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Video Games / Re: Dark Souls III
« on: June 01, 2016, 01:22:27 PM »
So I've put about 30 hours or so into this game so far and I'm really enjoying it but I must say I actually think this is the easiest of the three so far. Does anyone else get that feeling? A friend of mine is also playing it along with me and he's having trouble and slowing way down but to me, i don't know, I seem to be breezing right through, compared to the others. Maybe it just seems that way because I only finished playing the DS2 DLC a few months back, which amped up the difficulty on the game so maybe that's still fresh in my head? I don't know. Other than a few moments here and there, and 2 boss fights in particular, I haven't had anything really slow me down much. Also, I'm worried that this game is significantly shorter than the others? I'd be disappointed to know that I'm more than halfway done. Currently, I just defeated the Pontiff Sulyvahn and cleared the Irithyll Valley, then I went into the dungeons and did a good amount of that before dying. I also prefer to do boss fights by myself, without summoning other players. I feel it makes fights a cake walk if there's two of you. I get much more satisfaction doing it by myself.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: May 24, 2016, 11:53:49 AM »
Here's a big secret about the Souls games: they're not that hard. Their difficulty is vastly overstated by everyone for some reason I can't quite understand. It's as if along the way people forgot that games are meant to have some measure of challenge, and require you to learn their mechanics in order to progress. Same thing happened recently with Hyper Light Drifter, a game I finished in Hard mode without any trouble but that apparently the Internet lost its marbles over because it was supposedly so hard. Walter told me the devs even had to patch the game to make it easier! All these people need to be put in front of Castlevania or Ninja Gaiden on the NES, that'd give them a taste of what a truly punishing game is.

Yea pretty much. The games are more traditionally challenging rather than brutally difficult. People got soft in the last decade+ where games lose a lot of their difficulty by the fact that a lot of the time you can save your game anywhere, or checkpoints are numerous, or there's just not really any penalty for dying. The Elder Scrolls games are notorious for this. It drains all the life out of the game when your character is overpowered and you all you need to do is stop for a second to save your game before you take any chances or make any decisions. There's nothing at stake really.  Now the Souls games come around and they have some of those old school ways and it's super refreshing.

Anyway I myself just picked up a PS4. I had put it off for so long because I was still debating if that was the direction I wanted to go in, seeing as how I had a 360 instead of the ps3. But I figured there really wasn't any choice this time around. It sucks that all those achievments I racked up are gone and now I'm starting fresh with 0 trophies on the ps4, which isn't a big deal but I won't lie, it bums me out a little. But I managed to grab the limited edition Uncharted ps4 which looks really nice. It's all blue with gold lights. Of course the first game I'll be playing is Dark Souls 3  :guts: I just couldn't put it off any longer.

UPDATE- After putting about 10 hours I shut it off went to bed and the very next morning went to turn it on and the ps4 wont turn on. It beeps once and powers back off. This is so typical that it would happen to me, I can't even tell you how pissed I am. Anyone have an issue like this?

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: May 14, 2016, 02:29:37 AM »
I think most of Del Toro's movies are overrated.  I really didn't care for Pacific Rim at all either. But I will say, the Hellboy movies are pretty great, especially the second one. I could watch Hellboy 2 The Golden Army any day. That movie is so damn enjoyable it's hard to knock it for any faults it may have. The costumes, practical effects, the sets, the music (both the score and the soundtrack are brilliant) the characters, the choreography, the comedic scenes, the attention to detail for the many smaller moments etc. I could go on and on about how great Hellboy 2 is haha  :guts:

My one big complaint is the very end (spoilers I guess, in case someone hasn't seen it yet and plans too). I didn't like how they finished off the main villain in the final fight. I always felt that, being the better warrior, Prince Nuada should have beaten Hellboy in the final duel but then before he can claim totally victory his sister would inflict a mortal wound on herself, thereby killing him as well. That's kinda what happens except they couldn't bare to have the hero Hellboy lose the fight  :schierke:. So instead we have Hellboy win the fight in a very anticlimatic way and then refuses to kill the Prince, who then sneaks up behind Hellboy to stab him in the back after being defeated, which seemed out of character and really weakened his character right at the end. Oh well. That would have made the move perfect in my eyes but it's still great.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: April 30, 2016, 03:42:49 PM »
No you're definitely right about that. It makes zero sense that they'd kill off Oberyn's own blood family. They might as well be the powerpuff girls at this point. This whole storyline was a mess since it was first introduced last season and it really bogs down the show. Here's to hoping that it doesn't overstay it's welcome or at worst, go back to being boring.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: How's everyone doing today?
« on: April 27, 2016, 04:48:37 PM »
Oof, I feel you on this. I just got over the flu recently, it started with a sore throat, but turned into a cough and then pain in my lungs. I really hope you start feeling better soon. It was miserable for me, and I was out of commission for two weeks, hopefully yours is just a sore throat and not the flu. Get well soon!

