Just last weekend, the Goonfather put together an affordable dream gaming machine, with the intention of renewing his EverQuest II account and then going to The Poet’s Palace for a raid with max graphics.
After spending just under $3,000 and taking two nights to set everything up nicely, he suddenly felt a little stingy and didn’t want to pay $22 for an EQ2 subscription.
So he ended up playing Civony and Travian, both web browser games, on his almost-ultimate dream gaming machine.
His purchases before unboxing:
The shoping list:
i7 920 2.66ghz on Asus P6T Deluxe V2
OCZ 6GB DDR3 1600Mhz Plat
Palit GTX285 2GB
3 X 500GB WD Black Caviar @ Raid 5
Asus 22X DVD-RW
Cooler Master Real Power 450watts
Cooler Master CM690 Casing
Microsoft Windows Vista64 Home
Microsoft X6 Sidewinder keyboard
Razer DeathAdder mouse
The sidewinder keyboard is really, cool, with a red backlight. And it has two detachable sides so you can make it into a compact keyboard for very small tables.
The Goonfather doesn’t have a computer monitor, so he hooks his PC up on our 42″ Full-HD TV.
Which means that when I’m doing my Xbox LIVE duty, he can’t use his computer! Hahaha!
The CPU casing:
Once done with that, he spent the next two nights overclocking and running 3DMARK tests.
For those who understand (I don’t), here are the scores.
Swordplay is my pesky li’l bro who spends all his time playing time-wasting games. To make him a little bit more useful, I’m sitting on him and making him recommend one fun and simple web-based game each week.
Or maybe I’m just a Hugh Jackman fan. I really don’t know. Either way, I like Wolverine because of Hugh Jackman and I like Hugh Jackman because of Wolverine. I just can’t quite figure out which came first.
Anyway, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the game, will be released on May 1, 2009 on basically all the platforms there are, including the Nintendo DS. How cool is that?!
It’s so so so so awesome. I want this game. But then, where am I going to find the time to play it?
Every once in a while, I would get a message in my inbox with the subject title: “Random Guy wants to be your friend.”
Because I’m terrible at remembering names and faces, I always consider the possibility that Random Guy is someone I know but have just forgotten for the moment.
So I would click through his profile to see if anything in there gives me a hint.
But then I would see this:
Well, you tell me, what are the odds of a guy having so many pretty friends that the randomly highlighted friends on his main profile page are all pretty faces?
Very, very low. But still possible, I suppose.
Then I would click to view all his friends:
He has 800 friends and they are all of ’em pretty girls. OMG. WHAT A FREAKING LUCKY GUY.
Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce to you this popular hobby called Babe Collecting.
They are all freaking over Friendster, in competition with one another to collect the most number of babes.
It’s damn irritating lah.
So I quit Friendster and hopped over to Facebook because I believed that Facebook had more decent and mature people who won’t attempt to add me just because I have a nice profile picture.
For a while that was true.
I loved Facebook because it wasn’t full of kids who spammed your comments with:
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But I soon realised my error.
Facebook started getting crowded and the Babe Collectors started migrating over.
So this guy tried to add me and I checked out his profile and he's got a friends list that looks like this.
Freaking deja vu lah!
Even in Facebook, I am still getting friend requests by men I do not know, men who have 600 friends all of whom are GIRLS, men who have nothing on their profile pages but photos of GIRLS!!!
Well, I don’t want to be part of your collection, you freak, so stop trying to add me.
What I don’t understand, most of all, is why all these girls are allowing themselves to be “collected”.
WHY, GIRLS, WHY?!
I thought Facebook was above the “I have more friends then you” shit you get in Friendster. So is there a reason at all for people to approve every single friend request?
Why must my life be plagued with such nonsense?
What do these sickos do with all these women in their friends list?
In the most unlikely of places you could ever find me.
I was at a pro-basketball match at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Yep. I, who yawn at the sports section in the papers and develop an allergic reaction every time someone surfs to a sports channel on TV, watched a live basketball match.
