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Video Games / Your Top Games of the Last Decade
« on: August 13, 2018, 09:24:01 PM »
I went top three by year for the last ten years, but have it your way with your selection(s). Some of these are toss ups, including some not listed here, and I'm sure I'm forgetting some, but for better or worse...

2018 Dark Souls Remastered
2017 Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Hollow Knight, Resident Evil 7
2016 Dark Souls 3, Doom, Hyper Light Drifter
2015 Bloodborne, MGS5: The Phantom Pain, Batman: Arkham Knight
2014 Dark Souls II, Shovel Knight, MGS5: Ground Zeroes
2013 Tomb Raider, Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Bioshock Infinite
2012 Diablo III, Mass Effect 3, Crimson Shroud
2011 Dark Souls, Super Mario 3D Land, Batman: Arkham City
2010 Red Dead Redemption, Fallout: New Vegas
2009 Demon's Souls, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Infinite Space
2008 Fallout 3, Mega Man 9, Braid

2007 Mass Effect, Super Mario Galaxy, Bioshock
2006 Zelda: Twilight Princess, Mother 3
2005 Resident Evil 4, Shadow of the Colossus
2004 MGS3: Snake Eater, GTA: San Andreas, Half-Life 2
2003 WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames!
2002 Zelda: The Wind Waker, GTA: Vice City, Resident Evil Remake
2001 Grand Theft Auto III, Metal Gear Solid 2
2000 Diablo II, Resident Evil Code: Veronica, Zelda: Majora's Mask
1999 Chrono Cross, Resident Evil 3, Super Smash Bros.
1998 Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Fallout 2, Metal Gear Solid, Resident Evil 2
1997 Final Fantasy VII, Fallout, Catslevania: SotN, FF Tactics
1996 Super Mario 64, Diablo, Mario Kart 64, Lunar: Silver Star Story
1995 Chrono Trigger, Donkey Kong Country 2, Yoshi's Island, Full Throttle
1994 EarthBound, Donkey Kong Country, Final Fantasy VI
1993 Sam & Max Hit the Road, Doom, Day of the Tentacle
1992 Super Mario Kart, Sonic 2, X-Men Arcade
1991 Zelda III, Sonic, TMNT: Turtles In Time
1990 Super Mario World, Mega Man 3
1989 TMNT: The Arcade Game, Super Mario Land
1988 Super Mario Bros. 3, Mega Man 2
1987 Mega Man, Zelda II
1986 The Legend of Zelda
1985 Super Mario Bros
1984 Tetris

Speculation Nation / Re: Am I the only one who...
« on: August 13, 2018, 02:37:02 PM »
Actually, on the contrary, I couldn't really care less about the individual God Hand or their backgrounds (and SK and Zodd are already pretty solidly established characters, we already know them well, specifics aside). They're cool and serve an important function in the story, but that's also the extent to which I care about them. If we get extensive, relevant backgrounds on them down the line, great, I'll enjoy that and care more, but I won't be disappointed if we don't and they just are what they are. I understand the curiosity about them, but not that sort of investment at the expense of much richer characters.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 13, 2018, 01:45:29 PM »
Simon's Quest, obviously. :iva:

Of course. :ganishka: But I was actually looking for a short list of what you consider the class of the genre. This may already be on the board, but it's an vague thing to search 18,000 posts for, especially of a man that hates the term "metroidvania," so maybe I shouldn't even be asking (we could go with the SotN team's original sexy description, "2D exploration action game" or "zeldavania," which is just Zelda II; its ultimate vindication =).

BTW, I'm close now with Hollow Knight, pretty sure I can engage the final boss now, or at least start the end-game in earnest, but it was a bit of slog there for a while. That's the flaw of these games in general though; two thirds of the way through the exploration element invariably stagnates and your ability to progress can hinge on spotting what you need to do next on like a single pixel (or a wall you randomly need to crouch next to =), or some combination of items/abilities, in a game world that's map is now as big as every screen from Zelda at that point. That just stops the momentum of the game dead while you search for the MacGuffin you don't even know you're looking for. Thank god for that old man in town. Anyway, now I'm back to stalling and tooling around not wanting it to end incomplete. :carcus:

It's neat, love the callbacks to classic CV. That being said I haven't had the courage to go through the NG+ for now. I have high hopes for the main game, whenever it'll drop.

Looks very much if not exactly like classic CV, I actually like the look of it better than what I see of the main game.

Both the Shadow Broker and Citadel DLCs are quite enoyable. Mass Effect 3's DLCs really helped me from getting sick of the game due to the awful Cerberus plotline.

Yeah, those seem like the two "must play" story DLCs (and Leviathan looks good too), but do you mean ME2 for the Cerberus-centric plot or did you just hate that part of it in ME3 that much (I recall it being unmemorable but minimal)? I basically already wrote manifestos vigorously defending ME3, but ME2, despite maybe being the most well received in the series, is my least favorite, making my ranking 1, 3, 2. I wonder if that would change upon replaying and reconsidering them knowing the big picture.

Ugh, man, the sheer pricing for the DLC has been the major put-off for me playing these games.

You don't need them to enjoy the series, particularly ME1, which you can grab regularly for $5 and is totally worth it for the plot (it has a seminal gaming moment for me), though the graphics and gameplay are naturally a bit dated by this point, it's still the best game in the series and as far as pop sci-fi goes kind of supplanted Star Wars and Star Trek simultaneously for me the last decade. Pretty neat trick (and I never bought the two biggest DLC), too bad they couldn't keep it going with Andromeda.