Yea my girlfriend was sick for a while and it started with a sore throat and got worse, I caught what she had for sure. So the next few days are going to suck.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: How's everyone doing today?
« on: April 27, 2016, 04:29:12 PM »
I'm sick right now, my throat is so soar it feels like I'm swallowing a cactus everytime I gulp.  :judo: Incredibly painful. 

Other than that I've been recently promoted at work and transferred to a new building which is a much smaller and slower operation. Because of this, I'm basically running things here and have more responsibilities. I'm absolutely loving it not only because of the obvious perks that come with more power at a job and having people underneath me, but because it's not nearly as busy here I have far more down time which means more office time, which means not being on my feet all day busting my ass.  Now that I'm older I can definatley  appreciate being able to sit and work and my own speed in an office (and browse more Skullknight  :guts:). 

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Hi! I'm new!
« on: April 27, 2016, 04:18:49 PM »
Hi to everybody here!
Anyway, I'm 34 and I  have a Huge hype for the new Berserk tv anime that will start in July!   :guts:

Hello and welcome! I too have a massive raging hype for the new tv show. Hopefully it's well done.

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk GA Arc Appreciation Thread
« on: April 27, 2016, 04:14:43 PM »

Another edit: I don't love these movies. I enjoy them, but on their own they're 3 star movies, and as adaptations 2 star movies.

Out of how many stars? 100?

I've only seen the first movie, and it didn't really leave a lasting impression, but I thought the opening siege was good. Mainly because it was the only thing they really expanded upon in a good way. I was really enjoying that opening battle sequence because it looked like they were going to add more of what they could to what they were adapting. But as soon as the dialog started and the characters started talking, with the Bazuso scene, it all went out the window because I could tell that the characters weren't the same characters from the manga. But yea everything up until then was good.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: April 27, 2016, 03:46:15 PM »
Well, last night's episode was already better than most of last season's, so that's a good start (they managed to reconnect to every plot thread I cared for and ignore or tie up those I didn't). It was nice to see what surely seemed like more dreadful times with the Boltons ("Now I'm REALLY gonna torture you!") denied by Brienne for now, and for Theon Greyjoy to show a bit more of his old self by putting those sword skills to use (this guy was professionally trained since childhood, no reason he should be a cowering ninny with a sword in his hands). Speaking of rebirths, the make or break element for me though is how long they drag out Jon Snow's Stark's inevitable resurrection. I put the over/under at 3 episodes, at which point I start getting very impatient.

Yea I though the opening episode was miles better than 90% of the episodes last season. From a technical standpoint also. Better pacing, unique composition, cinematography, lighting, music etc. The whole episode had a weight to it, perfectly paced. All doom and gloom. With a few exceptions from some standout moments, last season was overall pretty bland and uninspired. I tried re-watching it before the new season started and it was really difficult to get through some of those storylines again. It's such a drag. Hopefully it just turns out to be that slump season overall.

As to you're prediction with Jon, I'm going to say it'll be even longer than that. Over half the season even. I have a gut feeling that they're going to do exactly that and drag that resurrection for as long as humanly possible for maximum payoff. They managed to go a whole season without Bran, so I wouldn't be surprised if we went most of this season without Jon (being alive at least). Plus with rumors going around about lengthy flashbacks possibly in the form of Bran's visions, I think they might pad out some episodes to put more time into Jon being lifeless. Other than that though, I think this season will be a redemption from the last. It kind of HAS to be. They clearly meandered last year and were just killing time (and characters(pointless Ser Barristan death scene)) to get to the good stuff, and considering the end is pretty much in sight at this point (the writers said that despite HBO asking for more seasons, they'd ballpark it at about a season and a half remaining, I'm guessing Soprano's style final season part 1 and 2) all that's left is the good stuff.

