GGF#68: My first 6 iPad games

Gamer Girl Friday

I almost didn’t want to write this today because I couldn’t stop playing the new games I just bought for my iPad.

They are all amazing. Playing games on the iPad is amazing. I haven’t been so excited about a handheld gaming console since the DS, even though the iPad isn’t, strictly speaking, a gaming console.

But playing games on a 9.7″ full HD screen with multi-touchscreen capabilities is just ace. I’m all the more awed because I never intended to buy the iPad in the first place. When I finally did buy it, it was because I thought I needed an ebook reader to solve the space problem at home.

Well, so far, I have clocked maybe 60-80 hours on my iPad and I haven’t read a single book on it.

I would have clocked more hours on it had it not been frequently kidnapped by people around me (especially the Goonfather and Nanny Wen). Last I hear, they’re both gonna get their own. Good.

Anyway, people have been asking me (in Twitter/Plurk/Facebook) what games I bought, so I’ll provide a more comprehensive answer here.


Plants vs Zombies HD (US$9.99)

Plants vs Zombies HD

This was the first game I bought. I wanted something fun to break in my iPad. I’ve already completed the PC version but this is the kind of game that you can play over and over for the rest of your life.

Now, if you haven’t played PvZ on the iPad, you haven’t experienced anything. I urge you to put this on your list of 10 (or 100) things to do before you die. (10 if you’re a gamer, 100 if you’re not.)

The main highlights are the amazing colours on the HD screen and the 11 touch points. (I don’t know who uses all 11 points at once, though. Anyone got a spare finger to lend me?)

But just think about it. You know how you go crazy juggling the need to plant more ammo with the need to collect much-needed suns (or coins) before they disappear? On the iPad, you can collect 10 suns at once with just one touch, leaving plenty of time left to plant a cob cannon to obliterate that annoying gargantuan.

My friends who borrow my iPad to play PvZ tend to use just one finger to play, as if playing on the PC. THIS IS WRONG, GUYS, THIS IS A MORTAL SIN.

If you’re playing PvZ on the iPad, you MUST train yourself to activate all your fingers for the ultimate gameplay experience.

Enough said.


The Jim and Frank Mysteries – The Blood River Files HD (US$4.99)

The Blood River Files HD

This game is totally like Professor Layton on the DS, although it’s a smaller game, entirely linear, with fewer puzzles. I completed the game within 3-4 hours. But still fun. In fact, I enjoyed this a lot more than I did Professor Layton.

The gameplay is the same. There’s a storyline with small mysteries within a big mystery, which provides the frame for the game. As you go about unfolding the storyline, little puzzles pop out for you to solve before you can advance.

The puzzles are very similar to the Professor Layton ones, although I came across quite a number of unique ones. They’re also easier on the whole, although there were some rather tricky ones.

But I just love puzzles, and I like them not too hard so I can progress faster and play more games. I get bored if I get stuck at the same puzzle for, like, 20 minutes. (Not counting tough sudoku or crossword puzzles. Those are whole games by themselves.)

Anyway, this game makes pleasant use of the iPad’s touchscreen and the hand-drawn graphics are beautiful, so I had a really enjoyable time despite the main storyline being a bit juvenile.

Just enjoy the single puzzles. Don’t place too much hope on the main plot.


Puzzler World US XL (US$4.99)

Puzzler World US XL

You can tell by now that I really love puzzles. I was playing this till 4:30 am last night. I had to make myself stop.

There are, like, 600 puzzles in this game. After a few hours of playing, I’m only at 5.9% of the Challenge Mode. In this mode, you need to successfully solve 240 + 240 assorted puzzles. (The +240 are mini puzzles. Each main puzzle is paired with a mini one.)

The puzzles get increasingly difficult. I’m now only at #33, so it’s rather easy, but still enough of a challenge to be fun. I don’t know what the later ones will be like!

You can also choose the Quickplay Mode to just play your favourite puzzles. (There are two types of puzzles I don’t enjoy in the Challenge Mode but I still have to play through them just to conquer the challenge, duh.)

