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Berserk Anime / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: March 17, 2017, 06:45:24 PM »
English dub preview.

Creation Station / Re: The Art of Rapaz!
« on: March 16, 2017, 06:07:39 PM »
Wow.  If this is something you're passionate about I hope you continue.  Both styles are so different, but the second would be my preference in style, though I like the look of color when animated.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: What hobbies do you have?
« on: March 09, 2017, 04:13:33 PM »
1.  Building/crafts.   Over the past few years I've taken a liking to being creative.  I built a multi level legacy of kain reptile cage with themes to boot. A starlight panel with fiber optic lighting for ambiance.  A platform with led lighting on the steps for our theater/arcade room.  Built my first computer in 2012, an arcade mame machine, etc.

2.  Trying out new things.  Guitar, fixing cars, landscaping and more.  Plan on finishing one of our storage areas for a fifth bedroom and if I get my way, a sixth that is a craft room now.

3.  Games.   Usually though steam or PlayStation.

4.  Love finding new music and enjoy a vast variety of it

5.  Working out.  I bike quite a bit to my job, which is 18 miles round trip a day.  Weight lifting the most in fall and winter.

6. Video editing and photoshop. 

7.  Reading.  Books, comics, manga.  Though truthfully I have to be in the right mood to actually read books in the same ways people might need the right frame of mind to work out.

8.  Collecting figures of various mediums.  Whether that's Berserk or a bust of Doctor Strange.

9.  Work.  I list this because my job allows a lot of overtime and if I'm bored enough the friends I have there and money makes it worthwhile.  I love my job.

10.  Taking my beasts out to parks and for a jog.

11.  Movies.  I love going to the cinema on a quite weekday when it's almost a private showing.

12.  Getting out for some drinks.  So long as I'm not driving.  :griffnotevil:

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: March 07, 2017, 01:53:38 PM »
Yup.  I'm hesitant, but that Guts looks worse in my opinion.  Is that his arm or leg?  That straight line down the middle quite honestly makes me think my lack of artistic ability could give them a fight.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: March 04, 2017, 01:11:41 PM »
I put Deadpool more in the Rob Liefeld universe than X-Men.   :void:

Ouch, though to be fair the wise cracking deadpool of today was not that eccentric as Robs creation intended. 

Logan was a pretty damn good movie.  It truly does have a western feel and although I have a few "Cmon, really?" moments, the movie is pretty sound.  I've never been a fan of the X movies all that much. I like that series almost as much as Berserk and in this case it's about as good as it will get.

Also, earmuffs.  They really went overboard with the F word.  Like they were making up for what he would have said off and on the entire series. There is more blood and guts  :guts: in this film than even I expected the R rating to bring.

Lastly, the villain you don't see in the previews.  When I was growing up that was a thing, they just don't come out and say the name.  Wolverine issue 38 after you see the movie for reference.

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: February 27, 2017, 03:55:04 PM »
I've been waiting a long time to see the Berserk's Armor in action outside of a video game... but seriously, is it that bad? I know I've been assured it is, and I still haven't gotten past the opening of the first episode, but beyond that, we're just being hypercritical fans and it's really not that unwatchable, right?? I want to watch Berserk anime but not have it hurt. :sad:

I'd put forth an argument that the new games version of the conviction arc is equally, if not more awful. Though as it stands there is little point in picking your better poison.  It's sad that the only things outside manga I've experienced since becoming a fan have been very uninspiring. Now ten years. 

Video Games / Re: The Thread of Zelda
« on: February 25, 2017, 12:05:32 PM »
Indeed. Few people realize how well the first Zelda game was designed. To this day, popular "retro" games like Hyper Light Drifter do not even come close to it.

Just a few years ago I finished the original LoZ for the first time.   I've played many of them and never felt compelled to finish, but that game is the masterpiece of its time.  For me it's that game coming I'm sure will score well that I know I won't play. Not sure why I can't get into the series, but hopefully the switch gives a few more reasons to invest.  This is the first Zelda game to peak my interest.   

