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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: September 11, 2018, 06:40:10 PM »
Speaking of Venom, the first teaser or trailer looked like garbage. Even as a massive fan of Tom, I'd have to force myself to step into the theater or pay for it. The last trailer that got shoved in my face at the movies (I try to avoid em as much as I can but movie previews these days ... suck, sigh) looked decent and you get to see the same bad CGI but more Venom, so there's a bit of hope. I also don't know anything of the comics, so if the story doesn't deliver in that regard, I won't know/ it won't bother me as much as die hard fans.

Yeah, it looked and frankly still looks pretty bad, like a generically bad superfero flick from 15 years ago. As for fans, Venom is kind of controversial and there's lots of people that feel he's trash, so I don't think too many will be passionate about this either way, especially divorced from Spider-Man and the original symbiote suit story. It's a weird project, like they're only doing this because it's the biggest Spider-Man adjacent character they own (besides, uh... SPIDER-MAN!), but not big enough anybody will make much of a stink if/when they fuck it up like Spider-Man. I don't understand what Sony's doing with the property or really this whole crossover Spider-Man deal. It seems to make sense for nobody but fans that want to see Spidey in the MCU, so I'm not complaining but it's still strange. Does Sony get the standalone movie profits and Marvel gets the prestige and boost of having Spidey in their team-up universe? It either doesn't seem worth the effort for Marvel or the cost for Sony no matter how you slice it because you're slicing the profits up in any case. It'd be interesting to see an exact breakdown of who pays what, does what, and gets what out of it (Ok, Sony handles all the money in or out, Marvel the creativity and branding benefits). I guess Sony gets to avoid too much work and looking like WB/DC while hitching their wagon to the successful Marvel machine. It only makes sense if they were basically ready to give up on it anyway, which I guess they were.

Funnily enough, his doppelganger Logan Marshall-Green's new movie sees the actor playing the same role (!!!) in the sense, they're both infused with something they have to battle with physically and mentally.

Upgrade is a SOLID sci fi action flick, so much fun man - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hTLGlgZ4Z8

Green should try to fill the void of roles calling for a charismatic Hardy, the version from Inception everyone thought would be the next James Bond, and not some weirdo. What is Hardy doing in Venom? I think the Venom special effects seem more real than Hardy's Eddie Brock effects, like, even when he just tells the lady he has a parasite, WHAT IS HE DOING!? He actually sounds more normal as Venom, hmmm... now I'm coming back around on it. Damn you, Hardy! =)

Hahaha!!! Where do you come up with these thoughts man?! Brilliant.

I take two tangentially related things, twist them together in unexpected ways, and hope comedy ensues, usually with mixed results. See above.

I feel like Arnold coming back would surely add to my personal excitement to watch it. Nobody around me is talking about it or wants to see it. Time permitting, I just might by myself this weekend ...

It really doesn't look like anything special that would otherwise pull people in, just another mediocre Predator movie, and the creepy Shane Black "sex offender buddy" story (which Munn seems more interested in publicizing than the movie! :ganishka:) puts a stake in its already tepidly beating heart. It may very well be the best one since the original (it's reviews not so coincidentally went in the tank this week), but however it could accomplish that feat doesn't come across in the trailers where it might as well be AvP: Requiem 2.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: September 11, 2018, 02:07:17 PM »
Whatever compelled Munn to get into acting in the first place; or perhaps a better question would be, what compelled producers to think she could act?  I recall she was on that old gaming program "Attack of the Show", but, what else?

IDK, what compels anybody to get into acting or entertainment or for people to cast them (some combination of talent, fit, and photogenics of course)? We kind of pigeonhole people based on what we know them for but she might have been settling hosting that show until she could get some acting work, or she just got unexpected opportunities, based on it. Anyway, as discussed she seems to be an unwitting harbinger of movie malpractice, but looked alright in this for what it is, so she must be pretty pissed to torch it and the cast, which seems a bit unfair unless they're really mistreating her privately (of course, I wouldn't want to talk to someone publicly dragging me and my movie for something I might have had nothing to do with either, and based on her luck I wouldn't want to associate with her anyway =).


UPDATE: Looks like we're switching gears to some better bad press, "Hey, did you hear Arnold turned down a part in the movie!?"