They should just sell out the trilogy and bring back Shepard for "one last ride"... that may be another trilogy if it revives the franchise. =)

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: Episode IX
« on: August 13, 2018, 05:29:36 AM »
Who cares?

I know what you mean! Who IS supposed to care about this down the line? You never did, I still do (clearly =), but it's fickle and fleeting and doesn't extend far beyond the reach of the classic movies and, more importantly, characters. Do young people care about this more than any other young adult blockbuster franchise? Do kids? There's no defined story integrity or continuity to speak of to engender such feelings, they're just sort of flailing from one to the next. What seemed like at least a promising start, if nothing else, might have already been the peak of this endeavor. To put it in common terms, Star Wars, at least as a film series, could be well on its way to becoming like the Alien "franchise"; a couple of classic films from the 70s and 80s turned into a mixed bag of lesser sequels, prequels and pseudo-remakes that at best are mediocre tributes that dilute the power of the originals, and at worst are self-parodies that make you question that power in the first place.

David Lynch said something simple yet insightful about Lucas and Star Wars, that it was completely his thing, but it just so happened to make ridiculous money and became what we know it as today. It wasn't created to be that though, and at some point was as much Lucas' weird creation as Lynch's works are his. And even Lucas, as much as he mass marketed and merchandised Star Wars as a product, remained fiercely stubborn and possessive of the films, for better or worse, and had the wisdom not to try having one put out every year, every other year, or God forbid six months apart, but when he felt like it, which he largely didn't, and eventually not at all, naturally. Contrast that with Disney's never ending committee commissioned reruns and suddenly Lucas and his purported gonzo sequels about the microbiotic world of Midiclorians and the Whills sounds more appealing. Even if they would have been horrible failures it might have been a preferable outcome, a better end just for ending, like if Alien had ended with 3, and perhaps even nobly for trying something different and unique. I might rather live in a universe where those weird failed creations exist instead of this inexorable march to nowhere.

Thanks for bringing this up. :griffnotevil:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 11, 2018, 07:35:12 AM »
Buying the games and DLC is easy enough, but not exactly cheap. Here are the three links you need:

Ah, well better than it used to be, and I already own the games so I'll check if the bundles ever go on sale since. Somehow I can get the latest Dues Ex for like 90% less than now relatively ancient ME dlc; thanks EA.

Yeah. I finished it at what's probably 99.99% completion when it came out and it's a great game

I'm back at it exploring an area I found but passed on before. I have 700+ Essence and will get to 900 shortly, but I feel like the rewards are getting worse; it better give me something to bypass some obstructions next time. =) I'm also pissed I wasted a small key on the worthless surface guy that I could really use below now to enter a house (I kind of wondered if I'd regret it).

but it doesn't reach the heights of those it looks up to.

For fun name your faves (mine: SotN & Metroid... FUSION! Wally will be sickened =), and what'd you think of Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (assuming you played it)?

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 10, 2018, 07:00:09 PM »
Replaying the Mass Effect Trilogy for the umpteenth time and having a blast doing so. I'll definitely be skipping Andromeda after I finish ME3 though.

I wanted to replay the whole trilogy at one point but sabotaged my experience from the start over-worrying about making the perfect Shepard and doing the best playthrough (invariably I make the best character and complete the most on my initial blind playthroughs =). Also, do you still need to buy all the DLC individually with crazy expensive EA/Bioware points or some shit? I think I figured out that it'd still cost hundreds of dollars to do it all and it's a shame that shit never got appropriately reduced in price or bundled in a final edition of the games or trilogy. Correct me if I'm wrong, please. I still haven't done the Shadow Broker or Citadel DLCs because of that. I could just buy those two, but I'm so far removed from it and if they don't want me to ever be able to actually afford the whole experience, fuck 'em, I'll move on.

Still playing Hollow Knight and getting deeper into the gameplay and collectibles and the size of the game is actually wearing on me because I feel like I'm reaching the end game but after 20 some hours it's feeling like more of the same and like I just passed the point of diminishing returns on new and exciting depths and features. Still enjoying it, and maybe I'm just tired from the heat, but I'm not firing it up now excited about last night's unfinished business left to explore, but more like, "Ok, what's next, I'm tired of searching the same corridors, how do I reach the next boss on the map." :ganishka: It might just be time to stop taking it as it comes and smelling the roses and hunker down with the earnest intent to get it done.

Video Games / Re: Games to look forward to!
« on: August 10, 2018, 06:42:50 PM »
So, Doom Eternal will have twice as many enemies and is adding a Souls-like PvP where you can invade others' games as a demon and vice versa. To the former I wonder how a bunch of new monsters will mix with the revamped classics, and/or if they'll be adding in the Doom 3 varieties ala the Hell Knight. To the latter, that sounds cool, I've expressed my fondness for Souls multiplayer before so maybe this will be fun, particularly getting invaded by a player-level demon (it won't have the same stakes as, say, being invaded while out to retrieve your souls, but it could keep you on your toes). Speaking of which, where's Doomguy and Oscar of Astora or Solaire in Smash Ultimate!? You should have to play as Doomguy in first person and the DS characters using R1 and L1 to block and attack. =)

There's also a new video for Red Dead Redemption 2 that looks promising, but there hasn't been much else about it for a game so close to launch and I'm still not sure if I should grab it for PS4 or wait for a possible PC release, and would that still come to Steam or a Rockstar app, etc etc. I'll probably just grab it on PS4 for the ease and instant gratification rather than the longer upside of a PC version (got to make the same call with Sekiro, which we know is coming to PC).

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 357
« on: August 10, 2018, 05:41:34 PM »
As expected. I'm eager to see where the story will go.

