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Video Games / Re: Games to look forward to!
« on: September 22, 2018, 06:08:43 AM »
Here's the new story trailer for the RE 2 Remake

I appreciate that they brought back the series' trademark bad voice acting with Leon, but with a modern twist! He sounds ridiculous, and Ada looks ridiculous.

Anyway, while I'm here, you can sign me up for Metroid Prime 4 because I finally beat Super Metroid the other night! It only took me 8 hours and 25 years. :badbone:

I think I still like Metroid Fusion better because it has a little story tension going on and more lore to explore, but maybe now I'll check out some of the remakes I haven't tried like Zero Mission and Samus Returns. I have some fond and not so fond memories of Metroid II on my GameBoy, which was one of the first two, and only for the longest time, games I had for it (though I could still play the original; my GB still works and I spliced together a couple of AC adapter wires to make a custom plug block for it =).

Video Games / Re: Video Game Soundtracks
« on: September 22, 2018, 12:07:51 AM »
If I recall the benefit was you could have entire swaths of authentic game scores that barely left a footprint (which mattered more then), but they could also work a little strangely and didn't really translate to other playback  mediums like your average sound file.

Video Games / Re: Video Game Soundtracks
« on: September 21, 2018, 03:11:32 PM »
Franz is probably talking about SPCs.

I remember these, but I didn't like them because they didn't feel "real" enough as definitive "hard copies," which is kind of ridiculous in retrospect.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Dark Horse Releasing Berserk Guidebook
« on: September 21, 2018, 03:09:22 PM »
This I'm actually kind of interested in, though I dread the impact any typos or mistranslations would have, maybe I'll check the local Barnes & Noble.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: September 21, 2018, 03:05:15 PM »
April fool's day is coming late this year.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases "Deluxe" Berserk Edition
« on: September 21, 2018, 02:42:14 PM »

Have you Got the Guts?

Kentaro Miura's Berserk has outraged, horrified, and delighted readers since 1989. Now, the champion of adult fantasy manga is presented in a handsome embossed hardcover edition

Still with the wrestling promos, and that combined with the "adult fantasy" designation makes it sound like embossed hardcover pornography. :ganishka: :farnese:

It's "the champion of adult fantasy!" :guts:

Okay, I'm being too cynical already, but what I was looking for in that copy was anything about the print quality, text, or translation being upgraded, and so far they've said nada. Not a good sign because you'd think that would be something they'd want to mention if they bothered to do it.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases "Deluxe" Berserk Edition
« on: September 20, 2018, 09:04:28 PM »
I sent an email to Dark Horse telling them they should hire me for this project. I'm being kind of a big goofball about it but truthfully I think I'd do a pretty good job! I've been publishing my own comics for years! Of course if I was on the team I would bring our collective hopes and concerns with me.

Well, we have an in-house dream team that's already done a large percentage of the work! Make a bid for their services, DH! :slan: But yeah, I think having anybody that really cared and wasn't just doing a job would be a big boon. Like if somebody here just had a weekend to go through the scripts and correct typos and bad translations, that alone would go a long way. I want so precious little and yet won't be shocked if nothing changes.

Truth be told, I'm also pretty skeptical about the so-called "deluxe" release. We know that Dark Horse takes so many shortcuts with Berserk, this stinks of another easy cash grab to me. Do it like Viz, or don't bother. Peace out.  :badbone:

Yeah, Viz could get away with recycling their editions because, for the most part, they do it right in the first place, at least in my experience.

Video Games / Re: Video Game Soundtracks
« on: September 20, 2018, 04:06:09 PM »
I started replying with my own list...

Final Fantasy VII
Shadow of the Colossus
Mass Effect
Final Fantasy Tactics
Chrono Trigger
Mega Man 2
Mega Man 3
Zelda 3
Ocarina of Time
The Wind Waker
Super Mario World
Metal Gear Solid
Resident Evil 2

...before realizing I had already posted mine above, but was impressed by how closely I was mirroring my previous selections or vice versa. At least my choices are consistent. I guess I would add the Souls series and Bloodborne, but it's more a vibe than specifically memorable tracks I love or something. Actually, I'm trying to think of recent game soundtracks that caught my ear but I can hardly recall them (even BotW and RDR, which I loved, have largely faded). Did Horizon Zero Dawn even have music? I'm sure it did! What I do recall about the music and sound design from that game is I had to lower the volume on it to hear the dialogue. =)

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases "Deluxe" Berserk Edition
« on: September 19, 2018, 06:08:01 PM »
There's A LOT they could do to make these editions "deluxe" because their versions weren't the best to begin with, particularly the print quality of the early volumes, but also the translations, etc. I'm a little sad how low my expectations and standards have fallen since I'd have been pretty stoked if they'd just have someone take a day to go through the DH scripts to fix the worst fuck ups or make corrections ala the latest volumes like Walter said. I guess it comes down to how DH views the series and their treatment of it and how they view, and are invested in, this project, as a chance to put out the best English edition possible, or basically just a larger reprinting of their previous edition.