List of puzzle types
Wordsearch (never really like this, but the iPad makes it quite pleasant)
Sudoku (fun, but the beginning ones are too easy)
Crossword (luckily, there’s a hint system using points)
Spot The Difference (nice break between tough puzzles)
Link-A-Pix (unique and very fun!)
Fitword (boring)
Codeword (tough, not so fun)
Silhouette (suitable for little kids, but also fun for adults)

Mini puzzles
Hangman (nice)
Picture Quiz (trains memory, ack)
Missing Piece (a bit tough and blah)
Jigsaw (fun)
Equate (simple math equations for now, dunno about later)
Chain Letters (not bad)


Master of Alchemy HD ($2.99)

Master of Alchemy HD

This reminds me of The Incredible Machine series I played a long time ago. It’s something like that, except you’re an alchemist and you’re working with elements, gases, liquids and solids, transforming them. You’re supposed to manage the flow of precious elements, collecting them and preventing wastage by using the tools provided at each stage.

I’ve only played about 10 minutes’ worth so far. It’s challenging from the start and I can see it getting harder and harder. I wouldn’t say it’s incredibly fun, but I enjoy the brainwork the game exacts.

The graphics, music and philosophical quotes make the experience quite immersive. You feel like a real alchemist!


Supermarket Mania HD (US$4.99)

Supermarket Mania HD

I caved in and bought this time management game even though time management games have a tendency to drive me crazy. It’s because the product screenshots has a page showing comics and I got curious.

The comics tell the story between missions. You’re a young girl starting work at a supermarket and your boss is supposedly competing against some robotic conglomerate that’s taking over the world by replacing human workers with robots.

But the main game is just like any other time management game. You stock shelves as fast as possible.

The frame of the game is appealing. I mean, I like the comics and the storyline. But the gameplay might need some work. Gets a bit repetitive after a while.

I played another time management game called Are You Alright? on the iPhone where you manage a hospital and patients, and that one seems a bit more fun, although it’s just as irritating.

But 9.7″ HD still beats everything.


Midnight Mysteries: Salem Witch Trials (US$9.99)

Midnight Mysteries: Salem Witch Trials

I love this!!! I’ve only played 10 minutes of it and already I think it’s worth every bit of my S$15!

It’s like an adventure game combined with a hidden objects game. I love both genres so this is like, epic.

Mind-blowing, stunning graphics, good music, great special effects, intriguing storyline, fun touchscreen gameplay, etc, etc, etc.

I love how you never know what to expect next as the game unfolds. You could be asked to find 10 hidden objects, or you might need to pick up objects and combine them and use them to interact with other objects in the scene.

Or you might get to talk to ghosts.

Well, okay, since I’ve only played 10 minutes of it, I can’t for sure say the whole thing is going to be great, but it’s got good reviews all over the place so I know it won’t disappoint me!


Um… that’s all the games for now.

I’m tempted to buy more (shopping in App Store has never been more fun) but I think I should finish up my current ones first. I have so many ongoing games at the moment I can’t decide what to play at any time!

I actually bought all these games without reading full reviews. I just saw the product descriptions, screenshots and user comments in the app store. I guess I just couldn’t resist the beautiful graphics. They really make a difference in gameplay.

Plus I feel that the prices are very affordable. Seriously, I spend a lot more money an evening at the arcade centre and I don’t think that’s as fun as cuddling the iPad. Haha.

Okay, enough talking about the iPad. I need to get back to my gaming. =P

Let me end with some photos I wanted to share last week but couldn’t because I was in China.

From the Rappelz launch party!

My three winners and one guest enjoyed a private gaming room with refreshments. Well, only two winners turned up because the third one couldn’t make it last minute, so I made Nanny Wen come, instead. Yes, it was very last minute so she came 1.5 hours late. Unker Kell was my guest!

Rappelz launch party

Rappelz launch party

Rappelz launch party

Nanny Wen was playing Rappelz and she got a crab for a pet in her newbie gift pack. She named the crab after me. So mean!