Hopefully back to Guts and Casca, amirite!? :guts: I'll see myself out. :farnese:

Kidding aside, I am curious what Miura has in store for Griffith since I'm assuming this brief reintroduction to his side of things is going to jump-off into some more world and end game building. Actually, I'd love for Griffith to really take center stage for once. That might sound silly since it can feel like half the story is focused on his side of things, but it's usually from the perspective of those around him. We rarely, if ever, get Griffith's unvarnished thoughts, feelings, or point of view directly (though we can infer he wasn't pleased with Rickert =). He's very much kept at a distance from us in that regard, obviously with that distant feeling in mind, but it would be wonderful to see an exception to that before it pays off in the end, even for a little while or for something of relatively lesser consequence (Griffith conquering the beasts of the Fantastic frontier). Of course, that could still equate to volumes worth of trolls, ogres, giants, and whatnot, so I'm ready to be patient and enjoy the ride, permitting a few harmless jokes along the way.

Can't wait for Griffith vs. TRoLL LoRD!
:griffnotevil:=[==>:troll: <("Ouch, eye didn't see that coming!")

Video Games / Re: Games to look forward to!
« on: August 08, 2018, 07:09:02 PM »
So who will fans complain about not being in Smash next?

4 ever

He's gotta be a lock by now, right? I mean, look at the chairs! :magni: Now that his value has been over-inflated they'll release him as DLC, standing equal alongside Goku and Sephiroth. =)

"Simon and Richter but no Axe Armor?!, no Flea Man!?" (actually with his bounciness, Flea Man would be perfect for Smash   :badbone:)

I already saw earnest rumblings about Alucard. Ya know, the main guy from that big Playstation game 20 years ago. Of course, when your fans are demanding that an evil twin Wario derivative of your already derivative palette-swapped Mario clone be included, this almost seems like a relatively reasonable and inspired request.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 06, 2018, 03:42:31 PM »
Edit: OK after poking around my old save files, you were right, I guess it was just another case of a glitched cut scene that I experienced. Edit2: I have no idea what I was referring to anymore. World map loaded up just fine after leaving midgar. Curse my memories. But it was like 9 years ago so what do you expect lol

It was over 20 years ago for me. :daiba:


Actually, that's not really true since I replayed Final Fantasy VII at least once after (saving every save location on a giant third party memory card so I could refer to any point in the game =), and made a few other aborted attempts; once I got as far as the Gold Saucer on my phone commuting on the bus. My last time playing it last was... this weekend! :ganishka: How could I not fire it up again after reading that engrossing oral history? I was struck by how much of a jump it was over FF6 and other such games of the time from a technical standpoint. Even some bullshit like when Jessie from AVALANCHE calls you over to check out the map on the train and the camera zooms in on the map monitor and shows you looking at it as well as the exterior of the train and the city as you discuss it; the game had fucking cinematic direction and the previous one was mostly side-scrolling sprites. That's a big jump, and feels way more like a modern game than a retro one, but occupies kind of a nostalgic middle ground. Like Mario 64 or OoT, this was one of the games that modernized classic games. Anyway, it was fun to play it for a bit with renewed appreciation, though I don't think I'll be going much farther.

What I am playing in earnest now is Hollow Knight, I managed to find what I was missing to move up vertical corridors and that opened up the map immensely, and I can even go through weak floors now too so I can re-explore all those areas that were previously inaccessible. I really appreciate the way the map indicates the areas you haven't fully explored yet by showing the absence of a wall or floor that means there's still a corridor to uncover. The game is just simple fun despite having plenty of mechanics to work with, and I think I completely changed my loadout from the last time I played to better compliment boss survival (that protective shell while you heal has to be the #1 optional power up and I wasn't even using it). I wish the Geo was more plentiful though, but then maybe I'm just spending it too fast (next up is getting the lantern so I can check all all the dark areas too).

I'm also still flirting with Bloodborne on BL4, I've beaten three bosses and started upgrading the axe just because its strong and I like it's moves (bet I'll regret that against the Shadows of Yharnam when my whip is useless, but maybe my axe won't be =).

Lastly, finally beat those special stages and got Super Sonic on my clear file in Sonic Mania; fun. :carcus:

I forgot, I fired up Okami for the first time and was not pleased by the incessant talk sounds that went on for like 20 minutes. I might not have the patience for this type of game anymore, especially at this late juncture.

Video Games / Re: Dark Souls
« on: August 06, 2018, 02:42:45 PM »
BB has ruined me, man. I looked at my DS3 save the other day and was like "why bother?"

At least, in a sense, the first mountain I climbed (BB) was the highest one accompanied with the best view.

Well, to perhaps answer your question and be fair to DS3, it does still contain some of the tallest peaks in the series, particularly because you don't have the advantage of movement, rally, or vials (and just because it, and DS1 for that matter, are slower and less immediately gratifying don't mean they're bad). The bosses, particularly Abyss Watchers, Pontiff Sulyvahn, Aldrich Devourer of Gods, Yhorm the Giant, Dancer of the Boreal Valley, Dragonslayer Armour, Champion Gundyr, Lorian & Lothric, the Soul of Cinder, Sister Friede, Demon Prince, Darkeater Midir, Slave Knight Gael, and of course the Nameless King, are up there with anything in BB for either fun or challenge and some are actually tougher. I think my favorite is actually the Demon Prince from the Ringed City DLC, or maybe Sister Friede (at least it was one of the most satisfying to master). So, that's why you might bother, I guess; I still think it would be worth it. I suppose that's unfair of me to say given I put 250 hours into DS3 and even I find it hard to return to after BB, but by the same token I did already play it to death so I should be tired of it. I mean, at least fight Sulyvahn, Gundyr and the Nameless King, and if they leave you wanting then you can definitively say you're unimpressed. =)

