GGF#11: A gamer’s lot in life is to wait

[Gamer Girl Friday]

I am drooling at upcoming games while my current games lie untouched.

Because a gamer is greedy. She wants to play all the games available now and she wants to play all the games not available now.

Her brain has suffered a slight permanent damage from having to endlessly wait for games that refuse to come out of development phase. (For example, can you believe that Warhammer Online has been in development for eight damn years?!)

But I’m not going to talk about WAR today; it’s overhyped anyway. I’m introducing a few of my favourite upcoming games. (Only a few because I don’t have space for everything.)

Don’t complain if your favourite isn’t mentioned. I can’t possibly read your mind, wot. So, if you want to read about or see a particular game in action, tell me. I’ll do my best to humour you.

Rock on, baby!!

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Table of Contents

  1. Guitar Hero World Tour drums special
  2. Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe
  3. DC Universe Online
  4. The Goonfather plays Happy Tree Friends
  5. A game that forces you to walk
  6. Invitation to beta test FIFA Online 2
  7. Ask Sheylara
  8. Win a Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 USB headset!!

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Guitar Hero World Tour drums special

Celebrity drummers Travis Barker (Blink 182) and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) are co-conspirators in the making of the drumset for Guitar Hero World Tour!

Watch video!

I love Travis Barker. He’s my second favourite drummer next to Lars Ulrich (Metaliica).

See, I have his drumsticks!! *blush*

These are Travis Barker signature sticks from the Zildjian Artist Series. But they’re just for show. I can’t use them (to play real drums) cos they’re too heavy for me.

I mean, I could technically use them, but then I wouldn’t be able to play very well.

Back to the game.

Guitar Hero World Tour seems all set to kick Rock Band off the music charts! (Of course, there is Rock Band 2 brewing in the wings, so don’t lose your stock options yet.)

Travis Barker says about the GHWT drums: “Especially on the expert levels of Guitar Hero, where you’re nailing every note for note, it’s absolutely like playing what the drummer in that band is playing.”

That’s some incredible endorsement.

I’m ready to jump ship from being pro-Rock Band to being pro-Guitar Hero.

Who’s with me?

Guitar Hero World Tour is slated for an October 28 release for Xbox 360, PS3, PS2 and Wii.

Not sure when we can expect to see it in Singapore, though.

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Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe

There’s something very attractive about seeing a bunch of wholesome, sunshine, role-model superheroes thrown into a dark and violent place.

I don’t like fighter games, but I was immediately drawn to Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, compelled to drop everything I was doing to watch the trailer, because it’s just such an unlikely matchmaking.

Raiden vs. Batman in the depths of hell! If it weren’t really cool, I would have found it immensely amusing.

Will try to get a copy to play when it comes out, even though I suck at fighters. November 3, 2008 is the date. Duh, I hate waiting, but that’s a gamer’s lot in life, wouldn’t you say?

Available for Xbox 360 and PS3.

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DC Universe Online

Yay, here’s another superhero MMORPG, although this one is console-specific (PS3).

DC Comics sure is ambitious, franchising its heroes out everywhichway.

This game reminds me of City of Heroes very much and I had a lot of fun playing that. Of course, we won’t be seeing DC Universe Online until next year, so have fun waiting.

In the meantime, we can dream about the kind of superhero we want to create.

In COH, my character was named The Daughter (inside joke):

I also created a Lara Croft lookalike just for kicks:

Me and my friends shared many good times and many a bloody, violent battle.

Aww, I miss my superhero friends so much. I can’t wait for DCUO!

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The Goonfather plays Happy Tree Friends

Due to my recent busy schedule, I’m turning to Xbox LIVE for quick gaming fixes. LIVE has tons of fun arcade-style games that you can download (for a small fee) and play almost immediately.

Plus you can earn gamerscore and achievement points on them. People can be such sluts for virtual points.

So, I made the Goonfather help me download Happy Tree Friends: False Alarm while I finished up my work. He sampled a few levels before I went to join him (to secretly videotape him playing)! Hehe!

Well, it’s a silly game. But it might appeal to sadistic kids who enjoy seeing cute cartoon animals get mashed to pulp.