So I took a photo of her eating in retaliation. Heheh!

Wen eating

I was guest-of-honour at the event. They made me play the PvP deathmatch against all other veteran players. T_T

But I think everyone had fun. There was quite a big crowd and I got to help draw the winners for the lucky draw at the end of the event.

Rappelz launch party

One of the winners:

Rappelz launch party

Great event! Thanks, Eaglegame, for organising it!

Comic relief

Something cute for a Sunday evening!

The latest from icanhascheezburger:


It’s funny, although not necessarily my favourite lolcat.

Just thought to mention it cos it reminds me of Conehead Zombie in Plants vs Zombies!

Read the description!

Plants vs Zombies

The PVZ guide to all the plants and zombies has the most irrelevant but funny stories.

A few of my favourite ones:

Plants vs Zombies

Plants vs Zombies

Plants vs Zombies

Plants vs Zombies

Plants vs Zombies

Too funny and cute for words! I would like to kiss the writer of these funny descriptions.

No, I’m no longer obsessed over Plants vs. Zombies. Because I’m obsessed over Dynomite, instead.

No, no. Really. I managed to get some work done last night and today. Slowly but surely ticking off all the items on my planner!

You might be asking, then, why am I reading lolcats when I’m supposed to be working?

Cos I follow ICHC on Plurk so I get updates instantly lah. I have a few things open on my screen 24/7 and Plurk is one of them. Gmail is another.

Awright, back to work!



Games and deadlines

Alright. Time to get down to serious work. *slaps self* Been gaming too much despite mounting deadlines.


PopCap games are too addictive! I’m even hooked to the Puzzle Booble-type games (Dynomite and Zuma) even though I’ve always hated Puzzle Bobble.

The game developers are really good at keeping us playing. Most of their games provide a lot of stress-relieving satisfaction (great sound effects and animation like a zillion zombies getting blown up at once) and the levels don’t feel repetitive. (Sign up for free play of all the games here.)

I also love the humour. The help page for Plants vs Zombies cracks me up.

Plants vs Zombies Help


I have a hundred deadlines (exaggerating a bit) these two months, mostly advertorials, so Raine from Nuffnang made me a blogging schedule showing when to submit a post and when to publish it.


So thoughtful of her!

I found it very useful, so decided to adapt it and make my own version because I wanted to add my other assignments (like Star Blog and Stuff magazine) and I wanted bigger boxes to write on.

So I made monthly planners for March and April!

March 2010

April 2010

The images and icons are from Microsoft clipart. Really quick-and-dirty job. Just draw up boxes in Excel and pop some colours and random pictures in them.

It is now happily sitting on my wall, being ignored! Yay!

April 2010

I keep telling myself, “One last game,” and it never ends because… WELL IF YOU GO PLAY SOME POPCAP GAMES YOU WILL KNOW.

My deadlines are looming nearer and nearer! Many blogs to complete before I fly to Shenzhen/Hong Kong next Wednesday. I will still have to work a bit even during my vacation but I’m trying to finish up as much as possible before then!

Stupid games!

GGF#47: All these games and no time to play

[Gamer Girl Friday]

This week, the Goonfather was supposed to help me review three games because they came all at once and I didn’t have the time to play them.

What came back to me were very brief write-ups of two games (Velvet Assassin and Plants vs. Zombies), and they looked more like blurbs than reviews. I could have gotten more information from Wikipedia.

I have published one of them for your reading pleasure.

For the third game (Patapon 2), he gave the lame excuse that it can’t be reviewed because it’s the same as its predecessor, Patapon, so he has nothing to say about it.


My life is really tough.

All these games and no time to play.


Table of Contents

  1. Velvet Assassin — Skimpy Porn Star??
  2. Monopoly Deal Card Game
  3. Time Wasters by Swordplay
  4. The zombie horde cometh!
  5. Exposed!
  6. Our favourite eyeballs are back!
  7. Results of last week’s contest
  8. Win 2 sets of Monopoly Deal Shuffle Shaker!!