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 03, 2018, 03:33:22 PM »
Finished that FF7 Oral History and it was very cool. Sakaguchi couldn't help but come off as somewhat of a tragic, Icarus-like figure for me as you see how all these other prominent people involved in FF7 went on to big things at Square or elsewhere, it made them, but he had to leave to do his own thing on a smaller scale because what made him and his style so great and effective no longer worked for him or his unique place in the company, or maybe any big company, and in fact it had become destructive in the form of The Spirits Within. The "King" exiled himself from the Kingdom he helped make an Empire. :SK:

Other than that, it was a lot of familiar information like Nintendo fucking up, but that all worked out for the best for Square and Final Fantasy because even if Nintendo had a CD machine to make the exact same game on, Square would have never gotten as good a deal or as much of a mass market push as they got with Sony. So, FF7 doesn't become like the Star Wars of video games at the time without everything coming together like it did into this perfect storm for FF7 to be THE GAME.

It's not great, but it's better than the 16-bit RPGs on SNES with their short turnarounds and limited space for English letters. The PC version cleaned up some of the rougher areas, but it's still not perfect.

Yeah, they addressed that a bit in there, how uncoordinated the localization efforts were at the time. Like it was just some technical IT department that the devs didn't pay much mind to, making for some awkward translations that don't necessarily translate well into the intended culture. On the other hand, it's also an interesting relic of those translations being more direct and less flowery despite the obvious fuck ups. They noted how they put real effort into making the FF8 translation come across to the target audience but I don't know that it necessarily made it better for me. I'd almost rather get something stilted where I can do the math to translate the feeling being expressed myself rather than read something that sounds like a bad night time soap opera.

Oh, yeah. Nowadays, it's annoying if someone refuses to play one console or the other. Today, it's about the games, man! :badbone:

Yeah, I still have to hear friends debate the X-Box One or PS4. It's so obnoxious because clearly the PS4 is the WINNER and the 360 is a low selling provincial loser machine for losers! SAD!

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 01, 2018, 07:37:14 PM »
Oh man FF7. I spent a great many hours on my PSX playing around in that game, i played disc one to the end of hell because i never knew i was supposed to put in disc 2 after i exited midgar.
I was like 12 at the time i think, so you have to understand how stupid i felt, not to mention that at one point i basically grinded for the 1st boss till i could one hit it with limit because of the disc being scratched up from extended use, and its scope move would freeze everything, later on i even discovered i could put in the other disc DURING the fight sequence to unglitch enemy moves.
I also had to do this for specific cutscenes too, i had quite the extensive experience with that game

I don't know what version of the game you were playing, but as Walter noted Disc 1 lasts quite a bit past Midgar unless you meant something else, and that other disc-changing stuff sounds wild.

I distinctly remember seeing a Junon Cannon billboard in Atlanta around 1998, and it was fucking surreal. For me, FF7 was just a cult kind of thing, and very special to me. Prior to its release, I can't remember ever being more invested in a single game. This hype was mostly because I was a huge fan of FF6 (still my favorite game), and the fact that Square was riding the crest of their career. Everything they sent stateside had been solid gold for years.

I had followed its release closer than any other game (to this day). In an age when game news sites didn't update every day, I would still check extremely frequently. Square would regularly release CG stills of environments, and also character info / designs in a trickle fashion up until the Japanese release (I remember Sephiroth was the last). I would print out pictures and tape them to my goddamned wall like some kind of serial killer.

Game news SITES in 1996? You were ahead of the curve (or around the bend judging by some of this stuff =) my friend, because game news for me back then was Nintendo Power, 300 page Electronic Gaming Monthlys or maybe GamePro. I bet 200 pages were just game ads but that was a FEATURE! Good times.

Sweet mother of god:

Actually, back then I was mainly using the Internet to mine precious new information about Dragon Ball Z, but I do recall downloading all the cool Ocarina of Time official art you could find back then, like those bitchen' Lizalfos images and Link looking like a totally sassy, pro-active paradigm with his bow and arrow. I was going to keep those downloads FOREVER!

I ended up importing the game at the Japanese launch, and modifying my PS to play it a hardwired solution, not the disc swap. I played through most of the game blind at first, and then with a guide. I also ended up memorizing a few kanji and hiragana/katakana just to navigate the menus and spells. But by the time the US version hit, and the FULL scope of the story had settled into my teenage brain, it really didn't live up to my expectations. What possibly could? I had ruined my experience with the game by treating it like it was supposed to be a transcendental experience.

Damn, I know you've always regarded it with a tinge of cynicism or, like, skepticism, and though you've described your anticipation and disappointment coming off FF6 before I didn't realize the depth of the roots to your resentment of it. For me it was a simply transcendental experience! :griffnotevil: For you FF6 is FF7, and FF7 is what everything FF7-branded that came out after is to me. I'm sorry it went that way since the truth is probably somewhere in the middle, but clearly the seeds and the scaffolding of your Berserk fandom were laid, so I'm giving FF7 some credit for you there!

BTW, the translation of that game always seemed weird and off. Is it bad? Would it just be much better if it wasn't so culturally confusing or can it not be helped because it was trying to deal with things probably too complex for them to do well and translate in a game ostensibly for teens anyway? Square should have just remastered and re-translated it rather than doing this protracted and inevitability doomed remake. I think this thing's been in production longer than Battlecruiser 3000 or Duke Nukem Forever and it's a remake!