ďUnderstandably Ė and believe me, I completely get it Ė he said, ĎLook, thatís kind of a small part, and I donít really think I want to do that. Iím off to do Terminator with Jim Cameron, basically. Or for Jim Cameroní,Ē Black told Digital Spy. ďSo I totally got it, you know? If I was Schwarzenegger, Iíd want to be one of the stars of a film, or nothing.Ē

But... you wrote the movie, Shane, so if you knew that why not offer him a bigger part, like as an expert at the Predator lab or something? He'd have a lot in common with the Holbrook character and could play sage to the new group hunting the Predator, as has become common in these projects (it's called a formula, like bringing in the bigger, badder Predator =). Did you really need more Sterling K. Brown punchlines or *gulp* Olivia Munn? Maybe he originally offered Arnold the part of the sex offender; it all could have gone so differently! :ganishka:

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: September 10, 2018, 04:00:44 AM »
This is exactly what needs to happen. This will not happen.  :ganishka:

Yeah, probably not with the Predator proper (unless they totally redesigned it and/or went back to basics =), but technically anybody can make this movie; just an alien ambush horror flick where we don't already know everything about the creature, especially what it looks like. There's surprisingly few Predator derivatives out there (basically Star Hunter) considering how simple and effective a twist it is on the alien monster concept. Maybe it's too specific to riff on without it being a direct copy, and the more feral or primitive you make it the more it just becomes Alien, so yeah, unless this turns out to be some brilliantly irreverent twist on the idea Predator seems doomed to be a one hit wonder that otherwise sort of sucks:

Predator 1987

Predators 2010
Predator 2 1990
Alien vs. Predator 2004
...

AvP2 2007

Man, cracking second place on this sorry list should not be hard. Predators manages it just by being as inoffensively mediocre as possible, and it's still not good (while we're here, it's also worth noting the stupid ultimate predator assassin in the new movie is pretty much the same as the stupid super predators from Predators, so they haven't added anything with this premise). Anyway, if I had to pick one besides the first to drink beers and watch I'd probably still go with Predator 2 out of nostalgia and the so-bad-it's-good factor (1997, the future, where LA is overrun by Jamaican Voodoo gangs and only Roger Murtaugh and his new partner, the Predator, can stop them, plus Bill Paxton and Gary Busey at his worst). Good six pack movie.


Speaking of stuff which looks out of time and place and like it absolutely won't work, Venom is finally getting the late 90s, early 2000s comic book movie his fans deserve, complete with vintage effects and an Eminem track where he weirdly hums the chorus so he can rhyme "venom" with "go get 'em" and "momentum" (I'm not kidding, listen to the preview, I've been singing it every chance ever since, the baby loves it =). Tom Hardy is once again just doing whatever with his performance, but here is the one part I actually kind of like because it properly captures the threatening corniness of Venom, lethal protector:

https://youtu.be/xLCn88bfW1o?t=148

So, Venom himself might be fun when he's completely covering up Tom Hardy, but the rest of the movie looks miserable.


UPDATE



Somebody said "predator," Shane Black thought they said "sexual predator" and signed up. :carcus:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2018/09/09/olivia-munn-shunned-predator-cast-after-flagging-sex-offender/1248252002/

The Predator has been #MeToo'd; turns out it had a vision setting all along that allowed him just to see through clothes and locker room walls! I'd say this is an unfortunate marring of the project beyond the obvious negative implications for all involved, especially Munn working with the guy unbeknownst to her, but like I said, this didn't look like a winner anyway (the best part of the trailer was the use of "One Shot, One Kill" and Snoop Dogg's "living legend" verse to introduce the Predator). Although the reviews are calling it yet another successful requel nostalgia trip like the new Halloween, but Predators basically already was that (save for lack of Arnold, and again the Rock would have said yes then too).

BTW, before this even happened, I took Olivia Munn's presence into consideration when deciding this movie couldn't be good because I couldn't recall her ever being in anything good. But it goes much deeper...

X-men First-class: Awesome with a ~90% RT score. X-men Days of Future Past: Awesome with a ~90% RT score. Then Olivia Munn joins for Apocalypse. Awful movie with a 45% RT score.

Lego Movie. Awesome. Lego Batman. Awesome. Then Munn joins for the Ninjago movie. Uh huh.

Still don't believe me? Was Olivia Munn in Zoolander? No. Was Olivia Munn in Zoolander 2? Yes.

