GGF#28: Giddy with games

[Gamer Girl Friday]

I’m sorry GGF didn’t make it last week! For the last few months, I’ve been getting progressively busier and busier. It’s quite amazing because every week I tell people, “I have never been so busy in my life!” And then, the next week, I’m even busier than the last week.

This has been happening for months!

Oh, well, that’s life!

Amazingly, also, I managed to cough out an issue of GGF today. I spent about five hours on it, after already spending five hours prior to that writing three blogs for my other, um, blogs.

Which means I’ve been writing nonstop for ten hours today!

If got typo, don’t kill me. =P (But let me know so I can fix it.)

Thanks for your patience and continued support of my business! I actually meant busy-ness, but that worked, too.

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Table of Contents

  1. Be a movie star!
  2. Try YITM and win prizes!
  3. Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe
  4. Survive the zombie apocalypse
  5. Newbie Nites to soothe my ego
  6. Win a funny-shaped mouse!!

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Be a movie star

Okay, I really wanted to do a full review of this game, like, two weeks ago, because it’s a freaking great game, but I didn’t have time.

Sad to say, I still don’t have time now, lol. I’m working 15-20 hours every day, seven days a week, and that’s still not enough to finish all my deadlines. Haha.

Luckily, some of my work involves fun (so I’m not complaining too much).

For instance, I had to spend many fun hours playing this game with my friends and making movies so that the Xbox team can play them as demos in Xbox Xperience Zones.

I’m talking about the game called You’re in the Movies, which is exclusive to the Xbox 360.

Here’s one of the videos we made!

But let me explain the game a little.

The game software comes packaged with a LIVE Vision Camera which you mount above or below your TV so it can film you.

You choose a movie from a list of available movies, choose the number of players, then you each choose the role you want to play.

The game will then take you through a series of action mini games such as karate chopping blocks, running from tornadoes or washing clothes.

Yes, washing clothes. *lol*

Sometimes, two players are required to compete in a mini game.

Depending on how many players there are (1 to 4), you take turns to play your mini games.

Sometimes you’re required to act! The game will make you act surprised or laugh out loud or dance or whatever.

So, all this is recorded and at the end of it, a movie trailer incorporating everything you’ve done is produced!

Here’s another video for your viewing enjoyment:

The fun part is that what you do in the mini games is not reflective of what happens in the end result. Like, if you’re asked to wash clothes, it doesn’t mean there’s a clothes washing scene in the movie. It just means the movie needs you performing an action similar to washing clothes.

You’re always delightfully surprised by how the movie turns out in the end!

I took some behind-the-scenes videos of me and my friends playing but don’t have time to edit it yet. I promise I will show it some day cos it’s very funny! =)

In the meantime, please check out the next article cos you can get a chance to try this game for yourself this weekend! =)

YITM is also a great workout game. My muscles were sore and hurting for two days after playing this game.

Oh… and at the end of the movie screening, there’s a Best Actor award ceremony for the best performer!

I love You’re in the Movies!!

Tip: Buy this game at Xbox Xperience Zones this weekend and receive a free pair of Golden Village movie tickets (while stocks last)!

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Try YITM and win prizes!

There’s a launch event happening this weekend at Xbox Xperiences Zones (Funan Challenger and VivoCity Best Denki) where you can play You’re in the Movies. You might even win something!

There’s also an avatar-making competition. Just turn up and the team will guide you towards making your customised avatar on the New Xbox Experience dashboard. The person who creates the best avatar will win a You’re in the Movies game!

For more info, please check here.

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Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe

A review contributed by a loyal fan and supporter of GGF

(That means this isn’t written by Sheylara.)

I’ve never really been a fan of fighting games on any platform, whether in arcades or consoles, but I’ve always made an exception for Mortal Kombat. Ever since I laid eyes on the first MK coin-op back in 1992, it has been the ONLY fighting game I ever paid any attention to.

I mean, life-like digitized characters, movie-like storyline, FATALITIES, what’s not to love, right? (Sorry, Street Fighter faithfuls, no hadoukens for this kid.)

Fast forward four arcade sequels (yes, I’m counting Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, too), countless console ports and hand-held exclusives, along with an action RPG — basically about 20 games — later, I’m still in MK’s thrall, though a teeny bit jaded by all the violence.

