GGF#8: Initial D comes to the PS3!!

[Gamer Girl Friday]

When the Goonfather first tried to persuade me to watch Initial D, the anime series, with him, I was like, “Eew, I don’t want to watch a stupid racing car anime. How boring!”

So he watched it himself (in fact, at that time, he was watching Season 1 for the third time), although he very cunningly watched it while I was in the same room.

Once in a while, I would accidentally catch a glimpse of it.

Gradually, the accidental glimpses turned to cursory glances. Then they turned to lingering looks. Next thing I knew, I was sitting beside him watching the damn thing.

Once I bit into the hook and couldn’t wiggle my way out of the couch, I made him start watching from episode 1 all over again so I could enjoy the series from the beginning.

Yes, it’s that good. But I’m not here to talk about anime. I’m here to rave over the latest game release from SEGA — Initial D: Extreme Stage for the PS3.

Very nice!

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Table of Contents

  1. Initial D: Extreme Stage (PS3) gameplay
  2. Initial D: Extreme Stage (PS3) review
  3. Thrashed by a 10-year-old in soccer
  4. Adventures of Sheylara the Barbarian Part 7
  5. Last week’s giveaway winner
  6. Ask Sheylara
  7. Who wants a Blue Dragon faceplate?

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Initial D: Extreme Stage (PS3) gameplay

Fresh from the store! So fresh the paint on the cover is still drying! I mean the game.

Here’s a video captured while I was playing it last night. Watch the intro, too! It’s so good!!

Let it load up while you read the review below!

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Initial D: Extreme Stage review

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.

But it’s Initial D.

Enough said.

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Thrashed by a 10-year-old in soccer

Well, you can’t exactly blame me. I’ve never played a soccer game in my life. I’ve never even played real soccer.

These 10-year-olds, they’re pros with consoles. They’ve got lots of time to practise when they come home from school.

Me, the only practice I get a lot of is sitting on my butt and wearing out my keyboard.

So, this was at the UEFA EURO 2008 tournament last Saturday, organised by Adidas.

I was invited to take part in the tournament because I’m Gamer Girl Friday.

I said, “Yes, I may be Gamer Girl Friday, but I don’t play soccer games.”

“Never mind,” they said. “Just come and play for fun.”

“I’ll get thrashed in the first 10 seconds and totally embarrass myself.”

“That’s alright.”

Of course, it’s alright for you.

But never let it be said that Sheylara is a wet blanket. Sheylara is game for any game, any time!

So, off I went to play soccer.

Ten minutes before the tournament was slated to start, I found myself a coach.

Wilfred from Adidas gave me a five-minute crash course on button mashing, after which he set me up for a practice match with this little boy who just happened to be there.

I don’t know how old this boy is, so I’m just generalising that he’s 10 years old because it’s a good round figure. He could be 12 or 15, who knows?

He totally thrashed me. The score was like 4-0, two minutes into the game.

I was so traumatised that I went running to Eunice to cry on her shoulder.

We ended up camwhoring, of course.

Soon after, the tournament started. My name was called in the very first round! Stress!

And guess who my first opponent was.

The very same boy who was my practice partner just a while ago! What are the odds, really, out of like 100 participants?

Check out my stressed expression!

The official tournament match lasted 10 minutes. My fingers nearly broke at the end of it.

I did better this time, though. At the end of 10 minutes, the score was 3-0.

I congratulated the boy for getting into the next round and took a picture with him.

After that, I went to hug the giant football for comfort and to see if I might not metaphysically absorb the power of the great football spirit, which might turn me into an instant football pro.

Not very high odds on that, but you never know.

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Adventures of Sheylara the Barbarian Part 7

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.

“Great, just what I needed.”

(To be continued…)

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Last week’s giveaway winner

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…

…DRUMROLL…

(Hey, like, I can do that for real!! I’m a drummer!! :P)

aig!

(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?

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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 (unless I get like 500 questions a day).

quigonjinn42 asks a question about this video:

How have you done a dual monitor setup? AoC’s window is not resizable oO… Have you got DualMonitor from Matrox?

Sheylara Says:

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.

Sheylara Says:

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?

Sheylara Says:

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!

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Who wants a Blue Dragon faceplate?

Yeah, I know the game is pretty old but I have this Xbox 360 faceplate sitting around at home, not being used. Never used, so it’s still brand spanking new.

I think it’s looks cool and sort of cute, and it’s an original limited edition Xbox 360 Blue Dragon faceplate, so I believe there will be people who want this!

Post a comment if you want it (before next Friday). I will do a lucky draw!

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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!

[Gamer Girl Friday]

GGF#7: Games to play this week

[Gamer Girl Friday]

Welcome to another edition of Gamer Girl Friday! To those of you who have been supporting this little project of mine (silently or vocally), thank you very much! The reason I’m still going strong is you!

I haven’t had much of grand editorial plan for GGF so far. Like, I don’t plan my issues ahead and I just kinda write whatever appeals to me at the moment.

So, I know I’m not producing the best work I can, but I can only get better with your help.

Writing quality content, while having fun doing it, is my ultimate goal.

Thank you for being with me on my journey!

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Table of Contents

  1. Have you created your Spore?
  2. Playing Battlefield: Bad Company
  3. Don’t play this alone in the dark
  4. Adventures of Sheylara the Barbarian Part 6
  5. Xbox Live Gold Subscription Card goes to…
  6. Ask Sheylara
  7. Want a cool PS3 keychain?

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Have you created your Spore?

Hewwo! I’m a cute purple blob!

Bweek! Fweek!

Oooh! My creator just gave me pincers!

I look weird. =(

Snip snip!

Yippeee! I have eyes and legs!! And a tail!

Look ma! Hands!!!

Oh, OOH! We’re going into the painting room next!

Aww, why am I still purple? I like yellow!

Aniwehs, I love being a freak!

Oookies. You can go to EA to download the client to make your own freak!

Like, you can stick body parts anywhere on your blob and adjust sizes and angles for everything! You can give your creature a zillion eyes if you want to!

I’m glad I don’t have a zillion eyes. I wouldn’t know what to do with them.

I can be found in the game called Spore, created by The Sims creator Will Wright! But the game won’t be released till September. =(

Aww, don’t be sad. I will dance for you, okie?

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Playing Battlefield: Bad Company

Pretty cool game. There’s a lot of humour in the cutscenes and the gameplay dialogue. Funny storyline. Feels like you’re watching a movie. Nice graphics, with cinematic effects at times.

