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Video Games / The appeal of 'let's plays'
« on: November 02, 2015, 12:41:35 AM »
Something that has intrigued me for a while now that has become quite popular is the idea of let's plays on the Internet. With streaming growing more popular and companies such as Youtube, Twitch and others offering their services for fans of video games to have a live audience, it's interests me but at the same time confuses. I'm in my late 20's and I'm not sure if it's a generation gap, but I've tried watching a handful of different ones from separate sources and I don't really understand the appeal, and was hoping maybe someone could tell me. Playing a video game myself, I get enjoyment from accomplishing something in it, and the feeling of satisfaction for testing my skills. I don't get any of that with the streams, and one thing I thought it might be is akin to watching your friend play a game next to you back when people actually used the TV in the living room and rooting for them, but it doesn't feel quite the same.

The only let's play I found enjoyable were AVGN's 'James and Mike Mondays'. The reason being they share knowledge about the video games they are playing, and give informative tips and advice, or have neat history tid bits that I never new about older games. I thought many other ones would be like this, so I checked out one of the most popular ones, Pewdiepie but it was just him yelling at the top of his lungs to reactions while live on camera. I'm not saying nobody can enjoy these, but I really don't understand if the majority of them are like this, why would you watch it?

Thanks for any insight, I think maybe I'm just too old now to understand but I like learning and would love to hear more about this.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 341
« on: October 30, 2015, 10:23:37 PM »
I was wondering, who do you think the final battle with Rakshas will be with? Do you think it will be a combination of Guts and crew or just the Bakiraka? It would seem more fitting if Silat defeats him. I know it's far away but I was curious what everyone thought.

Video Games / Re: Video Game Soundtracks
« on: October 22, 2015, 06:32:26 PM »
I love a lot of video game music sound tracks, there are so many beautiful songs. I feel like people would probably think I'm strange if they've ever listen to my Ipod, they would hear a lot of anime, video game and rock opera music (Ayreon). A few of my favorite OSTs include: Mischief Makers, Castlevania: SOTN, Final Fantasy Tactics and Mega Man 2.

One song I'll post is from one of my favorite video games I grew up playing: Donkey Kong country 2. I love all of the DKC series, and I know some don't really care for the platforming and prefer Super Mario World, the music and ambiance in these video games are absolutely amazing, and I love David Wise and his talents.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Halloween Costume 2015
« on: October 13, 2015, 10:03:07 PM »
Salem your daughter is adorable! Your costumes are amazing! :)

I wanted to ask, I noticed you have the same line of mini Berserk figures from Japan that I own. Do you find it's hard to get Femto to stand up? The way they made him he is very off center.

Wow I love it! Your artwork always amazes me. :)

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 67
« on: September 28, 2015, 08:17:08 AM »
Great podcast, it was nice to hear everyone's thoughts on the new episode. I'm wondering how far the disturbance will escalate, and if Zodd and reinforcements will come to stop it, or if it ends quickly enough that there is a silent cover up. I've always liked Rickert as a character but it so nice to see him change through out the volumes, and play a more lead role in the story. I hope Luca and her friends will be safe living in Falconia even if the others escape from the city.

I know in the forums you mentioned if we will see Guts and company before the end of the year, but I'm starting to think that they could extend the rest of the fight and escape from Falconia longer. I certainly don't mind as both parts of the story are great, but what do you think now that you've seen this episode with only three left?

Thanks again, I love your talks!
(Looking forward to more re-reads too!)

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 64
« on: July 18, 2015, 09:34:34 PM »
Thank you for another great podcast, I loved hearing from everyone and what they thought might be coming up for episode 338. I like the idea of doing a re-read of older volumes every other podcast, I enjoy when all of you have more time to discuss it rather then rushing if you don't have the time. The Berserk in one minute was great! Thanks again for taking the time to make these, I look forward to listening and it helps me appreciate Berserk more.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 337
« on: September 28, 2014, 04:13:33 PM »
The full episode is even better then I imagined; I'm glad that everyone else was able to witness Griffith getting slapped, I also wonder how this will play out. I don't remember exactly, but since Charlotte has been rescued from the tower way back when, she hasn't ever questioned how Griffith is back right? I know they all had the dream, and with her feelings of delusion it makes sense she would dismiss it at the time but I wonder now. I also think Sonia will end up finding Rickert somewhere in the city and ask him about what transpired and his past, she is always the curious one and it seems that would occur.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 337
« on: September 26, 2014, 05:22:58 PM »
I'm wondering too if Rickert will end up staying or not, but I'm assuming he will for the time being because of it being more or less a safe place for Erika. I'm not really sure what will come of this, I don't see Griffith sending some assassination attempt after him or anything of the sort, I think that would be too silly, and to me I don't think he cares enough either way on Rickert's position. Like others have said, this is less about how Griffith would react to being talked to like this and the physical blow, and more about Rickert's feelings on the matter and being able to tell him face to face. I like how Locus was right there to witness it, and I wonder too if it's anywhere near Charlotte and co.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Looking for some recommended board/card games?
« on: September 25, 2014, 04:28:24 PM »
Thanks for all the info Vaati! I was playing the base game of Dominion. We started with the basic rules, and it was just two of us, my friend and I. to me it just seems like there is very little strategy because all of the card piles are exactly the same, and you can see every pile on the table so you just pick which ones are the best compared to the lesser cards that don't reward you with much. I thought I heard the Resident Evil version of Dominion has the piles randomized which sounds more interesting. I'd give it another shot but I don't think I'd spend more money on it again.