Being a parent of young children doesn’t help. But when Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe was announced, I immediately thought, “Didn’t it all end with MK: Armageddon? Could this be a franchise reboot? Or is Midway finally losing the plot?”

I just had to check it out.

Well, after trying out the title at a neighbourhood game shop, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The idea of merging worlds isn’t exactly revolutionary (Capcom vs Marvel, anyone?). But it’s great that Ed Boon and gang managed to pull it off. Not only is the storyline actually plausible (as far as superhero comic book storylines go), the gameplay is pretty solid, as well.

Here’s the gist: Remember Shao Kahn? Raiden and company kicked his butt through a portal. At the same time on Earth, Superman was just finishing up with Darkseid.

These two separate ass-kickings did not destroy either of the bad guys but, instead, merged them into Dark Kahn (!!!) and caused the DC and Mortal Kombat universes to merge.

With the merging, the characters’ abilities start to fluctuate. Which is why Superman can now actually be hurt and the Joker actually stands a chance against Raiden. Brilliant!

Now comes one of the key components of any successful title: the gameplay.

Reminiscent of MK: Dark Alliance, we have another attempt at a fighting system revamp. It definitely works but, man, is the learning curve steep.

You have the standard practice mode, sure. But hand-holding tutorials are nowhere in sight. Casual fighters (who aren’t rabid MK fans like me), will probably be turned off. Kinda reminds me of my short-lived experiences with Tekken. It’s more fun watching great players go at it than actually playing it yourself.

MK (and fighting genre) fans be warned: Just like any console fighters, nothing beats having an actual arcade stick.

Next. KILLER FINISHING MOVES, or FATALITIES, the cornerstone of any MK title.

Unfortunately, because of the tie-in with DC Universe (known for its teen audience), most of the characters’ finishing moves are less than awe-inspiring. Which isn’t to say that they all suck. But there’s a very good reason the game isn’t rated M.

Well, I definitely enjoyed what I’ve experienced in the game so far. I’m sold on this title. But take my recommendation with this proviso: If you aren’t at all nostalgic about Mortal Kombat and its arcade roots, and if seeing Batman facing off against the Joker, Superman, and even Sonya, doesn’t make you all warm and fuzzy inside, then you’d be happier spending your sixty bucks on dinner with your significant other.

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Survive the zombie apocalypse

Left 4 Dead has been out for some time now, but I just want to mention it because this is the first time I’ve enjoyed playing a survival horror FPS!

(That is, I dont normally play survival horror and I certainly do not play FPS.)

I played this on the Xbox 360 with the Goonfather and it’s so fun bashing each other. I mean, like, he bashes me for not keeping up with him (his style of gaming is chionging everywhere like a crazy peacock and shooting first, asking questions later), and I bash him for dying more often than all of us.

Of course, he gets more kills, too, so maybe it balances out, but it is still very inconsiderate of him to keep dying while we are all up to our necks in zombies!!!

In this game, you’re one of the four remaining survivors of a zombie epidemic, trying to escape the town. You can play multiplayer co-op or versus.

That means you get the choice to play a zombie in versus mode! Cool!

Teamwork and strategy are very important because you’re often swarmed (see above picture). And I love how, sometimes, someone on your team will get mugged by a particular zombie and you have to go save him before the zombie chews him up.

It can get pretty scary if you play this alone, at night.

If one of your player team mates goes AFK, uh, I mean, away from the TV, for a toilet break or something, the AI will take over him after a period of inactivity.

Any character not played by a live player is controlled by AI.

Do try the game! Remember, you can always download a demo to try first! ;)

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Newbie Nite to soothe my ego

So, I’ve started playing shooters on Xbox LIVE because it’s part of my job to have fun with the Xbox community, and I must say I really enjoy these gaming sessions despite my utter uselessness with kinetic projectiles of any sort.

I take heart from the fact that I’m allowing some gamers the enjoyment of racking up their scores.

Anyway, for some time now, I’ve been chatting with RN1209 about getting some less-expert folks to play and train together, which gave me the idea of hosting a Newbie Nite for Gears of War 2 on Xbox LIVE one night.

I thought I was going to get some kills in that night by playing with newbies… but I think I got conned.

Read the full report here.

Still, I’m gonna do it again. Haha.

Come join me on Xbox LIVE if you’re new to shooters and want a fighting chance at these games! ;)

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Results of last week’s contest

My last contest was for a 1GB Imation Nano Flash Drive.