Here’s a video of the demo gameplay, played by the Goonfather.

Yup, it’s as good as the reviews are saying!

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Don’t play this alone in the dark

Because, as the game title suggests, you’re Alone in the Dark. And playing this game alone in the dark is going to be freaky, especially when zombies jump out of nowhere to try and eat you.

I uploaded a funny video of it more than two months ago. (Filmed it at the Xbox 360 party where we were given a sneak preview of the game.)

It has finally launched (only on the Xbox 360 for now) and I am alerted to that fact by the sudden influx of comments I’m getting in YouTube for the video.

So, I’m embedding it once more for my newer readers. It’s worth a look because it’s a funny video to the theme of “pwned by a zombie chick”!

Anyone getting the game?

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Adventures of Sheylara the Barbarian Part 6

Sheylara couldn’t wait to bop enemies on the head with her new hammer.

“HWAH!! Come to momma!”

Excitedly, she wandered off in search of an enemy.

The ditzy barbarian girl came upon a one-armed man who looked rather like a statue.

“Hi!” Sheylara said chirpily. “Are you an enemy?”

“Um, no,” said the man. “Why should I be an enemy?”

“Aww, are you sure you’re not an enemy?”

“Quite sure.”

“Are you very, very, absolutely sure?”

“Lady, see here now! I’m a one-armed man who looks rather like a statue, for goodness’ sake! Why would I be your enemy??”

“I don’t know. I just thought, maybe.”

“I quite assure you that I’m not an enemy.”

“Alright, then.”

Dejectedly, Sheylara wandered off to see if she might not find an enemy before too long.

Soon, she came upon a muscular red-haired man.

“Are you an enemy?” Sheylara asked doubtfully.

“Nope,” said the man. “I am the famous Captain Redrik, scourge of the southern coasts. If I have slain one of yer loved ones and it’s revenge ye seek, then a duel to yer death it is!”

“Well, you didn’t exactly…”

“If ye have business with me, speak!”

“Kthxbye.”

Fortunately for Sheylara, she possessed at least half an ounce of brain matter, which advised her that she’d better leave well (and beefy captains) alone.

She decided to get on with seeking her destiny, as the lady in white in the previous episode had told her.

As she plodded along in search of the island in the south, a dodgy character pssted her.

“Psst!”

“What’s with this city and psst?” asked Sheylara rhetorically.

“Lady,” said a man with a strange cape that covered his chin and a bit of his nose.

“Hi,” Sheylara responded.

“I am Idogbe. Heard of me?”

“No.”

“Aww, dang,” lamented the man. “Do you think I should start a blog? Bloggers seem to get famous quite easily these days.”

“I suppose,” said Sheylara. “I will read your blog if you tell me where the island is.”

“Awesome! The harbor is just right there! Leave comments, too, will ya?”

“Sure, if I’m not too busy. I gotta find some enemies to bop on the head, as you can tell, seeing as I got a bigass hammer and all.”

So, off to the harbor Sheylara went. She spotted a grouchy guard standing guard.

“Oh, hello!” she waved.

The guard ignored her.

“Hellooooo,” waved Sheylara again. “Tell me about the harbor!”

“Harbor’s not your business, stranger. Leave me alone.”

Sheylara considered momentarily hitting the surly guard over the head with her hammer, then thought better of it. He did have a silly-looking spiky thing on his head and she didn’t want to break her new hammer.

“You people in this city aren’t very friendly,” she told the guard. “I shan’t bother with the lot of you anymore!”

It was then that the disillusioned barbarian girl decided it was a good time to go for a midnight swim.

After all, what was a swimsuit for if not for swimming in?

“Last one in’s a rotten egg!” she cried to no one in particular and jumped into the water.

“Ahhhhhh,” Sheylara luxuriated, all the stresses of the day washing off her.

She swam and swam.

And swam.

And enjoyed the caressing waters.

And swam.

And suddenly found herself on an island.

“Ooh, I found my island!”

First order of business was to take some touristy camwhore photos.

“Nice! Now, what shall I do on this island?”

Wandering around, she spotted an old man sitting by a campfire.

“Ooh, maybe that’s an enemy I can try my hammer on!

Happily, she ran towards the old man.

“Are you an enemy?” she asked.

Startled out of his reverie, the old man said, “Of course not, you dumb blonde. Now sit down and listen to my story because I’m part of your destiny quest.”

“Oh, alright.”

While listening to a somewhat long and tedious story, Sheylara camwhored. She was kinda getting into it.

Before long, the storytelling old man lulled her into a drowsy daze and she eventually fell into a dreamless slumber, all thoughts of quests and hammers and camwhoring forgotten.

Once again, Sheylara wasted another episode of Adventures of Sheylara the Barbarian not doing anything very exciting, but that’s the way the story goes.

At least, she felt, her life is a little bit more fun than that of the old man whose grandfather story put her to sleep.

(To be continued next week…)

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Xbox Live Gold Subscription Card goes to…

Dexter Tiah!!!

Congratulations! You win this for simply posting a comment in last week’s GGF! Hope you have fun with Xbox Live! I will be contacting you by e-mail for the delivery of your prize!

Those who didn’t win this time, don’t be disappointed. There will be more in the future, I’m sure!

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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 (unless I get like 500 questions a day).

Alex Tung asks a general question:

If I had to decide between Nintendo Wii and a PSP, which one should I get? I am not into cute games… not much of a Guitar Hero fan too… I like RPGs with fantasy/magic/dungeons & dragons themes and stuff. The last time i bought a console (PS2), it ended up rotting in my storeroom after a year. So… any sort of advice is appreciated.

Sheylara Says:

See, the thing is, if you really like RPGs, you wouldn’t have let your PS2 rot in the storeroom because the PS2 was, like, famous for its great library of RPGs (e.g. Final Fantasy). So I’m going to assume that the reason that happened was because you didn’t have time to play games.

If that’s the case, then the PSP will be a better choice because it’s portable. You can play on the go, while waiting in queues, while waiting for your girlfriend, or whenever. Well, of course, the PSP also has more RPGs than the Wii.

Wii has the monopoly on cute games. So if you’re not into cute games, your Wii will just rot in the storeroom together with your PS2, I think.

Wishbone asks a camwhore question:

For a person who isn’t that photogenic, how would you tell him/her how to pose for photos?

Sheylara Says:

Everyone has a good side. Just take tons of photos, try all kinds of angles and all kinds of smiles and expressions to find the best one! Yes, it may sound strange, but looking good in photos requires practice just like everything else.

