We interrupt our regular programme…

By the way, we will have a Gamer Girl Friday issue this week.

Just not today.

Because it was raining today.

And I woke up with the realisation that we are all taught to be hypocrites since young.

Not that that has anything to do with anything, but at the same time, it has everything to do with everything.

Maybe tomorrow, we will look at some photos of cute girls.

Chloe and Kit

Today, though, today, you will read this blog and wonder what I’m talking about.

And then you will look at the clock and say “TGIF!” and proceed to have a chill-out drink with your colleagues or friends.

And then the weekend will zip by just like that and it’s Monday again.

In such a fashion, weeks will disappear and years will disappear, just like that, and, before you know it, you’re sitting in a rocker telling stories to your great-grandchildren.


GGF#45: The Goonfather’s dream gaming PC

[Gamer Girl Friday]

Today’s GGF headline has been usurped by the Goonfather because he insisted on announcing his new ultimate gaming machine.

And then, while I was putting the article together, he told me I can’t call it “ultimate” because it’s not, ultimately, ultimate.

Instead, he wants it to be called “The gamer’s choice, for gamers by gamers”. His exact words.

I told him I can’t call it that because it doesn’t say anything. It could mean a game or a peripheral. Or a t-shirt.

He ignored me and walked away from his MSN, presumably for tea break.



Table of Contents

  1. The Goonfather’s dream gaming PC
  2. Time Wasters by Swordplay
  3. Babes at New Era Games Day
  4. Velvet Assasin
  5. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  6. Xbox Achievement Contest
  7. Results of last week’s contest
  8. Win a Saitek mini optical wireless mouse!!


The Goonfather’s dream gaming PC

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.

The Goonfather's PC

His purchases before unboxing:

The Goonfather's PC

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's PC

The Goonfather doesn’t have a computer monitor, so he hooks his PC up on our 42″ Full-HD TV.

The Goonfather's PC

Which means that when I’m doing my Xbox LIVE duty, he can’t use his computer! Hahaha!

The CPU casing:

The Goonfather's PC

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.

Benchmark score based on stock settings:

The Goonfather's PC
Click to view details

CPU overclocked to 4.0Ghz:

The Goonfather's PC
Click to view details

Benchmark score on 4.0Ghz overclock:

The Goonfather's PC
Click to view details

Yeah, very impressive and all.


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Time Wasters by Swordplay

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.

Today’s recommendation: Hero’s Arms

Hero's Arms

Apparently, it’s so fun that Swordplay stayed up for two whole nights to complete the game, something I rarely hear him do.

I could only afford two minutes to check this game out, and I think it shows some promise. At the very least, it has a sense of humour.

Hero's Arms

Hero's Arms

Hero's Arms

I suppose you can see for yourself that it’s an RPG, killing monsters, questing, finding treasure, that kind of thing. It looks pretty primitive, but who can claim that primitive games can’t be good?

Why not try it out and tell me if you like it?

You can press Space any time during the game to save and quit, so that should help people who don’t want to be crazy like Swordplay and stay up all night playing.

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Babes at New Era Games Day

I know you people. Photos of babes at a gaming event will interest you a lot more than the games at the actual event itself.

So, here are photos to bring a weekend smile to your face! These photos were taken at the New Era Games Day, a quarterly event to showcase upcoming games in the next few months.



At the end of the games presentation, these cuties helped to conduct a quiz for the attendees to win prizes. Here are individual shots of them!










The reason I only have one solo photo of the New Era girl is because she was asking the question for the grand prize and I wanted to answer it.

I won a set of Saitek 2.1 speakers!


Nobody told us that we had funny lights on our faces. O_o

And I’m not short, okay. I just wasn’t wearing high heels! Haha. And the New Era girl is exceptionally tall, I guess.


By the way, after the quiz, there was a lucky draw for three prizes. I won one of them, can you believe it? In fact, I won the lucky draw prize right after I won my quiz prize. LOL.


My lucky draw prize was a Thrustmaster Rumble Force game pad.


