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Strider Hiryu last won the day on August 21 2021

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About Strider Hiryu

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    Resident Browncoat
  • Birthday 10/18/1985

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    Ask and I might tell
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    The Frozen North
  • Interests
    Philosophy, Poetry, Gaming, Reading, and Anime
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    Freelance Programmer/Artist, Philosopher, Gundam Expert, Depressed Homicidal Maniac?
  • Favorite Anime
    Dirty Pair, Zeta Gundam
  • Favorite Game
    Ace Combat 6
  • Favorite Movie
    Donnie Darko
  • Favorite Book
    The Antichrist
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    Very little atm
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    Spice and Wolf, SOA

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  1. Yes but right now he's being heavily criticized over him pulling us out of a war that a chimp started for oil that no one wanted (we all know who this chimp was, no need for clarification). This won't end Biden but I never thought he'd get a second term, just happy someone had the fucking balls to pull us out of this god damn war we wasted billions of dollars on. Could he have done it better? Yes but shit happens and sadly he's got his hands full rectifying the issues a giant man child introduced to this country as well as the pandemic he allowed to fester. It's no wonder other countries feel sorry for us, we're literally dancing around like idiots making everything political instead of making shit better by working together. Sigh, can we just rewind time back to when all we needed to worry about was whether our President had "sexual relations" with an intern instead of the bullshit we're dealing with now. It's fucking embarrassing to call myself an American these days.
  2. Well I just landed myself a PS5 thanks to an email invite, thank fucking god. On a fricken adrenaline high right now and so freaking pumped because it means I finally get to play Cyberpunk. Gah!!!!!!!

    If you'll excuse me I'm going to go calm down now and let this adrenaline high subside.

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    2. slippers


      congrats man. for me though it kinda sucks i still havent found anything suitable to play on ps5 yet, so im stuck with playing pc games for now

    3. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu


      Good god I didn't think it was a massive as it is. Freaking thing is taller than my PC's case. My poor Switch looks so tiny next to it.

      I don't have that problem. Got so many PS4 games on the backlog that my PS5 will get plenty of use (until Endwalker comes out, then it'll just be a media machine for awhile). Sadly though there a very few PS5 games I'm currently interested in and since this blew my spending budget for the year I won't even be able to buy the PS5 games I even want.

    4. Sledgstone


      My brother recently bought a m.2 ssd with a heatsink for his PS5. Set him back $200 with tax just to upgrade the PS5 with an extra 1 TB of space. I heard the PS4 games run great off an external hard drive tho.