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A game that forces you to walk

This is a funny little gadget. I wonder if we’ll ever see it in Singapore.

The Jinsei Game of Life pedometer will beat the couch potato out of you because you can only advance by leaving your sorry couch.

This tiny little gadget contains a simple version of the Game of Life board game we’re all familiar with. The catch is that you have to take 300 physical steps in the physical world in order to spin the wheel and take a turn. If not, the gadget simply won’t allow you to advance.

Pretty neat!

You might not want to buy it for your kids or nephews or nieces, though. It’s not like they’re not already way too hyper. With this, they’re gonna have a legitimate excuse to zip around the house maniacally, getting underfoot unnecessarily and just generally drive everyone nuts.

Buy it for your lazy ass spouse or sibling or colleague, instead.

Releasing end of July.

Source.

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Invitation to beta test FIFA Online 2

Thanks to IAHGames, FIFA Online 2 will be launching in Singapore soonish.

It will also launch in Thailand at the same time, although a date hasn’t been confirmed yet. Other regions — Vietnam, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Brunei, Indonesia and the Philippines — will get it later.

You can sign up for the closed beta test, which commences on August 5. Not much longer to wait!

Thai players can sign up here for the Thai version of the game. But I don’t think I have any Thai readers, so this will have been a few lines of wasted pixels that can never be recovered.

Here’s a photo taken at the recent FIFA Online 2 press conference in Thailand:

I’m sure you don’t really care who the three blokes in the middle are because the models on the sides are grabbing all your attention.

So, here’s a close-up for you because I’m nice!

Awwww.

Well, this is the only picture I have, so stop gawking already and go sign up for the CBT!

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Ask Sheylara

Ask me any gaming-related questions! Post them in the comments or e-mail me, I don’t really care. I will try to answer all questions.

jesse5762 asks an Initial D Extreme Stage question:

Would you happen to know if it works with the Logitech G25 Racing wheel?

Sheylara Says:

It does, partially, which means that the game will only recognise the wheel turn for 90 degrees either way. So, maybe it’s not that good an idea to use that wheel for this game.

sdutango asks a similar Initial D Extreme Stage question:

So I read your blog, you said it partially works with G25. But will that work with 900 degrees? Thanks.

Sheylara Says:

Nope, the Logitech G25’s 900 degrees is wasted on this game, sadly. Like I said above, you can only go as far as 90 degrees.

liting asks a Wii question:

I just bought my Wii 2 days ago, mod Jap set. It was doing fine on the first day but after I tried connecting to the Internet and did a Wii update, I received an error message: “Error Occurred. Press the eject button and remove the disc. Turn the power off and follow the instructions in the console manual.”

When I try to play some games, it only happens to a few games and the rest are not affected. I am sure its not the disc problem cause i was playing it on the first day I bought my Wii. May I know how to resolve this? =((

Sheylara Says:

Sorry, but I wouldn’t know what your exact problem is without being there to see it for myself. My guess is that when you did an online update, you updated a security feature which prevents the console from playing modded games.

If anyone has the definitive answer to the above question, feel free to share in the comments section! :)

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Win a Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 headset!!

Ooh, I’ll bet you want!!

I’ve used it and I really like it. It’s comfortable and sounds good and is so easy to use (just plug into USB port).

I used it to record my song for the shower singing video!

No, no, I’m not giving out a used set. The winner of this week’s contest will receive a brand new Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000, never before opened and touched by human hands.

HOW TO WIN THIS BABY!

Starting today, up till July 31, vote for me DAILY in the S’pore Blog Awards!

(You knew that, somehow, I would work this voting thing in, didn’t ya?)

Then, post a comment in my blog each day to let me know that you’ve voted for me!

One vote per day, one comment per day, until July 31!

You’ll go into the draw for the prize if you do that!

Note: If you don’t live in Singapore, please agree to bear the cost of postage and packaging if you win the prize. This thing is heavy and I’m going broke mailing out prizes every week!

Feel free to e-mail me if you don’t know what the hell I’m talking about.

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Woot! I love GGF!

Oh, wait. That didn’t sound right.

I mean I love writing about games for my GGF column! I love games.

Don’t you?

Now, you have a whole weekend ahead of you to devote to gaming. How nice for you!

