GGF#29: Party games for friends and families

[Gamer Girl Friday]

Sorry for the lateness! I had to make two videos today! You get to watch! How lucky for you! Run, Spot, run! Loveliness!

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Table of Contents

  1. Behind the scenes of You’re in the Movies
  2. Rock Band 2 surprise
  3. Grand Theft Auto IV for PC! Yay!
  4. Results of last week’s contest
  5. Win a Grand Theft Auto IV (PC version)!!

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Behind the scenes of You’re in the Movies

You’re in the Movies is our new gym! It’s exhausting, but so, so fun.

The first time we made a movie, half our faces and bodies were missing in all the scenes because we didn’t have a clean background for the green screen effect to work.

(Here’s the “spoilt” video just in case you’re bored and want to watch it, but I wouldn’t recommend it.)

So, the next time, we came up with a solution: A DIY studio backdrop!

It’s very primitive. Don’t laugh.

We arrived at Wang Wang’s place bright and early to prepare our set.

Preparing the set for YITM

Mahjong paper!! Hahahahaha. I laugh myself. You cannot laugh.

We bought 20 pieces of mahjong paper to stick together into a giant sheet, but we only used 12 pieces cos it was damn tedious lah.

Preparing the set for YITM

And then it was done!! =)

Preparing the set for YITM

All we had left to do was stick it on the ceiling! That took a bit of time because we had to experiement with different kinds of sticking devices: adhesive tape, mounting tape, blu-tack?

After a lot of fussing around, we finally discovered that the only thing that really worked well was masking tape. LOTS AND LOTS OF IT.

Some of the paint in Wang Wang’s ceiling came off when we removed our screen (oh dear) but she, being such a dear, said, “IT’S OKAY!! LET’S PLAY AGAIN NEXT WEEK!”

She is such a sport! I feel sorry for her ceiling but I love her to death!

Morte, who is her hubby and who owns half the ceiling, said, “It’s okay. Next time we move house you help us paint our walls can already.”

Er…

Anyway, I already showed you videos of the movies we made, so here’s a video of us making the movies!!

It’s really crazy. Crazy fun!! =)

I have more videos I haven’t uploaded. Will do that maybe next week!

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Rock Band 2 surprise

Minou and Kerrendor recently bought Rock Band 2 and invited us over to play.

They had a surprise… for Unker Kell.

A mic stand!

Mic stand

Unker kell is the lead singer in Club Morte, our Rock Band group.

Problem was, the Goonfather, who is our lead guitarist, was so enamoured of the mic stand that he usurped Unker Kell’s job that night.

And he wasn’t content with just being a singer. He also wanted to hang on to his guitar!

So… he made himself singer-guitarist.

Mic stand

Kerrendor, lead bassist, tried his hand at singing-guitaring as well, but found it a bit harder because he didn’t know any of the songs very well.

Mic stand

It IS really hard because you need to look at two things at once on the screen.

Rock Band 2

Last I heard, the guys want to buy the angled kind of mic stand, next, so the drummers can sing-drum. (Minou and I are our group’s drummers.)

That’s pretty crazy. I think I will stick with just drumming, thank you.

Rock Band 2 isn’t very different from Rock Band 1. You just have new songs, but everything else is pretty much the same.

You can buy and attach three extra cymbals to the RB2 drumset, but they are mostly cosmetic and don’t actually give you extra lanes to play in the game. Each cymbal will have one colour that corresponds with the default drum pads, and you can hit either the drum pad or the cymbal for a different sound. That’s ALL!

Rock Band 2 drums

Disappointing.

We didn’t buy the cymbals because we can’t find them in Singapore yet. (They’re sold by a third-party vendor.)

Check out this video of our first night playing Rock Band 2. You can see the Goonfather hogging the mic stand all night. Haha.

Another sabotaged camwhore shot:

Sabotaged

We gonna play more this weekend. MUST UNLOCK Metallica’s Battery and System of a Down’s Chop Suey!!!!!

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Grand Theft Auto IV for PC! Yay!

