GGF#10: Updates from the gaming world

[Gamer Girl Friday]

These days, I’m spending more time being a “journalist” than a gamer! I guess it comes with the territory of writing a gaming column.

Quite ironic that writing about games because I love playing games is deterring me from playing the games that I love writing about.

Hmm.

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Table of Contents

  1. WCG interviews Sheylara!
  2. WCG to attract female gamers
  3. Centrino 2 for enhanced laptop gaming
  4. Neopets creators announce a new MMOG
  5. Guitar Hero: World Tour plays on Rock Band
  6. Ninja Gaiden II t-shirts won!
  7. No one Asked Sheylara anything

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WCG interviews Sheylara!

So, there I was, innocently attending the World Cyber Games press conference as a member of the press, and then some peeps came up to me and said, “May we interview you, please?”

Which was kinda amusing, because press doesn’t get interviewed, press interviews. LOL.

Here’s the interview:

I should have told them about Gamer Girl Friday so they can mention it! But I kinda didn’t know at that time why and for what they were interviewing me. I just answered questions. Haha.

When I showed this to a friend, he rightly pointed out that I don’t speak like what’s reflected in that interview. A lot of what’s written has been dramatically rephrased from what I actually said (since there was no tape recorder present).

Guess I’m alright with that, as long as there are no scandalous misquotes.

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WCG to attract female gamers

World Cyber Games, the world’s first global cyber games festival and perhaps the most well-known, is doing something right this year (in my books.)

In an attempt to attract casual and female gamers, WCG has included Guitar Hero 3 (Xbox 360 version) in its 2008 lineup!

I can’t tell yet whether this strategy has been successful so far, but it’s certainly gotten my attention. I want to take part in it, except that I haven’t got time to practise. Argh.

Here’s the lineup of official WCG games for 2008:

I believe some of the games still have slots left for registration if you want to take part. Sign up here for the Singapore National Finals, which will be held on August 7 and 8 in Suntec Convention Centre.

The Asian Championship will be held in Singapore on August 9 and 10.

Incidentally, there was an F1 simulator at the press conference so I did me some F1 racing.

Got pwned.

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Centrino 2 for enhanced laptop gaming

Intel has just released its new Centrino 2 processor, which is set to own the next generation of laptops.

Until now, there’s been a lack of gaming laptop choices. Not anymore!

Well, the chip wasn’t built specifically for gaming, but it’s been built to cater to gamers, too.

You can start checking out computer shops now for laptops with an “Intel Centrino 2 inside” sticker. But give it a few more months maybe, and more models carrying this chip will probably be released.

Intel took a bunch of journos out to sea to show off their new baby. These people sure know how to party!

But that’s not really relevant for this article, so let me show you something more relevant.

A powerpoint page showing you the improvements of the Centrino 2 over its predecessor:

So, anyway, everything about the Centrino 2 is good. Faster, better, cooler everything. I don’t really want to elaborate on it because I’m not trying to be a salesman about it. So, go read about it yourself if you’re interested!

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Neopets creators announce a new MMOG

Don’t judge me but I’m a huge Neopets fan.

Well, it is a good site and a great concept, even if it’s mostly for kids.

Neopets has constantly evolved over the years to meet new demands, which is good, although I didn’t like the last major overhaul when they commercialised almost everything. But I can’t blame them for doing that. A business has got to grow and make money.

This new MMOG is called Twin Skies and it will feature a persistent world, pets and mini games (which you play to affect what happens to you in the persistent world).

According to the FAQs, the game might impose a monthly fee to keep it ads free, but it’s still undecided.

I like the game concept, anyway. I might try it out when it’s launched goodness knows when, time permitting.

I said, don’t judge me!

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Guitar Hero: World Tour plays on Rock Band

Much buzz has been generated from Activision’s recent announcement at E3. Apparently, you will be able to use Rock Band instruments to play Guitar Hero: World Tour.

That means Rock Band fans will be able to play GHWT without having to shell out ridiculous amounts of money to acquire yet more instruments.

This is a good direction. I was getting kind of worried that, by the time GHWT and RB2 releases, I’m going to have four guitars, three drum sets and three microphones fighting for space in my room.

The only duh spot in this is:

I don’t really want to play GHWT with RB1 drums. The GHWT drum set has five pads. RB1 only has four. Duh. One extra pad can make a lot of difference in terms of fun.