Happy gaming!

[Gamer Girl Friday]

The Dark Knight seduces me with his billowing cape

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To start off with, I have a few admissions to make.

  1. While I did somewhat enjoy a couple of Batman films in the past, I’ve never been a fan.
  2. I saw photos of Christian Bale on the Internet and thought he’s a bit too old and not good-looking enough to be a superhero.
  3. I have never watched a Heath Ledger movie and didn’t quite get the buzz surrounding him and his recent death.
  4. The character of the Joker has always irritated me because I thought the clown face with the fake smile looks stupid and doesn’t make a very appropriate villain.

That was before I watched The Dark Knight, three nights ago.

Today, I’m a convert many times over.

You either outright believe me (because you’re a fan and you know), or you have to watch it for yourself to believe me.

It was a good thing I was invited to the gala premiere of The Dark Knight at Lido on Wednesday night. Otherwise, I probably would never have watched it, unless my friends forcibly dragged me to.

I was very late because I had to rush down after drumming class.

By the time I got there, guests had already begun to file into the cinemas. It took me about ten minutes to frenziedly sort out the admin, get a drink and get myself admitted.

Because it was free seating and I was really late (although early enough to catch the start), I only managed to get second row seats.

Better than nothing, I guess.

I was a little lost in the first 20 minutes because I didn’t watch Batman Begins (prequel to The Dark Knight) and because, like I mentioned, I wasn’t a big Batman fan. And it took some time getting accustomed to staring up at a giant screen just a few feet away from me.

But that’s all dust under the carpet now. The movie was gripping enough to draw me out of the present and into the dark.

The Dark Knight is quite dark, thanks to Heath Ledger, who stole the show with his Oscar-deserving performance as the Joker. Now I wish the man hadn’t died, because I want to see more of him.

The Joker is a lot more likeable now (I mean in the sense of loving to hate), compared to the Joker of Jack Nicholson. Not meaning to slight Mr Nicholson, who is a great actor, but I just prefer the look of the new Joker.

With the gritty makeup, no mask, and downplaying of colours, the Joker is now more real, which makes it more terrifying. Believable villains are always scarier than campy larger-than-life villains.

Heath Ledger brought to this role a raw vulnerability that is heartbreaking and a quiet madness that is chilling to watch. I couldn’t get enough of him.

And you know how I said Christian Bale doesn’t look superhero enough for me? I take it back. He does in The Dark Knight.

He probably did, too, in Batman Begins, but I can’t know for sure because I didn’t watch that.

Although the actor is not heart-stoppingly good-looking, he isn’t without charisma. Charisma he has, in abundance. And I guess charisma is much more important for a superhero than vanilla good looks.

I love that intense gaze of his, which at the same time sends out vibes of love (for the good guys) and menace (for the bad guys).

The new bat costume I like. Very keeping with the times.

But I don’t know about the new batmobile. It looks like a tank. Not quite right, here. Not quite what I expected.

The Lamborghini that Bruce Wayne drives, though, is something else. I think Batman should drive this instead of Bat Tank up there.

Watching this baby go is worth the price of admission alone.

Well, so is watching Heath Ledger bring the Joker to life.

So is watching Christian Bale sew himself up after getting a cut.

So is watching acting veterans Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman heat up the screen.

(Aaron Eckhart is kinda cute, too, as the people’s hero, Harvey Dent.)

So is watching the nonstop explosive action you would expect in a superhero action movie.

So is watching the Dark Knight’s cape billow in the wind.

I totally fall for that sort of thing.

If you’re going to watch this movie (which I’m sure you will because you don’t want to be a suaku and miss the movie of the year), just take note of a few caveats.

  • The movie is really long at 150 minutes. Make sure you go to the bathroom just before and don’t drink too much in the cinema.
  • If you’re watching it at Lido, bring a jacket. People around me (and me) were all frozen stiff by the time the movie ended.
  • Try and get tickets early so you don’t get front row “privileges” like me. Action movies are really better watched from afar.

You can watch the trailer here. As if you need any more convincing.

And don’t be late for the show. The heart-pumping, adrenaline-inducing action starts from the very first second of the film and you don’t want to miss a single moment.