BTW, I thought the scene with the Sand Snakes was really surprising. I wasn't expecting them to take over through so quickly with such ruthlessness. The whole storyline with them last season bored me to tears and yet they are already quite exciting this time by starting with such a bang.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: What'd you do over the weekend?
« on: April 24, 2016, 10:28:33 PM »
Went to a Bernie Sanders rally in my home state. It was really great. Lot's of cool people and some great speeches, including one from the man himself who spoke for nearly 2 hours. I also got a slight sunburn on my face, the first of the year  :judo:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Hello Everybody!
« on: April 13, 2016, 01:30:45 PM »
Where did you see them if I may ask? I was in Oregon, it was a magical experience.

My home state, Rhode Island.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Hello Everybody!
« on: April 10, 2016, 09:54:04 PM »

About me outside of Berserk, I like music a lot. My favorite Band is Have a Nice Life, my favorite musician is Bob Dylan, and my favorite Album is Deathconsciousness by Have A Nice Life. I saw Neutral Milk Hotel Live this past summer and even got my record signed.

I also saw Neutral Milk Hotel last summer. It was pretty great. The summer before that I saw Jeff perform solo live as well. Never really thought that would happen.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: New cover design + volume 38 cover
« on: April 09, 2016, 12:37:58 AM »

Wow. Just Wow. That is absolute rubbish. Who's coming up with this shit? Who's making these decisions? I'd almost expect this type of cover from Dark Horse. Really blows my mind. It's not like it's a case of just the die-hard fans being overly critical either. The new cover design is pure comical trash and it's insulting to Berserk as a series and the fact that it's going to retroactively damage past covers is like salt on the wound. Miura must not have control over stuff like this because I can't imagine he'd be happy about it.

Yet again Berserk is treated with embarrassing and disrespectful decisions that come from people who you would think haven't even read the series or have very little to no understanding about it. At the end of the day I really just feel bad for Miura.  So much of the merchandise and general byproducts of his lifelong work are terrible and misrepresent the series. From this new design, to the last anime trilogy, to "GROOVY". 

Sorry, had to rant a bit. :azan:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
« on: April 08, 2016, 07:00:27 PM »
YES! They should have just used this for a movie. Kyle Katarn was a good Expanded Universe character. The Duke Nukem of Star Wars.

Dark Forces was so fucking awesome.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
« on: April 08, 2016, 06:51:50 PM »
The "many bothans died getting us this information" line is actually in reference to the second Death Star's plans in Jedi. These are the plans Leia gave to R2 in New Hope.

I remember playing Dark Forces back in the day and thinking it was awesome how that game's storyline tied into the movie (I can't remember if it had to do with the first Death Star or the second) and it fit nicely. Now they're trying to get me excited about a whole movie event that's basically the same idea.  It just feels like video game territory.

Now that i think about it, I'd rather play a new Dark Forces Rogue One than go watch it in a theater. :serpico:

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 74
« on: April 06, 2016, 01:38:04 PM »

However, on the topic of videos... this year we're all in agreement that we'd like to do a video podcast reviewing the Berserk Dreamcast game's cinematic sequences. That's about as far as we've gotten in the discussion: the desire to do one  :guts:

Nice  :guts:

Speculation Nation / Re: How do you think Berserk will end?
« on: March 30, 2016, 03:19:06 PM »
If humanity wants a world over run with fuckoff monsters as you put it, humanity gets a world with fuckoff monsters. Thatís how IOE works, what humanity as a collective wants is horrifying, that is why the Abyss and the God Hand are so dangerous, they are obeying a collective will that is self-destructive, again I have to ask, where does the deception come in?
 humanityís reason for suffering now comes as cool ass monsters rather than the mundane and pointless suffering humanity is used to. But if you understand that why do you believe that the IOE doesnít do what human will commands it to do?

Dude, you're really having a tough time understanding the concept of the God Hand and IOE. You seem to think that IOE and the God Hand are obeying humanties collective will. Or that they are following what humanity commands them to do. That is totally backwords.

Once upon a time, humans desired reasons for all the negative things in life. Pain, sadness, suffering, their own sensless deaths. This is where the Idea of Evil was created. However, it has become so powerful that it is now its own entity. It is not a slave to humans consciousness or anything like that. In fact, it is now controlling the destinies of mankind, to serve it's own purpose, which we as readers do not yet know to what extent.

Comparing the IOE to a genie in a bottle is just retarded. It has purposefully and specifically designed things so that the God Hand and the Apostles would come to serve it, obediently, while also doing own their own bidding and following their own path. This is where the deception comes in and it's a display of how powerful IOE is. Not only that, but since the "merger" (the overlapping of the Astral world and Corporeal world) humans must now rely on the God Hand and the Apostles to keep them safe from the dangers of the Astral world. Again, they are being deceived. Needing the truly evil beings of the world as their protectors. 