It’s taken a long time, but GTA4 has finally been released for the PC. I’m excited, even though I already have GTA4 for the Xbox 360 and GTA4 for the PS3. It’s Grand Theft Auto IV, you know?!

Grand Theft Auto IV

In the PC version, you get exclusives such as:

  • An in-game video editor to record your own gameplay for sharing.
  • The ability to customise your own radio station to play your own songs!
  • Multiplayer games for up to 32 players.
  • Awesome, awesome graphics.

Grand Theft Auto IV

Like, SERIOUSLY!!

I’m tempted to get a copy!! (Yes, it’s available in stores now.)

Actually, I DO have a copy. But I’m giving it away to you guys because you’ve been such great, supportive readers!

Awww.

Check out today’s contest section to win a copy of Grand Theft Auto 4 for the PC! =)

By the way, you might also be interested in this:

Grand Theft Auto IV

It’s a fan site for GTA fans in Asia! Nice!

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Results of last week’s contest

What was the thing last week?

Oh, yes, that silly-looking mouse! Surprisingly, tons of people like it and want it. Haha.

Silly-looking mouse

Well, one man’s meat and all that.

Anyway, Mr Randomiser has spoken! the magic number this week is…. ELEVEN!!

Yay! Congratulations Mr 11, whose name is betshopboy!! WoooooooooooT~!

By the way, betshopboy didn’t e-mail me the last time he won a GOW2 poster, so the poster is still sitting in my room after dunno how many months.

Please e-mail me to arrange for collection of your two prizes… because I will forget. Hehe. =P

Okay, that’s all the excitement for now.

Tune in next week to find out who won this week’s prize! (And the cycle continues.)

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Win a Grand Theft Auto IV (PC version)!!

Would you like a copy of this?

Grand Theft Auto IV

Of course you would. This is Grand Theft Auto IV, baby! And since it’s for the PC, most of you would be able to play!

Unless you’re below 18. This game has an M18 rating, so please do not take part in the contest if you’re under 18, because I will ask to see your IC before I hand over your prize! Mwahaha.

Ok.

This week, we’re gonna do a Q&A! To win this, please answer the following questions:

  1. What’s your favourite thing about Grand Theft Auto?
  2. What’s the naughtiest thing you’ve done in your life? (Please make this G or PG-rated or I’ll delete your entry. =P)
  3. What’s my favourite dessert? A) Mango pudding B) Durian ice cream C) Chocolate fondue
  4. What did you do on your 18th birthday?
  5. How many pearls are there in this bracelet?

    Bracelet

Whoever gets all the answers correct will win the game! (Well, of course some of the questions have no right or wrong answers, but you know what I mean.)

One entry per person only, OBVIOUSLY.

In the event of a tie, Mr Randomiser will shoot all winners with a supersoaker. Last person standing wins.

I mean all that metaphorically, of course.

Okay, knock yourselves out! Closing date is Thurs, Dec 18, 2008, 11:59 pm.

This week’s prize is kindly sponsored by Epicsoft. Thank you!

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This weekend I am going to play games and no one is going to stop me. NO ONE!!!

RAAAAAAAAAAAARR!!

[Gamer Girl Friday]

I formed a rock band!

My calf is aching, my throat is sore and my thumb is screaming.

Such is the result of the evil that is Rock Band.

I can’t wait to torture my body again!

I was really excited about Rock Band when news of its impending release came. We camped our regular gaming store and waited miserably for it to arrive in Singapore.

It took forever. By the time it did, all the excitement had died. I got busy with other stuff and lost all interest in the game.

So when the Goonfather bought the game unannouced on Tuesday night, I was, like, “Dude! That’s $389!!”

(I don’t actually call him Dude in real life. It just seemed right to type that.)

The game box is really huge. It filled up the entire car boot.

[Rock Band sitting in our car]

We took it home.

[Rock Band sitting on our floor]

The Goonfather took photos of the unwrapping, so I have to publish them because this is like the first time he voluntarily took photos for me.

(Every time I ask him to take a photo of me, he makes a face and grumpily takes a hasty, blur shot. Which is why I had to master the art of self-camwhoring.)

Okay, back to the box!

[Opening Rock Band]

A scary looking bright pink warning slip!