I invited readers to tell me what superhero power they would choose if they could choose one, with costumes and names.

That was really entertaining! Really, guys, thanks for your entries! I wish I could pick all of you as winners but I only have one prize. :(

So… I’ve decided to award the prize to terboo for his funny power of forgetting!

My superpower is being super forgetful and Im affectionally known as The Amazing Mr Forgetful!!!

I come to the aid of highly distressed citizens who need someone to confide in with their deepest darkest secrets. What better way to keep a secret then to not even remember it??hah!

I used to have a costume…but…yea…i forgot where i left it and how it looked like. :(

Now’s your chance Sheylara to be a good citizen and help Mr Forgetful with a 1GB flash memory!! Maybe Ill remember to thank you for it too!!

I decided to go for his entry because I found it very refreshing and creative, something which has never crossed my mind. And, of course, because it made me laugh!

Congratulations, terboo!

Please e-mail me about collecting your prize in case I forget! You may be Mr Forgetful, but I bet I’m more forgetful than you.

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Win a funny-shaped mouse!!

I got this as a freebie when I bought my MSI Wind some time back. It’s been sitting in my cupboard waiting while I figured out a use for it.

I can’t think of anything. I find it looking a tad bit ridiculous and can’t bring myself to use it.

But, hey, there must be people in the world who like it since at least one person did design this thing and at least one other person must have approved the design!

So, hands up if you want it!

It’s a USB optical mouse ideal for use with laptops. It’s about as long as the Goonfather’s middle finger.

*lol*

If more than one person wants it, we’ll ask Mr Randomiser for his opinion.

Closing date for requests is next Thursday night, as usual! =)

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“The Goonfather pwns ya!” yells the Goonfather as he gets dragged off by the feet by a ravenous ravaging zombie.

[Gamer Girl Friday]

GGF#15: Contests and prizes

[Gamer Girl Friday]

You know what my favourite thing about Gamer Girl Friday is? It’s the contests. I love giving stuff away and seeing happy people.

I was born with that crazy affliction, I think. I’ve loved giving presents since as early as I can remember. Once, on my 8th birthday, I invited my friends over for a birthday party and organised a treasure hunt for them. I ended up giving out more presents than I received.

Of course, my poor parents had to foot the bill for my generosity. Haha.

So, anyway, the reason I’m talking about contests and giving out stuff is because I will be running about two contests a week now. One in Gamer Girl Friday and one in my Xbox blog! Check out the latest giveaway over at Xbox Xperts!

Enjoy the contests!

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Table of Contents

  1. Too Human is too fun
  2. Norton security for gamers
  3. The WAR trailer you’re forced to watch
  4. Something to make you go aaaaaargghhh!
  5. Results of last week’s contest
  6. Win a Microsoft LifeCam VX-7000!!

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Too Human is too fun

I already wrote a short review of Too Human on my Xbox blog, so I shan’t say anymore about it now except that I’m loving it.

But here’s the video of me playing the game if you haven’t already watched it.

Too Human is the latest Xbox 360 exclusive title to be launched. It’s an action RPG with multiplayer options.

I have to be honest. I didn’t like the game at first. Then the Goonfather showed me how to do some cool combos and how to kill the annoying mini boss, and then I loved it! Haha.

Yes, you can learn how to kill the annoying mini boss in the video.

By the way, last GGF’s contest winner received his prize of Too Human three days before the game was officially released in Singapore!

I shall not reveal his name in case he’s shy. But then I don’t think he is, since he agreed to be photographed. But just in case lah.

Congratulations again!

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Norton security for gamers

Exciting news for PC gamers! You don’t have to turn off your anti-virus program when playing a game, anymore.

Norton claims to have developed a product with “zero-impact” performance, delivering top-of-the-line security without affecting your PC performance the slightest bit.

And it won’t pop stupid messages out at you, either, while you’re in the middle of a dragon raid or whille you’re busy getting your ass fragged, unless it has absolutely critical news to deliver to you, such as an army of viruses commandeered by your neglected girlfriend is about to mount an attack on your hard disk right now.

But I’m sure that’s not going to happen.

So, anyway, I had the pleasure of witnessing first-hand how Norton Internet Security 2009 works. David Hall, the regional product marketing manager of Symantec came to Singapore to demo the product for us. How nice of him!

The demo was held in a private dining room in Le Strada.