Guitar Hero: World Tour instruments

But it seems like Activision developers have hinted on the possibility of releasing updates to make GHWT and RB2 instruments compatible. Sweet if that happens.

Read more here.

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Ninja Gaiden II t-shirts won!

I have come to dread announcing contest results weekly.

I know that when I make an announcement, one person will be very happy but more will be disappointed.

I know the disappointment is minimal because, after all, my giveaways are small items. But disappointment is still disappointment, right?

But its still gotta be done. So, this week’s announcement:

Chong wins two Ninja Gaiden II t-shirts!! Wootage! Congratulations! Ding gratz!

I will be contacting you via e-mail soon about the collection of your prize.

Thanks to everyone who participated. Hope you win something next time!

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No one Asked Sheylara anything

Sheylara is taking a break from answering questions this week because no one asked her anything, can you believe it? Hah.

Good. People are learning the power of Google! ;)

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But there is no contest this week.

Sorry!

No, I haven’t run out of stuff to give away. It’s just that running even a simple contest takes a lot of time and I am swamped this month. I even considered postponing GGF this week, but then I had so much news I wanted to share.

I’m sure you understand. GGF is a personal project at this point of time and real life (paying jobs) have to take precedence.

By the way, Gamer Girl Friday recommends that you vote for Sheylara in the S’pore Blog Awards! (Yes, there is no escape for you until the voting periods ends with July.)

Thank you all.

Have yourself a great weekend and we’ll see you next week!

[Gamer Girl Friday]

GGF#9: Short & Sweet Day

[Gamer Girl Friday]

It’s Short & Sweet Day today at Gamer Girl Friday! (Okay maybe not that sweet, but definitely shortish, lol).

I spent 41 hours in the last three days filming because the shoot overran by a total of 15 hours (for me), which ate into the time I had to work on GGF.

Yeah, that happens when one tries to juggle a zillion careers at once.

Gamer Girl Friday is greedy and wants to do everything. What can we do about it, then?

Make a face.

Enjoy this issue, which took me four hours to produce even though it’s shorter than usual.

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Table of Contents

  1. Sheylara Island
  2. The Goonfather’s spycam
  3. Securing World of Warcraft
  4. Result of last week’s contest
  5. Ask Sheylara
  6. Win a pair of Ninja Gaiden II t-shirts!

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Sheylara Island

I’ve created an island for myself in Google Lively, which is a virtual space for 3D socialisation in the style of Second Life, IMVU and PlayStation Home.

What’s cool about Lively is that you can embed your “virtual room” on a webpage and friends can come visit directly!

Here’s mine!

I’m not normally into this kinda stuff. Like, why would anyone wanna hang out in Second Life when they can hang out in World of Warcraft or Age of Conan where they can do stuff like kill dragons instead of just stand around looking bored and pretty (or pretty bored)?

But I gave Lively a try because it’s Google. You gotta be curious how a giant corporation fares, jumping on a bandwagon.

It’s relatively painless to sign in (using your Google account), do a quick download and installation, create an avatar, create a room and dress up your room and avatar.

I made an island instead of a regular room because I thought it would be fun to party on an island.

I put a DJ console on my island!

But I have no guests.

I’m kinda talking to myself.

And I realised that decorating an island is harder than decorating a regular room because, like, you have no walls to hang posters on or put a bed against.

And, like, beds would look totally out of place on an island, no?

By the way, you can bring a gift and decorate my island if you visit!

Not saying you should. I’m just saying this “game” has the capability.

It’s still very new and there’s nothing much you can do in there now. We’ll just have to wait until people with too much time on their hands and smarts in their brains start developing applications for it!

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The Goonfather’s spycam

A few days ago, the Goonfather MSN’ed me, “I wanna buy a doggy.”

Then he sent me this link.

I took a quick glance at it and said, “I thought Aibo was a failed product.”

He said, “The new Aibo PlayStation. Different now, can stream what it sees to PSP or PS3. Control and program via PSP. Can be guard dog also. Image recognition, sound recognition, heat sensors… to determine whether a person is the owner/family or intruder.”

“Er…,” I said. “Being practical, what can it do that you can’t do yourself now (besides guarding the house, which a real dog might do better)?”

“I can look at you while I’m at work… or bring it for a walk in the park while it records upskirt videos of female passers-by?”

“Hold on…,” I said. “Back up a little…

“Look at me while you’re at work?

“YOU MEAN SPYCAM?

“WHY YOU WANNA SPYCAM ME?!??!?!!”

