Woo! If you’re an Xbox fan, congratulations! You can expect tons of exciting developments this year to keep you happy and busy!
If you’re not a fan, I recommend that you give the Xbox 360 a try. And I’m not saying that just because I’m the Xbox ambassador. I’m saying it because I’m having a heck lot of fun with it and I’m really hyped about the new stuff that’s in store!
Today’s GGF is all about the Xbox because that’s what’s happening this week. But don’t worry. I will still talk about other platforms and consoles in the coming weeks.
The Xbox people believe in well-rounded gamers and for that I’m really thankful. After all, games are games and gamers are gamers. Bottomline, we all just wanna have fun, right?
I’m so in love with the Xbox 360! Come join me on Xbox LIVE!
Table of Contents
- Sheylara as Xbox ambassador
- Xbox Singapore announces many exciting things
- Upcoming games on Xbox 360
- Sheylara in World Cyber Games
- Babes at World Cyber Games
- Results of last week’s contest
- Ask Sheylara
- Win a fantastic game called Too Human!!
Sheylara as Xbox ambassador
A new campaign for Xbox LIVE has launched in Singapore.
And I’m part of it!
It’s called the Xbox Xperts program and I’m the first Xpert onboard.
More than just a brand ambassador, the Xbox Xpert will guide new users through Xbox LIVE and help them connect to the Xbox LIVE community.
Come and read my Xpert blog here!! (And if you have a minute, do register and post some comments!)
I’m not really an expert in the traditional sense of the word, though. And, in my Xpert blog, I’ll still be blogging in my usual rubbish manner which you all love. RIGHT?
You can read the press release to get the full details if you’re the sort who likes reading press releases.
Also, watch out for advertisements on buses and MRTs in the next week or so.
Oh, and dig this. New subscribers of Xbox LIVE Gold memberships will be rewarded with two movie tickets as a welcome gift!
This is an amazing offer because you’re also getting a free one-month trial Gold account when you sign up!
Trust me. Xbox LIVE is very addictive. Once you log in and play some games and start getting those achievement points, your gaming habits will change, like mine did.
Okay, now, please tell all your friends about this and get on the program!
Xbox SG announces many exciting things
Some of the things you know, some you don’t. I’m just gonna tell you everything to make sure you don’t miss anything!
X08 Coming Soon!
This is a huge gaming convention which will be very fun and very cool and very awesome and very everything good!
The last one happened two years ago. That was X06.
On October 24 this year, there will be X08! Mark your calendars!
Very funky cool Xbox retail shops
New concept stores will soon be built for users to immerse themselves in the true Xbox experience!
Events will also be held in those stores… and I think I’m supposed to make public appearances for some of them.
Nice. I hope I’ll get to play some games in there!
New and improved Xbox LIVE dashboard
Xbox LIVE will soon have a new look and user experience.
This was announced at E3 so it’s not very new news but it’s still exciting, nonetheless. You’ll be able to create customised avatars and there will be a lot more fun content to download. Look out for it!
For a detailed overview of what’s in store, read this article.
Xbox 360 is very affordable now!
The Xbox 360 has seen a price drop from $620 to $499.
Not only that, the new Xbox Pro, which comes with a 60GB harddisk, will be available from mid August also at $499!
Great time to buy an Xbox now, I think.
Upcoming games on Xbox 360
I am most interested in this title because:
- It’s an interesting mix between fantasy and science fiction, combining gods of mythology with technology.
- It’s got cool quotes like “He who fights monsters should take care not to become one” (Nietzsche).
- The genre is interesting, action combined with RPG, and the story is rich.
- It’s releasing SOON!! On August 19 to be exact!
You can also win a copy!!!
I didn’t play the first Fable but I’ve read good reviews of it.
I want to play Fable II because:
- The Fable series is an RPG with a difference. You can become a good or evil person based on your actions. In Fable II, you can get married and have children and the fate of your family depends also on your choices in the game.
- You can start earning gold for the game from next week! Yes, you didn’t read wrong. You will be able to download Fable II Pub Games on Xbox LIVE Arcade. Points you earn from playing those games will be turned into actual gold pieces that will be deposited into your Fable II account when the game is live!
Fable II releases Oct 21, 2008.
Fans of JRPGs will be really pleased to learn that several exciting titles are in the Xbox 360 lineup!
