When I hang out with friends, the soccer fanatics will always choose to hang out at some stupid place with a stupid TV screen showing some stupid live football match and, like, we’d be stuck there all night!
Last Saturday, I was out with my friends. We were just hanging around, shopping, eating, the usual stuff. While we were having dinner, the perennial question came: What shall we do after dinner?
This guy friend, whose name shall forever remain a secret because I don’t want him to kill me, said, “I want to go home and watch soccer.”
What a wet blanket.
So we all yelled at him until he finally yielded. “Okay, fine, fine, I will sacrifice my soccer tonight.”
HOW NICE OF HIM.
But then, he looked pretty sad all night.
I tell you, soccer fans are so troublesome. But I have a solution! Don’t say I only know how to complain!
The solution is: Choose Freedom!
Aww, what a cute doggy!
But what does it mean?
Well, let’s hear what our cute doggy has to say.
Wah! A talking dog!
No, seriously. Do you know what this means?
This means that soccer fanatics can now hang out with their pals any time they want, without having to miss any soccer matches, ever!
With StarHub TV on Mobile, you can now watch “live” TV on your mobile phone.
That means my silly friend will be able to watch “live” Barclay Premier League matches when he is out!
That’s right. He can bring his football matches with him wherever he goes! How cool is that?!
ARE YOU READING THIS, friend who shall not be named?
This also means that you don’t have to make your friends sit in a noisy pub to watch matches with you, anymore. Hah!
There’s also the news, as well as crazy Taiwanese variety shows, when you’re bored with soccer.
Here’s a list of available channels on StarHub TV on Mobile.
Football: Goal TV 1, Goal TV 2, Football Channel
News: CNN, CNBC, ChannelNewsAsia
Asian: CTI TV
The service is easy to use. And I know all you smart football fans will have no trouble with it.
(I’m not saying this just to avoid being murdered in my sleep. All the football fans I know are really smart people.)
The user interface is friendly and you can channel surf easily. It even comes with a TV guide so you won’t miss any important programmes.
The TV guide is really cool. The show times for all the shows in all the channels are listed clearly AND you can set your phone alarm to remind yourself to watch a particular show.
But I think my friend doesn’t need an alarm to remind him to watch football. He has an inbuilt sensor that automatically goes off when he’s needed at the screen.
I think maybe I should get it, too. It’ll be nice to watch the news while I’m outside since I always have time to kill between meetings and auditions and events and shoots.
At the very least, it would be something to motivate me to pay more attention to world affairs, a subject which instantly bimbolises me when I’m put to the test.
And I know what the Goonfather will watch if I pass him the phone. He will be tuning in to the Taiwanese entertainment channel. (And he’ll have a lot of chance to do that because he always has to wait for me when my auditions or meetings take longer than expected.)
I used to be irritated to death when he wouldn’t stop watching Taiwanese variety shows at one time. He loves them because they’re slapsticky and he enjoys laughing at people. I hate them because they’re slapsticky and I don’t like laughing at people (except at him). *lol*
I hope StarHub will bring in more channels. Like, maybe AXN or Star World or HBO or, uh, Disney Channel? Haha.
I never have time to watch TV at home, so I would love to be able to bring TV out with me!
Well, give the service a try. Maybe if more people subscribe and request, StarHub will have a reason to bring in all the extra channels!
How about paying our cute doggy a visit to find out more and to subscribe?
StarHub TV on Mobile is FREE for StarHub TV Sports Group customers, but only till May 31, 2009, so do hurry and get your service now!
(Otherwise, it’s $26.75 a month or $3.75 a day for 24-hour access.)
Yes, the game is only available in Japanese but you totally do not need to understand the language to have a lot of fun playing it.
Platform: PS3 Language: Japanese Manual: English Require Knowledge of Japanese Language: No Region Code: 3 (Asia) Player: 1 Dual Shock 3 Support: Yes Steering Wheel Support: Driving Force Ex, Driving Force Pro, partially G25
SEGA has been kind enough to include English translations in the manual for us plebians.
The only downside to not knowing Japanese is that you won’t understand and enjoy the conversations in story mode.
Not a biggie, in my opinion. You can always watch the anime, which has enough story in all four seasons to satisfy the child in you.
Initial D: Extreme Stage was released only yesterday, so I’ve had limited time to test it out, but my immediate opinion is that it’s worth the buy for Initial D or drifting fans.
(As a pure racing game, it lacks features, but Initial D is not a racing game per se, it’s a drift game! If you’re not into drifting, then you won’t want to play this, if you get my drift.)
Similar to the arcade version of the game, players can customise their characters and cars.
I don’t particularly like the way the characters look, but that’s how they look in the original manga so I’ll just have to live with it.
You can tweak stuff like skin tone, eyes and lips, but they still end up looking as lame as they came.
But never mind the avatars. The main point of this game is the cars. Choose from a range of Japanese makes (Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Initial D) and models.
Yes, there’s a make called Initial D. Haha. Very cute. It has only one model, though, the Sil-80.
Next step, create a license plate.
Then, select a race course.
Followed by an opponent.
There are seven courses available at the start, each attached with its own opponents (just like in the anime)!
After each race, you get points whether or not you win. Of course, go for gold to get more points. These precious points allow you to pimp your ride in the tuning shop. Just like any other racing game, I suppose.
I like the replay feature in this game (you can watch it in the video posted above). The entire match is replayed in different angles right after you win a race.
If you feel that you’ve put in such a rousing performance that you simply must show it off to your pals or to a chick you’re trying to impress (although that’s kinda iffy because chicks don’t generally get impressed by videogame driving), you can save your replay clip for future reference.
