspective, but it's also very visually confusing. Their charts and character relations maps are mostly nonsensical, bordering on useless. Great to have the interview translated, though I haven't read the whole thing yet.

Also wanted to note that they do indeed fix the typos and problem with that preview page they tossed out on Twitter over the summer (which had Farnese's description on Guts' page). Yay.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: 7 year manga reader, new member here
« on: October 02, 2018, 06:24:01 PM »
Hey welcome to the forum! Glad to have you on board.

If you're looking to hear from more female readers, a few of them host a podcast together: The FloraCast

Ep 1: http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=14340
Ep 2: http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=14590

Enjoy!

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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Berserk Blurb Compendium
« on: October 02, 2018, 05:08:51 PM »
Updated the OP with vol 39 and the Deluxe edition blurbs.  :void:

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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases "Deluxe" Berserk Edition
« on: October 02, 2018, 12:34:21 AM »
It's so basic a thing that I wish they did this already. Heck, if they dangled a carrot of fixed translations like "Hey, buy all volumes again with these new cover designs and spines and by the way, translations are now fixed.", I'd buy them in a heartbeat. I'd be less willing to pay for a second set of new covers if nothing was improved.

This was my hope when I re-bought volumes 1-3 after a dramatic re-printing of the series was announced 5 years ago. No changes, not even to the terrible initial quality of their page scans.



Still, if ever they were going to re-do things like these, a "deluxe" edition would be the time. I haven't done an extensive comparison between the official digital scans from Dark Horse and the print editions, but I really wonder if they're improved.

Scratch that, I did it:

Volume 1, Pg 4
Japanese (Digital)
Japanese (Print)
English (Digital)
English (Print)

Volume 1, Pg 24
Japanese (Digital)
Japanese (Print)
English (Digital)
English (Print)

Dark Horse's digital quality really isn't that bad, except for the obvious banding issues that happen when there's a detailed pattern or screen effect. Even still, the Japanese digital editions weren't great in the first few volumes, either. Volume 1 in particular looks quite washed out. I don't  know why, but they improved over time (as did Dark Horse's coincidentally). Maybe they were still figuring out the best method for scanning the originals, and never bothered to do another pass once they optimized? Either way, my money is still on the Japanese print being the best, most consistent visual quality, except for the very limited color pages, in which case the Japanese digital pages obviously win, as they're just fucking pristine. Alright there goes my evening, somebody buy me a drink.

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: October 01, 2018, 03:43:38 PM »
I'm trying the demo on your recommendation and it's indeed very much like Seiken Densetsu, and aesthetically and sonically reminds me of Chrono Trigger as well. Not bad company!

Small update, I'm about 5h in, still having fun but the part I'm in is a bit of a grind. Once they unleash you from the tutorial section, it funnels your progress through sidequests which are structured around typical MMO-style quests, most of which are pretty boring. There's still the main story of course, but the sidequests take up an inordinate amount of your time. Looking forward to more, but whew, there are a LOT of throwaway quests in the early part of the game.

It's also worth noting that I played the game through this weekend with my cat in the same room. The cat who had to get radiation treatment this week and be isolated in a room (my office) so the rest of us don't get irradiated. So yeah, future back-of-box quote: "I braved an irradiated wasteland just to squeeze in a few more hours of CrossCode. And so far, I only feel slightly mutated." -SKnet's Walter

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Well, I've explored a few options, one is a New SNES 3DS XL from amazon for $150 + Mario Kart, which is a hell of a deal

Get that. I really appreciated the bigger screen of the XL. And having some more power would be nice (though not a game changer). That being said, I get far more use out of my Switch than my 3dS (which is pretty much my son's console at this point). So that's up to you. Nintendo is clearly leaning away from the 3DS, now that it's about 8 years old.

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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?"

The Switch Online thing is worthless to me. I don't play online games on that thing, and while I like their service model pricing ($20/year for all those games is a better price than $6-8 per title) I already have an NES Classic AND an SNES Classic  (sitting side by side in a cabinet  :zodd: ) to deflect inevitable future offers. The only thing it has going for it is the portability of those games, which is nice, but not enticing enough to me, given the above considerations. I mostly play docked anyway.

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: September 29, 2018, 05:03:49 PM »
I have a mostly free weekend for the first time in a while, so I picked up something on the recommendation of a friend: CrossCode. It's an action-RPG in the vein of Secret of Mana, but with a huge MMO-like world. It's pretty solid so far (2h in). It definitely hits the right notes for the genre. Even things like the ground tilesets and layers of the textures are very SNES. I haven't played a game that feels as much like Seiken Densetsu 3 (sequel to SoM), probably ever? Anyway, check out the trailer:



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