Video Games / Re: Games to look forward to!
« on: September 19, 2018, 04:46:18 PM »
Hey, Wild Arms was ... acceptable. A perfectly acceptable appetizer for everyone who was impatient for FF7!

It's going to be interesting to see what they come up with because just doing that mockup I had to think... "Do I put Resident Evil or RE2, or both?" The quandary is the same, or worse, with the Tomb Raiders, Twisted Metals, and Crash games. Do you go with the iconic originals or the best game in the series? Like RE2 is better but Resident Evil is RESIDENT EVIL and close enough. But then people like me would still feel like their favorite was left out either way, and it always kind of feels questionable what representative from a series gets picked (and do you snub some altogether that were popular but haven't aged well =). Plus, other shit like Mega Man X4, Street Fighter Alpha 3, or games inextricably associated with the system like Parappa the Rapper, etc. Who do they already have the licensing with; Square is there, so is Xenogears, FFT or Vagrant Story coming, or maybe Time Crisis and Ace Combat from Namco? =) Anyway, there was a lot of good games for PS1 and I'm not sure any of the five already listed, save for FF7, should have DEFINITELY made the cut (a Tekken should probably be on there, and 3 was the best, but you could make a case for 2 as well). If FF7, Tekken 3, MGS, Tomb Raider 2, and Resident Evil 2 were the first five announced I'd have a lot more confidence in, at least the direction of, the rest of the list. Though maybe they're saving some big names for later or still negotiating.

Damn, and you reminded me that I meant to throw in Gex: Enter the Gecko somewhere on that list too. :ganishka:

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases "Deluxe" Berserk Edition
« on: September 19, 2018, 04:24:30 PM »
Wow, I have to admit just the idea of that got me pretty excited, especially if they're going to keep it looking classy like that and not try to hype it up like a wrestling promo, BUT...

No mention of a new/revised translation, which is literally the most important thing Dark Horse needs to fix with their releases. Without that, this won't be a true deluxe edition, and god knows I've been hoping for one.

That's the real question. For this to be a worthwhile, let alone worthy, edition they would at least need to revise what they have to fix the most blatant errors. Not to mention that in those early volumes I believe they fucked with some of the artwork to fit in stylized sounds/text in certain cases. Are they going to undo that and translate the sounds in a manner at least consistent with their current process? Are they going to make the content on the inside "deluxe" or stick by what they already have and make this a glorified large edition in hardback? Add all the hard covers and gilded edges you want, I care more that the inside is deluxe than the outside looks deluxe.

Video Games / Re: Games to look forward to!
« on: September 19, 2018, 04:06:04 PM »
If it continues the ratio of two good games in five it will accurately represent the PS1 experience. Actually, I have an exclusive leak of the complete list right here:

Quote from: reliable sources
Final Fantasy VII
Jumping Flash
Ridge Racer Type 4
Tekken 3
Wild Arms
Crash Bandicoot
Ski Air Mix
Tomb Raider 2
Mortal Kombat: Special Forces
Gran Turismo 2
Rascal Racers
Silent Hill 2
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Metal Gear Solid
Star Wars: Masters Of Teräs Käsi
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
South Park
Twisted Metal III
Bubsy 3D
Resident Evil

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: September 18, 2018, 09:20:55 PM »
Oh yeah, definitely, Zelda II is unloved but it also pioneered a lot of stuff. It was clearly the inspiration for Shadow of the Colossus. :iva:

It's the first Souls game! Just look at the maddeningly cryptic dialogue:

Video Games / Re: Video Game Soundtracks
« on: September 18, 2018, 09:16:33 PM »
My John Carpenter musical kick, particularly the Lost Themes album, has made me realize that part of the reason the FF7 soundtrack might be so resonant with me is because of it's reliance on similar synth sounds! John Carpenter and FF7, two things I didn't previous associate but now can't separate because FF7 is the John Carpenter score of Final Fantasy soundtracks.

Video Games / Re: E3 2018 Reactions
« on: September 18, 2018, 09:12:20 PM »
Wasn't sure where to put this, but I've noticed it and then saw this article today. So, here's a gaming trend this year I'm having a BAD reaction to:

What’s an extra day of playing a hot new game early worth to you? What’s the worth of two days? It’s become more and more common for video game publishers to charge players for the chance to play games early. Or maybe they’re just sticking everyone else who pays a meager $60 with a later release date. This practice has gone from rare to common this season.