Velvet Assassin — Skimpy Porn Star??

I received a copy of Velvet Assassin yesterday. But because I was out all day and I had Xbox duty at night, I didn’t have time to play it. So I made the Goonfather play it and write a review for me.

Velvet Assassin

He was only too happy to oblige (the playing part) since it gave him a chance to test some new games on his new souped-up machine.

But the Goonfather is the kind of person who would, if he were a doctor and you came to him with a pain in the leg, suggest that you chop off the leg to get rid of the pain.

Velvet Assassin

In other words, he is the sort of gamer for whom brute force is the answer to every problem in life.

Obviously, you can’t get very far using brute force in a game of espionage. And you can’t write a decent review if you can’t get very far.

Velvet Assassin

Here’s the Goonfather’s review:

Velvet Assassin is a third-person shooter game which requires a lot of sneaking around to get things done. Head-on contact will most likely lead to death, unless you take a shot of morphine, which will transform you into a skimpily-dressed porn star.

While in morphine mode, you can run right up to the enemy without him noticing you and kill the ugly son of a bitch. Be careful, though. The morphine only lasts a short while.

After killing an enemy, you might want to drag the body away and hide it so that patrolling enemies won’t notice it. Otherwise, your cover will be blown and your enemies will go on alert mode.

This game is very much like Thief, except that it’s set during World War 2. If you like games like Thief and Metal Gear Solid, you might like this.

Velvet Assassin


I’ll see if I can manage to get some time to play it next week.

Velvet Assassin is a stealth action game available for Xbox 360 and PC.

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Monopoly Deal Card Game

I recently received a complimentary set of this game, which is the card game version of the classic Monopoly board game.

I don’t know if I ever said this officially, but I’m an all-round gamer. I love games of any kind (except psychological mind games, haha), so I’m thrilled to have an opportunity to review a non-video game this week.

Monopoly Deal Shuffle Shaker

In this card game, your goal is to be the first person to own three full sets of properties. While getting to that goal, you can steal your friends’ properties, make them pay rent or make them give you money just because.

In short, it’s a sabo game!

I played the game with my friends last weekend.

Monopoly Deal Card Game

Haha… the Goonfather and I both had our netbooks up with Civony. (I’m not addicted to it. Not anymore, anyway. I just can’t stand resources and gold going to waste, or being stolen. Just like how I still collect my Neopets bank interest every day now even though I quit the game six years ago.)

I really enjoyed Monopoly Deal. Each game takes about 10-15 minutes. The rules confounded us intially but we were playing like pros by our third game.

It’s addictive, too.

Monopoly Deal Card Game

Halfway through the game, the Goonfather said, “What a stupid game!”

(He has a tendency to do that when he’s losing. But he doesn’t like to win, either. In our third game, when he had a chance to win, he refused to lay down his winning card for two rounds.)

The next day, when we met up with Unker Kell for dinner, he was, like, “Dude, let’s play Monopoly Deal later.”

You can never believe his words!

The Shuffle Shaker that comes with the game is just a novelty card shuffler. You pop the cards in the box and shake it violently to shuffle the cards up.

Not really necessary.

What makes this game great is that it’s very portable. You only need one deck of cards (leave the shaker at home) and you can conveniently bring it anywhere for quick-fix entertainment.

This game has a limit of five players. If you have more players, just buy another deck of cards to add to the original deck!

Fun fun fun!

Oooh, guess what?! I have two sets of Monopoly Deal Shuffle Shaker to give away this week. Check the contest section! ;)

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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: Gray


Wow, today’s time waster is very deep. It’s not really even a game, but more a social commentary on humanity.

Half the people who play this will go, “Huh?”

The other half will go, “Brilliant! Let’s start a discussion.”

Which one are you?

Try the game if you have some time. It’ll take you about five minutes to get the message, if you get it at all.

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The zombie horde cometh!

Plants vs. Zombies is finally out. Remember I talked about it a couple of weeks ago?