If that’s not working, then wear makeup, or wear a mask.

Apoorv Khatreja asks a comparison question:

If you had to choose a favorite, which one would you choose – GTA IV or Super Mario (The classic version for SNES)?

Sheylara Says:

Definitely GTA IV. I’ve never been much of a Super Mario fan, although I do like some of the characters like the mushrooms and goomba.

But GTA beats everything else hands down, anyway!

junkie asks a Super Mario Bros question:

Did you play Super Mario Bros (the wildly popular one in the 90s), and if so, did you ever finish (I couldn’t because mum would yell at me to STOP PLAYING NOW before I even came close!)? If so, what happens at the end? I was convinced that this game was programmed to go on forever.

Sheylara Says:

Eh, what’s the fascination with Super Mario, you guys? The only Super Mario games I like are the party games! Hehe. Like the one on the Wii where it’s like a board game (Mario Party 8) and also the board game one on the DS.

I don’t generally like 2D side-scrolling games, and I find endless coin collecting very annoying.

What a shame your mum never let you finish it, though. You should have told her that she needs to let you rescue Princess Peach if she ever wants to have a daughter-in-law and cute grandchildren.

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Want a cool PS3 keychain?

This keychain is very cool!! I would keep it for myself if I’m not already using a Tiffany & Co keychain which I got for Christmas last year.

Anyhoo, here’s a picture of it!

Mouse not included! I only put the mouse in the background so you can have a size reference.

You can open up the keychain to reveal a secret compartment! Oooh!

It’s to store a Sony Memory Stick PRO Duo for your PSP! How cool is that?!

Aww, I’m almost sad to part with it!

But one lucky you is gonna get it! So…

HOW TO WIN THE KEYCHAIN?

Answer these questions:

  1. What content(s) do you like in Gamer Girl Friday?
  2. What content(s) don’t you like in Gamer Girl Friday?

Most useful/helpful/constructive/impressive answer wins!

Closing Date: July 3, 2008

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Fridays used to mean nothing to me since I don’t have a regular job and, like, every day was a weekend to me.

But now that I’ve suddenly gotten very busy with activities and freelance work, I’ve had to specially put aside weekends for friends and family and fun. Now I look forward to Fridays (and weekends) very much!

Hey, don’t forget to go to VivoCity tomorrow for the UEFA EURO 2008 PS3 tournament! It’s happening from 12 pm till 7 pm at the East Court. I will be there from 12 pm to about 3 pm! Come say hi to me if you spot me!

And, as always, have a great weekend! Love ya!

[Gamer Girl Friday]

GGF#6: Toward gaming events and parties

[Gamer Girl Friday]

Gamer Girl Friday is slightly late today because I only started working on it this morning, can you believe? I don’t know how my week just gets packed without warning, week after week. It’s getting ridiculous, if you ask me.

But, busy or not, I need my weekly gaming fix so GGF will go up weekly no matter what!

We’re also seeing more and more gaming-related events happening in Singapore, which is great!

You guys know what to do! Support these events. Take part in them. It will pay back in the long run because it will help the gaming industry grow. It can only benefit us in return.

So don’t be a couch potato gamer. Get out there and party!

By the way, the best gaming party so far is still the Xbox 360 birthday party couple months back.

Let’s have more of that, then. Can we?

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Table of Contents

  1. Sheylara is 12 years old
  2. Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution trailer
  3. Adidas invites you to be a UEFA EURO 2008 champ
  4. YouTube finally acknowledges gamers
  5. Adventures of Sheylara the Barbarian Part V
  6. Playing PS3 on the silver screen
  7. Ask Sheylara
  8. Win an Xbox Live Gold Subscription Card!

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Sheylara is 12 years old

So says this random Age of Conan player.

Gamer Girl Friday got linked in another AoC forum, although this one didn’t garner as many responses as the previous one.

Here’s the highlight:

[I'm 12]

Love the PLZ DIE emoticon!!

Here’s the link.

Well, I could care less whether people think I’m 10 or 40. My age is not really the point. The point is I’m amused that Americans (mostly) still enjoy making a big deal of female gamers.

We know that they know that we exist. And in large numbers, too. And they know that we know that they know. And yet the charade continues.

People are too free! =)

Well, it’s entertaining, anyway, so I hope they don’t stop!

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Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution trailer

I’ve never played any Civilization games but I know the series is hugely popular and I’ve seen the Goonfather stuck to his PC for hours, playing the game.

He recently showed me this trailer which he downloaded from the PS3 network and I must say it’s got me hooked.

The trailer is very nice. It’s got lots of awe-inspiring quotes from great historical men, like:

I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep, I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. — Alexander the Great

The best part is that the game is coming out on the DS!!! I am so gonna get it. (Because, unfortunately, I seem to only have time to play the DS these days while commuting.)

It will also be released for the PS3 and Xbox 360, in July, if you’re interested.

Link: Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution official site

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Adidas invites you to be a EURO 2008 champ

Here’s a really cool gaming event you can be part of.

In fact, I’m going to be part of it. I’ve signed up for Adidas UEFA EURO 2008 tournament happening on June 28, where 128 players will pit their football skills against one another!

[Play like a madman]

Come and see me get licked horribly!

(To be honest, I’ve never played a single football game in my life. Wait, I’ve never even played real life football!!)

There will be lots of wonderful, exciting prizes given out at the event for both contestants and passers-by.

So, even if you’re not taking part in the tournament, you can just come and answer questions or test your skills at the skill stations to win vouchers and knick knacks from Adidas.

[Adidas]

For tournament participants, stand a chance to win a PS3 console, an official match ball of EURO 2008, customisable Adidas football boots, EA game vouchers and more!

DETAILS!!!

How To Take Part

Buy $80 worth of Adidas products at Adidas outlets in The Cathay, VivoCity, Suntec or Cineleisure. Check out the in-store promotional material for the rules and regulations.

Event Details

Date: June 28, 2008
Time: 12pm to 7pm
Venue: East Court, VivoCity

Spectators are very welcome! See you there!!

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YouTube finally acknowledges gamers

For the longest time now, I’ve had to file my gaming videos under the categories of either “Science & Technology” or “People & Blogs”.

Which is ridiculous. I can’t believe they never had a gaming category!

Well, they do now. Finally! I noticed it when I was uploading my CivRev video.

[Beware of gamers]

I actually did a double take and thought I was dreaming when I saw it. It was about 2 am when I uploaded the video and I was sleepy.