  3. A thousand times yes, I fucking adore this seasons OP (especially with the story related relevance of it). It's also the only opening besides Dynazenon's that I didn't skip once this entire season. I'm really sad this is the end though, we won't get anymore of these wonderfully crafted openings anymore after Mon (I'm really disappointed this was only a 13 episode season but they've done a really good job of wrapping everything up (with a few exceptions) so I can't be too disappointed).
  4. Forum necromancer here to resurrect an old topic again. So I got lucky and was able to play in the Closed Technical Alpha for this this past weekend. Gotta say I originally had no interest in this since I figured it was going to be another one of those Korean games that's all flash and no substance (and quite frankly that's all I really saw from watching streams of it back when it originally launched) kind of how Blade and Soul was (don't get me wrong B&S was good but it didn't have staying power for me). I'm happy to say I've reversed my opinion on it after getting my hands on it. Can't entirely say much since I believe I'm still under NDA (not sure but I'm not taking chances here) but I was extremely impressed by Lost Ark (almost so to say this is what Diablo 3 should of been). Combat is visceral and fun (chaining abilities together is fun as hell, takes a bit of getting used to do to how they're mapped on the keyboard), story is rather interesting (I love how every class has it's own Prologue story and that leads into the over-arching plot of the game, though not all of those are extremely well done or good (standouts for me were the Martial Artist and Warrior, Mage was okay but nowhere near as good as the other two), the game is beyond gorgeous (I don't normally gush about his stuff but god damn is it pretty), I like all the systems they have in place for various things (getting around the world, the rapport system, the little secrets you can find, etc), I love how you don't have to log out to the character selection screen to change characters (you can do it from the in-game menu) and I like the MMO aspect of the game even if it's not an overly important to actually enjoying or doing anything (seeing other players in the world makes it feel more alive while you're playing and it's nice when someone drops in to help kill a powerful monster). About my only gripe is the loading process into the game. From boot-up to character select was anywhere between 5-10 minutes which royally sucks (part of that is due to the anti-cheat that boots up prior to game launch). Now it could be just my computer taking it's sweet ass time but I highly doubt that. In-game load times are amazing, you spend very little time in loading screens and it's refreshing as hell when compared to other games like it. Quite frankly I'm really looking forward to this now after playing it (hell I'm considering purchasing the Platinum Founders pack for all the goodies and guaranteed access to the closed beta) and is probably the only real thing I'm hyped about this year besides Endwalker. I'm worried that this will come out at or around the same time as the D2 remaster and put me in a bind but all things considered I think Lost Ark will win that battle (as much as I love D2 I've never been hyped about an ARPG like this before (well at least not since D3 shattered all my hype with poor design decisions)). If you get a chance to get into the beta when it comes around take it because the game is fun as hell. Now to sit here and not think about my gnawing need to play my Soul Fist (Martial Artist advance class).
  5. While nice it still falls way short of what they should of done to begin with, give us a bigger internal drive. Sadly they could easily make them run on external drives if they just take the internal one and sell them as external add-ons (not like the option is great, they'd probably cost more then they're worth). My major concern here is what USB drives are actually compatible? All it says in their faq is USB 3.0 or higher and not all will be compatible. Are we talking Passports, external HDD's, or USB sticks? We talking certain brands or every brand? Sigh, I own so much external storage and the thought that I'd need to buy a new one just for this depresses me if the current one I'm using on my PS4 won't work. Sigh, Sony really out here this generation just pissing people off (though I don't know how many people are pissed about storage capacity like I am). Man, really starting to think it's not worth buying a PS5 anymore (even if I do want one).
  6. Nothing to say, it's says it all. God I fucking love this show.