For anyone who lived through that time, this is an incredible article on the game's creation and the people and personalities behind it:

Looks cool, I'll have to give that a read when I'm not writing articles on the game, and Star Wars, myself.

Disc 1 ends much, much later than Midgar, after a certain character's death.

Dude, spoilers! (this was actually fucking spoiled for me by a friend simultaneously playing the game; though, maybe it spared me years of aggrandizing that character =)

I watched them a few years ago, and they don't hold up that well in my opinion. I'd stay away if you want to maintain your memories of them.

That's what I figured. I didn't get the full ad blitz Wally did in Atlanta because I hadn't moved to the BIG CITY yet, but the commercials were unlike anything I'd seen for a game at the time.

Part of me misses the console wars. Even today, when I see a Sega and Nintendo crossover, it feels weird to me. :ganishka:

Me too, yet I also find people that feel that strongly about their consoles today obnoxious. It's not the same as Nintendo/Sega!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: Episode IX
« on: August 01, 2018, 07:22:13 PM »
Both Rogue One and Solo, I felt were better than movies VII and VIII. I wasn't thrilled to see Solo because there was just a lot of SW at the time but in retrospect, it was fun. Nothing great but decent-to-good I guess if that can be considered to be a metric. I'm glad they've put a halt to other spin-offs - Fett/ Kenobi - because Solo did averagely at the box office.

The problem, as you allude to it, is they all have a very fine professional polish because they're basically so high budget they're no budget productions: Rogue One and Solo were production disasters, one they salvaged at the box office and one that couldn't be saved, but they spared no expense, even if they had to reshoot the entire film, trying to make them as good as they could no matter the consequences (because cutting bait and tarnishing the brand as a throwaway was worse than doubling down on a turd). That makes them hard to judge as films because should we give these movies credit for looking good and being objectively well made, or just not shitty, when most of that is just bought production values while the actual storytelling ranges from derivative and uninspired to underwhelming, unnecessary or non-existent (well polished turds, basically)?

That's why everyone's mileage varies so much on these movies. You could make a case for or against any of them based on whatever metrics you want to use and come out with four different orders of quality. Hell, Episode VIII might have the best story elements yet everyone hates its plot! I still think TFA is the best of them because it had the most elements of the classic trilogy and the mandate and correct approach to REVIVE STAR WARS. Plus, Rey and Finn were somewhat revelations in those films you couldn't just buy, they were genuinely likable, well-written and acted characters (remember, Ep 7 was co-written by Michael Arndt and Lawrence Kasdan). That did not carry over to TLJ and though it might be the most organically created story by an auteur, it might still be a turd! I don't know, it's hard for me to get past the "turd polishing" reshoot vibes of Rogue One and Solo where they're basically trying to make those movies up to par after the fact. It's the problem with the whole thing though, they're trying to manufacture new Star Wars without fresh inspiration, because that doesn't retrofit, by just taking shit from the original trilogy and extrapolating on it. They've already run into a wall doing it that way, so they better look elsewhere for viable material.

That's why I'm more interested in how JJ Abrams pulls off Ep 9 than the actual story or state of Star Wars after. He did a good job reviving it, can he now redeem that revival after they hand him back the keys to a car they just crashed, and make the sequel trilogy feel like it meant something more than commerce and missed opportunities, ultimately? He's also liable because he punted on Luke Skywalker, and getting the band back together, in the first place. We'll see how it turns out and if he can end it on a note at least as satisfying as he began with.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: August 01, 2018, 06:46:53 PM »
I'd rank the movies in this order - 1, 3, 4, 6, 5, 2.

I've only seen 1 and 2 but that looks about right. I've heard good things about 3 and that the rest are all solid after the disaster of MI2, which was somehow even involved in the infamous Napster controversy over the Metallica song I Disappear. Truly a movie bad on many levels!

Speaking of 3, best JJ Abrams movie he directed?

Once again, I've only seen 2 of them, but that certainly sounds plausible. I take it you weren't a fan of Star Trek 2009? I'd say it's TFA for the stakes and degree of difficulty, which is also what I'm most interested about in regards to Episode IX (more than, like, the actual content of the film at this point =).

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: Episode IX
« on: July 31, 2018, 07:28:07 PM »
Honestly not interested in this at all after the previous two movies (not even talking about the spin-offs, I doubt I'll ever watch Solo).

Though I haven't seen Solo either, I'm loosely planning to when it comes to my local $2 theater. I've heard interesting things; some like it the most out of these new movies, some say it's of the same kind, but it has Kasdan (and his son *nepotism alert*), so I'll be interested to see what sort of mess they made. On its face, making an unnecessary origin story/prequel like this for an already iconic character was a terrible idea, as Lucasfilm should have already well known. There was much lower hanging fruit, like doing more with the original cast before they die besides killing them, or that forever rumored Obi-Wan movie, which still seems like the most natural and appealing idea of all the contrived spinoff concepts tossed out there (how do they justify going forward with a Rian Johnson trilogy? =). Anyway, nobody was asking for The Young Han Solo Chronicles on the big screen, the risk was huge and the reward a longshot at best. They probably made it for the "right" reasons though, like Kasdan wanted to do it and so Kennedy said, "great" but they didn't think it all the way through, obviously.

It baffles me how quickly Disney shot itself on the foot with bad decision making for franchise. Which I think is probably the best thing that could happen, let it all burn and god forbid they'll have to start treating movies like a medium with any artistic substance.