Her IMDB page is basically one long list of movies that ruined franchises. She is in the new predator movie and Ocean's 8, so RIP to those franchises I guess.
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Aaron Rodgers: super bowl mvp 2011, Olivia Munn enters his life: 0 super bowl games, broken clavicle, concussions, those terrible commercials...
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IIRC, she also dated Brad Richards when he was on the NY Rangers. During that time, he was a much worse player.
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He got his coubtract bought out. Presumably broke up. Signed a one year contract with the Blackhawks and got to center Patrick Kane and win a Stanley Cup.

Shit she really is the problem.

Yikes. Well, at least the ruination is a righteous act this time... they shouldn't have fucked around with another Predator.

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Kamikaze by Eminem, which is basically a ranting 40 minute verse somewhat tempered by a shameless 5 minute soundtrack cash grab at the end (veehhhnneeemmmm, vrrmm vrrrmmm). Angry like it's 1999, rage against the dying of light, Em. :daiba:

If you're curious but don't want to listen to an old white guy yell about modern internet Hip Hop for almost an hour, the first track, "The Ringer," which really is just a 5 minute verse, will pretty much suffice as the thesis statement for the rest of the album, which follows in the same vein on "Greatest," "Lucky You," "Not Alike," "Kamikaze," and "Fall." The rest is disposable relationship prattle and the aforementioned movie tie-in.

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Vagabond / Re: Takehiko Inoue x Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball) Interview
« on: September 04, 2018, 07:52:42 PM »
Nice interview, but i'm getting tired of waiting for him to get back to Vagabond or Real...

Do what I did and stop actively waiting and assume it's over... until proven otherwise. :griffnotevil:

IDK about Real, but there's a decent case Inoue was/is just done with Vagabond and even if he goes back its going to go nowhere again or be perfunctory as hell. Plus, besides his personal feelings about it, he already wrote the epilogue and de facto ending and everyone knows what's going to happen in the climax anyway; the only way he could do something interesting with it is have Kojiro win. =)

I go into detail in the post below with links to Inoue's thoughts and a summary of the exhibition where he kind of wraps up everything before he gets there.

http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=15122.msg243260#msg243260

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: September 04, 2018, 02:56:30 PM »
The only megaman i've played are megaman x1-x3
only beat X1

Play Mega Man 2, or 4 if you want the charge shot and slide, and see if you dig it. Early X series is basically "Super Mega Man" if it were a Nintendo title.

Iíll do my best!

I'm sure you will, looking forward to bowing to your Mega Authority.

Iím taking a break from Wing Commander: The Secret Missions. I played Bifrost II over and over and over, and I just canít beat the damn thing. Part of the problem is the lag Iím experiencing. Anytime thereís more than three or four ships in the area, the game lags to the point where the controls stop responding, which leaves me a sitting duck.

Ah, classic Wing Commander! Glad some things don't change with modern systems. :ganishka:

So for now, Iíve started playing Final Fantasy III on the NES. Itís pretty good so far. Iím amazed at the quality of the later NES/Famicom games. They were able to do a lot on that little system near the end of its life.

Yeah man, those latter day 90s NES games when the SNES was coming on are crazy good. It's like the system's full potential was never tapped until it was about over. Off the top of my head Battletoads and TMNT3 along with FF3 could have practically been SNES games with a few more colors thrown in, and there's a lot more like Batman: Return of the Joker, etc.



Still Zero Dawning it, I'm at the last mission but am farting around overriding various electronic dinosaurs and shit, but to little end because I already got the best armor and weapons so I should stop stalling and get it over with so I can get back to Super Metroid.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: September 04, 2018, 12:54:11 AM »
I don't know what Hollywood's problem is, but Predator 2 looks like a fucking masterpiece compared to this garbage. I think whoever's in charge fundamentally misunderstands the original movie's appeal.

And that was a BAD movie! I knew that even as a kid, but it's just sensibilities have changed so much even over-the-top bad movies of that time carried themselves with a certain level of gravitas (and an R rating =), whereas today's are more like cartoons. Fast paced, glib and ridiculous, which can make for a more brisk or fun bad experience, but they'll never be good or even mistaken for such. :daiba: :azan: <- Bitter Old Men

The trailers are bad, but Shane Black hasn't made a movie that I disliked, so I'll watch it.
Shane Black is the reason Iíll be seeing this movie as well. I wasnít a big fan of Iron Man 3, but The Nice Guys made up for it in spades.