  7. Fruits Basket openings have all been winners as have the endings. Whoever has been choosing the songs needs a raise because they're doing a damn good job. Hmmm, it'd be hard to me to even pick between all the good openings over the last couple years (and even from this past winter season, there a few damn good ones) but I'll see your five with five of my own I'm starting out with the best of my five and that goes to Sincerely from Violet Evergarden (you name dropped it so I'm here to drop the opening). From the minute I heard it I fell in love with the song and I can't hear it without tears streaming out of my eyes (yes I'm an emotional wreck when it comes to VE). Next on the list goes to Chaos Drifters from No Guns No Life Season 2, While I love Motor City from Season 1 I'm obsessed with this song and it's actually one of my most played songs on Spotify (god damn banger it is). Third on this list goes to Rise from Shield Hero, fucking banger of an opening (as is Faith, the second opening but I personally prefer Rise). Surprisingly enough this opening is what actually sold me on watching the show since it does a pretty good job of encapsulating what the show is about (and lets face it, Naofumi is probably one of the most relatable protagonists in any isekai show to date). We all knew this was going to happen since I absolutely adore the show and three of its four openings, it's Mayday from Fire Force. As DX can attest this show is freaking awesome and I feel Mayday does the best job of encapsulating that no only in the animation but the song as well. I adore Inferno (opening 1) and Spark-Again (opening 3) but Mayday is just fucking amazing. And last but certainly not least my fifth pick. This song was literally an obsession of mine from the moment I heard it (and we discussed this much earlier in this topic I believe) and that would be Shadowgraph from Boogiepop Phantom. MYTH & ROID have quite a few amazing songs (Jingo Jungle from Saga of Tanya the Evil, Voracity, Hydra and L.L.L. from Overlord) Shadowgraph has resonated with me and completely sucked me in. The ending from Boogiepop Phantom (Whiteout) is also amazing but I'm sticking to openings here. While not part of the top five thing I also wanted to post one of my favorites from the 2021 winter season. While not my absolute favorite (that belongs to The Promised Neverland's S2 opening (even if S2 is a dumpster fire but I won't get into that here)) it's from one of my favorite Japanese Rock bands (in fact this is there first ever anime opening) and I feel they don't get anywhere near the attention they absolutely deserve. Different by Band-Maid, these girls absolutely kill everything they do and this is no exception and I'm so glad they were chosen to do this for Season 3 of Log Horizon.
  8. This has been one of the major reasons why I've been gravitating more and more towards PC gaming and only buying the occasional PS game (either due to exclusivity or I'd rather play in on console). Sony loves to alienate their player base and while I love the Playstation and Sony it's getting to the point where I really do want to see them take a huge L and learn just how to take care of the players that support them. I mean Microsoft learned that the hard way with the One and only really started recovering once the One X came out. They've really set themselves up great with Game Pass (but we'll see how long that lasts, not really sustainable to give out free games (even brand new one) for free for a low monthly fee) and their acquisition of Bethesda gives them a huge library of games, both future and past, to really sell Game Pass and the Series X (though with Bethesda's recent flops I'm not entirely sure it's a good thing).
  9. Anime: Besides also watching Geoff (Mother's Basement) and Tristan/Arkada (Glass Reflection) I also follow AniNews https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCchUOUW-eNmDfDqMS_AiZew (mostly for Overlord and Shield Hero content) CDawgVA https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPsZ_0SkFdi551iYTG04R2g (mostly for his stupid antics, he's mostly just a JVlogger now) Gaming News/Videos: JackFrags https://www.youtube.com/user/jackfrags Matimi0 https://www.youtube.com/user/Matimi0 (occasionally, I watch his stream more then his youtube channel) LevelCap https://www.youtube.com/user/LevelCapGaming (don't watch him as much as I used to since he became more news centric) TheRussianBadger https://www.youtube.com/user/TheRussianBadger The Escapist https://www.youtube.com/user/TheEscapistMagazine (mostly for Zero Punctuation) Also follow YongYea as well FFXIV Related: MrHappy1227 https://www.youtube.com/user/Xehanort1227 (mostly for guides and news) Ethys Asher https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs2UQ_EJkAAlzXkcTfDj-2g (FFXIV Lore Daddy, follow for all that juicy FFXIV lore) MTQCapture https://www.youtube.com/user/MTQcapture (guides) Final Fantasy XIV https://www.youtube.com/user/FINALFANTASYXIV News: Internet Today https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyZVCV9xhrCyz4hPehvb4Wg Philip DeFranco https://www.youtube.com/user/sxephil Building Stupid Shit (not sure how to classify these): michaelcthulu https://www.youtube.com/user/michaelcthulhu (builds ridiculously huge weapons, rather entertaining) Hacksmith Industries https://www.youtube.com/user/MstrJames (the makers for that lightsaber vid I posted) Music Oriented: Chillhop Music https://www.youtube.com/user/Chillhopdotcom (I've really gotten into lofi lately) Vincent Moretto https://www.youtube.com/user/HaarasNC (man does some killer metal covers of Ace Combat music as well as others) Frog Leap Studios https://www.youtube.com/user/leolego (does some killer covers) As well as multiple other ones mostly centered around piano covers of anime openings and endings (I'll provide links if anyone is interested). Science/History: Biographics https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClnDI2sdehVm1zm_LmUHsjQ SciShow https://www.youtube.com/user/scishow Forgotten Weapons https://www.youtube.com/user/ForgottenWeapons VLog Oriented: Abroad in Japan https://www.youtube.com/user/cmbroad44 (just because I find Japan interesting and I like Chris's personality) Random