The Lucasfilm Story Group is all about artistic substance, and integrity, and inclusion, and classic Star Wars, and taking Star Wars to new places for new fans, but still pleasing old fans, and the Skywalkers, and the extended universe, and all things to all people, and... ya know, they may just be trying to serve too many masters to try to make Star Wars some be all, end all thing for everybody, but it's not (just ask China, they don't care =), its galaxy has limitations like everything else and they'd be better off not worrying about that at all and just worrying about actual story (or even just continuity and congruity). Like when Rian Johnson bases major elements of his sequel on a scene of Han Solo's dice in The Force Awakens, maybe leave that scene in the goddamned movie!? Otherwise, what the hell else is a story group for other than to waste time? I guess they didn't have time to discuss it at committee (my God, they really made a committee).

Anyway, to put a bow on this, I don't even think the movies are that bad, TFA and TLJ are fine, well made movies, TFA coming the closest to recapturing the old magic with the original cast/crew plus good contributions from the new guys, TLJ being more like a meta fan film that bucked all that (including the old crew, sadly), but they're not standout action/adventure movies by today's standards other than for Star Wars fans seeing the band get semi-back together (why couldn't they all get together again? This IS a movie, right? They didn't actually have galaxy-sized logistical hurdles, they just needed to write something fun and appropriate? =). In any case, I think they're actually better than most crap out there, and they're certainly better films than most Marvel movies for mega franchise blockbuster comparison, but they're certainly not as pleasing and they can't expect to restore Star Wars to the top of the action pecking order after 30 years of other movies ripping it off and improving the formula. In that regard they simply don't stand out and I don't see what they can do about that other than giving the franchise to some crazy visionary directors or really debasing themselves (Fast & Furious... In Space! =). But they've already proven too conservative for that. Again, they want it both, or all, ways and are having it none so it's an awkward mess. They really shouldn't have kept Solo's original date because it was too close to TLJ and it felt like they were strangling the golden goose. Now they're left with a real goose egg for a year and a half before Ep.9 can make it all better at the bank. I bet they're counting the days.

Now, now people, there's no need to be so pessimistic. Thanks to modern editing techniques, they can use existing footage to complete the movie and feature Leia without Carrie Fisher.

And they can just get someone to dub her voice to say whatever they want, just like CGI Cushing! #RIP #Respect

While the current state of the Star Wars franchise is indeed lamentable, let's take a moment to consider Lucas' original vision for episodes VII - IX.   :ganishka:

Now that's what Star Wars is REALLY about! :troll: :magni:

Lucas' is such a bullshitter though that I don't know what to believe from him on what the next trilogy would have been, or how many parts were ultimately "conceived," etc. The story has just changed too much over the decades and the answer is it ultimately wasn't going to go anywhere under him, which is why he sold it. And from what I understand Disney has incorporated plenty of elements of his Ep. VII treatment into the new trilogy: Kira = Rey, Uber= Snoke, Sam/Skyler was split into Finn and Kylo, who was also combined with Talon, Solo's death was in there, as was a disillusioned Luke training Kira/Rey, etc. How much more to it was there, and how much did he have on subsequent episodic entries after all those years? Some pages and paragraphs on each? That Disney stretched that Ep. 7 material into two movies and threw the rest of it in the dust bin probably tells you all you need to know about what and how much was actually there. I don't think they tossed out a bunch of gold just to make up their own trite shit. This was the best they had, including the best George Lucas could give them, and was presented better than he was capable of on his own at this point.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: July 31, 2018, 07:12:48 PM »
Right? I remember seeing commercials for it at the movie theater talking about how it was on three discs and no cartridge could handle such an experience.

The commercials for it were AWESOME. I don't even want to look them up because I'm sure they'd seem quaint and cheesy now but at the time they were most effective at making it seem like this amazing, otherworldly experience. I love the old console war propaganda mixed in there too, "Cartridges are for LOSERS!"

That's not a bad idea. I'll think about it. :serpico:

I'm delighted to hear you like my proposition; I'll only require a "Created By" credit and a small, small percentage. :carcus:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: July 31, 2018, 03:01:31 PM »
It was, but I loved it. I first played it at my friend's house, since he owned a PSX and I owned an N64. I remember getting through Midgar and making it to the world map, with him telling me I'd barely made it into the first disc. I was pretty astounded.

Shit man, that brings back memories. I got super sucked in and pulled an all-nighter getting out of Midgar and by the time you do you're so used to the parameters of world of the game up until that point, and already had a game's worth of narrative, that I basically felt like that was the climax right there, to the point I didn't even know what I was looking at when I saw the World Map screen, like, "WUUUUT?" Yeah, that was a great aha moment.

Nice! I played all of those, aside from Mario RPG, a little later in life. (Mario RPG is on the list, though!)

Definitely play Mario RPG when you can, it's classic Square and Nintendo working directly together, and it lives up to those expectations.

I've heard nothing but good things about that game. I'm sure I'll get around to playing it in the next ten years or so. :ganishka:

I like how self-aware this endeaver has become. You should probably be doing a Youtube show on these first-time classic playthroughs. =)

So, I guess I'm going through with a BL4 run now that I got the Platinum Trophy in Bloodborne. I still have reservations about this, especially after Gascoigne gave me some trouble (mostly, it turned out, because I was trying to use the Music Box when he transformed and that fucker doesn't work half the time! :mozgus:) but once I stopped fucking around and just fought him straight up like I would Koss or something it was ok (lol). I took down the Cleric Beast no problem and got to Amelia last night but I'm probably going to load up on upgrade materials before I take her on. Pretty invigorating, and it's keeping me up again playing way too long!

