GGF#54: The president has been kidnapped by ninjas

[Gamer Girl Friday]

We have a guest reviewer today!

Pretty Minou kidnapped my copy of Overlord II, so I threatened to drown her with Morte’s lame jokes unless she submitted a review for GGF.

Here’s an example of Morte’s lameness:

Some time back, I e-mailed everyone this photo of the freaking best bento in the whole wide world.

Raving Rabbids bento

I also showed them this photo of the freaking best cookies in the whole wide world.

Raving Rabbids cookies

Courtesy of this amazingly talented lady who has, since I discovered her site early this year, created tons more freaking best eats in the whole wide world.

Anyway, to come back to the story, Minou replied my group e-mail saying, “Wow, where did they get the cutter for the cookies?”

And Morte replied, “I can use my teeth to cut out the rabid shapes also. :)”

Well, using Morte as a threat works pretty well.


Table of Contents

  1. Be the Overlord of whacking cute critters
  2. Time Wasters by Swordplay
  3. Win weekly giveaways on Xbox Facebook
  4. How being a gamer helps you at work
  5. Bad Game English
  6. Results of last week’s contest
  7. Win a miniature Porsche 911 Carrera S!


Be the Overlord of whacking cute critters

Overlord II (Xbox 360): Impressions

By Minou - Guest ReviewerI spied the Overlord II disc in Sheylara’s room, still in pristine condition, and squirreled it into my bag before Morte, who had wanted to borrow it, knew about it.

In return, I am writing this.

Overlord II starts off with you learning to whack snowmen and then getting your minions to whack more snowmen. You also learn to light fireworks to wreck mayhem in your home village. And while doing all that whacking, throw in some clobbering of kids and rabbits that are running around.

Overlord II

That’s how I found myself destroying snowmen and eventually stealing children’s clothes off their backs so that my minions can sneak into town with me.

I suppose evil has to start young.

The game quickly progresses to the point where you, the Overlord, are now all grown up and return to the village of your youth. You learn about “Life Force”, which you harvest from creatures you have killed, allowing you to summon more minions from gates that are scattered around.

The Overlord and his minions

If one of your poor minions die, never fear! You can summon him back via one of these gates.

Unfortunately, that’s when the game starts losing its appeal for me. My first lesson in killing creatures was… killing baby seals!!! How can I kill such cute and lovable creatures?

My husband (Kerrendor) took over the controls and started shouting, “Die, Shirotans!” while going around terrorising the poor baby seals.

Minou's Shirotan collection
Minou’s Shirotan collection.

And then you get a bunch of elves that keep shouting things like:

“Protect the fluffy ones!”

“You’re just jealous because your creatures aren’t fluffy.”

Dubious Elves

The elves look dubious to me, to be honest.

The controls are easy to learn and remember. There is a little map on the bottom left hand corner of the screen to indicate where you should go next, which helps to minimise aimless wanderings. But the camera angle is not very friendly even though you can adjust it to some extent. In caves or places with trees and hills, the camera tends to zoom in and out, which gave me motion sickness soon after.

Mini map

Some people will like this game (e.g. Morte) because they get to play at being baddies. Morte is so hooked on it that he e-mailed us a video of one of the cinematics involving three women and one Overlord.

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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 game: Ginormo Sword

Ginormo Sword

It’s basically an RPG grind boasting dinosaur-age graphics on a Flash player.

According to Swordplay, it’s quite addictive.

Ginormo Sword

If you don’t believe him, read this funny review:

Ginormo Sword
Phat Lewtz

Did you lose your job, spouse and home due to your WoW addiction? Do you still have a psychological need for loot, but are too proud or too squeamish to give handjobs to random passersby to pay for your monthly subscription fee? Ginormo Sword is for you! This game provides the same dopamine-drip effect of your favorite MMO without any of the cost (or visual payoff). Ginormo is a single-player RPG (you always complained of how much the other players online were blabbering dumb shits, didn’t you?) that distills the genre to the bare essentials.

Read more…

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Win weekly giveaways on Xbox Facebook

Be part of a growing community that enjoys games together on the Xbox 360 Singapore fan page on Facebook!

You don’t even need to own an Xbox. Just join us and enjoy weekly giveaways of games and cool premiums, including limited edition ones!

In case you’re wondering, I help manage the fan page as part of my engagement as Xbox Ambassador for Singapore. So, be a fan, join me and say hi to me in the Discussion Board!

Take part in the first giveaway!

This week, win a Red Faction Guerilla Xbox 360 game, limited edition Heavy Walker figurines and collectible RFG handbooks.

Red Faction Guerrilla prizes

Four prizes up for grabs! You need to be a fan of the Xbox 360 Singapore fan page to be eligible. The contest closes on National Day (Aug 9, 12 am), so HURRY!

And good luck!

Join the fan page here.

Join the giveaway here.

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How being a gamer helps you at work

I totally enjoyed this article, which lists six areas at work in which our video gaming skills are put to use.

Screenshot of article

It makes me feel so bonded with all my fellow gamers… which is YOU!

Well, read and smile.

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Bad Game English

I recently came across this awesome montage featuring tons of games from the past that have either bad grammar or just funny content.

Montage of screenshots
Click to view whole image.

I don’t think I’ve played any of them but some of them are so famous they have become very endearing.

The president has been kidnapped by ninjas.

Are you a bad enough dude to rescue the president?


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Results of last week’s contest

Okay, the totally apple-polishing peeps win this round.

How can I possibly NOT give the NERF Blasters to:

1. A future assasin-for-hire who has promised me free extermination services,

2. A future boss-killer who has promised me free bodyguard services,


3. A Matrix gangster wannabe who will gleefully help me KOS all the rats in my path?

Congratulations Kim, Moralis and Rykarx!!

You are going to be proud owners of this wondrous NERF N-Strike Recon CS-6 Blaster, soon!

NERF N-Strike Recon CS-6 Blaster

Please e-mail me to remind me to give you the secret location for your loot drop.


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Win a miniature Porsche 911 Carrera S!

I have this little SuperCar Challenge souvenir here.

SuperCar Challenge

SuperCar Challenge is a PS3 exclusive title which is slated for release late August or early september, depending on where you get your news. It’s the sequel to Ferrari Challenge, which eplains the imbalance of cars in favour of Ferraris in the car list.

They should have just called it Ferrari Challenge 2.

Which makes it all the more weird that, when I opened the box, I saw a little Porsche 911 Carrera S in it.

Porsche 911 Carrera S miniature

Now, I know nothing about cars, so I can’t stake my life on the fact that this, indeed, is what I claim it is. I can’t even say for sure it’s a Porsche.

But I looked at the back and the words “Carrera S” were there.

Porsche 911 Carrera S miniature

So I did an Internet search on “Carrera S” and I found “Porsche 911 Carrera S”, with lots photos of the real thing looking exactly like my miniature.

Porsche 911 Carrera S miniature

So, I don’t know. And I don’t really care, to be honest. I just want to give this away!

If you want this mystery car, you can buy me dinner!

I’m just kidding.

You can just post a comment to say why you want it. Best answer wins!

In case there aren’t any good answers at all, I’ll randomise a winner out.

Bad answers are, like, for example, “I want this car just because I feel like winning a prize.”

That is just plain stupid.

Good answers are more like, “I want to win this miniature because it’s my dog’s 7th birthday and I can’t think of what to give him. I think he might enjoy a Porsche, especially if I douse it with beef sauce.”

Now, you can’t use that answer anymore, so don’t try to be smart.

Please submit all answers by August 14, 2009, 2359 hrs.


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Good bye and Happy National Day!

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