Speculation Nation / Re: What do you think will happen after Elfhelm?
« on: February 24, 2017, 06:08:35 PM »
Excellent response, Vixen.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk Musou (PS3, PS4, PC)
« on: February 22, 2017, 06:43:14 PM »
Nailed it. I really can't understand how this series has a following. The idea you're in God mode and the enemies don't know you're there.   :ganishka:  totally on point.  I'd really appreciate quality in our Berserk mediums.  We're definitely not given quantity. 

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk Musou (PS3, PS4, PC)
« on: February 22, 2017, 12:48:27 PM »
I've played the prologue and 5 missions.  I hate to be the negative nancy, but if this wasn't Berserk there is no way on earth I'd touch this game.  I knew going in the formula looked generic, but wow.  There is no strategy at all.  On hard.  Button mash as a ton of ai stands around.  This is to video games as the 2016 anime was to Berserk imo.

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Prime 1 launches a Berserk line
« on: February 20, 2017, 02:03:44 PM »
Damn.  This is the first statue I feel I need to purchase.  Love how much is going on.  What would you estimate the size to be?   I do agree the head seems small, but hopefully not as much as the pictures make it out to be. 

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: February 14, 2017, 11:22:29 PM »
Ha!  But but killzone is a sony exclusive!   :ganishka:  Uncharted 4 is about all I would rave about outside of Last of Us.  I use to have have a 360, bought one at launch.  5 breakdowns later and I'll stick to steam.  (And my Xbox that's modded to the teeth) My first Xbox 360 memory is a smoke filled bedroom that stunk of burnt electronics for a week.

Bloodborne is fun, but I do find it dumbed down, even in the build sense.  It's worth a play, yet I just can't appreciate it enough.  That whole first big exclusive tends to go to people's heads each generation. I'm looking at you Gears Of War 1.

I find the entire Souls concept perfect for my style of gaming.  Will take awhile for me to get sick of it, much like Diablo 1/2, Baldurs gate dark alliance, champs of norrath did years ago. God I miss couch co op.

On a side note I find Berserk being single player across the board a huge bummer.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
« on: February 12, 2017, 01:31:55 PM »
Started watching the Path.  Got a few episodes in and I'm losing interest.   This is the same problem I have with the leftovers, besides who made it. I can never get that time back from Lost. I feel like this is going nowhere and if it does, who cares?   By the time I get there, the whole thing will be so drug out that my suspension of disbelief is now focused on the formula of the show.  Cliffhanger, unanswered questions, followed by two more questions, repeat.  I may just not be cut out for tv anymore. I have my favorites, but if a new drama feels bogged down by formula over the story it's telling, I'm out.  Most times where it's heading is not where it ends up. 

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: February 12, 2017, 03:06:16 AM »
I can't say for sure if Nioh will stack up to Dark Souls level design in the end. I'm not far enough in to confidently say.  I can tell you I read the level design was repetitive, but right now I'm seeing variety.  If you're familiar with the demo there's that, a cliffside that turns into a large cavern, a dusty landscape with underground stoney forgotten treasure trove, a swampy temple area filled with rain that ultimately leads to an abandoned lower temple,  a hillside of fescue, and now a mine.  Will that rival the variety present in DS?  Prob not, but I'm not seeing an issue either.  Certainly more variety than bloodborne in that respect.  Of all the souls games, bloodborne is only superior to lords of the fallen imo. I just wasn't digging it's simplicity compared to the others.  Sort of how I view GTA 4 vs San Andreas and 5.  There seemed little innovation vs mechanics. 

Literally feels like a ninja gaiden souls mix with a ton of customization.  I mean, let's say you have a helmet that's really well suited to your favored attributes, but it looks ridiculous. You can take said helm and change it to look like another in your inventory.  On top of that you can upgrade everything, redue the specials for said armor or upgrade in the traditional sense.  I'm not too keen on the blacksmithing yet as the loot that drops is reminiscent of borderlands.  I'm afraid I'll just find something better in 15 minutes.