Nerd Shit: FilmComicsExplained https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCisWUR5UCMcxz_4zT6mI3kA Certifiably Ingame https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJutYkYphYcGo-xbqyQJeYA (mostly for his Star Trek and Star Wars lore video's) EckhartsLadder https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp6F1mQGuaXiDj5otWBmIjg (mostly for Star Wars content) 40K Theories https://www.youtube.com/user/remleiz (even though I don't play Warhammer I find the lore fascinating) Streamer Related: Streamers Reloaded https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDT1meaKQ_D1HjhTGULNbew (I spend way to much time watching streamers and for some reason streamer drama just amazes me hence why I watch it) I also watch a lot of other youtubers this is just a small snippet of what I watch (plus some of the others I really don't know how to classify into a category as they cover more then just one thing). Not to mention the recent rabbit hole I fell down and wish I never did (I've gotten into vtubers and I don't know whether to be disgusted in myself or just resign myself to this weird fad).
  10. God damnit I'm tearing up just watching the trailer, fucking christ what has this anime done to me (that or I'm just over emotional from starting my 4th rewatch of VE (don't judge me, I need to watch the BD's and make sure they're up to snuff))? Can it be April already?
  11. I hear you there. It's always perplexed me since the Kelvin Timeline was introduced (JJ's Star Trek movies) that tech seems more advanced back in the 23rd century then it does in the 24th. It also perplexes me where they put all those damn phaser banks (the Enterprise-E, a Sovereign class starship and most advanced ship in the Federation as of Nemesis has 12-phaser banks and yet you see ships from newer series set earlier in canon sporting arrays like a laser light show). Sadly though tension and introspection don't get viewers anymore so it's the flashier the better. Good choice in battles as well, two of my favorites as well from the movies.
  12. See as much as I want to watch this I keep hearing shit like this. They have a handful of good episodes and then fuck it up with a series of shit ones where canon is either thrown out the door or re-written. Hell I hear even Picard didn't turn out as great as a lot of people were hoping it would (I hear, overall, that it was good but that it just fell short of being great due to some storytelling choices). Eventually, once Paramount+ has enough shit to seriously consider subscribing, I'll watch Discovery (along with Picard) but I'm not really looking forward to it based on all the reviews I've seen/read. Meh, this is why I don't like when they try to revive old series like this with new shows. While I loved Enterprise and wish it wouldn't of ended it had a lot of these issues as well. Fuck even Voyager fell short in a lot of ways (and I adore Voyager, not as much as I love DS9 but it's up there) and it had the bonus of not having to rely on per-existing continuity with them being thrown into the Delta Quadrant so they could take chances (plus the show is the reason we got the Borg fleshed out like we did). I think they'd of been better off leaving things the way they were or using Star Trek Online for new show ideas (a lot of the story lines in STO are perfect and would make for awesome adaptations for shows (well old storylines, they're now relying on new canon established by Discovery to push the game forward story wise). They're whole Iconian War story would be my number one pick for adaptation with the Romulan story arc being second).
  13. I was going to say maybe it was because you don't have a PS5 linked to your account (why that would matter I don't know but I'm not overly familiar with the Playstation website/store, I mostly buy through my console if I'm going to buy games digitally and have only visited the site a handful of times) but I just logged into my account on my PC (using Firefox none-the-less, works fine for me with everything showing up properly (even shows the remake as free for me)) and it'll allow me to pre-order both versions for the PS5. Starting to think something is up with your account or maybe the site just doesn't like you.
  14. Yes and no. I mean it kinda fucks over Square-Enix since they get no actual money from the free version since Sony is literally comping the cost due to our PS+ memberships and allowing a free upgrade to the PS5 version with no actual sale having taken place would be Sony saying fuck you to it's biggest money making publisher/developer. I mean I'm pretty sure there's going to be a ton of people who download it without knowing this who are going to be up in arms but not much you can do about it unless Square gives the go ahead for it (which is surprising they don't but my eyes are clouded due to my love for the FFXIV dev team and how much they do for their players). The other work around is to buy the physical version of the PS4 copy but that will still require you to have a disc version of the PS5 to even play the upgraded version.
  15. https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0082-PPSA01903_00-5827003902180177 Pretty much confirms it's PS5 only but who knows how accurate the PS store actually is but since Intergrade is literally the PS5 version of the game and the DLC is tied to it I wouldn't be surprised.
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