I do not share the optimism that this will somehow work out considering I wasn't a fan of Black's last bit of genre fare, Iron Man 3, either. Plus, rather than trying to right the Predator ship it looks more like they're leaning into making a more self-aware bad Predator movie, because that's just what Predator movies are at this point. I don't know if you can blame them considering the idea has been so tarnished it's hard, and possibly foolish, to try and take it remotely serious anymore. If one wanted to make another earnest Predator movie they'd probably need to start over with a similar concept that isn't carrying so much franchise baggage.

Here's a movie nobody asked for.

Dragged Across Concrete.https://www.thedailybeast.com/mel-gibsons-new-police-brutality-movie-is-a-vile-racist-right-wing-fantasy

Wow, I kept waiting for the twist to make this some acceptable, if misguided, form of social satire but it never came! Still hard to believe they're actually going to make a vehicle genuinely lamenting that law enforcement may rarely face consequences for abusing minority communities, particularly Latinos. Just in time for movie night at the El Paso kiddie concentration camp!

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: September 02, 2018, 04:40:01 AM »
His agent would say: "Do you want to live in Arnie's shadow, picking up his scraps, or leave a mark that's all your own...? Now that you're listening to reason, thumb through that Jumanji 2 script before Friday."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aC6eMf87fsc

This has aged surprisingly well. :ganishka:

And that's Jumanji THREE, buddy! Hollywood figured out it's not that people hate rehashes or remakes, they actually just hate letting go and starting over so just provide the thinnest thread of continuity no matter how disparate the stories and productions and you're fine.

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: September 02, 2018, 03:31:15 AM »
These are the rest of the Mega Man games on my list:

...

Whew!

Whew indeed, if you do all those you'll be be able to teach me about Mega Man.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: September 02, 2018, 03:14:23 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50_Ala5BKBo

I give them an E for exuberance and bringing back Shane "Jeez, you gotta big pussy!" Black to direct, but The Predator looks like it's going to make Predators look like the original Predator. Also, The Rock does every other action movie that comes out and they couldn't get him or another more Predator-sized dude in this one? Oh well.

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 30, 2018, 06:22:17 PM »
The very first time I played Mega Man 2 I quit two or three minutes into Airman's stage. After the first jump landed me on a drill rising out of the hovering robot, I almost quit immediately...but I gave it another two lives before quitting for good (or so I thought :void:).

Yeah man, Air Man's stage, that's the one I remember most from watching my cousin play because he'd just avoid or kill everything without missing a beat and at best I'd try to land so I'd fall ON the head-platform instead of off when hitting those goddamn drill horns! Wood Man's stage wasn't as iconically instant-deathy but it sure threw a lot of varied obstacles at you like those damn charging ostriches, slow but relentless bats, and those big cats that shoot balls of fire at you. Pretty gnarly to a little kid at the time. I think the only stage I liked at first was Bubble Man, and even those dropping platforms could be trouble. :ganishka:

BTW, have you or will you be playing MM9? MM7-8? MMX, etc? I know, and the extended MM11 trailer demonstrates, there's a million of these games but to me the true canon is the the classic NES ones including 9, and SNES X games and maybe the Zero series on GameBoy Advance.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 357
« on: August 29, 2018, 04:51:03 PM »
Miura's comment, courtesy of Puella:

Looking down at the sunrise from my studio at dawn, lines of troops coming from Comic Market! ...This is it, the title of this episode! ( ☆∀☆)

He's all benevolent now, but just wait until Episode 358: Get Off My Lawn!

Summary: Griffith expels a group of troublesome children from the Castle Falconia courtyard because their incessant racket won't allow him to concentrate on meeting his literal world shaping deadlines! A political firestorm erupts and loyalties are shaken when the children's bones are later discovered in Zodd's doggy dish.

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 29, 2018, 04:32:10 PM »
Unfortunately that sounds like most of the fan base to me. :iva:

The hard part was coming up with semi-original misnomers! :ganishka:

Haha nah, there's tons of stuff I also never played, either because it was not released in Europe, because I was busy with other things at the time or because it didn't show up on my radar at the time.

