I’ve been thinking of getting back into running. My Nikes and Adidas fell apart a couple of years ago and I haven’t run since then.
I have been putting off getting new ones because there are so many other things I need to spend money on in England, such as warm clothing and… even warmer clothing.
But I am finally putting my feet down to have them fitted for a new pair of running shoes.
Now, Bournemouth (where I live now) is not a shopping paradise like Singapore is. You can’t just take a short MRT ride to Orchard Road and immediately have access to 500 sporting stores offering pretty much the same stuff but all the brands and models are represented within a 500m radius.
(That means if you don’t like the attitude in one store, you can walk 10 seconds to another store to get exactly the same thing.)
You can even find trained consultants who professionally flirt with you and make you run on gait analysing thingies, then know exactly which pair of shoes you need to instantly improve your speed, stamina and intelligence by 300%.
In Bournemouth, on the other hand, you could choose to walk 10 minutes to a small sports supermarket (and I’m using the term “super” very loosely here) offering products that would make all the fashion policemen in the world vaporise from agony.
And there are two staff members in the whole place, one manning the cash register and the other bustling about pretending to be busy with stock or something.
Or you could drive an hour to a slightly bigger sports supermarket offering similary fashion-offensive products, and there are three staff members manning the cash registers or pretending to be busy.
I chose to go online.
And after a bit of looking around, this caught my eye:
I am partial to Adidas shoes. I had a pair several years ago which were the lightest and most comfortable track shoes you’d ever wear. I almost felt like I was flying in them. Sadly, they didn’t last very long because I wore them almost every day, not just for running but for everyday use.
So I’m hoping to find another pair that feels the same.
I was quite excited to find the pink and black Adidas because I love the colours and design and it’s really hard to find running shoes with nice designs. Most branded running shoes seem to me to be designed for aliens. Which makes them only marginally better than the ones in Bournemouth.
I quickly MSN’ed the link to Piers (who was at work).
I said, “I’m going to buy this!!!”
It took him just one second to reply, “Those trainers look ugly!”
“What?!” I said, “They don’t!”
“They do to me!”
I said, “You’re just saying that cos it’s £75!”
He said, “I am not!”
Then, he was silent for two seconds and came back with this:
“These ones look much nicer!”
I said, “That’s £8!!!!!!!!!!”
“Oh! Are they?” he said, “Wow, that’s good value!”
“Yeah, right,” I told him. “Too bad, cos I need an Adidas.”
Then another three seconds and he sent me this:
“These look nice!”
I said, “Those are man shoes!!”
“Oh, yeah,” he said.
Not to be deterred, he took a few more seconds and came back with this:
Indeed, it was time to change strategy.
“Thanks,” I said, to lull him into a sense of false security, “I love that.”
He doesn’t know that I have gone ahead to order the £75 Adidas. With his credit card! Mwahahaha.
I suppose he will find out when he receives the bill at the end of the month.
Or when he reads this post, which will presumably be sooner.
But that’s okay because I have suddenly and mysteriously turned into a good cook so I will distract him with some nice Chinese cooking.
He liked the wat tan mai fan and curry puffs I made in the last week, which is saying a lot because men’s taste buds are as good as their fashion senses are bad.
Vermicelli in egg gravy
I don’t mean all men, of course. Just the ones who equate expensive with ugly and cheap with sublimely gorgeous.
Which is why I will never take a man shopping with me. The best strategy is to go online to buy anything and everything you want while the man is at work. It’s fast and convenient and when the packages arrive, you can feign ignorance. “Goodness me, where did that come from?”
Just remember not to send him any links.
Or if you must, send him eBay links of really cheap stuff to drive him into a permanent state of deep, deep security.
In other news, I am micro-blogging on Facebook more than updating this silly blog so I would respectfully suggest that you go to Facebook for quicker updates on my superfluous life.
Yes, the game is only available in Japanese but you totally do not need to understand the language to have a lot of fun playing it.
Platform: PS3 Language: Japanese Manual: English Require Knowledge of Japanese Language: No Region Code: 3 (Asia) Player: 1 Dual Shock 3 Support: Yes Steering Wheel Support: Driving Force Ex, Driving Force Pro, partially G25
SEGA has been kind enough to include English translations in the manual for us plebians.
The only downside to not knowing Japanese is that you won’t understand and enjoy the conversations in story mode.
Not a biggie, in my opinion. You can always watch the anime, which has enough story in all four seasons to satisfy the child in you.
Initial D: Extreme Stage was released only yesterday, so I’ve had limited time to test it out, but my immediate opinion is that it’s worth the buy for Initial D or drifting fans.
(As a pure racing game, it lacks features, but Initial D is not a racing game per se, it’s a drift game! If you’re not into drifting, then you won’t want to play this, if you get my drift.)
Similar to the arcade version of the game, players can customise their characters and cars.
I don’t particularly like the way the characters look, but that’s how they look in the original manga so I’ll just have to live with it.
You can tweak stuff like skin tone, eyes and lips, but they still end up looking as lame as they came.
But never mind the avatars. The main point of this game is the cars. Choose from a range of Japanese makes (Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Initial D) and models.
Yes, there’s a make called Initial D. Haha. Very cute. It has only one model, though, the Sil-80.
Next step, create a license plate.
Then, select a race course.
Followed by an opponent.
There are seven courses available at the start, each attached with its own opponents (just like in the anime)!
After each race, you get points whether or not you win. Of course, go for gold to get more points. These precious points allow you to pimp your ride in the tuning shop. Just like any other racing game, I suppose.
I like the replay feature in this game (you can watch it in the video posted above). The entire match is replayed in different angles right after you win a race.
