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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.

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! :)

Shootin' the Breeze / Any tips for meeting anime fans?
« on: May 16, 2014, 02:46:55 AM »
I feel kind of silly asking this but it's something that has frustrated me over the years, so I figured maybe I could get some advice from others on here:

I've been a fan of Japanese anime and manga for over 10 years, and I've had an incredibly difficult time trying to meet other fans or people who have similar interests. I only have a few close friends who I grew up with in high school, but they don't really care for a lot of my hobbies anymore. I know this will sound kind of pathetic but I've only met like two people in the last 8 or so years who even knew what anime was, and they both moved. One solution that seems simple is to just go to anime conventions, but my job requires me to work on the weekends and unfortunately almost all conventions I've ever checked out online for scheduling lands on some of our busiest days during the year, and I'm the only person in my position on the weekend at my job so I can't take it off. I live in Western MA and I've tried looking for clubs around the area but it's a dead zone out here. I've been told there are a ton in Boston but that's about three hours away.

I looked into online services for meet up groups, and I've only found a few and from the people I've talked to online they are rather sketchy guys so I didn't really feel comfortable. Anyway, hopefully this isn't a dumb question, I just wanted to get some suggestions and any tips would be really helpful. :)

Video Games / Ducktales Remastered
« on: March 26, 2013, 06:20:50 PM »
I'm a fan of a lot of classic games and one of my Capcom favorites is Ducktales for the NES. I was surprised to find out they are doing a remaster for the Wii Channel, Xbox Arcade and PS Network:

Looks pretty good, I'm crossing my fingers for a decent remake. They are including all the old levels along with new ones and additional bosses. Also they got many of the actors and actresses still alive from the cartoon show like Alan Young who is coming back to voice act Scrooge (Young is 91 years old now!).

Manga Mausoleum / Questions about elves, Zodd, the King, the Brand
« on: November 27, 2012, 04:47:25 PM »
Hello everyone,

I started to re-read my graphic novels of Berserk and have come up with a handful of questions. I did browse the search engine and didn't find the answer to these so if I missed it please forgive me. I am reading the Dark Horse translation in case something has been changed due to language.

1. Throughout the majority of Berserk's story (before Fantasia appearing) it seems as though most people in the world do not believe in elves and magical creatures, as though it was a rare occurence if you are able to see them, and yet in the beginning of the Black Swordsman when it shows the bar that Puck is being toyed with by the bandits, they can clearly see him as well as other customers in the bar commenting on Puck. I did read the episode where Puck gives a brief explination to Guts about why some humans can see him in the later volumes, but I guess I still don't quite understand it. Are elves just suppose to be more accepted as creatures that live in this world? Most humans who run into or are near apostiles in the story are struck with awe and fear, and the notion that these things cannot exist in the world, and yet elves seem to be okay.

2. In episode "A way through" in volume 10, we finally see the king again after a period of time when he attempted to rape his daughter. The king looks very sick, is shaking and his complextion is very aged. Are we to believe that the fact he couldn't have Charlotte the way he wanted and his hatred for Griffith made his health look like that? Or did I miss something and he has another sickness?

3. In episode "The flying one" in volume 11, Zodd makes an appearance. Why exactly did he show up during that time? The only conclusion I could come to was that he was either attracted to another apostile and was near the area, or maybe Griffith or the egg of the king itself.

4. Question about the vortex of souls in general. Because Guts and Casca are branded, does that mean that no matter what happens at this point (or what we've seen currently), when they die, no matter how they die, they are going to the vortex of souls?

Thank you for all the help!

Manga Mausoleum / Odd moment in "Guardians of desire"
« on: April 26, 2005, 02:25:04 PM »
In graphic novel 3 during the last chapter in "Guardians of desire: end" something stuck out that seemed out of place. After Theresia makes her threat to kill him when he gets older, Puck follows Guts and notices that he is about to cry. I'm aware of what this man has been through, and that his emotions must be very mixed up at the time, but did it seem like an awkward moment to anyone else? Can someone give me an explanation as to why Guts breaks down suddenly like that? the only thing I can think of is the pity he feels for the girl now, that she has so much hate inside herself.

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