Oh, well, not that it’s very relevant to you. But it makes me happy!

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Adventures of Sheylara the Barbarian Part V

Read Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Sheylara was increasingly amazed at the divine help she’d been getting since being tossed into this violent new world.

First, she mysteriously acquired this weirdass power to throw white dazzling light at people to fry them.

[It started getting a bit hot]

Then, she got arrow thingies pointing the way to important places to pick up important objects (such as meat cleavers) to give to important people wanting them.

Smooth, thought Sheylara.

Gathering a meat cleaver and rolling pin and roll of leather in this way, Sheylara ran back to the old man to whom the items belonged.

[His beard needed some curling]

“Oh, I say,” said the old man. “Awfully kind of you, my dear.”

He gave Sheylara a rusty piece of tin for her trouble.

“Here, that ought to buy you a lick of ale at the inn.”

“Yeeeeeeeeees!” Sheylara rejoiced and danced. “I have a tin! I have a tin!!”

[Just a bit higher, there you go]

The jubilant barbarian girl consulted her little arrow friend and found the inn in no time.

Then she tried to find someone who could help her get settled in properly.

[I'm taller than you]

“Excuse me…,” started Sheylara.

“Oh, alright!” complained the warrior-looking woman grudgingly. “You can have a quest.”

“Wha—”

“Go talk to the old woman up on a hill.”

“Excuse me?”

“That’s all you’re going to get from me!” screeched the woman. “All you soft newbies always want clues! Hints! Walkthroughs! Power levelling! You are a useless bunch of nincompoops! Now stop bothering me and go talk to the old woman up on a hill!”

Refusing to be defeated, Sheylara tried another.

[Look at me, bitch]

“Um…,” she said.

“Yes, I need an errand run. Go find a city guard and pass him this message for me.”

“But—”

“Be off with ya, then.”

Almost in tears, Sheylara retreated to a corner of the inn to try and make sense of things. She didn’t quite understand why everyone just wanted her to do stuff for them.

“Psst!”

Sheylara was suddenly jolted out of her thoughts.

“Psst! Little lady!”

Turning around, she saw a vision.

[The girls enjoyed the black and white party]

“You musn’t be discouraged, young one,” said a beautiful woman all dressed in white. “It is only through hardship and trials that we discover our destiny.”

“But I just want a cream soda. And a place to sleep for the night,” said Sheylara miserably.

“Come now, my dear. Sleep is for the weak. Why, there are some adventurers like yourself who do this continuously for 48 hours or more, stopping only for toilet breaks and to call the pizza delivery service.”

“Really?” said Sheylara doubtfully.

“Don’t fret, my dear. You will learn our ways and you will find your destiny. Here, this will help you.”

The woman in white handed Sheylara a hugeass hammer.

[Holy Hammer]

“I can tell that your destiny is to fry enemies with the light of Mithra from afar. But sometimes, those brainless mobs will get too close and that is when you’ll need to clobber them with this hammer.”

“But this is—”

“Seek an island south of the city. There, you will find further instruction.”

With that, the woman shimmered away into a mist of nothingness.

“Holy crikey,” breathed Sheylara.

[Holy Hammer]

Trying on the hammer for size, Sheylara the barbarian looked up into the night sky and marvelled at the strength and courage she suddenly felt infusing her.

She was now ready to take on the world!

[A lullaby would be good about now]

(To be continued next week…)

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Playing PS3 on the silver screen

As you all know, a handful of readers got to attend the Cathay/Sony digital movie system launch event with me last week. (I hope you guys had fun!)

We played Tekken 5 Online in the cinema auditoriam itself. That was super, super cool.

[Fierce]

Anyway, that’s the beauty of the new digital movie system. Now, we can watch or play anything in the movie theatre (only at The Cathay) without being limited to traditional 35mm film reels!

I want to play Rock Band in there!! Can you imagine what it would be like?

[Camwhores in the cinema]

Me and Timothy took a picture in front of the big screen while people were playing the game.

It was supposed to be a tournament, but I think the organisers decided last minute that it wasn’t very fair because there was limited time and not everyone would get to compete, so they decided to lucky draw the prize of a PS3.

Some stranger got it, bummer.

We watched Don’t Mess with the Zohan after that. Well, this is technically a gaming column so I shouldn’t be talking about movies, but it’s a damn good show. I never knew Adam Sandler could be that sexy. He literally oozes charisma and sex appeal throughout the show.

Okay, I’m seriously waiting for someone to organise a Rock Band party or tournament in the movie theatre. It will rock serious ass.

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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 (unless I get like 500 questions a day).

Dexter Tiah asks an Xbox 360 question:

I encountered some problems when trying to connect to Xbox Live. How do you connect? Wired or wireless? Do u need some special hardware like Microsoft wireless adapter to play? And what if my IP is wrong or MTU has exceeded?

Sheylara Says:

You can connect to Xbox Live either wired or wirelessly. Yes, you need to buy a wireless device if you want to go wireless. As for your IP and MTU, well, you’ll have to understand that it’s a bit hard to troubleshoot such problems remotely.

I can direct you to a fantastic guide on xbox.com, though.

To learn how to set up your system, click here.

To learn how to connect to Xbox Live, click here.

aig asks a console comparison question:

I’ve read somewhere that the Goonfather ranks the PS3 above the Xbox360. Why is that? What are PS3’s greatest points? Thinking of perhaps getting one in the near future. Thanks in advance…

Sheylara Says:

The Goonfather ranks the PS3 above everything else because he’s a Sony fanboi. Haha. Well, the good things about the PS3 are the Blu-Ray player and the slightly better graphics, although I think the Xbox 360 Elite gives the PS3 a run for its money (haha the Goonfather hates this phrase).

But he’s getting very irritated with Sony now because the Asian market is largely neglected and there is virtually no support. For example, the latest download from the PS3 Asia network is some game trailer from last year.

I’d still stick with the Xbox 360 for its superior games library and unsurpassed Xbox Live experience and wonderful local support, all of which I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you about. ;)

Best, though, is to buy both! We do use both of them quite equally!

ryo hazuki asks a gender question:

Do you think more girls in Singapore would pick up gaming if it was advertised more? Or are there not enough games that are appealing to girls right now?

Sheylara Says:

The number of girl gamers is already increasingly at a respectable rate, I feel. Game developers are already doing their best to produce games that appeal to girls, so I think that area is covered. Maybe advertising is the key.