I've messed around with all the starter weapons but so far only upgraded the Cleaver. I thought about the Spear for serration in both forms and the poke, but it's a bit weaker, slower and less versatile on the first strike. Am also considering if I want to upgrade the whip for AOE crowd control and range or the axe to replicate my Ludwig playstyle. I know the whip is useful and probably viable, but don't know about the axe, so it may come up short. I was pretty good with the axe, but I just don't know if it's going to hit hard and fast enough without scaling to make sense over the Cleaver's DPS and defensive advantages; like, am I just going to lay myself out there in situations where I literally can't get hit and for little return on offense (which won't matter if I'm dead =). What I'm saying is, despite liking the axe, I'm probably going with the Cleaver/Whip for utility. You really do have to consider all the mechanics of the game on BL4.

Video Games / Re: Dark Souls
« on: July 31, 2018, 02:18:52 PM »
Yeah, but can she beat him playing using bananas or a potatos!?

Anyway, kind of a feather out of my BL4 cap, though it's invigorating. On topic and on the contrary, I just can't get back into DS3 anymore. Tooooo slooooow. I was even trying to BB it up but it's just not the same because of the clunkier rolling and movement overall. Before I took a break from it to play BB I'd ripped through 3/4ths of the game easilly but I just can't get back into it to finish the job right now (too bad, the whole reason I was replaying it was to fight Midir and Gael again =).

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: Episode IX
« on: July 30, 2018, 08:33:58 PM »
Carrie Fisher & Andy Serkis as General Leia.

How DARE you insinuate something so tacky and disrepectful, Disney/Lucasfilm would never dishonor any actor Peter Cushing Carrie Fisher the recently dead that way! They're going to use old outtakes from The Blues Brothers and a sex tape of her and Peter Mayhew in Chewbacca costume from the 1978 Holiday Special to create one of the most classy, tasteful farewell performances by a non-partictpating dead actor you've ever seen! Her family is so approving of this honor they've already agreed to accept royalty checks on her behalf for the appearance.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Star Wars: Episode IX
« on: July 30, 2018, 08:09:06 PM »

So, the big news here is Carrie Fisher will appear in Episode IX after all from old footage, apparently shot during Episode VII (man, TFA and TLJ seem even more like two disparate productions). Hamill is back too for that matter, which I wasn't 100% sure about as ludicrous as I know that sounds (seemed like they might want to be rid of him =).

Anyway, a bunch of re-edited, re-purposed footage of Carrie Fisher sounds about as fraught as CGI really. It could be very awkward or lacking in the desired effect, "We've got this great footage of Carrie petting her dog on set but we'll CGI a throne behind her and make the dog Salacious Crumb (they reconnected as Jabba's Palace survivors #theCircleIsComplete)!" Like, are they going to try and have a climatic moment with her here, or just an independently context appropriate scene of her Generaling that doesn't necessarily address her departure? Sounds odd in any case. I was hoping they'd just do the sensibly classy thing and open the movie with her funeral (maybe honor Han and Luke while they're at it), but those are not the times we live in. It's hilarious to me that we're having this conversation at all and how you CGI somebody or not is the way to show respect to the recently deceased. We won't cross THAT line, but we will slap together a bunch of stock footage into a "performance" and probably CGI the Hell of it anyway. :schierke:

And since Luke Skywalker himself is officially "back" now, I'm wondering if J.J. Abrams will try retroactively redeem or improve his arc and its conclusion since he didn't really get a word on that by his own making, or, if he does even try, how dramatically:

Very Dramatic - Luke, or perhaps Luuke, is back as a clone for a total do-over; fuck Ep. VIII, Rian Johnson, and this trilogy as a narrative!

Moderately Dramatic - He's a fully present force ghost that's so heavily involved you'll hardly notice he's technically not there!

Less Dramatic - He's a supporting ghost that makes multiple appearances critical to the characters and/or plot.

Least Dramatic - A token sendoff ghost scene that tells the fanboys, "It's ok, I'm much happier as a ghost." :ganishka:

Worst Dramatic - He appears with Yoda and Leia at the end and Rey smiles at them in a finale scene lifted directly from RotJ. Oh fuck, that's happening. That's where they'll use the Carrie Fisher footage! Better yet, have every force ghost there, including both Anakins, like some massive fighting game roster, "We got every ghost back in this one!" :troll:

Kidding aside, I think just putting a bow or a cap on it at all will retroactively improve and wash out the unpleasant aftertaste of TLJ because it won't be the last word anymore, but will reinforce the power of those moments so they can be appreciated in a larger context. I'm not saying it'll be great, but it will no longer feel like such an instant death blow to the ole' childhood, just a mortal wound we'll get some necessary catharsis on here. :carcus:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: July 30, 2018, 07:07:15 PM »
Cool! My first was Final Fantasy VII.

Oooh, that's a pretty big one for your first outing. I think mine that I played to completion was actually Mario RPG followed by FF6, FF7, and Chrono Trigger in some order (unless we're counting Zelda, Deadly Towers, or shit like Populous =). I don't know that I ever beat Deadly Towers because after playing all day to reach the boss my mom turned off the game(!!) so we could go to church or some shit. She was not expecting the subsequent complete freakout that would not have occurred if I'd just been playing Mario or something... oh, and it's the reason GOD IS DEAD! :ganishka: To be fair, Mom wasn't an anti-game lame though, she beat Mario 3 before I did and could even hold her own in Mario Kart! :isidro:

Edit: I beat Sonic Mania, which was a fun blast from the past that's based on and will remind you of every classic 2D Sonic game, so 1-3 & CD, but which actually has largely new and original level designs. It'll start as a classic Zone, but after the familiar opening they're pretty much brand new... there's some others I'd have probably included like Casino Night, but they actually have another spin on the concept. Anyway, a cool new game that feels like a bunch of old games but is actually much bigger and deeper (a lot of Acts will take you almost the total 10 minute timer to complete if you dick around). Now I'm either going to go back in for Chaos Emeralds or not bothering because the bonus stages from Sega CD are too hard/annoying (like all Sonic bonus stages; inexplicably more challenging than the main game =).