There was a lot of good food but I’m hesitant about posting photos of food because Jesta is now in China on a very noble mission and I don’t have the heart to annoy him.

Wait till he returns to Singapore. Haha.

Okay, digression over. Let’s look at some of the exciting features you can expect in Norton Internet Security 2009.

  • Goes into “silent mode” when you run a full-screen application.
  • Simplified user interface.
  • Reduction in weekly scanning times without compromising security.
  • Performs scanning and updates only when you’re not using the computer.
  • A new layer of protection to stop security threats before they even touch you.
  • Anti-bot features.

Of course, it’s not only for gamers, being very relevant and useful to non-gamers as well. It’s just that, for the first time, we’re seeing a security software that won’t annoy gamers.

You can try it out yourself now. A beta version is available for download here. It’s very close to the final build now and will be launching any time soon (Symantec doesn’t want to commit to an ETA), so try it out now for free!

And keep your eye on my blog if you want a chance to win one of these indispensable silent helpers. Details will be announced soonish!

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The WAR trailer you’re forced to watch

Mythic Entertainment has released a Warhammer Online trailer, causing much frenzy among gaming communities of the world. which have already begun to foam at the mouth with anticipation of the imminent launch.

I have tons of friends asking me to join their guilds. There are so many that I am going nuts deciding whom to join.

And I have friends forcing me to watch the new trailer or else they “dun fren me”.

So, fine, I watched it.


I guess it’s pretty good.

OKAY FINE IT’S FREAKING AWESOME.

I hate Mythic. It’s going to make me a gaming addict for the second time (first time being Dark Age of Camelot).

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Something to make you go aaaaaargghhh!

Thanks to Shelly, I just spent 10 minutes of my life staring bug-eyed at a black screen.

She introduced me to this Internet puzzle adventure site called weffriddles.

It’s one of those “games” in which you have to solve a “riddle” on each page to advance to the next page (level). I love those because you never know what to expect. Each level is very different from the last. And you really need to think out, around, under, above, and inside out of the box to figure it out.

weffriddles seems to be largely text-based. I can’t be sure, I’m only at level 3. But I’ve played a similar game before which is graphical. It was infuriatingly fun and addictive, only I can’t remember what it’s called.

Anyway, I love how wefriddles has a forum where people provide hints. Spoilers and outright answers are discouraged, so you can have more fun figuring it out yourself.

I took 10 minutes to find the answer to get past the first level because I was using the wrong browser. This is one time Internet Explorer wins. And that was a very subtle hint. Not that you’ll need any, I’m sure.

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Results of last week’s contest

Last week’s contest was to win a Friendster thumbdrive!

I’m quite surprised by the number of responses I got for this. Although it’s lower than the GT5 windbreaker and Too Human, it’s still higher than I expected for a tiny little thumbdrive!

Well, regardless, we have a winner this week!

And the winner is… modchip!!! :)

Yay! Congratulations!

I want to say that I’m a little surprised that modchip won. lol. I’m not being mean, okay, I’m just about to reveal how I pick winners every week.

First, I put your names on a spreadsheet in the order of your entry. So, like, if you signed up first, you’re number 1. If you signed up second, you’re number 2.

Then I get the randomiser to pick a number from 1 to 30 (assuming there are 30 participants).

Now, modchip is always number 1 because he’s almost always the first to comment on my blogs! While I believe intellectually that the randomiser doesn’t play favourites, I always feel psychologically that first and last have smaller chances of getting picked. I know that’s illogical, but life isn’t always logical.

So, when the randomiser returned “1” today, out of 24 choices, I was quite shocked.

Oh, but I’m happy for modchip. Congrats again! One Friendster thumbdrive coming to you! :)

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Win a Microsoft LifeCam VX-7000!!!!

Share life’s most memorable moments—anywhere you go!

That’s what the product page says, and here’s what the product looks like:

So, yes, I have a box of this and I need to help it find a happy owner.

Will you be the one?

Click here to read about its features.

Please post a comment here to apply to be a happy owner of a LifeCam VX-7000!

Winner will be picked via randomiser.

Last day for entry is Thursday, Aug 28, 2008.

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Don’t forget to join me on Xbox LIVE tonight and tomorrow night, 8pm till 11pm! And, if you’re not on LIVE yet, visit my Xbox blog to learn how fun it can be!

Signing out here, signing in to LIVE.

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