I had to take a cab home, with all this extra weight, especially since I was already carrying “gold bars” in my bag (my netbook, etc).

I used the speakers box as a table for my netbook in the cab. Haha!


Traffic was really slow, so I decided to play some Civony in the cab.

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Velvet Assasin

Velvet Assasin looks kind of cool. If I get it free I’d play it.

Velvet Assasin

Haha. Well, it’s a stealth action game and I’m not really good at such games, so I wouldn’t spend money on something I’m not good at. (Unless I had some kind of reason to go into training.)

Releasing on May 8, 2009 for the Xbox 360 and PC, the game follows the adventures of Violette Summer, a beautiful female spy sent to infiltrate Nazi camps during World War II.

Velvet Assasin

The game’s protagonist is based on an actual WW2 British secret agent by the name of Violette Szabo.

Here’s a trailer!

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine

I’m a huge Wolverine fan!

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?!

See trailer!

It’s so so so so awesome. I want this game. But then, where am I going to find the time to play it?

Maybe I’ll go watch the movie first.

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Xbox Achievement Contest

Just wanted to highlight the fact that I’m running a contest at my Xbox blog. It’s going to end soon, but there’s still time to participate!

You need to play one or more of four games to earn achievement points by the end of Saturday. Be one of the top five scorers to win Microsoft points or movie tickets!

Xbox Achievement Contest

Application is free, so just enter lah. You never know! ;)

This contest is to prepare gamers for the XXZ League, which is starting this weekend. Sign ups are still possible.

Details here.

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Results of last week’s contest


What a lucky boy Yoi is!

Mr Randomiser picked Yoi to win the FIFA Online 2 Kickoff Pack!

FIFA Online 2 Kickoff Pack

Congratulations, Yoi!

Gimme some time and I’ll kick the prize to you. Cross your fingers and hope that my aim is good! Yah?

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Win a Saitek mini optical wireless mouse!!

I received this as a door gift at the New Era Games Day event.

Saitek optical wireless mouse

Now I’m giving it away!

To win this, you must buy me dinner!

No, I’m just kidding.

You just need to post a comment, okay? But in your comment, you need to answer the following questions:

  1. What gaming platforms do you play? Name all.
  2. What are your favourite game genres? Name up to 3.
  3. Name one weird thing about you.
  4. What annoys you the most?

You won’t be judged on your answers. It’s just for my own amusement. Entries will be randomised to pick a winner, as usual.

Closing date: April 30, 2009, 11:59 pm (Singapore time).

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Whee! It’s dinner time! And I’m going to post this issue without proofreading just this time because I WANT TO EAT! (Proofreading and corrections usually take me upwards of an hour.)

So, I’ll do that later. If I have time.

If you find mistakes in this issue, you may eat them for dinner.


[Gamer Girl Friday]

I don’t like babe collectors

It started in Friendster.

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:

[Can I be your friend?]

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:

[These are all my 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:

, ,-. ,-.
/ ( )-( )
| ,.>-( )-< |,' ( )-( ) Y ___`-' `-' |/__/ `-' | | | -hrr- ___|_____________ 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. [Pretties in a row]

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!!!

[More pretties in a row!]

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”.


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?

Actually, I don’t really want to knoow.

Just stop adding me.

Hunks and babes of Slingers

I saw hunks and babes last night.

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.

It’s all Nicholas’ fault. He invited me to an NBL game to watch home team Singapore Slingers slug it out with the fiersome Melbourne Tigers.

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.

(His profile picture from the Slingers’ website.)

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.


Second last photo. Me with Daphnemaia and Princess Sabrina!

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.

Tickets are available through Sistic if you’re interested.

Go, Slingers! I hope they win more games and stop staying at the bottom of the ladder! I could see they gave their best shot last night so I think they deserve to get a better result!

See lah. Stupid Nicholas made a basketball groupie out of me.

(This photo was taken by Precious. I stole it from her Facebook photo album. Hehe!)

Oh yeah, check out themediaslut for great photos of the match and of the bloggers who attended the match!

Sorry, my photos CMI one. Haha.