Vagabond / Re: Hardcore History Does Japanese Military History Ep
« on: July 28, 2018, 05:48:46 AM »
Well, it was interesting, particularly the part about how a lot of the extreme honor codes of conduct got radicalized by the more peacetime samurai to compensate for the lack of warfare and how this affected, or infected, the culture overall. Those cowardly farmers in all good samurai stories? They just weren't a bunch of death cult zealot converts yet! :ganishka:

Video Games / Re: Bloodborne
« on: July 28, 2018, 05:43:01 AM »
the only attack that can hit me and pretty much hits me every time in my 60 attempts ( I already fought her so many times ) is her power attack when she waits a little bit and hit with two weapons at once. This attack always kill me because of close distance so there's no point in healing myself.

Damn, that one always got me too, before I started staggering her with the Cane (which I couldn't seem to replicate on NG+, so maybe I imagined it), but I didn't realizae it was that unavoidable because it was never that crucial since I could just back off and heal. BL4!

I think it's just as well that the multiplayer in Bloodborne is rubbish. The blood gems force you to grind in the Chalice dungeons just to stay competitive.  That, and because I ain't spending money just to do something that I can easily get for free on PC.

Yeah, it's an interesting evolution going on from the Souls to Bloodborne to Sekiro; less RPG elements, less online, seemingly more emphasis on skill, though not necessarily "sport" if there's no PvP. You're only opponent is Miyazaki now. =)

The Beast Claw seems like it could be a cool weapon to use, especially in conjunction with the Beast Rune. Unfortunately, you won't catch me dead wielding it because that constant hissing sound it emits is absolutely infuriating.

Oh fuck, I forgot about that! I honestly may reconsider leveling it now, because I'm not going to listen to that shit either.

You heard correctly, they're all fantastic weapons for Skill-based builds (well, Skill+Blood for the Chikage). Burial Blade has great range, the best rally in the game, and it's a fricken scythe, and the Rakuyo has a ridiculously flexible moveset that makes it useful in every situation. As for guns, Evelyn is pretty much all you need if you've pumped up your Bloodtinge, but the Cannon can be wicked fun if you like to see huge numbers, and the Piercing Rifle has its uses when you're facing large groups.

I'm starting to slow down a bit so I'm going to need to decide soon because I don't think I'm even going to bother grabbing chunks on this NG3 run. I'm at Rom and once I waste her I'm headed for Mensis and then to my voluntary death! I'd like to have a fully upgraded gun so I'm thinking Evelyn since it'll best use my budding bloodtinge, but I hear the Blunderbuss is the one for catching roll spammers if I'm ever going to do PvP again. Probably going to be a moot point soon.

Update: Speaking of seeing huge numbers, with Antal as a distraction, beast pellets, bolt paper and the Whirligig's L2 attack I racked up like 12,000+ damage on the One Reborn in one technically continuous attack! :isidro: I didn't even see what the final number was on his health bar before I was finally interrupted and had to regroup.

Edit: I'm Platinum, baby! :badbone: Also I somehow lost online and/or however I was getting credit for Playstaion + (maybe the guy I bought it from got a new PS4 =). Man, BB requires PS+ just to play vanilla online? That SUCKS!!

Speculation Nation / Re: I wanna hear some meta theory discussion
« on: July 28, 2018, 04:46:33 AM »
Yeah. Interestingly, that error was first made here, on, in December 2000. Back then fan translations were done by people with relatively poor knowledge of Japanese, but they were better than nothing. So we can forgive Cronus, who translated it, for making that mistake at the time. What's very strange is the fact Dark Horse somehow made the same improbable error eight years later while supposedly using a professional translator. I have no proof, but if I'm honest what immediately sprang to my mind was the fact they probably just looked at our older translations (which are still available online but really shouldn't be used as reference) and based their version on that. Two of Dark Horse's editors have had accounts on our forum, and I personally saw one of them, Samantha Robertson, looking at our translations through the logs around that time. They could even have been comforted in their decision by the fact the scanlations of the time (from "") translated it the same way... but that's because they were stealing our translations to begin with.

On the bright side, Cronus, among others, can lay claim to an official translation of Berserk! :carcus: Errors or no, it's a pretty cool feather in one's cap to end up contributing somehow to a work of which you're a fan. I'm going to check if the one translation I helped localize with my friend Aiko ended up word for word in a Dark Horse volume and you can all refer to me as Griffith, Berserk Co-Author! :griffnotevil:

Speaking of translations, mistranslations, canon, non-canon, and hundreds or thousands of nuances only native speakers can understand... this thread sure highlights that there's been a lot of misconceptions about Berserk over the years that calcify into this sort of weird apocrypha surrounding the series ("this character said this incidental thing, which I'm misconstruing into a big picture concept!" and i'm certainly guilty of this a few times over =) Phrases, concepts and theories borne out of misunderstandings that are complete bullshit and yet are like their own language when discussing Berserk. I mean, how Guts name is spelled was still in dispute, albeit not legitimately, not too many years ago! I think my favorite misconception now is the Idea of Evil no longer being canon because of the irony of anecdotally de-canonizing something legitimate with all the false stuff out there people still adhere to. Anyway, very interesting as usual.

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