Heh, I know you couldn't have possibly played ALL the classics, but feel like any I'd think to ask you about would be an affirmative. The trick would be finding the ones you missed! Speaking of which, coincidentally saw this today...

https://kotaku.com/what-s-the-quickest-you-ve-bailed-on-a-game-1828686031

I guess my champion is the recently abandoned Mass Effect: Andromeda since I technically stopped during the blank screen transition between my desktop and the game starting. I don't know that there's any sooner one can actually start and quit a game. :daiba:

It's so common not to play games you buy now it's hard to think of it as noteworthy, but in the old pre-download days one could still buy a game and just never play, or even open, it. I'd count that as a super early bail, but I can't remember doing that myself because it was a bit more unthinkable when you actually bothered to go out and get it (would more likely a shitty gift game or something =).


Oh yeah, I also started Spelunky based on Wally's enthusiasm for it, and though I've only completed the tutorial and 1-1 so far it looks like I started just in time:

https://www.destructoid.com/spelunky-2-gameplay-trailer-invites-you-into-the-dark-depths-once-again-520448.phtml

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 29, 2018, 02:34:04 PM »
Knew that was coming. :ganishka:

Yeah, I kinda did too, and just wait until he finds out I've never even read Berserk! Been faking it all along. :griffnotevil:

"Yeah man, I love Gurtz the Dark Sword Man, and Griffen the White Dove, that's my man right there. I hope he gets his dream of owning his own home. King Skeleton, he's the greatest! What a villain, evil as hell."

I see. I was lucky enough to grow up under the influence of people who played these games, and watch them mostly.  :ganishka:
I guess that's why i was able to appreciate them so much when i finally was able to play.

I had an experience similar to that with my cousin and Mega Man 2. I, and my father alike, would watch in awe as he navigated levels like Air Man's and Wood Man's stages like he was playing a solo in a symphony, it was just perfect (I guess that was my first exposure to like, speedrunning or just high level playing =). So, when I inherited his NES and those games (MM2, Mario 1 & 2, Zelda 1 & 2, Deadly Towers, Dragon Spirit, The Guardian Legend, Blaster Master) I was thrilled to try them myself even though I was a kid and sucked pretty bad at first.

As for you not finishing super metroid, all i can say is JUST DO IT!!! Memes side seriously just do it man. What was the farthest boss you remember fighting? And what power ups do you remember getting? I could give you a good gauge of how far you've actually beat it.

I honestly couldn't tell you specifically between all the different beam power ups, but I definitely had the bomb, jump and speed upgrades and so could get around, and I recall there being a lot of fire/lava where I was last exploring, though I may have been backtracking/exploring when I left off. Basically, I was somewhere in the middle. Anyway, as promised I fired up Super Metroid again on my Wii U in bed last night and managed to get as far as the bowels of Brinstar, I've played that opening sequence A LOT, before going to sleep (just like old times =). I'll finish it this time and reclaim my honor, though I bet there's lots of classic games people here missed or that just passed them by (except Aaz, he's probably played them all, Wally no just because he'll quit a game and uninstall the second he's not feeling it, even if he's 95% of the way through, which drives me nuts though I also admire it =).

Also fired up Zero Dawn just long enough to sneak past half a dozen robots and reach the next part of a story quest, but then it was time for Metroid and bed.

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 28, 2018, 08:47:32 PM »
https://www.youtube.com/embed/HbflnQP_9aw



PS: This YouTube channel is rad.

I suppose it's rad if you finished the game. :farnese:

WHAT



Pictured: My shame-filled heart. :idea:



Alright, alright, I'll kill all your Metroids and Ridleys and whatever else you got for me! I was probably next to the boss room already anyway when I got BORED! I'll be back, you'll see! :judo:

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 28, 2018, 07:30:53 PM »
Overall, i think that AM2R is superior to the Samus returns, only because they didn't decide to create a one-off new ability set that never appeared in the lore of any other game. The game pacing in AM2R isn't segmented into areas by Metroid DNA and a console, and has better and more realistic shortcuts than Samus returns as well. Honestly AM2R is a 100% better experience, and true to the metroid series, while free aiming was a great addition, you can't move while using it, and in that case the Fusion aiming used in AM2R is 100% better. Not to mention you can set your own control scheme in AM2R.
I really didn't enjoy Samus Returns. I got about 4-6 hours in, but the monotony and repetition of it just killed my interest. I did enjoy what I played of AM2R, but it seemed to lack the craft and pacing that I was looking for at the time (felt like a fan-made game, which it is).