I think what we need is a girl gamer movement, some organisation that brings girl gamers together and organises activities that will appeal to girls. Make it something very exclusive and hip and happening, you know? Kinda like the women credit card campaign — the men don’t get it kinda thing.

Also, what we really need is for guys to buy games and gadgets for their girlfriends and pay for all their gaming subscriptions! =P

Yes, that will really help.

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Win an Xbox Live Gold Subscription Card!

If you’re never tried the Xbox Live Gold membership, here’s a great chance for you to get started and enjoy the full online multiplayer experience!

I have one 3-month Gold Subscription Card to give away this week.

[Win me!]

Just post a comment saying you want it and I’ll enter you into the draw. Yep, lucky draw this time!

Closing date: June 25, 2008

Good luck!

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People always ask me, “What games are you playing now?”

My answer is, “I don’t have time to play games nowadays because I’m kept so busy writing about games and attending gaming events and writing about them! (Among other things.)”

I’m ashamed of myself. How can a gamer girl not play games?

I shall endeavour to game more in the coming weeks.

Well, you know what, I’ve got a Rock Band jamming session tomorrow night (after three weeks of not playing). I’m going to rock the house down.

Shut your windows and don’t call the police!

[Gamer Girl Friday]

GGF#5: The weird issue

[Gamer Girl Friday]

I was going to make a Metal Gear Solid 4 video for this week’s Gamer Girl Friday but we weren’t able to acquire a copy in time.

So, this week, I’ve got some other nonsense for you.

Everything in this issue is weird, strange, funny, crazy, confused because I’ve had a busy dizzy week and am in that sort of mood.

I’m sure you’ll enjoy it, though.

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Table of Contents

  1. The Goonfather tries to buy Metal Gear Solid 4
  2. Female gamers are a myth
  3. Meet the weirdo guild
  4. Annoyed and addicted
  5. Adventures of Sheylara the Barbarian Part IV
  6. Someone won a 1GB thumbdrive!
  7. Ask Sheylara
  8. Win exclusive movie tickets and a PlayStation 3!

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The Goonfather tries to buy MGS4

[I'm watchin' you]

Metal Gear Solid 4 released worldwide yesterday, so the Goonfather rang up his favourite games shop to check if the stock had arrived.

“Hello,” he said, “Do you have Metal Gear Solid 4 yet?”

The lady who picked up the phone spoke in Chinese, which I shall translate into English for your convenience.

“Mitaka Gekono So?” she said. “Yes, we have it.”

“WTF is that,” thought the Goonfather to himself.

He tried again.

“The PS3 game, MGS4? You have it?”

“Ohhh,” she said. “Yes, we have GTA4.”

“WTF????” thought the Goonfather to himself again.

He tried once more.

“No. I mean MGS4. Me… tal… Ge… ar… So… lid… 4.”

“Huh?” she said. “There’s no such thing.”

Before he felt forced to say WTF for real, he thanked the lady and hung up.

No MGS4 for us on launch day.

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Female gamers are a myth

It seems that a huge majority of the male population still haven’t realised that girls are starting to take over the gaming world.

I blame it on “shemales”, a term used by Singaporean gamers to label men who play female characters in games. (I think the Americans call them trannies.)

[I may look female but I'm male]

It perpetuates the belief that all female characters are, in fact, played by men. Therefore, real female gamers do not exist.

Anyway, I’m raising this topic today because some guy posted this in the Age of Conan forum yesterday:

[The hook]

Yes, this guy found my blog and can’t quite believe that girl gamers exist. Within one day, this post generated 8 pages of hilarious comments debating my existence (and that of other girl gamers).

I’ve compiled some of the funny ones here:

[The bite]

Hilarity!

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Meet the weirdo guild

This isn’t a new thing, but I just discovered it so I’m sharing it with you.

It’s a video series about a bunch of MMORPG addicts who get into all kinds of trouble online and offline. It’s really funny and the actors are really good with impeccable comic timing!

This is the first episode:

Watch the other episodes here!

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Annoyed and addicted

This past week, I’ve sacrificed countless hours of sleep for this stupid DS game called Lost in Blue.

[Game for kids!!]

The latest version is Lost in Blue 3, but I’m still living in the dinosaur age and playing the first of the series.

This game is evil. Once you start, you can’t stop, no matter how much you hate it.

You play this high school kid who is stranded on an island. Together with a cute girl named Skye, you must find a way to survive and escape.

[Aww, so sweet]

Your immediate daily goal is to keep your three meters (hunger, thirst and energy) filled.

[Tell me I'm not playing this]

So, basically, it’s a game of eating, drinking and sleeping.

I thought it would be really easy. The Sims has like eight bars to fill. This has only three!

NOT!

The bars go down very fast and it’s annoying as hell. And the game tempts you with poisonous mushrooms at the start so you have to choose between dying of hunger or dying of poison.

[Napping on the beach is quite fun]

It’s very, very annoying.

The game teases you.

When I finally managed to gather the materials to make a fishing pole so I could fish and eat some real food instead of living on coconuts and poisonous mushrooms, I was ecstatic.

Then I discovered that spearing fish is hard.

[The fish was ticklish]

You have to poke at fish swimming across the screen very fast with your stylus. It’s a tiny moving target. You have to be so precise.

You miss half the time.

The fishing pole breaks after you’ve used it like five times and all you’ve got to show for your effort is one measly fish in your basket.

It’s back to coconuts, then.

I hate this game. The whole game is full of rubbish like that. Makes you happy by letting you discover something, then annoys the hell out of you by making it so hard.

While performing your daily task of surviving, you’re exploring the island and trying to find a way to civilisation.

There are more irritating things to grumble about the game but I have no more space.

I am especially annoyed because it’s at the same time so addictive that I can’t stop playing it.

The game is coming on the Wii end of this year!

Titled Lost in Blue: Shipwrecked, it will have about the same gameplay as the annoying version I’ve been spending too much time on, on the DS.

[Let's get stranded again!]

I need to a Wii!

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Adventures of Sheylara the Barbarian Pt IV

Read Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

So, it was a dusty and humid evening and Sheylara the kind-hearted and innocent barbarian girl had been asked to fetch bricks for the grumpy smithy.

“Woe is me,” Sheylara mumbled pitifully to herself. “All I wanted was a cream soda and a place to sleep.

[Headache]

“And maybe a new bikini, but I would’ve done without that. Whatever.”

As she trudged wearily through overgrown foliage and muddy footpaths in search of bricks, her tired mind wandered into the past.