I like the game trailer. It’s short, cute and funny!

The Goonfather got the game, so I asked him to do a review for me.

I think I’d better not ask him to do reviews ever again.

His review didn’t give a clue as to whether the game is fun or worth playing or whether he liked it the slightest.

He is the most infuriating person in the whole wide world. He will NEVER give you an opinion if you ask for it. But if you’re sitting there quietly by yourself, he will come over and browbeat you with one of his countless conspiracy theories.

Anyway, Plants vs. Zombies is a tower defence game with Magic: The Gathering elements. Sounds interesting, no? Read the interview with game designer George Fan.

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Chong sent me this link. He’s in love with these x-ray photos of game system and controller innards.

X-Ray photo

Ooh, kinky.

This x-ray technician sicked his x-ray machine on all his unsuspecting gaming equipment. How very awesome for us.

X-Ray photos

Hmm, I don’t know. What do you think?

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Our favourite eyeballs are back!

I can’t imagine anyone not liking Patapon. Even a brute force guy like the Goonfather likes it. In fact, he was playing it on Wednesday night while we were having dinner in a Japanese restaurant, and I was, at the same time, Star Blog chatting.

It’s called Geek Multitask Dating.

Patapon 2

Continuing the story of Patapon, our cute eyeball heroes have set sail for new lands, only to be attacked by a monstrous kraken and tossed into a strange land where they find an enemy tribe they have to defeat.

If you have not ever played Patapon, OMG.

Please go now to the Patapon official site to play the mini flash game.

The game is so cute I could curl up and die. I love when you press a wrong combo and the patapons go, “Huh?”

While playing Patapon 2, the Goonfather alerted me that one of his Patapons got angry, threw down his spear and threatened to go home if he didn’t buck up and play the game properly.

How cute is that?!

Patapon 2

New stuff in Patapon 2:

  • Powerful hero attacks.
  • New mobs, units and classes.
  • New drum commands.
  • Mutiplayer co-op via PSP WiFi (up to four players).
  • More indepth customisation in levelling and equipment.

Patapon 2 is a PSP exclusive title.

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Results of last week’s contest

And this poster…

X-Men Origins: Wolverine game poster

… goes to…


Patapon 2

Oh, wait. Wrong channel.

Hur hur.

And the winner is…

SpiritAngelo! =)


Please e-mail me, thank you.

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Win 2 sets of Monopoly Deal Shuffle Shaker!!

Hasbro Singapore has kindly sponsored two sets of Monopoly Deal Shuffle Shaker, each worth $21.90, for this week’s contest.

Monopoly Deal Shuffle Shaker

So, I’m looking for two winners. Just post a comment saying something, anything, about Monopoly (can be the classic board game). Winners will be picked by random.

Please note that this prize will require self-collection (in a central area) because it’s a biggish package.

Closing date is May 14, 2009, 11:59 pm.

Good luck! =)

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I think I have mentioned this before somewhere, although I can’t remember where.

My cousin and I were Monopoly freaks when we were kids and, between us, we owned four different versions. One day, we invented Quadruple Monopoly, which is playing the game on four boards put together.

We dealt ourselves four times the amount of money, and we jumped from board to board via switched Chance cards. After four hours, we haven’t even gotten close to having a clear winner. (It was just the two of us playing.)

I miss the days when we spent whole afternoons playing board games and Nintendo games together. This cousin of mine just started a blog, too. Check it out! =)

[Gamer Girl Friday]

GGF#43: Gamers choose games over sex

[Gamer Girl Friday]

Over a thousand men (in relationships) were recently polled on a British website to find out if men would rather play video games or have sex with their partners.

32% said they’d rather play games.

Which is a pretty moderate statistic. What’s more remarkable is that the number shot up drastically when the game in question was a new game.

72% of the respondents said they would rather play a new video game than play bedroom games with their partners.

This tells me one thing: There is hope yet for mankind.

Google has the full report.