Well, AM2R does sound like the way to go, but fan games are inherently dicey to me because not only can they lack finish, as Wally noted, but because they're tailored specifically to what a few or even one fan thinks is the way to go for a certain franchise, which I'm not likely to agree with as an individual fan myself. If Shovel Knight were an actual Mega Man or Ducktales fan game rather than a pastiche, I'd probably get hung up on the nitty gritty details rather than just enjoying it for how great it is on its own merits (it would inherently limit what they could do while keeping it "faithful"). Then again, those guys seemingly did better than Capcom at knowing what fans of such classic games wanted or would find appealing, so maybe they would have nailed it regardless, but I definitely think it's easier to make your own thing in that style.

I think my favorite fan games in the "dream come true" vein were Mega Man 7 & 8 Famicom editions that attempted to faithfully translate those games back into the classic 8-bit Mega Man format. I think it works especially well because there's clear goals, guidelines and parameters based on melding two "official" sources, the original Rockman games' graphical aesthetic and game design with the character and level designs of the later games.

Super Metroid is one of my Top 3 favorite games of all time

Confession time: I've still never completed Super Metroid! I've made at least three earnest attempts to play it through in my adult life alone and always put it down for some reason, getting stuck somewhere and/or losing interest. I think I've gotten pretty far too based on how much of the map and powers I've unlocked, but I can't be sure. I got through Metroid Fusion just fine, which is superficially similar, but it's like 6 hours long and is broken down into mission sections more suited to its portable nature. I remember you didn't like it for that reason, Walter, particularly the hand-holdy way the A.I. would direct you rather than you just letting you explore on your own. I wonder if it'll just click next time, because usually when I get stuck or just drop a game for a while I can pick it back up with some distance and perspective and instantly bypass whatever stymied me. It happened with Hollow Knight recently, and just the other day with Thimbleweed Park. Anyway, I have Super Metroid on my Wii U and have been charging the gamepad next to the bed with the intention of playing it at night, finally to completion, but still haven't gotten around to starting it again yet (part of the problem is my previous attempts were all on different platforms I've since abandoned, so I can't just resume my last save either, I keep starting over =). But, as Rhombaad says, it's on the list. :ganishka:

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 27, 2018, 06:22:29 PM »
Continuing Horizon: Zero Dawn, took down another Deathbringer, and man was it giving me Metal Gear flashbacks. As a matter of fact, this game kinda reminds me of... every game! :ganishka: I don't know yet if that elevates it to some all-time place or if it's jack of all trades and master of none. Enjoying it still though, but not with the same fervor as some of the games that clearly inspired it. Maybe i'm doing too much of the plot, which I could take or leave, because like BotW I have the most fun just fucking around in the woods and shit (which that game smartly made the point).

Just found out that Am2R gets updates last night, installed the updates and started a new file.

How would you campare Samus Returns to it? I definitely prefer the AM2R art style, but then there was nothing wrong with Metroid II for Gameboy in my book. =)

Had the itch to play Diablo 2 for some reason. I've been playing the Median XL mod, and I've been fiddling around with some older mods like Eastern Sun after getting it to work properly.

Never played any of these mods, but Median is definitely interesting because of how it remakes the game. I just like having the online option with my characters though so I'll probably never take the plunge at this point (my last D2 play-through was a couple years ago because I wanted to try an Immortal King Barb and do a Hardcore run).

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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« on: August 24, 2018, 05:05:42 PM »
This is indeed a great cover for a segment that prominently plays like a David Lynch nightmare sequence:



"This is the water and this is the well. Drink full and descend.
The horse is the white of the eyes, and dark within."