He did a quick defensive manoeuvre.

“No lah no lah. I mean like video conference!”

Honestly.

I think the new Aibo (if the leaks are true) portents ill for us girls.

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Securing World of Warcraft

You know a game is really, really big when they release a security device which, up to now, we’ve only mostly seen banks use.

Due to a rise in account thefts in arguably the most popular MMORPG in the world, Blizzard has made available the Blizzard Authenticator, which adds an additional layer of protection beyond the usual username and password login for World of Warcraft.

Unfortunately, this device is only available for USA residents.

Then again, I don’t know if I would use it even if I could. Hate hassle.

It’s a nice-looking dongle, though. Wouldn’t mind having it just for fun.

By the way, I’m not playing World of Warcraft right now.

Age of Conan!

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Result of last week’s contest

Somebody won this!

And that somebody is Al Sayf! Yay!!! Will be contacting you by e-mail soon!

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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).

oOC1KnightOo asks an Initial D: Extreme Stage question:

Are the controls hard? And the graphics toned down? And how does the avatar customization work?

Sheylara Says:

The controls aren’t hard compared to other racing games because this game was made for the fun factor rather than realism and true simulation. Graphics-wise, again, it’s not as good as one of those hardcore racing sims, but it’s certainly better than the arcade versions.

For avatar customization, you just pick a gender, then you go through a list of customiztion options which allow you to change your hairstyle, eye shape, lip shape, clothes and a few other things. The choices are quite limited, though.

benjaminlee12345 asks an Initial D: Extreme Stage question:

Is there a Silvia S13 in the game?

Sheylara Says:

Here’s a complete list of cars available in Initial D: Extreme Stage!

Toyota: Sprinter Trueno GT-Apex (AE86), Corolla Levin GT-Apex (AE86), Corolla Levin SR (AE85), MR2 G-Limited (SW20)

Nissan:
Skyline GT-R V-spec II (BNR32), Skyline GT-R V-spec II (BNR34), Silvia K’s (S14), Silvia Q’s (S14), Silvia spec-R (S15), 180SX Type II (RPS13)

Honda: Civic SiR-II (EG6), Civic Type R (EK9), Integra Type R (DC2), S2000 (AP1)

Mazda: Savanna RX-7 (FC3S), Efini RX-7 Type R (FD3S)

Subaru: Impreza WRX STi Version V (GC8), Impreza WRX STI (GDBF)

Mitsubishi: Lancer GSR Evolution III (CE9A, Lancer RS Evolution IV (CN9A), Lancer Evolution IX GSR (CT9A)

Suzuki: Cappuccino (EA11R)

Initial D: Sil-80

enhaced asks a PC question:

How do you set up dual montiors?

Sheylara Says:

You need a graphics card that supports dual monitors, first of all. Most mid to high end cards have two output ports (VGA/DVI, DVI/DVI, DVI/HDMI). Just plug your two monitors in! Then go into your graphic card control panel to control how you want to display stuff.

Wallace asks an Age of Conan question:

What’s the difference between the Xbox 360 and PC versions of Age of Conan?

Sheylara Says:

Nobody can tell for sure yet since the Xbox 360 version won’t be released till next year. But Funcom maintains that the gameplay will be identical and Xbox 360 users will be able to play together with PC users.

The difference will lie probably in the interface, since the PC version was made for a mouse and keyboard. I believe Funcom is working on an interface revamp for the Xbox 360 Age of Conan even as we speak.

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Win a pair of Ninja Gaiden II t-shirts!

Abashedly, I have a pair of Ninja Gaiden II T-shirts sitting around forgotten since the game launch some months back.

I’ve got TWO!! One M, one XL. I’m giving them away as a pair so you can wear it with your partner or give one to someone you like! ;)

I don’t have a picture of it (cos I forgot to charge my camera’s battery. Really!!) but Nizam does! Go check out his page here if you’re interested in the t-shirts!

These are exclusive t-shirts! Only given out to people who pre-ordered the game for the launch event and not available anymore!

I got mine from working at the launch and haven’t worn them (cos they’re a little too big for me, hehe).

Oh, well, you know the drill.

Drop a comment if you want them. Lucky draw!

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End of Short & Sweet issue!

Gamer Girl Friday feeling stoned from lack of sleep.

Gamer Girl Friday is glad that it’s Friday. Looking forward to chilling out over the weekend.

MUST – PLAY – GAMES!!

[Gamer Girl Friday]