Granted this is my experience alone and someone will lend their two cents and probably leave me wondering why I didn't explain it better, however from a few series I've enjoyed through the years, this feels both old and new.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: February 09, 2017, 09:27:08 PM »
Nioh is amazing.  Team ninja has finally found its footing with this gem.  I'm to the second map and this feels like the next positive step to this souls formula.  From the combat, to the MASS amount of customization,(minus character creation)  I'm really digging everything.  The game really does feel like it's own and not a clone.  Haven't had this much fun since Ninja Gaiden on Xbox...right out of high school.  Speaking of NG, when TN released black, some of the environmental effects changed.  In Nioh you revisit levels in sub quests and the same treatment is done.  I do not feel like I'm strolling down the same path.  The levels are decent sized, but by the end of each feel very inclusive and well thought out.  I highly recommend.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Official Weightloss/gain Thread!
« on: February 05, 2017, 03:05:40 AM »
Clanging swordsman, keep it up.  :)  Working out is great for the body and the soul.  You'll accomplish all you want in due time.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: January 31, 2017, 05:01:30 PM »
Finished Biohazard 7 last night.  7.5 hours on normal.  My original opinion still stands.  This title is quite disconnected from the rest of the series, although fun.  The last few hours felt like a bit of a drag and mediocre from the majority of the game.  See what's coming a mile away type of ordeal.

This reboot of a game reminds me very much of the feeling I had with Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow.  Something different, much more polished than its predecessors on PlayStation 2.  Better?  Sure, what isn't better than RE5, 6?  Not a masterpiece that will take the series in a direction that will stand the test of time.

I liked RE7, but didn't love it.  Perhaps some reviewers overly praising the game didn't help me going in. I'm much more of the opinion that the game is above average, just not amazing.  This IS classic RE when it comes to exploring and progression.  No doubt about it. 

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Your Man Cave
« on: January 30, 2017, 08:24:15 PM »
Finished this little part of my basement yesterday.  Picked up my first pinball machine. 

Cool sword!   :guts: 

PS, nice album cover you got there.  Sin. 

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: January 25, 2017, 01:23:15 PM »
Skeleton, Evil dead really seethes through the frame work of the game vs. something biohazard.   As I said before this could change, but I would be surprised if that ended up being outside of brief lore thrown in.  I feel a little distracted by all this, so I may put it down a day to unnerve that old feel I was expecting to some degree. 

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: January 25, 2017, 02:23:26 AM »
Never played dishonored and am about half way through.  Not my style but enjoying it anyhow.  I'm hours into Resident Evil 7 and want some who may be excited to understand something.  In no way shape or form does this feel like capcom intended this to be RE.  The same way Nintendo intended super Mario 2.  Could change, but I feel like this could be any franchise so far.  This has nothing to do with them switching the play style.  May or may not sway your enjoyment and thought it be good for you to know. Could also change by the end of the game.  Just my first impression. 

Want to add that this has a very Texas chainsaw/House of 1000 corpses vibe.  Often times for myself come off cheesy and not frightening at all.  Intense, no doubt, yet very linear.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: December 25, 2016, 04:16:25 PM »
I really didn't like that trailer.  I don't think I'll go out of my way to see this.

I second this.  How attached was Ridley to the project?  This left much to be desired and looks to add nothing to the series, given the trailer.  Can't say I was expecting much after Prometheus.  Judging by the comments on youtube many share the "meh" look of it all.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to ???
« on: December 21, 2016, 05:43:40 PM »
Thank you both for the thought out responses.  I'll pick up the Final Cut sometime soon.  I am literally in the dark about the entire movie and have no expectations besides sci fi. 

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to ???
« on: December 21, 2016, 01:32:08 PM »
I have yet to see the original Blade Runner.  I want to watch it and also have a few questions from this passionate community. 

Has it aged well?  I ask this in part because sometimes I have a hard time appreciating a film in it's own time. 

What version is the one I need to watch or which do you feel strongly about?

I viewed Apocalypse Now in it's director's cut last year.  I was blown away.  So if you have the regular version over the directors cut, tell me why.  If you think vhs is where I need to go, be honest. 

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