The Agricola and Zombicide sound pretty neat, I will definitely look into those!

Shootin' the Breeze / Looking for some recommended board/card games?
« on: September 25, 2014, 01:36:36 AM »
Hello everyone! I'm sort of new to a lot of board and card games, and I'd like to play more of them. I own Pandemic which I really enjoy, and Fluxx. I recently picked up Dominion because I heard good reviews about it, but to be honest it seemed very slow and there wasn't much to it, I'm not sure if I was playing it wrong or not but it felt very bland. I don't really have any specific prefrences, I don't mind learning something if it's a bit more complicated, but I do like cooperative games like Pandemic I mentioned, and maybe trivia games. I don't really want to get too involved in anything like Magic, D&D or those types, just something self contained and not too expensive.

Thanks again! :)

Creation Station / Re: Grail makes doodlies?!
« on: September 24, 2014, 06:20:18 PM »
that is really cute and creative, love the double bird flip!  :ubik:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 337
« on: September 24, 2014, 06:07:27 PM »
Wow... never expected Rickert to do that, can't wait to hear a translation of what's being said!  :isidro:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 337
« on: September 23, 2014, 04:17:32 AM »
Even more excited for the upcoming episode now, Go Rickert!  :ubik:

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 51
« on: September 18, 2014, 01:26:55 PM »
Thank you for another insightful podcast!

I think it's a good idea to break up the volumes sometimes, especially when they are this dense and you guys have so much to talk about. Well probably catch up with the re-reads sooner rather then later at some point anyway so taking time to go through all of your points is great.

I love the group dynamics and everyone infiltrating the grounds to break Griffith out. Before reading the manga I watched the anime series and the tension and reveal of what Griffith looked like down there in the dark was very disturbing and well done. On the other hand in the anime, it was strange seeing Rickert up against the two apostles with no Skullknight, and then they never go back to him again so you assume he died. Some of my favorite pages are the two page spread of the Count in 'Festivals eve' and the last page of 'Thousand-year fiefdom' with Griffith in the dark. I could be wrong about this, but it doesn't seem like Miura uses one of the drawing techniques that I personally am fond of anymore in recent issues, I don't know what it's called exactly but I think you have mentioned it as being chalk-like. One example here is Guts' face at the end of the episode before the escape up the stairs after the jailer is killed. One of my favorites (jumping ahead a bit) is the 'Inhuman host' episode in volume 12, the two spread of the apostles before the hawk. Not a big deal, but I was curious about it.

Can't wait for episode 52! :)

I've been reading it, and enjoy the series. I don't think it's quite as good as Berserk but it's well thought out and I find the setting and themes to be refreshing compared to a lot of other manga published right now. I haven't gotten far enough to see that difference in art style; wow that's amazing. :) I would say the only manga that isn't fluff I've read the entirety of that I think is on the level of Berserk would be Lone Wolf & Cub.

News & Not News / Re: News & Not News Megathread
« on: August 30, 2014, 05:20:06 PM »

I've heard of swatting before, but how exactly do people get each others home addresses when they do it? I'm not completely tech savvy, so I didn't know if there is a way to find it through your IP, or the people in question are just giving them their general location. Either way it's kind of scary..

Video Games / Re: Nintendo 3DS
« on: August 29, 2014, 05:48:43 PM »
I'm not sure how I feel about this. With Nintendo's handheld history, it's common to see revisions of older systems be reworked, like DS, DSI, XL, and so on, but the fact that you won't be able to play certain exclusive games on it doesn't sit well with me. I got the 2DS last November and I don't feel like putting out more money for another. I think this is probably a good deal for gamers who haven't had the chance to pick up any 3DS yet, but I'll most likely pass.

