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Posted by dungbootle (2502 posts) 3 years, 6 months ago

Poll: Sword on back or hip? (445 votes)

Back 38%
Hip 62%
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#1 Posted by rebgav (1442 posts) -

Surely it depends on your height and the length of the sword? Same answer for boxers vs briefs.

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#2 Edited by Itwongo (1734 posts) -

It depends on the sword, ya doofus.

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#3 Posted by Gamer_152 (14476 posts) -

For utility I think the hip makes more sense, but in terms of "Which of these makes a character look cooler?" I think they both have their place but overall I prefer the back. Also, just some friendly advice; when you try to make a poll, write some sort of opening post that will get the discussion rolling instead of just leaving others to do it for you.

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#4 Edited by ConfusedOwl (1159 posts) -

I agree with what most games do, one handed swords on the hip and two handed swords on the back. Since I have to choose though, I'll go back simply because I like two handed weapons a lot.

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#5 Edited by SaturdayNightSpecials (2547 posts) -

How about the one where it's easier to draw in a life-or-death situation.

Also where you can sit down in a chair comfortably.

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#6 Edited by rebgav (1442 posts) -

You know what you rarely see in games? Shoulder/neck sheaths for swords or daggers.

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#7 Posted by automatontribe (203 posts) -

The one that you can actually draw a sword from...

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#8 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

In hand.

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#9 Edited by 49th (3524 posts) -

Hip is always more awesome. A samurai or ninja doing that slow sword sheath is badass, or when they pull the sword out super fast - that's cool.

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#10 Posted by NakAttack (1329 posts) -

@rebgav said:

Surely it depends on your height and the length of the sword? Same answer for boxers vs briefs.

lol

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#11 Posted by RazielCuts (3264 posts) -

@itwongo said:

It depends on the sword, ya doofus.

Yeah, like if its a thin light sword like a rapier its good on the hip but if it's like Cloud's Buster Sword then in no way is that going on the hip. Same for guns, pistol on hip, Gears of War Lancer chainsaw gun on the back.

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As long as you look badass, it doesn't matter which way you have it.....

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#13 Posted by Random45 (1723 posts) -

Probably the hip, because I think pulling a sword from my back would be a lot more difficult. I'd go with the back if we're going with 'coolness' factor though.

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#14 Posted by Benny (2009 posts) -

I mean this boils down to sephiroth vs cloud, samurai vs ninja, a battle for the ages!

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#15 Posted by TheCreamFilling (1235 posts) -
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Depends on the sword, but back is cooler while hip is more practical.

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#16 Posted by Rick_Fingers (525 posts) -

Slung low on the back with a horizontal draw

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#17 Posted by gaminghooligan (1820 posts) -

Hip. Faster access.

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#18 Edited by WickedFather (1694 posts) -

Mine is up the sleeve and it makes throat strikes a breeze. I wear one on the back as a distraction.

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#20 Posted by ExplodeMode (851 posts) -

Depends on the type of character. If you are playing as some power character, weapons need to be on the back and if it's an agility/speed type character, waist. I don't know why those are the rules, but those are the rules (that I just made up). Maybe a giant sword on the back of a power character is phallic or something, I don't know, but it works.

I think on the back of the waist, horizontal above the butt, is a pretty cool spot for speedy weapons.

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#21 Posted by falserelic (5770 posts) -

Or hold it like Travis Touchdown.

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#22 Posted by Deranged (2020 posts) -

I would say it depends most on how you move. If you're agile, it'd be better on the back.

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#23 Posted by TheRealMoot (622 posts) -

Depends on the type of character. If you are playing as some power character, weapons need to be on the back and if it's an agility/speed type character, waist. I don't know why those are the rules, but those are the rules (that I just made up). Maybe a giant sword on the back of a power character is phallic or something, I don't know, but it works.

I think on the back of the waist, horizontal above the butt, is a pretty cool spot for speedy weapons.

^ I agree with everything your saying.

Can I vote for a third option? Boot Knife? or something of the sort? Like a small concealed dagger in your sleeve?

I'll vote Hip anyway. I love practicing my quick draws at home. Tend to hurt myself more than succeed...

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#24 Edited by Krullban (1471 posts) -

Depends on the sword. Most swords are literally impossible to get out of a sheath on your back quickly.

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#25 Posted by Levio (1953 posts) -

Sword through chest

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#26 Posted by Justin258 (14275 posts) -

Eh. You don't have to lug one around if you can just make one at any moment.

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#27 Posted by MarkM (362 posts) -

What the hell is going on here!?

I came in execting everyone to be making the correct and obvious choice which is to carry a sword on your back.

You're running around and shit and you got a sword dangling at your side annoyingly like an asshole.

Sword on back. Free your hands and leave your hips for small blades or smoke bombs.