Table of Contents

  1. Larry is back!
  2. Time Wasters by Swordplay
  3. Plants vs. zombies. Who will win?
  4. Positive gaming news
  5. April Fool’s Day in Guild Wars
  6. Results of last week’s contest
  7. Win 4 boxes of Norton AntiVirus 2009 Gaming Edition!!


Larry is back!

I didn’t play Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude (2004), although I wanted to. I actually had a copy sitting around but was too busy to play.

Now I don’t know where it’s gone, and its sequel, Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust, is here, after five long years.

Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust

Well, sort of here, anyway. The last I heard, it’s now sitting in someone’s office in MDA waiting to be rated before it can be released in Singapore.

This sequel continues the adventures of Larry Lovage, nephew to the original Larry Laffer in the earlier Larry games.

Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust

I tried a bit of the early games (those created by Al Lowe) and liked the humour and sarcasm and the problem-solving.

I don’t know how this new release will measure up. There were mixed reviews on Magna Cum Laude, with critics complaining that it’s not the same without Al Lowe’s touch. The gameplay was apparently slightly modified to keep up with the changing face of video games.

Of course there were also those who liked it, too. So, it’s always best to play the game and judge for yourself, you think?

Well, it’s any time soon. I hope it’s good. Will let you know if I get a copy of the game.

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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:


This is the well-loved Flash version of the well-loved classic Whac-A-Mole arcade game. You know, little critters pop out of holes? Whack ’em with hammer fast as you can?

Tontie is that, and harder. A lot harder.

Accompanied by a chirpy soundtrack reminiscent of cheesy Japanese game shows, Tontie is simple and addictive, and infuriating at higher levels.

Each level introduces a new critter which requires different handling. Some of them you have to hit twice, some you can’t hit without losing life, some you can only hit when the conditions are right, and so on.


You have to memorise the conditions for every monster because, by level 20, you’ll be getting 20 different kinds of monsters popping out at random, very fast, like at the speed of light or close. As you progress, you can buy weapon upgrades and extra life to help you conquer the game.

So many years after release, Tontie is still widely played and Swordplay goes nuts over it. Apparently, he cried out in agony when he accidentally downgraded his weapon to a red hammer with a click, right after parting with his life savings for a gold hammer.


Can’t say I blame him. I would too, probably worse. In fact, I haven’t even reached the stage where I have enough money to buy a gold hammer.

Well, this game is very good for taking a quick break and refreshing your energy between work or study. Just be careful not to get addicted!

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Plants vs. zombies. Who will win?

I don’t know how Swordplay does it, but he has a knack for finding rubbishly cute stuff on the Internet.

His latest find: An MTV for a B-grade zombie game that will be released on May 5, 2009, by PopCap.

Okay, it’s not really a zombie game in the usual sense of the genre. Plants vs Zombies is advertised as a tower defense game. I think you’re supposed to use a bunch of cute assorted plants to repel zombie invaders.

Plants vs Zombies

The MTV is cute and funny and catchy. Have a watch. I LOL’ed at the opening sequence because it was so unexpected and comical.

Swordplay also did some detective work and turned up the identity of the singer behind the MTV: A pretty Japanese lady by the name of Laura Shigihara.

Laura Shigihara

Okay, I don’t know if she’s actually Japanese. At least half, I guess. She was educated in the USA, so she could be an American Japanese or Japanese American, or something in between.

What’s important, though, is that she’s got a super cute voice and she’s pretty and she writes and performs videogame music for a living!

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Positive gaming news

After months of bad press on gaming, we finally see some good news articles that should give you some ammo against critics of your lifestyle.

Shooter video games ‘sharpen vision’

FPS games have been found to improve an aspect of our vision known as contrast sensitivity. Yes, playing FPS can indeed train our vision with long-term benefits! I celebrated this discovery by playing Left 4 Dead on the Xbox 360 last night. Not only do I think it’s good for the eyes, I think shooting zombies is good for the soul, too!