It goes on to list numerous examples of different "early" access special edition deals out there which are gross on their face imo, as proven and compounded by the dishonesty of selling it under the guise of something else, the umbrella of "special edition" pre-orders or whatever. Could this please go the way of the pay-to-win loot box, or is it the new normal like DLC? Just make something and sell it for Christ's sake. I'm glad Red Dead 2 isn't doing this (amazingly, since they have every other scummy pre-purchase offer out there), but it's going to hit home when I game I actually want to play does it (not that I'll jump or be pained to wait the extra time, it'll just give me a reason to squawk =). So as not to put all the onus on the developers and publishers, can we also stop being stupid morons wasting money stupid, worthless shit? Wait, that's what games ARE? Fuck.

Speculation Nation / Re: What would happen if a Godhand member where to die
« on: September 18, 2018, 05:25:53 PM »
what would happen if  a God hand member  where to die

We'll find out! :guts:

Femto's case is different because he was incarnated. I would imagine that if he were extracted from that body of flesh, it would turn into the form of the Moonlight Boy we're familiar with.

It's like I'm reading the theory outlining a Berserk happy ending; it would certainly be convenient if they could somehow, like magically with the assistance of a witch or elf sovereign or something, separate and slay the evil spiritual being inhabiting the the physical host vessel without harming the Boy. Sounds good to me, though.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: September 17, 2018, 07:54:19 PM »
As expected, The Predator is more like the prey:

With an estimated $24 million, 20th Century Fox's The Predator took the weekend's #1 spot, but the film has little to celebrate. Debuting in 4,037 theaters, the film's opening is the worst for a live-action film opening in over 4,000 locations, unseating The Mummy, which previously held the distinction after its $31.6 million opening in 4,035 theaters last summer. The opening currently falls short of even 2010's Predators which opened with $24.76 million in just 2,669 locations. That film went on to gross just over $52 million.

Ouch, on the bright side it made more than that overseas and may break even on paper (with a relatively paltry $88 mil budget), but with the marketing costs and all those screens they clearly had bigger ideas. Hopefully this means we won't be having to endure any more half-assed Predator movies pretending this is some blockbuster tentpole franchise when it was actually a singularly good 80's action movie (with the biggest action star and arguably the best action director of the era on board!).

Speaking of which, and the sad history of the Predator "franchise" beyond the original, that also translates to its relatively tiny box office:

The only one of these that seems worth it is the first one, so just stop trying to make the Predator a thing already! Let someone do it right on a smaller scale down the road, no more obvious franchise aspirations, or knock it off altogether.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: September 17, 2018, 05:57:54 PM »
Haha, I know what you mean, that can be tricky.

That, and the goddamn quicksand I can't consistently jump from the top of the way I'd like. For having such impressively fluid controls, they have some low-key aggravating aspects. Even the jumping can fall somewhere between extreme precision and flying all over the place and past the platform you want to land on. :ganishka:

Yeah, it's maybe my biggest gripe with the "Metroidvania" term. It's not like side-scrolling action/exploration games didn't exist before Super Metroid (or even Metroid itself for that matter). And it's not like SotN follows a strict template laid by Super Metroid either. It shamelessly copied its map system, but the game's other elements were already a genre before that. For example, despite its bad reputation, Simon's Quest actually did introduce a lot of things SotN builds upon (and even had a day/night cycle... revolutionary! :iva:).

Another Simon's Quest plug! :iva: But yeah, the map is what stands out to me as the uniting element between Super Metroid and SoTN, and really, it's a powerful element, but interesting that SotN's maker admitted they were really trying to copy Zelda's RPG elements and item distribution (and Zelda II is another underappreciated entry in this particular side-scrolling action/exploration genre).

Worse: a lot of games that are called "Metroidvania", like Dead Cells most recently, actually bear little similarity to either Metroid or SotN.

That kind of shocked me when I started playing it actually, because I was under the impression it was another Metroid/Hollow Knight type game and it was definitely something else. I know there's been a few procedurally generated Metroid-style engines and that's something that could really be cool if done well (program it so it never dead ends the placement of items and abilities and you basically have a new game every time... maybe that's the problem =). Super Metroid... FOREVER!

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: September 17, 2018, 05:19:04 PM »
It's true what they say: the biggest betrayals come from those closest to you!

Gotta have those outrageous hot takes to get the outraged replies, bro! :badbone: I'm the Tevis Thompson of; Super Metroid? 2/10, I do NOT actually feel like I am lost in space as I did as a child playing Metroid on the NES. Mario World? Trash World. Zelda 3? More like Zelda 4... Pussies! Minesweeper, now THAT'S a game! It'll sweep away the mines inside your mind and I really appreciate the progressive anti-landmine message.