She saw a flash.

And then she felt a sharp pain as her mind came running back to the present.

[Pain]

“Ouch!” she yelled.

Her confused time-travelling mind registered two dodgy characters staring at her challengingly.

[Who's your daddy!]

“Who’s ya daddy?!” they roared.

“What are you—”

“Villain! Evil sorceress!” interrupted one of the dodgy characters. “Taste ma blade afore ya touch ma bricks!”

“How did you know I wanted—”

Another flash and Sheylara instinctively dodged the clumsy swing of a dull stick.

“OH go to hell,” Sheylara said. “I am so sick of you people!”

She raised her arms. Blinding white light swirled around her hands and burst out in a fierce arc towards her antagonisers.

[Yes, it's quite blinding]

As of that moment, the two dodgy characters ceased to be dodgy characters. They were now a sorry heap on the ground.

[They won't be waking up any time soon]

“Cool,” said Sheylara. “I never knew I had that in me!”

Triumphantly, she ran past the sorry heap into a quarry of strangely glowing bricks.

[These bricks weren't made for walking]

“Bricks!” Sheylara cried. “My meal ticket!”

Loading as many as she could carry in her hands, Sheylara raced back to the sullen smithy with whatever remaining strength she had.

Just like that, without much fanfare, the tired barbarian girl was let into the shining city of Tortage.

[It was still quite bright, surprisingly]

Well, not quite shining, but it was still a real city with real people and real bikinis, nonetheless.

Happily, Sheylara ran up to the nearest bloke to ask for directions.

[Here's a kindly looking fella]

“Excuse me,” said Sheylara. “Could you please—”

“Ahh,” interrupted the kindly old man. “Just the person I wanted to see, my dear. Would you be a dear and fetch me a rolling pin, a meat cleaver and a roll of leather?”

“Wha—?”

“Well, I’m afraid they’re rather scattered all around. A couple of punks stole them and tossed them around, would you believe? I’m sure you can find them for me, though, wouldn’t you, please?”

“What is wrong with this world!” Sheylara exploded. “Why is everyone asking me to fetch stuff?”

Looking a little shocked, the kindly old man said, “Oh, but I do say!”

“Say what?” Sheylara challenged.

Fidgeting, the old man looked a little uncomfortable. “Say… mm… that is, wouldn’t you fetch my meat cleaver? I’m in a bit of a hurry for it, that is.”

Confounded and utterly confused, Sheylara looked up in the sky for guidance.

There, she saw, a giant celetial arrow pointing the way.

[Really handy]

“Wha—” said she, doing a double take.

The arrow in the sky giggled quietly and whispered, “Follow me!”

Amazed, Sheylara followed the arrow. It led her to…

…a meat cleaver.

[Someone forgot to clean it]

(To be continued next week…)

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Someone won a 1GB thumbdrive!

Congratulations, junkie! He wins this for simply asking a question!

[All his!!]

Read on to the next section to see his winning question. It’s funny!

(Thanks for all your entries. They’re funny, too, of course! I will be answering them… as and when. lol.)

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Ask Sheylara

Today’s Ask Sheylara is dedicated to funny questions because I feel like funny tonight. We will resume seriousness next week. Or not.

junkie asks a funny question:

Who would win in a fight, the Goonfather or Sheylara?

Sheylara Says:

Tsk tsk… you kids should stop playing games because it makes you think of fighting all the time!

I’m joking, of course.

Me and the Goonfather fight all the time, in game and out of game. In game, we fight over how he always gets us killed because he has a subconscious death wish. Out of game, we fight over whether the room should be done in pink or black.

Neither of us ever wins because we get always distracted by games and ignore everything else.

Note, however, that fighting is very much discouraged. Thank you.

Fx asks a silly question:

Are the breasts in AoC sharp enuff to stab someone to death?

Sheylara Says:

That depends on whether one is wearing armor or not, and also depends on the shape and sharpness of the armor itself. Breasts, by themselves, however can be excellent murder weapons without the need for stabbing.

I cannot teach you the ways here but I’ll give you a hint. It has to do with men running off cliffs or running into the arms of an epic mob or running into an electrical fence… while in a state of distraction.

modchip asks an absurd question:

If there were some sort of a doomsday attack on earth, and you and the Goonfather were the only ones who survived this, and everything else obliterated exept for a classic NES, all the NES titles, a TV, and a generator with 1 hour worth of power, what 2 player NES title would you play for 1 hour?

Sheylara Says:

Why would anyone waste the last hour of power on earth on stupid NES games?? The Goonfather would fashion a modem out of the NES and contact other survivors on the other end of the earth because that’s how it always happens in the movies.

We’d arrange to travel halfway to meet and then die trying because halfway around the world is a little bit far, to be sure.

thiang asks a serious question:

How did you put the online Guitar Hero on your blog?

Sheylara Says:

(I just thought I should throw this in even though it’s funny day and this isn’t a funny question.)

The embedding code is embedded in the widget! lol. Click on Play Game, click on Grab Code, click on Copy Code to Clipboard, paste in your blog!

Thank you for your questions! Sheylara will answer more questions next week. Keep ’em coming!

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Win exclusive movie tickets and a PS3!

I’m inviting eight lucky readers to attend an exclusive event with me next Wednesday (June 18, 6pm to 9pm) at the Cathay Cineplex!

Here’s what you’ll experience at the event:

  1. Unveiling of the new Sony CineAlta 4K Digital Cinema System at The Cathay Cineplex.

    [Let's get some clarity, baby]

    Cathay will be the first ever digital cinema in Singapore, screening ultra-high resolution movies, and you will be the first to experience it!

  2. Play PS3 on the big screen and maybe win it!

    [Take me home, baby]

    You will get a chance to play a PlayStation 3 game on the big screen! One winner will even go home with a PlayStation 3! Aww, sweet!

  3. Sneak preview screening of You Don’t Mess With the Zohan, starring Adam Sandler.

    [Watch me, baby]

    Watch this movie on the CineAlta 4K, one day before everyone else in Singapore!

  4. Meet Sheylara!

    [Meet me]

    Okay, fine, I’m not really a highlight. But you’ll get to meet me and ask me all your questions in person!

    Also, meet my other readers! You guys can get together and complain or gossip about me or whatever.

  5. Free food and drinks!

    I’m not sure what’s being served but there will be refreshments, at least!

Alrighty. And here’s how you can win a ticket!