Humans are not desiring the monsters or all the pain and destruction they bring. All that is a result of the will and control that the Idea of EVIL has woven for it's own desire.  And rest assured that it is not to "create an ideal world demanded by humanity".  Do you understand this?

Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: March 27, 2016, 12:50:42 AM »
Yea that episode probably will be animated the only problem is, like Aaz pointed out, it'll be some strange timeline where they mash different parts of the story into one. I have a feeling they're going to use parts of the first two episodes like meeting Puck, the skeletons in the woods, and weeve that directly into the Conviction Arc. Skipping the Snake Baron and The Count, which really sucks because the whole Count story line is practically begging to be adapted. It's the perfect introduction for a Black Swordsman era anime. It's got a little bit of everything and it culminates with our first meeting with the God Hand.

Who knows, maybe they will do that but I doubt it. I'll be very pleasanlty surprised if that's the case.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Amazing manga you've read?
« on: March 20, 2016, 10:27:17 PM »
It's been a while since I've read it but I remember Battle Royale being a great read. And of course I wouldn't be doing my job around here if I didn't mention Eden:It's an Endless World. Great sci-fi manga.

Creation Station / Re: Fanarts of mine
« on: March 13, 2016, 12:38:26 AM »
Definitely not too girly. Besides, has a great group of female members. Small, but great. Really enjoy your art. Would love to see more.

Character Cove / Re: What Apostle/Creature did you like the best?
« on: March 02, 2016, 05:05:46 PM »
I'm going to say Locus for me is a favorite Apostle. I remember when I first saw his Apostle form ... just wow. It blew me away because at the time we hadn't seen anything quite like that and it made me reevaluate what some other powerful Apostle forms could be. It's so unique and creative and terrifying actually that it stands out among all the other Apostles, even though they are all insanely unique. I remember when I first read that episode he reminded me of the T-1000 from T2. He almost looks like something that doesn't belong in Berserk. He's got a sci-fi vibe going on. I absolutely love it. I'm still trying to imagine a practical scenario where Locus could be defeated. You just know that fight is going to be a bitch!

As for creatures, I liked when we started seeing all the familiars during the Ganishka plot because you never knew what was coming next and Miura masterfully kept upping the ante with what he threw at us. Just when you though you'd seen it all, another creature would turn up and start wrecking shit and Guts would then have to kill that. However, I would have to say that my favorite creature right now would be the Garuda(s). Again, when Garuda first showed up I just had to geek out at how this random pterodactyl came out of nowhere and started flying around  :ubik:. It added to the complete chaos and madness of the situation. And seeing it's continued role in the story has made it even more fun and interesting.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: What's up,
« on: February 28, 2016, 02:31:14 AM »
I also read some other manga/watch other anime but not too much (Vagabond, Kaiji, and Eden: It's an Endless World! to name a few)

Finally another fan of Eden. One of my favorites.  It's an incredible manga. Welcome to the site Acumen.

Creation Station / Re: Moth's Berserk art
« on: February 28, 2016, 02:28:37 AM »
Pretty cool dude. I like it. Welcome to!

Video Games / Re: Dark Souls II
« on: February 27, 2016, 02:51:32 AM »
So I've been playing this sporadically over the last few months trying to finish off a few of the things that I never got around to doing and I'm proud to say that after many, MANY attempts I finally killed those two giant tiger pets in the Frigid Outskirts in the final DLC area. Man that was a tough one. I'm not online anymore either but I did summon some npc help. Of course typical Dark Souls fashion the whole journey there and the subsequent battle took me many tries but on the try that I actually beat it, it was really easy and I don't think I took any damage at all.

Now if I can just beat the Darklurker boss I'd have done everything just about.

Creation Station / Re: Lith's colors & tutorials
« on: February 27, 2016, 02:41:31 AM »
DAT GRASS ! This is great, dude. Really enhances the scene. Gives a good impression of the sheer scope and magnitude that arriving to this point on the Skellig has. Also it really makes you appreciate the diversity and size that Guts' group has grown to. I mean we see them all the time and we know them all so well but these group shots, especially highlighted by the colors and textures here are just so flat out cool and wonderful. They really are a great group of colorful and well drawn characters. I can always stop and appreciate that.

If I had never heard of Berserk and had no knowledge of it's existence and I saw just this shot, I'd immediately be interested and want to know more. That's pretty much Miura's genius, where every page, every panel evokes that.

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