Kidding aside, I get angry at this game, mostly when I'm attempting some awful wall jumping section to get somewhere I'm not even sure I'm supposed to go yet and so then I'm waking up my wife literally getting into a fight with the Wii U gamepad. :ganishka: That's mainly what I was referencing as to my hatred, any other discontent is just the malaise of mid-Metroid backtracking, but I'm otherwise having a perfectly enjoyable time and appreciating again just how much the game still has to offer. At best I experience it like a grown up Mega Man with a whole world to survive and explore. I do think it'd be an interesting debate between Super Metroid, SotN and some of their modern offspring. I think the problem with a lot of the modern entries is they're too beholden to Super Metroid and therefore don't go far enough afield (it really is the exact same shit for the most part). Even SotN mixes it up a bit more than most of these with the key items and light RPG elements.

Video Games / Re: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
« on: September 17, 2018, 03:43:30 PM »
The gameplay pretty much looks exactly like what you'd expect from the next step in the Souls/Bloodborne lineage, so nothing is going to dissuade me. It's just a matter of if I go for the PC or PS4 version. Steam teased me with q pre-order offer yesterday, but my PC and video card are pretty up there in years, Nioh ran like shit on it, so I might be better off just grabbing the safe bet and getting the most out of that PS4 investment anyway. Longterm I can always buy it on sale for PC later if I just want to have it on there "forever" (not like I replay all these games anyway).

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: September 17, 2018, 03:34:42 PM »
Super Metroid - Grinding my way through little by little every night, two of the big bosses are down (most recently the one of the Wrecked Ship) and I've got the gravity suit, spring ball etc, so I've got little left to collect for exploring purposes. Still, I see why I always lost interest before... I kind of hate this game lol! :ganishka:


Lost Themes I, II and Anthology by John Carpenter (the latter being new arrangements and recordings of selected film compositions). You can check out a decent sampling of material on his surprisingly dynamic official website:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: September 17, 2018, 02:18:24 PM »
Halloween (2018) -


I'm on a Carpenter kick at the moment (music currently, but films always), so I couldn't help but get sucked in and look forward to his debut as strictly a composer. Anyway, Carpenter liked the pitch, is directly involved producing and composing, and although it pains me a bit that they're eliminating what was previously the best sequel in the series, and a cool sequel period, in Halloween II, I understand why they took it back to the creepy magic of the original and eliminated the weird familial relationship, plus the complication of Michael having his eyes shot out and then burning/exploding (he recovered =). Early reviews are pretty positive and claim it gets what made Halloween great, but I guess we'll see. I'm expecting a good if uneven time as a fan, but not a classic revival on par with the original of course (more an alternate take on Halloween II, which is still hard to beat in my eyes since it returns all the principals and takes place the same night, so the polar opposite of this concept), and I'm really looking forward to the aforementioned soundtrack.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: September 14, 2018, 03:35:31 PM »
I gotta say, Venom is fulfilling the role that's had a void for some time: a big budget film that's so bad, it's good. Nowadays, you either have a movie that goes bugnuts like that, but has no budget, or a big budget movie that's just bland. Venom is clearly meant to be a blockbuster, but is so full of cheesy, over the top acting, that it's just gonna be a fun trip. I hope to see it opening night.

I liked this take... until it was confirmed Venom will be PG-13! This pushes it closer to "plain bad" territory without some ridiculous and/or gory kills, IMO. The reasoning may be worse. Rather than just saying it's "to recoup more opening weekend money before it bombs," it's supposedly so they can potentially crossover with Spider-Man down the line, which, while I appreciate the long game, do you really think Marvel is going to want anything to do with this mess? I mean, Feige reportedly already hates the Marvel TV and Netflix stuff, do you really think he's going to want to legitimize this third party minor league shit? Ironically, Deadpool might be the most likely to be continued by Marvel because of how well done and received it's been, as it's virtually already an R rated MCU franchise, and I think they may have even expressed interest in doing something like that, an R rated superhero movie, themselves.

The more interesting part of this ambition to me is that after Avengers 4 and Spider-Man 2 they need to renegotiate Spidey's deal... will Sony use its leverage to demand the inclusion of Venom in the MCU or Holland's Spider-Man in a Venom movie? If Sony is adamant and Marvel balks, can Sony technically hire Holland and just continue the current Spidey brand themselves, meaning they'll essentially be rogue MCU offshoot sequels!? This could get DCCU messy, but I wouldn't be surprised if the original deal forbids all this shit and everything Marvel has done with the property can't be touched by Sony, but then I wouldn't be shocked if it wasn't. We could also be looking at a 4th Spidey reboot in a few years.

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 -

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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