If you feel that you’ve put in such a rousing performance that you simply must show it off to your pals or to a chick you’re trying to impress (although that’s kinda iffy because chicks don’t generally get impressed by videogame driving), you can save your replay clip for future reference.
Well, it’s a very simple, straight-forward game.
But it’s Initial D. That makes it great, instantly.
Unfortunately, there’s no online play. And it’s only available for the PS3. And is only sold in Asia.
After doing a series of quests to help her find her destiny, Sheylara the barbarian girl became very stressed.
Her destiny mentor told her, “Now, you must pass the most gruesome test of all. You must wear ugly, ill-fitting rags!”
Sheylara stared at her in confusion.
“You must be brave and do this. Only then can you find yourself.”
Sheylara blinked in dismay.
“No more bikinis?”
“No more. These clothes, although ugly, give you better stats, anyway. And you do need them because I’m sending you out on more suicide missions.”
So, Sheylara embarked on the next phase of her miserable life.
Her first mission was to chat up the city drunkard without getting puke all over herself.
Then, she had to brave the cold night and climb a mountain to pick some stupid flowers.
For once, she was glad for her ugly rags.
She had to save an old man from a bunch of town bullies, for which she reflected that doing in bikini might have been more effective because it’s always more effective to be wearing a bikini when you’re dealing with a bunch of rowdy barbarian men.
Then, there was a… um… courtesan that she had to seduce, which she thought was a rather stupd thing to ask her to do. But the world never makes sense, anyway.
There were also plenty of bloody fights. Too many of them, in fact.
At the end of it all, she was so bone-weary she had to scream.
“Well done!!” said her destiny mentor. “Even though you did die several times, I’m proud that you eventually completed all your quests!!”
“I will give you a present to reward you for your great work! You can now wear this skirt instead of that ugly pair of baggy pants!”
Sheylara looked at her new skirt and let out an inaudible sigh.
This was quite a tough one to decide, which is suprising considering that there were only six valid entries. (Why ah? The prize too small? Hehe.)
I asked readers to tell me what they like and don’t like about Gamer Girl Friday and I was going to pick my favourite entry to win this keychain.
To be honest, many of your comments confused me, specifically regarding the barbarian girl story. Some of you listed that item as both a plus and a minus. What is this, like, describing a girlfriend? I love her but I hate her.
Of course, there are those who either purely like it or purely hate it, and that’s fine.
All the same, thank you all for your comments and suggestions. I appreciate even those who confused me. I know you don’t mean to, so maybe it’s just me being too dumb and sleep-deprived to decipher your meaning.
Still, I have to pick a winner.
And the winner is…
(Hey, like, I can do that for real!! I’m a drummer!! :P)
(The problem now being that your name is so short that it totally anti-climaxes the announcement! =P)
But, yes, aig gets the keychain because he gave me constructive suggestions without being cryptic about it.
Please give him applause!
Okay, to end this, I do take all your suggestions to heart, but I may not implement them right away because of various limitations. Taking baby steps to improve, can?
How have you done a dual monitor setup? AoC’s window is not resizable oO… Have you got DualMonitor from Matrox?
No, I haven’t got DualMonitor. What you need to do is tweak some settings outside of AoC.
I’m using NVIDIA 8800 GT, so I go to NVIDIA control panel and select the Display folder. In there, I choose the option “As one large horizontal desktop”. This forces every application I use on my comp to think that both my monitors are only one monitor. So, yes, AoC is forced to play across both screens!
Not sure why anyone would want to play an MMORPG on dual screen, though. It’s a bit annoying because your avatar is split in two.
The Goonfather asks a trick question:
You can only choose one: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PSP, NDS, Goonfather. Which would you choose and why.
Er… I choose the PSWii60!
Haha! Incidentally, PSWii60 was the Goonfather’s nick on MSN back at the time when he was torn between all the consoles. I think it’s a good choice!
Okay la okay la. I choose the Goonfather because he doesn’t run out of batteries, doesn’t get RROD, doesn’t cost money to maintain (buy new games), doesn’t make me lose sleep trying to beat the next level and, best of all, the Goonfather feeds me barbeque chicken wings.
Dexter Tiah asks an Xbox 360 question:
Recently, when I was playing a game on my Xbox 360, the screen shut off and the player 1 and player 3 light flashed red. This not only applied to my Winning Eleven game, but other games like PGR4 also caused the same effect when I played, barely 3 mins into the game.
Can I know what is the problem, in your opinion? I have a suspicion it’s the xbox rings of death or something. Is there anything I can do to correct it?
The famed Xbox Red Ring of Death is indicated by at least three quadrants lighting up in red. If there are two reds, it’s most likely just a routine overheating problem. I guess the best immediate fix would be to turn off your system and go do something else first.
There’s a famous towel fix for the RROD which tons of people swear by, but I really won’t recommend that.
What I would recommend is that you place your Xbox 360 in a well-ventilated area or even aim a fan at it while you’re playing.
If you still keep getting red lights for no apparent reason, it’s best that you call the Xbox Singapore Customer Care toll free hotline at 800 448 1330 (Mon—Fri, 9am—6pm). More efficient to have a trained technician walk you through a fix!
There are a few other games I wanted to talk about this week, such as Happy Tree Friends False Alarm (Xbox 360), Guitar Hero Aerosmith (PS3), Guitar Hero on Tour (DS), Trauma Center 2 (DS). But, to be honest, I don’t really want to talk about games unless I’ve played them, and I haven’t had time to play them this week.
From the start, I meant for Gamer Girl Friday to be very personal, to share my personal experiences in gaming and my personal likes and dislikes.
So, I know you guys want to read about more games, so I will try and play more games so I can talk about more games in the coming weeks and in the future!
Meanwhile, feel free to suggest games you want me to play and talk about! :)
Oh, yes. To my American readers, happy Independence Day!