Also can't wait for Smash Brothers 3DS! :)

Creation Station / Re: Griffith does the ALS bucket challenge...
« on: August 27, 2014, 12:26:54 AM »
Very cute!

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 50
« on: August 21, 2014, 12:16:48 AM »
That was a great podcast! Congrats on hitting 50 (or 51 episodes  :slan: ), I am always looking forward to listening to everyone's  opinions on the subject of Berserk, and I learn something or see things in a different light after hearing it. I laughed when you guys mentioned about people who may listen to the entire audio episode just staring at a blank screen, I usually am browsing the Internet at the same time for some of them, but what I really like to do is have my graphic novel next to me during the current re-read volumes so I can follow a long; hopefully that doesn't sound weird :P

With 336 I'm curious as to where Griffith's throne room is located as well. I assumed it would be back at the main human area of Falconia, as it seemed like Locus went out of his way to bring Rickert away from him to the dome. I like that we are seeing a different side to Daiba, I never thought back when he was fighting Guts before this that he would be working as a stable man, hiding out with Garuda and talking to Erika and Luca of all people. Good stuff!

Thanks for answering my question, I didn't realize how tough coming up with an answer was until I started thinking about it myself. There are so many memorable scenes, but if I had to pick one (or two), I guess it would be the episodes 'Cracks in the blade' and 'A feeble flame' from volume 17. When I went through every volume and read them again a year ago or so, those two stuck out with me for some reason. I like Godo's talk with Guts in his bed, and how he compares the sword to Guts' recent life style of revenge and leaving Casca behind, It's very moving to me. Guts sitting by the fire in the cave thinking about all the things that have happened and we get a reminder of some of the events leading up to this was nice. I love the artwork, Guts Silhouette when he finds Erika is very mysterious and intimidating, while the shot of him standing up proclaiming he will never lose Casca again in the morning is one of my favorites.

Your question was really interesting too Oburi! I hope we do get to revisit it at some point, I really wonder if it will be taken over by monsters now or they are holding together somehow. Thanks again Skullknight for taking the time to make these every month, it is a real treat and I hope the podcasts continue! :)

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: August 12, 2014, 05:14:03 PM »
Nice to read about your experience watching it, sounds like you had good fun! The show I was at was sold out, to my surprise. Unfortunately there were a bunch of teenagers next to me who wouldn't stop talking and one of them even yelled kamehameha when Goku does the move. Pretty annoying.

I'm sorry to hear that, my crowd was pretty polite for the most part, I hope it didn't ruin it for you!  Also I agree about what you said without spoiling anything. I did like twist at the end between the two, but was expecting a little more flash with the fight.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 49
« on: August 11, 2014, 04:16:50 AM »
Couldn't record a podcast today, but we'll be back next weekend with 336 discussion. Stay tuned!

Can't wait!  :ubik:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 336
« on: August 10, 2014, 04:43:07 AM »
Thank you for the summary, what an amazing episode. Hearing a different point of view on the Apostle side is very interesting..

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: August 10, 2014, 04:37:18 AM »
Went to see Ninja Turtles today. Being a fan girl of the series, I wasn't sure what to expect with this one as I'm not a huge fan of Bay or his works, as I didn't care for Transformers. I left the theater with a smile on my face; it was a entertaining and fun movie, not a masterpiece but good. I never agreed with fans that wanted to boycott the film for the new look of the turtles. While it's  not my favorite appearance, every incarnation of the TMNT universe has a different tone and style to it, so I was fine with it. I was surprised how much of the humor was actually decent, and the action and fight scenes were very cool to see. The storyline was a little iffy for the reason of the villians taking over, but it was kind of hammy in the 90s live action ones as well.


The only thing I wish they would have added more of is Shredders back story. He had very little screen time out of the suit and I was hoping to see more of that. Apparently from what I've read online, they did cut out over 20 minutes of footage from the movie, to make it shorter so they would sell more tickets faster (Nickelodeon that is. :( ). I assume some of this would have more character devlopment that was left on the cutting room floor, judging by the missing scenes from the trailers we have.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: August 07, 2014, 06:07:02 AM »
I found out that they were playing the new Dragon Ball Z animated feature film at a local theater near the UMASS collage over here. I couldn't believe it, as our area of the state is very small and they never usually have limited showings like that. I went to see it and was pleasantly surprised how packed it became. So many fans with anime T shirts and bags, the room was full of energy and it was a great time, and a fun movie. I was so happy to see others who liked that sort of thing, although I was much too shy to say hello to anyone before or after the screening. Either way, it was a real treat for me.  :)

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