  • Post a comment here telling us why you want to attend this event.
  • Please do so only if you can and will attend the event if you win! (It’s on June 18, 6pm.)
  • Closing date is Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 2pm!
  • The eight most deserving entries will be picked!

I’m really excited about this event! Can’t wait for it! =)

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Well, I’m feeling stupendously dizzy now. Producing an issue of Gamer Girl Friday always does that to me.

That’s why I’m not going to ramble on anymore. The weekend is here and I’ve got even more work to do. Haha.

No rest for the wicked, yada dada doo.

[Gamer Girl Friday]

GGF#4: Bimbo, babes, barbarian

[Gamer Girl Friday]

Gamer Girl Friday is busy being an actress this whole week, so have had less time to devote to this week’s column.

If you find it in any way lacking, please divert all your complaints to the Goonfather. I asked him to help me do some research and give me some topics to write about, but he played the busy card.

Yeah, he’s busy alright. He’s busy every night playing Ninja Gaiden II and Pixel Junk Monsters and Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (freaking old game!).

Men!

Gamers!!

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Table of Contents

  1. Sheylara plays Ninja Gaiden II
  2. Play Guitar Hero III right here right now!
  3. The babes of Metal Gear Solid 4
  4. Adventures of Sheylara the Barbarian Part III
  5. Dragon Ball Z Burst Limit a surprise hit
  6. Winner of Ninja Gaiden II contest
  7. Winner of Grand Theft Auto IV contest
  8. Ask Sheylara
  9. Win a 1GB thumb drive!!

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Sheylara plays Ninja Gaiden II

Bimbo alert!

I’m really sorry. I very suck at action fighter games. Well, we can’t all be good at everything.

I hardly ever play this genre of games and I didn’t even know who Ryu Hayabusa was prior to my involvement with the recent NG2 Xbox 360 launch campaign.

Just be warned that I will be very painful to watch.

(Before you go on, please check your own IC. If you’re under 18, you’re not allowed to watch it because it’s a violent game!)

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Play Guitar Hero III right here right now!

Wear out your keyboard on this Guitar Hero III widget! It has only three songs, but it’s fun enough. Play it here!

Apparently, if you stay in the top ten leaderboard, you can win prizes from Rocket XL and Activision.

Not for me. On my second try on Easy mode, I only got like 75,000 points. The current highest legal score is 657,987. WTF? (I think the top three are illegal because their scores are like 999999999999.)

Well, I’m not playing anymore because I’d rather play the real GH3. Then again, if I had the time, I’d rather play Rock Band… until Guitar Hero World Tour comes out!

OMG I seriously can’t wait for GHWT!!

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The babes of Metal Gear Solid 4

Well, the Goonfather not only didn’t help me do research for interesting stuff to talk about, he forced me to talk about Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriot (what a mouthful).

He said, “You must write about it! It’s… it’s… well, it’s Metal Gear Solid!!!”

Yeah, like I care.

Well, ok. I have to admit that, although I only started becoming a console gamer last year (largely because of Wii and Guitar Hero and Rock Band), I have seen the previous installments of MGS and I really enjoyed watching people play it.

I prefer watching rather than playing myself because the game goes faster that way. If you’ve watched my NG2 video (above) till the end, you’ll know what I mean.

Anyway, one of the most interesting things about MGS4 are the beauties. Auditions were held around the world to seek the most beautiful women to serve as models for MGS4 characters.

I’m jealous. I want to be a game character, too.


Lyndall Jarvis, a famous USA model who has modelled for brands such as Guess and Bebe.


Scarlett Chorvat, a Hollywood actress and fashion model, last seen in Entourage and 24.


Yumi Kikuchi, a multi-talented Japanese artiste who can be seen in Godzilla: Final Wars.


Mieko Rye, a USA fashion model whose Maxim swimsuit spread has slain many a man.

Well, you’ll be seeing these faces in-game soon! MGS4 releases in like less than a week!

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Adventures of Sheylara the Barbarian Pt III

Read Part 1 | Part 2

Sheylara couldn’t wait to get into the city of Tortage now that she’s got her hair done and all.

[The Barbarian Dream]

As the kind-hearted and innocent barbarian girl walked towards the city gates, she chattered excitedly to her friend, Casilda, “What shall we do first thing we get inside?”

Casilda turned evasive, like she’d done when they’d been ambushed earlier. “Um… we’ll see.”

Not noticing because she was so excited, Sheylara continued, “Well, of course, I will want a cream soda first.”

The girls stopped right in front of the gates, where they were met by an imposing man wearing a huge question mark above his head.

[He wondered why he suffered a headache all the time]

He was busy barking orders at a quivering soldier but he spotted the girls and yelled, “Halt! Who goes there!” giving Sheylara an awful fright.

Casilda giggled. “Aww, sweetie Laranga, it’s me. I love when you exert your authority!”

Laranga’s eyes softened. “Yer all right, gal. Go on in.”

As Casilda went through the gates, Sheylara tried to follow.

She was stopped.

[You couldn't see into his eyes]

“Not so fast. Where do you think you’re going, delinquent?”

“I…” began Sheylara.

Casilda giggled and winked at Sheylara. “See you on the inside, babe!” And then she disappeared into the city.

[It was an abrupt farewell]

“But…” repeated Sheylara, flustered.

“All delinquents must prove their worth before being let in!” boomed Laranga.

“But…” Sheylara attempted again.

“The blacksmith needs help. Go to him.”

He gestured vaguely at a direction before returning his attention to the still quivering soldier.

[It was futile]

Disappointed and confused, muttering curses at Casilda, Sheylara trudged wearily away.

Before long, she came upon a scary-looking man with black stripes on his face.

[How's the weather today, mate?]

He was just standing there, not doing anything much.

In his hand was a hammer but Sheylara couldn’t see an anvil anywhere in sight.

“Excuse me,” said Sheylara. “That man over there said you needed help?”

“Right,” said the blacksmith. “You go through there, wind ’round the lake a bit, cross a bridge, get past a couple nasty pirates (you might haveta kill ’em), there’s some bricks them pirates have stolen. Get ’em for me.”

Sheylara gaped at him, confused. “You want me to fetch you bricks?”

[It was a confusing time for her]

“Them’s the orders, miss.”

“Kill pirates?”

“Them’s the orders, miss.”

“But you’re just standing here doing nothing!”

“Them’s the orders, miss.”

“But…”

But the blacksmith had turned into stone and just stood there impassively, waiting for his next showtime.

[He was going for the statue championship title]

Indignant but not having a choice, Sheylara went off to do as she was told. Night was looming and she didn’t want to have to sleep out in the open.