To me, sports is meant to be played, not watched, so I could never be a sports groupie, if there’s such a term.
But I was one last night. A basketball groupie, that is.
I accepted his invitation because I’ve never watched a live basketball match and, as much as I feel that sports spectating is a stupid activity, I believe that it’s important to try different things in life whenever you get the chance to.
As a matter of fact, I have attended one Aussie Rules (Australian football) game in Melbourne and one baseball game in California. Both were surprisingly enjoyable. So, I guess it’s just as well I have a basketball game to add to my collection.
The Slingers management hosted us in a corporate box, which put us nearer to the action and allowed us to ogle the hunks and babes more effectively.
When I stepped into the stadium, the two teams were warming up on the court. I wanted to support the Melbourne Tigers because the members looked taller and more aggressive. And they also happened to be leading this seaon’s NBL Championship with no losses to date. And also because I used to study at Melbourne, so I feel a kind of affinity for that place.
But I decided that it’s better to be patriotic and support the Singapore team, never mind that they’re currently placed second to last in the league and that there are, in fact, only two actual Singaporeans on the team.
Well, and it’s only polite to support the team which management is hosting you in a $25,000 corporate box.
So, I quickly found myself a favourite Slinger to root for.
Number one Rod Grizzard has a funky hairdo and a cool goatee and he’s like a little over 2m tall. Gosh.
I know nuts about basketball, but I liked the way he kept plucking the ball right out of the enemy’s grasp and robbing them of the chance to score. He was also, of course, one of the top scorers for the night.
Having a favourite made it very easy to enjoy the game.
There were tons of breaks during the game, which was when the Slinger Girls got to show off their stuff.
Haha. They look like they’re about to strip their tops off.
Whenever the game was in progress, they sat or stood by the side, ocassionally yelling cheers.
I didn’t quite get the level of energy I expected from them, though. I had the impression that they were just doing a job and weren’t really into the game or the basketballers.
But what’s nice was the audience participation. They fished this bloke randomly out of the audience to shoot some hoops.
He was given a few tries at different distances from the hoop. He got two in and I think he won $60 or $80. Cool!
After half time, the girls changed into cuter outfits and did more dancey stuff.
The Tigers suffered a casualty early in the game.
But that didn’t stop them from winning.
I think most people expected the Tigers to win, anyway, since they hadn’t lost a single match this season, and the Slingers are a pretty new team and still getting their feet wet in the NBL.
But it was a really close match. In the last quarter, the Slingers managed to close up the gap quite substantially and actually looked like they had a chance to win.
Too bad they didn’t.
The final score was Slingers 96 to Tigers 105. The Slingers put up a really good fight!! Yay for the Singapore team which consists of only two Singaporeans, neither of whom played last night’s game! *lol*
After the match, the Slingers hung around at the court for autographs and photographs.
Grizzard was mobbed by kids!
So I took pictures with some of the other basketballers. I mean, they were pretty cool, too. Just that I can only have one favourite, you understand.
They’re really tall. I look so short beside them. And I was wearing my super chunky platform boots.
Boots that, incidentally, got me banned from the court halfway through my groupie activities.
“Excuse me, miss. Your shoes are a little hard and might damage the court, so would you mind stepping out and not walking on the court?”
What the heow lah. Morons. My boots are light lor.
Anyway, I stuck around the sides and brooded until Nicholas, bless him, brought Grizzard over to take a group photo.
On the whole, it was enjoyable. I actually wouldn’t mind catching another match. And maybe even hanging out with the Slingers at Brewerkz afterwards.
The Slingers hang out at Brewerkz Indoor Stadium after each home match and fans are invited to kinda hang out with them there. I don’t know what it’s like since I had to rush home after the game last night, but I’m sure it’ll be pretty cool.
The NBL Championship is on till February of next year and there will be 10 more matches played in Singapore, at the Indoor Stadium.