Got a light? :beast:


It also reminds me of some of the more abstract slice-of-life covers from the teen volumes, and it even compliments and enhances that funky frame. I wonder if Miura is subconsciously influenced not to have it clash with his work? :ganishka:




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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 24, 2018, 02:57:35 PM »
I can't imagine the cost of remastering the footage in III and IV, and I doubt they still have the original film. Still, that would be the ideal way to play it, and a pretty cool undertaking. Oh, well. I'm still looking forward to the experience. :serpico:

I mean, part of the charm is the low res FMV, it's own genre of retro gaming, I just wonder if it's conceivable or if they even have the original raw material like you said. Chris Roberts was pretty into his shit though (I saw the making of documentary with the Special Edition of the game =), so I wouldn't be surprised if he kept it (and he could fund it with some of that Star Citizen money  :carcus:). What amazes me is how much more on point it is than the actual Wing Commander movie he ended up making. Even when you get the original game's creator to make the movie, that he already did a good job making as a game/movie, it'll get fucked up beyond recognition. I'm starting to think the layers of moronic hacks in Hollywood might be the problem! :ganishka:

Yeah, I've heard the middle set of original Mega Man games are hit and miss, but I still plan on playing them. I've grown to love this series in a very short time.

I can relate because even though I played them, particularly MM2, as a kid my love of them really solidified later playing them all night with friends. I'm probably biased because I've played them all numerous times, but they're all solid and have something new to offer up to IV, which is kind of a new beginning and where you draw the line on "modern" or oldschool Mega-Man conventions (I also know all the subtle game to game distinctions too, like in IV your charge attack is smaller but stays charged through damage, a big advantage =). I have a soft spot for V as well, which kind of perfectly balanced modern MM and has a decent premise with some cool stages and bosses, so the only real disappointment of the classic NES era is VI when it really got stale and seemingly knew it. Speaking of which, the GameBoy versions are their own beast and worth trying as well, particularly part IV, and especially V, which is the most unique from the NES games and has a shop, it's own boss and alien robot enemies, and special fist attack, etc. I could never feel the same about Mega-Man VII and VIII though. Mega-Man X is basically the real 16-bit and beyond Mega-Man, and the results back it up.

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I'm starting to get the hang of MM3. I've beaten the initial Robot Masters, so I'm gearing up for the stages between them and Dr. Wily's castle. :badbone:

The biggest advantage in MM3 is how overpowered Rush is in that entry; he can fly, or swim, you all around the whole fucking stage like Superman! That can sure render the hardest platforming elements moot. Otherwise, gotta stock up those E tanks! My buddy and I used to stay up playing and drinking cans of Sparks and Sparks+ back when they still had uppers in them as our real life E tanks. I miss that. :guts:

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 357
« on: August 24, 2018, 07:02:35 AM »
If only there was a goofier member of the band of the falcon that could have been like, "I think I'm going to be sick" as they go through the portal and ride on the branches of the world spiral tree.

I think Zodd and Grunbeld have already maimed or killed all those guys, at least among the Apostle contingent. :zodd:

WHAT'S THE MEANING OF STONEHENGE! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klJhWr_FTaE

I prefer a more traditional interpretation:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAXzzHM8zLw

We should have seen this all coming.

Well yes, the whole point of sending out that image of the dead giant leader was to demoralize his troops. It no doubt helped reduce casualties on Falconia's side.

Yeah, it's safe to say anything Griffith does is for the benefit of better, stronger, faster world conquest. So, none of this is too surprising unless you kinda thought he won already, which wouldn't be unreasonable! :ganishka: Griff, it's over man, whatever you and the God Hand are up to it's all clear now; you don't need to conquer the world's ant colonies too. I know this is all for a specifically calculated world domination, but it's fun to think that Griffith/Femto is the perfect obsessed instrument for it that will never stop, one that will conquer and remake the world and then conquer it again no matter how many castles he wins, because there actually is no castle or dream except to continue chasing it.

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 24, 2018, 04:08:12 AM »
Yeah, I have fond memories of playing it at my friendís house back in the day. I was blown away that Mark Hamill was playing the main character. Iím looking forward to a proper play through later this year or early next year.

Yeah, now there's a game that could benefit from a modern HD remake and streamlining of the interactive video to meet today's standards. I wonder if the raw footage of the actors was high quality and still in good shape (I'm guessing not both). Btw, I think it might have been patched in subsequent releases, but a "big" issue at the time was that in-game space was dark blue instead of black for some reason. I'm sure it was fixed by IV, but let me know if your copy is still blue. =)

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I beat the original campaign this morning, and since Mega Man 3 came out before the Secret Missions, thatís what Iím playing next. Iíve only spent a few minutes with it on my breaks at work, but it already feels more difficult than MM2.