Starting with Tales of Vesperia by Namco Bandai, there’s going to be a slew of JRPGs to quench your gaming thirst!
Square Enix, the popular giant that made Final Fantasy, has committed to making an exclusive JRPG title for the Xbox 360.
Infinite Undiscovery is the title and – OMG – you must check out the website. It makes me want to play it now. I’m DYING to play it now.
Well, okay, mainly cos the music is so nice. Haha. But the game does look really good, too.
It’s coming on Sept 2!!
Also, Final Fantasy is finally coming to the Xbox 360! No dates yet, but expect to play Final Fantasy XIII on your Xbox! Let’s hope it comes sooner rather than later!
There are tons more games coming up:
Aren’t you hyped?
Sheylara in World Cyber Games
Yesterday, as part of the WCG celebrations, Microsoft Xbox hosted a press conference at Harry’s Millenia Walk, where I was introduced to the press.
So many journalists attended the event.
This is me before the event started, in my Xpert outfit.
After the event, I popped over to WCG in Suntec, where Bryan de Silva of RAZORTV interviewed me for, well, RAZORTV.
After the interview, Bryan challenged me to a game of Guitar Hero 3, which turned out to be quite hilarious.
I can’t tell you the results yet. Wait and watch on RAZORTV!
Babes at World Cyber Games
There were fewer babes than I expected, but they were all very pretty!
There are more, I believe. Go check ’em out yourself!
World Cyber Games is now on at Suntec Convention Centre Halls 402 & 403, until Sunday.
Results of last week’s contest
Wow, lots of people wanted the Gran Turismo 5 windbreaker! Unfortunately, I only have one to give away.
Randomiser proclaims the winner of this awesome windbreaker to be Anlooo!
Congratulations, Anlooo! Randomiser loves you! Will contact you soon about your prize collection!
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).
Nikhil asks an Xbox 360 question:
I have bought an Xbox 360 in singapore. I would like to know which format of Xbox 360 games I can use for my Xbox 360 (NTSCJ or PAL). Thanks.
That would be NTSC-J. Remember to sign up for your free one-month LIVE Gold account to get free movie tickets! :) More info found here.
aig asks an Xbox 360 question:
Have you guys managed to make the Xbox Media Center work flawlessly? I have a Windows Vista laptop and I tried to set it up with my Xbox 360 Media Center feature. They can detect each other; problem is I am not able to play a video nor a picture slideshow on it because it is very slow. Ever had the same experience?
We haven’t had a lot of success in this area, either, trying it on both wired and wireless connections. But there’s an alternative you can try, which works for us. Watch your video off a thumbdrive, which you can plug directly into the Xbox 360’s USB port. The playback is decent on that. :P
Anlooo asks a GGF question:
Can you do a section in PSP games review?
I certainly welcome suggestions of what you guys want to see in GGF. However, I can’t promise that I will take up every suggestion. What appears on GGF every week is very dependent on my resources for the week and amount of time I have to work on it.
If a PSP game appears in my life, I will review it. If it doesn’t, I can’t. Maybe if game companies start sending me games to review, I will be able to do permanent sections, but not until then!
Alfred asks a Ninja Gaiden II question:
How to open the gate in Stage 5 where there’s a lot water???
I believe you’re talking about the bridge gate in the Aqua Capital. There’s a shop directly opposite the gate, right? While facing the shop, you can see a small door on your right. Kick that down and go inside. You’ll find the key inside a chest.
Win a fantastic game called Too Human!
Yes! I managed to wrangle a game for you guys to win! And it’s a game that I dearly want to play myself! I hope I can wrangle a copy for myself, too, when it releases!
This prize is kindly sponsored by the Xbox team in Singapore!
Well, I don’t have the physical copy yet since it won’t be released till Aug 19. That also means the winner won’t get a copy until then, too.
But let’s win it first!
The usual deal, okay, cos I don’t have time to think up anything fancy.
Post a comment saying you want it before next Friday.
Then go suck up to the randomiser so that it will pick you.
Good luck, everyone!!
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Woah, this has been quite a dizzying week. Lots of stuff happening, hyperventilation, general craziness.
And people publishing ugly photos of me in the papers. OMG.
I suppose that can’t be helped.
I want to thank all my friends and supporters for saying that you still love me even though I have ugly photos. You guys are the best and I love you!