It looks scary but when you read it, you’ll go, “Duh.”

[Warning slip]

Duh.

[Rock Band software and drumsticks]

Ooh. The software and drumsticks!

Strangely, that makes me feel hungry. I’m thinking of chicken now.

[Rock Band microphone]

Ahh, the microphone! It looks rather small and retarded if you ask me. Very not glam. Hmm… in the first place, do rock stars use this kind of microphones? I thought they use headset mics. I can’t remember cos I don’t watch MTVs or concerts all that much.

This looks more fit for karaoke. Hahaha.

Ok, next.

[Rock Band unpacked]

Everything out of the box!

There’s a drum set, a wireless guitar and a microphone to form a three-man rock band.

Rock Band allows up to four players for a jamming session (drums, vocals, lead guitar, bass guitar) but the box only comes with one guitar, which is so inconvenient!!

The company doesn’t sell individual guitars. If you want an extra guitar to form a full band, you need to buy another Rock Band set.

Of course we’re not going to do that. You think we print money is it?

Anyway, since we have two people at home only, the Goonfather decided to get a mic stand so one person can play the guitar while singing and the other person can play the drums.

It was too late to rush out to buy a mic stand, so the Goonfather made his own. (How much does a mic stand cost, anyway?)

[Making a mic stand]

He has a bunch of toilet pipes lying around at home from a previous, abandoned project, so he dragged them out and drilled some holes and played lego with the toilet pipes to form this:

[Toilet pipe mic stand]

Wahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s so terribly unglam lah!!!!!!!!

I think we should call our rock band Toilet Pipes.

Close up:

[Close up of toilet pipe mic stand]

The drilling was to make a lobang for the wire to stick out of:

[Close up of toilet pipe mic stand 2]

I don’t know why they can’t give us a wireless microphone if they can give us a wireless guitar. It’s so stupid.

Last night, we invited Morte over to jam with us.

[First jamming session]

They are both still in their work clothes!!! Hahahahaha! I could just die laughing.

Here’s a back view picture of me on the drums.

[Back view]

There’s no front view because Morte didn’t photograph any.

We were too busy to take photos, anyway. Most of the night, we took turns swapping instruments and trying them all out. It was so addictive that Morte stayed till 10:30 pm, even though he had to be at SIM at 10:30 pm to pick his wife up from school. Hahahahaha. (It’s about a 30-minute drive from my place to SIM.)

I wonder if Wang Wang (Morte’s wife) gave him hell for it. I would if I were her. Hahahahaha!

As you can tell, I am highly amused by the entire incident.

Okay, that was a preliminary jamming session and like everyone was in their work clothes, so I didn’t take too many photos.

I’ll take better photos when we organise a proper session on a weekend with all my friends!

It is damn fun!! And damn funny!!! Especially when your friends are crap at a particular instrument and you can scold them for making you die. Hahahahaha.

Okay, of course dying is not funny. But you know what I mean.

I love playing the drums. Playing guitar is more glamorous but I’m kind of sick of it because it’s like Guitar Hero.

The drums is cool! But its hell on your right calf because you’re using your calf muscles to step on the foot pedal. I found out last night that I have really weak calf muscles. It’s a muscle I didn’t even know existed until last night! *lol* It started feeling irritated and trembly when I played too many songs requiring a lot of fast, nifty footwork. (Or maybe our chair was too low.)

The vocals part is fun only if you know the song. They do give you lyrics to sing to and a pitch indicator to tell you whether you’re singing the right note or not, but it’s better if you already know the song.

And it is DAMN COOL playing the guitar and singing at the same time… like a real rock star! Hehehehe!

But I’m not going to videotape myself doing that cos I sound horrible singing rock songs, like a frog croaking. Luckily, the game doesn’t judge you on voice quality. It only judges pitch. You don’t even have to sing the right words. You can la la la through the whole song and still score top marks if you hit all the right notes. Hahaha.

We made a band last night to play in career mode and called it Buns N’ Hoses. (Morte’s idea.) Hahahahahaha!!!!

I better stop blogging now before I kill myself laughing.

More pictures next time!!