Yeah, MM3 is no joke and the last of the pure, classic pre-megabuster games, until MM9 that is (best title screen music too, beautiful and fun to play on an acoustic guitar). One of my dissapoints with MM10 was they didn't bring back the megabuster charge and/or the slide, along with a second castle, to make it the MM4-6, or at least MM3, of its generation to compliment MM9's perfect MM2-style revival. That and especially two-player co-op (thank God for Shovel Knight =).


As for me, getting into the revelations of Zero Dawn, both story and like how to properly play; I was hoarding weapon upgrades instead of using them and finally realized I could have expanded my inventory at any time. =) Now I can take on anything utilizing the component tearing arrows and sling bombs (using rope and freeze bombs for crowd control), so Deathbringers are no problem. Playing it a lot now but it's not in the favorites of the year conversation yet; still just feels like a good game I'm enjoying than a best of/favorite, but it's relatively early and there's plenty more growth potential.


Also, concerning Hollow Knight:

I finished it at what's probably 99.99% completion when it came out

This may no longer be so!

https://steamcommunity.com/games/367520/announcements/detail/1705063055044744263

Love all the free DLC for these already great indie games. Also looking forward to King of Cards; Shovel Knight still isn't over (though I actually still need to finish Plague of Shadows)!

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Video Games / Re: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
« on: August 24, 2018, 03:50:08 AM »
Indeed it does look good. I only watched enough gameplay to confirm it was indeed the new Souls (the camera, basic movement, and flask chugging all checked out =) despite the sales pitch that it's not just another Souls. Otherwise, I rather just experience it for myself.

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Video Games / Re: Games to look forward to!
« on: August 22, 2018, 09:49:44 PM »
Here's new gameplay footage of the RE2 Remake, featuring Claire fighting Birkin.  Irons also makes an incredibly skeevy appearance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQE7d1hb450

Oh man, Irons is one of my favorites! Total creep, and low key had the most iconic line from the commercials, his manic, "Everyone's gonna die!!" I see that they've only dialed up his pervo vibe (he looks far more fat and sweaty =), but I kind of liked that he started out as sort of a suspiciously straight-laced authority figure to begin with and only later turns out to be a total lecherous psycho for that added layer of sweet, sweet hypocrisy. :carcus:

Anyway, the Birkin thing looked ok, but needed music, and... I don't know, it all seems a little sterile now somehow compared to RE7, and even RE4 (Claire's relatively subdued, "OMG, what's up with this guy?" attitude didn't help). This has been a dream game for me since RE4 really, but after REVII, and them having already moved on from these over-the-shoulder actioners, I can't help but feel like it's a little past it's best by date now. They probably didn't do first person mode just so they could make another remake. =)

BTW, A Link Between Worlds should have had an unlockable 3D Zelda camera mode! I know it used forced perspective, but who cares if it looked a little weird, that would have been fantastic.

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 22, 2018, 09:38:55 PM »
I plan on playing WCIII, WCIV and WC: Prophecy. Itíll be interesting to see how those games hold up. I have a feeling not as well as the first two games. :void:

As I said, Wing Commander III has a special place in my heart for essentially being the best Wing Commander movie there could be, and an interesting Movie/Game novelty concept (I don't have those feelings for those that followed =). Plus, they cast Mark "Luke Fuckin' Skywalker" Hamill as Blair, which makes it pretty unassailable (and Biff as Manic! Way better than Freddie Prinze Jr and Mattew Lillard). When you get there see if you can spot the ironic social commentary that was always confusing and probably hasn't aged well at all. :carcus: :ganishka:

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 357
« on: August 22, 2018, 03:47:16 PM »
Wow, full episode really does justice to the importance of the stones, and very cool how they lend a kind of "structure" and installation to ground it as a form of transportation we can suspend our disbelief for.

Hmmm...according to Puck in v17, these Stonehenge-like structures served as shrines of sorts to the Elves (according to Dark Horse's translation, anyway), and Guts even used it to take refuge from the spectres and incubi. So to see Griffith, a God Hand, appropriate it for his own purposes is...kind of unnerving me. Not only can his army launch an invasion seemingly anywhere in the world, which is already a scary proposition, but it's like nothing is sacred anymore.

Maybe the God Hand prefer to see it like everything is sacred now, especially them. :slan: :ubik: :void: :femto: (-o-) <- Conrad

Also, they're definitely going to have one of these transport stations on Skellig, though perhaps it's in disrepair and has been overrun by an evil force!? :guts:

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