Study: Violent games least likely to cause gamer aggression

A study has shown that, out of three different kinds of games, violent games were the least likely to cause aggressive behaviour. The test was done on the Xbox 360, using an FPS, a racing game and a 3D tennis game. It was found that the racing game caused the most agitation and agression among the gamers.

Hey, next time anyone’s doing any tests involving gaming, invite me! Any excuse to play games, you know? ;)

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April Fool’s Day in Guild Wars

Most MMORPGs feature “live” events to commemorate special days, such as Valentine’s Day and Christmas. You’d get limited edition items and fun themed quests. If you’re enterprising, you’d also get to make a fast buck by stocking up on those limited items and selling them after the event is over.

But I never saw a game commemorate April Fool’s Day until Guild Wars.

In the last two years, the game brought joy and laughter to players by turning them into funny things on April 1st.

Last year, everyone got turned into stick men.

Guild Wars

This year, we all got turned into Gwen-chan. It was very well-received.

Guild Wars

Gwen is an important NPC whom everyone loves because she features very largely in the game’s storyline. She normally looks like this:

Guild Wars

Anyway, there was some kind of glitch where newly-created characters didn’t get turned into Gwen-chan, and that led to a lot of hilarious roleplaying among gamers.

Whereever there was a normal player, a huge school of Gwen-chans would surround him or her.

Guild Wars

Players spoke in baby talk and pretended that the normal players were parents.

By unspoken agreement, the normal players would dance and all the Gwen-chans would crowd around and watch, and make inane, kiddy comments.

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Overheard: “Why are we all gathered around the naked lady?”

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Overheard: “DAAAAAAAAAADDY!!!!”

At one point when everyone was crowding around two “daddies” and feeling deprived of maternal care, someone suddenly shouted: “There’s a mommy by the storage!!” (storage = bank)

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A few Gwen-chans rushed over to the storage and started MOMMMMMMMYing the mommy, but I think she was AFK or busy sorting her inventory or something and didn’t respond.

After a while, one of the Gwen-chans complained, “YOU SAD EXCUSE FOR A MOMMY!”

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And: “Daddy are you AFK??????”


This one’s a good mommy:

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And good daddies:

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This is me attempting to pull Swordplay’s hair:

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Haha, yes. Swordplay is the one kneeling on the floor.

I logged in the game but didn’t play (in the sense of adventuring and questing). After participating in the cutesy roleplay for half an hour or so, I basically just left my avatar there and, while doing other stuff on my computer, occasionally checked in to read the chat and laugh.

It was a total riot. I’m already looking forward to next year’s April Fool’s Day! Um, that is, I hope I’ll still be playing Guild Wars by then.

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Results of last week’s contest

Ahtiong is a lucky boy! He is about to win yet another GGF prize. This is his fourth time in five months! How cool is that? This week, he wins for himself a copy of Norton AntiVirus 2009 Gaming Edition!!

Congratulations, ahtiong! I will contact you this time I since I already have your contact info, several times over. *lol*

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Win Norton AntiVirus 2009 Gaming Edition!!

So, what’s the matter, huh? You people tired of getting free stuff, or was last week’s contest too difficult?

I still have four copies of this to give away.

Norton AntiVirus 2009 Gaming Edition

Fine, I’ll make it easier this time. Just answer these two questions if you want a copy!

1. At the German Games Convention 2008, 16% of participants said they’d had a game account stolen by hackers.

a) No way!

b) True.

2. What exactly is Gamer Mode in Norton AntiVirus Gaming Edition?

a) The opposite of a younger brother: Won’t bother you while you’re in the middle of a game, but keeps you protected throughout.

b) Something that automatically suspends updates, alerts, and other background activities when the system goes into full screen mode.

c) All of the above.

Closing Date: April 9, 2009, 11:59 pm.

Find out more about Norton Antivirus Gaming Edition here.

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I’ve been wondering whether I should spread GGF out and, like, publish one small entry a day, rather than compile everything at the end of each week.

It would probably be easier for you as a reader and for me as a writer, no? The only problem would be that the name Gamer Girl Friday would become a misnomer.

What think you?

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