(To be continued next week…)

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Dragon Ball Z Burst Limit a surprise hit

Well, it’s a surprise to me, anyway. The game is supposed to release next Tuesday and I haven’t heard anyone talk about it.

Nobody I know ever talks about Dragon Ball games. Nobody I know ever plays them.

But what’s remarkable is that I posted a video clip of the gameplay two months ago on YouTube and I’ve gotten over 100,000 views, 285 comments and 109 favourites for just that little pixelated clip.

I’ve also gotten at least two pirates stealing my clip and reposting it on YouTube as their own. (That’s why I watermark all my videos now.)

Here’s the clip!

I do like Dragon Ball but more specifically the manga. I love it! I just can’t quite get into the movies and the games. The anime is alright, but the manga pure owns.

So, what do you think? Do you know anyone who is buying or planning to buy Dragon Ball Z Burst Limit?

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Winner of Ninja Gaiden II contest

As part of last week’s contest, I got readers to share interesting or funny gaming encounters they’ve had.

A lucky draw was conducted to pick a winner.

The lucky winner is Aves! He went home with a brand new Ninja Gaiden II box (kindly sponsored by the Xbox 360 team in Singapore) on official launch day, no less!

[Congratulations!]

Here is Aves’ winning entry:

When playing Team Deathmatch in COD4, we often need to tell our team mates the locations of the enemy. So one fine day, when playing in the Chinatown map from the latest map pack, our dearest Smoe starts telling us that the enemy is in the MUSHROOM SHOP. This went on for a few weeks without anyone ever knowing where the heck the mushroom shop is at.

Finally, we all couldn’t take it and we created a private match. Asked everyone to cease-fire and made Smoe lead us to the Mushroom shop. So everyone gathered at the main road in Chinatown and Smoe led us into a house and started showing us the mushrooms…

Upon first look, I saw that those were fishes and furthermore, there were lobsters beside those fishes so I was pretty sure.

Me: WTF, these are fishes la!!!!
Smoe: Oops ok, these are fishes. The mushrooms are here!

*brings us to the room next door*

Me: OMG!! These are mussels! -_-”””””””

I proceeded to bring Smoe outside the shop and showed him the signboard stating:

KAR PG CO (large fonts)
Fish Market (small fonts)

From then on, we all call the place the mushroom shop even though we know it’s a fish market.

For those interested in knowing where the mushroom shop is, check out this link.

Moral of the story: Read signboards

Thank you, Aves, and congratulations! How’s Ninja Gaiden II so far, eh? ;)

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Winner of Grand Theft Auto IV contest

It’s modchip!!!!!!

*streamers* *clickers* *balloons* *poppers*

Well, modchip doesn’t live in Singapore, so I couldn’t hand him the prize personally. So, I’ll have to mail it to him!

modchip wins a copy of GTA4 for the Xbox 360 for taking part in the “Review Gamer Girl Friday” contest.

I had tasked readers to write a review of my column. Best review wins.

I think all entries were really good and I wish I could award everyone a prize. But I finally picked modchip’s entry because it’s evident that he spent a lot of time on the screenshots, which he collaged into a nice overall image of Gamer Girl Friday!

[Congratulations!]
Click to read his entry

Thank you and congratulations! Your prize will be mailed to you soon!

I would also like to make special mention of some of the entries that I really liked but I unfortunately don’t have more than one prize to give out.

-=}{oT~dEv1L 666=- wrote a really long and flattering entry (although he is underaged and therefore not eligible for the contest, lol).

Junhao offered some constructive opinions.

aigatdula gave me some useful suggestions.

Thank you all, guys! I hope you will win something in my future contests! ;)

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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 (unless I get like 500 questions a day).

Hun Boon asks a Rock Band question:

Can you use the guitar from Guitar Hero 3 for Rock Band?

Sheylara Says:

It depends on which console you’re playing on.

On the PS3, the GH and RB guitars are not compatible with each other.

On the Xbox 360, you can use GH guitars on RB, but not the other way round.

Gamespot has a useful guitar compatibility chart if you need to know the details.

On a side note, Rock Band is still not available for the Asian region code Xbox 360 and there is still no ETA. We’ve become thumb-twiddling experts.

fanatic86 asks an Age of Conan question:

Sheylara, may I know what server and guild you’re in on AoC? How about coming to Gwahlur to join us? There’s a big Singaporean guild here and it’s very fun.

Sheylara Says:

I’m in Old Timers Guild in Thog, which has many Singaporeans, too. But I do also know many people in Gwahlur. It’s just that I chose Thog because I hate PvP. :P

But, anyway, I really hardly have time to play AoC now. I am still at level 10!!!! All the same, thanks for the invitation. Maybe I’ll create a character in Gwahlur when I have a bit of time, just to say hi! ;)

rajiv asks a Wii question:

I got a Japanese Wii and I set up the Internet using your translater. Now, when I click on the Wii shop, it says something in Japanese and the only button there is is to go back to the main menu. I cannot access Wii shop.

Sheylara Says:

Sorry, but I can’t help you unless I know what the page says! Next time, send me a screenshot and I’ll see if I can help.

Well, I’m not getting 500 questions a day, which is actually a good thing because, otherwise, my e-mail would bust, along with the capillaries in my brain.

But keep those questions coming! Let’s see some funny questions, too, because I’m tired of answering serious questions. Haha.

Hmm. Maybe I will make that this week’s contest.

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Win a 1GB thumb drive!!

I’m tired of giving away games, so here’s something different for a change.

How about a thumb drive? I’ve got a snazzy looking Nokia N-Gage thumb drive which comes with a lanyard!

[Win me!]

[Win me!]

One could never have too many thumbdrives, I always say. I used to have a sleek Sony one, but it stopped working only after a few months. Sad!

Okay, the rules this week!

  • Ask me an interesting or funny question (doesn’t have to be but preferably gaming related).
  • You can post here or e-mail me.
  • You can use a pseudonym if you wish.
  • My favourite question wins the prize!

There is no closing date for questions, of course, but I’m awarding the thumb drive next Friday, so if your question comes after that, well, that’s that, then.

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I hope you enjoyed this week’s Gamer Girl Friday!

I have to take my leave now because today I’m also Actress Girl Friday and I’ve got to rush off to NAFA for my performance tonight.

Please be liberal with your comments and suggestions because Gamer Girl Friday needs your feedback to get better!

Have an awesome weekend!

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