Holy shit they teach this in grade 3.

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#28 Edited by Krullban (1471 posts) -

@markm said:

What the hell is going on here!?

I came in execting everyone to be making the correct and obvious choice which is to carry a sword on your back.

You're running around and shit and you got a sword dangling at your side annoyingly like an asshole.

Sword on back. Free your hands and leave your hips for small blades or smoke bombs.

Holy shit they teach this in grade 3.

Except if you have a sword on your back you can't unsheathe it.

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#29 Posted by SuperfluousMoniker (2928 posts) -

Sword on back looks cooler when you're carrying it around and sword on hip looks cooler when you draw it.

I voted hip.

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#31 Edited by HerbieBug (4228 posts) -

Sword on the back is silly as anything longer than a short sword cannot be drawn from a sheath in that position unless you pull some fancy double handed (and stupid slow) push out tactics alla Witcher 1. Pay attention to any game that features characters drawing swords from sheaths strapped to their backs, the sword will almost invariably clip through the sheath in several frames of the animation as it is not physically possible for the sword to be drawn in that way if it is standard longsword or katana length.

Feel free to test this yourself at home if you do not believe me. It is similar to the spoon of cinnamon challenge in the way it pulls in the gullible thinking how hard could it possibly be?

Or just watch the video:

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Lastly, I will not accept video game giant swords hovering behind the back as if by magic held in place by nothing. Because that's bullshit.

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#32 Posted by EvilNiGHTS (1169 posts) -

Lastly, I will not accept video game giant swords hovering behind the back as if by magic held in place by nothing. Because that's bullshit.

What if they have magnets under their shirt?

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#33 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13807 posts) -

Walking around carrying it freehand.

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#34 Edited by Clonedzero (4206 posts) -

It really depends on the specific sword and the character.

Personally if i was in some weird fantasy universe, i'd have my sword on my hip, seems easier to get to. Plus a shield, cus it'd be stupid not to have a shield.

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#35 Posted by HerbieBug (4228 posts) -

@herbiebug said:

Lastly, I will not accept video game giant swords hovering behind the back as if by magic held in place by nothing. Because that's bullshit.

What if they have magnets under their shirt?

In medieval times? Refined high powered, but still light weight enough to wear around, magnets capable of supporting... no. No! I won't allow it. ~__~

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#36 Posted by insane_shadowblade85 (1709 posts) -

If I had to carry a sword around because I was, for some strange Scyfy (I hate the way they spell it now) channel reason, transported to a medieval time, then I'd carry it on my hip because it's easier to reach.

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#37 Posted by supamon (1339 posts) -

In my pants. hur-hur.

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#39 Edited by MikkaQ (10296 posts) -

I'd carry it on my horse of course.

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#40 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7097 posts) -

Depends. Heavier armor? Back. Light armor or clothes? Hip.

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#41 Posted by ch3burashka (6087 posts) -

A) how is this even a question

B) why is this forum so stupid of course back

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#42 Posted by JJWeatherman (14921 posts) -

Back. Because Geralt of Rivia says so.

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#43 Edited by McGhee (6128 posts) -

Samurai always wore the sword on the left side, through the belt.

Sword on the back is just to look cool for movies and games but would get you killed in the real world.

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#44 Posted by development (3005 posts) -

@krullban said:

@markm said:

What the hell is going on here!?

I came in execting everyone to be making the correct and obvious choice which is to carry a sword on your back.

You're running around and shit and you got a sword dangling at your side annoyingly like an asshole.

Sword on back. Free your hands and leave your hips for small blades or smoke bombs.

Holy shit they teach this in grade 3.

Except if you have a sword on your back you can't unsheathe it.

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I just watched a shit ton of his videos thanks to you. This guy is awesome.

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#45 Posted by beforet (3367 posts) -

depends on the sword, right? Longer ones you'll want on your back, while short swords you'll want on your hip.

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#46 Posted by musclerider (806 posts) -

Go for the one that lets you use the sword, stop being dumb. Hip.

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#47 Posted by selfconfessedcynic (2969 posts) -

Having used both one handed and two handed swords, I vastly prefer the two handed variety (I never learned the shield) - so back is where it's at, as the swords I used were far too long to have on my hip.

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#48 Posted by Jimbo (10472 posts) -

My squire carries mine until I have need of it.

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#49 Posted by GTCknight (728 posts) -

I say on the back. I've always preferred them there.

Also since everyone is using images to help show case their reasons.

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#50 Posted by beforet (3367 posts) -

To address the whole drawing issue: would it be possible to have the scabbard just be slung on your back, in such a way that you could quickly swing it off and into a position where you could draw it normally? Cause the whole reason it's on your back it because that's the easiest way to carry it around. No one said you have to draw from there, right?