Well, it’s a very simple, straight-forward game.
But it’s Initial D. That makes it great, instantly.
Unfortunately, there’s no online play. And it’s only available for the PS3. And is only sold in Asia.
After doing a series of quests to help her find her destiny, Sheylara the barbarian girl became very stressed.
Her destiny mentor told her, “Now, you must pass the most gruesome test of all. You must wear ugly, ill-fitting rags!”
Sheylara stared at her in confusion.
“You must be brave and do this. Only then can you find yourself.”
Sheylara blinked in dismay.
“No more bikinis?”
“No more. These clothes, although ugly, give you better stats, anyway. And you do need them because I’m sending you out on more suicide missions.”
So, Sheylara embarked on the next phase of her miserable life.
Her first mission was to chat up the city drunkard without getting puke all over herself.
Then, she had to brave the cold night and climb a mountain to pick some stupid flowers.
For once, she was glad for her ugly rags.
She had to save an old man from a bunch of town bullies, for which she reflected that doing in bikini might have been more effective because it’s always more effective to be wearing a bikini when you’re dealing with a bunch of rowdy barbarian men.
Then, there was a… um… courtesan that she had to seduce, which she thought was a rather stupd thing to ask her to do. But the world never makes sense, anyway.
There were also plenty of bloody fights. Too many of them, in fact.
At the end of it all, she was so bone-weary she had to scream.
“Well done!!” said her destiny mentor. “Even though you did die several times, I’m proud that you eventually completed all your quests!!”
“I will give you a present to reward you for your great work! You can now wear this skirt instead of that ugly pair of baggy pants!”
Sheylara looked at her new skirt and let out an inaudible sigh.
This was quite a tough one to decide, which is suprising considering that there were only six valid entries. (Why ah? The prize too small? Hehe.)
I asked readers to tell me what they like and don’t like about Gamer Girl Friday and I was going to pick my favourite entry to win this keychain.
To be honest, many of your comments confused me, specifically regarding the barbarian girl story. Some of you listed that item as both a plus and a minus. What is this, like, describing a girlfriend? I love her but I hate her.
Of course, there are those who either purely like it or purely hate it, and that’s fine.
All the same, thank you all for your comments and suggestions. I appreciate even those who confused me. I know you don’t mean to, so maybe it’s just me being too dumb and sleep-deprived to decipher your meaning.
Still, I have to pick a winner.
And the winner is…
(Hey, like, I can do that for real!! I’m a drummer!! :P)
(The problem now being that your name is so short that it totally anti-climaxes the announcement! =P)
But, yes, aig gets the keychain because he gave me constructive suggestions without being cryptic about it.
Please give him applause!
Okay, to end this, I do take all your suggestions to heart, but I may not implement them right away because of various limitations. Taking baby steps to improve, can?
How have you done a dual monitor setup? AoC’s window is not resizable oO… Have you got DualMonitor from Matrox?
No, I haven’t got DualMonitor. What you need to do is tweak some settings outside of AoC.
I’m using NVIDIA 8800 GT, so I go to NVIDIA control panel and select the Display folder. In there, I choose the option “As one large horizontal desktop”. This forces every application I use on my comp to think that both my monitors are only one monitor. So, yes, AoC is forced to play across both screens!
Not sure why anyone would want to play an MMORPG on dual screen, though. It’s a bit annoying because your avatar is split in two.
The Goonfather asks a trick question:
You can only choose one: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PSP, NDS, Goonfather. Which would you choose and why.
Er… I choose the PSWii60!
Haha! Incidentally, PSWii60 was the Goonfather’s nick on MSN back at the time when he was torn between all the consoles. I think it’s a good choice!
Okay la okay la. I choose the Goonfather because he doesn’t run out of batteries, doesn’t get RROD, doesn’t cost money to maintain (buy new games), doesn’t make me lose sleep trying to beat the next level and, best of all, the Goonfather feeds me barbeque chicken wings.
Dexter Tiah asks an Xbox 360 question:
Recently, when I was playing a game on my Xbox 360, the screen shut off and the player 1 and player 3 light flashed red. This not only applied to my Winning Eleven game, but other games like PGR4 also caused the same effect when I played, barely 3 mins into the game.
Can I know what is the problem, in your opinion? I have a suspicion it’s the xbox rings of death or something. Is there anything I can do to correct it?
The famed Xbox Red Ring of Death is indicated by at least three quadrants lighting up in red. If there are two reds, it’s most likely just a routine overheating problem. I guess the best immediate fix would be to turn off your system and go do something else first.
There’s a famous towel fix for the RROD which tons of people swear by, but I really won’t recommend that.
What I would recommend is that you place your Xbox 360 in a well-ventilated area or even aim a fan at it while you’re playing.
If you still keep getting red lights for no apparent reason, it’s best that you call the Xbox Singapore Customer Care toll free hotline at 800 448 1330 (Mon—Fri, 9am—6pm). More efficient to have a trained technician walk you through a fix!
There are a few other games I wanted to talk about this week, such as Happy Tree Friends False Alarm (Xbox 360), Guitar Hero Aerosmith (PS3), Guitar Hero on Tour (DS), Trauma Center 2 (DS). But, to be honest, I don’t really want to talk about games unless I’ve played them, and I haven’t had time to play them this week.
From the start, I meant for Gamer Girl Friday to be very personal, to share my personal experiences in gaming and my personal likes and dislikes.
So, I know you guys want to read about more games, so I will try and play more games so I can talk about more games in the coming weeks and in the future!
Meanwhile, feel free to suggest games you want me to play and talk about! :)
Oh, yes. To my American readers, happy Independence Day!