We had a surprise visitor at our front door this morning. Another baby toad! (Ref: Aug 14) Piers spotted it standing on the threshold when he opened the door.
Spotting creatures is one of Piers’ superpowers. He sees them however small or camouflaged they are. This toad was a 5p-coin of a little black blob against a black threshold strip. If I had even looked down on the floor I would have seen a tiny clod of dirt and possibly even stepped on it. I mean, no one but Piers could have seen it!
Piers is my superhero, seer and rescuer of innocent, straying creatures.
I’m grateful for the chance to take a morning stroll to the shop with Piers. It’s only a 700 step walk one way (lol, I measure time in steps these days) and I wish it were longer.
The wasp man came today (ref. Aug 19) and put something in the nest to chase all the wasps away!
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I am drooling at upcoming games while my current games lie untouched.
Because a gamer is greedy. She wants to play all the games available now and she wants to play all the games not available now.
Her brain has suffered a slight permanent damage from having to endlessly wait for games that refuse to come out of development phase. (For example, can you believe that Warhammer Online has been in development for eight damn years?!)
But I’m not going to talk about WAR today; it’s overhyped anyway. I’m introducing a few of my favourite upcoming games. (Only a few because I don’t have space for everything.)
Don’t complain if your favourite isn’t mentioned. I can’t possibly read your mind, wot. So, if you want to read about or see a particular game in action, tell me. I’ll do my best to humour you.
Celebrity drummers Travis Barker (Blink 182) and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) are co-conspirators in the making of the drumset for Guitar Hero World Tour!
I love Travis Barker. He’s my second favourite drummer next to Lars Ulrich (Metaliica).
See, I have his drumsticks!! *blush*
These are Travis Barker signature sticks from the Zildjian Artist Series. But they’re just for show. I can’t use them (to play real drums) cos they’re too heavy for me.
I mean, I could technically use them, but then I wouldn’t be able to play very well.
Back to the game.
Guitar Hero World Tour seems all set to kick Rock Band off the music charts! (Of course, there is Rock Band 2 brewing in the wings, so don’t lose your stock options yet.)
Travis Barker says about the GHWT drums: “Especially on the expert levels of Guitar Hero, where you’re nailing every note for note, it’s absolutely like playing what the drummer in that band is playing.”
That’s some incredible endorsement.
I’m ready to jump ship from being pro-Rock Band to being pro-Guitar Hero.
Who’s with me?
Guitar Hero World Tour is slated for an October 28 release for Xbox 360, PS3, PS2 and Wii.
Not sure when we can expect to see it in Singapore, though.
This tiny little gadget contains a simple version of the Game of Life board game we’re all familiar with. The catch is that you have to take 300 physical steps in the physical world in order to spin the wheel and take a turn. If not, the gadget simply won’t allow you to advance.
You might not want to buy it for your kids or nephews or nieces, though. It’s not like they’re not already way too hyper. With this, they’re gonna have a legitimate excuse to zip around the house maniacally, getting underfoot unnecessarily and just generally drive everyone nuts.
Buy it for your lazy ass spouse or sibling or colleague, instead.
Thanks to IAHGames, FIFA Online 2 will be launching in Singapore soonish.
It will also launch in Thailand at the same time, although a date hasn’t been confirmed yet. Other regions — Vietnam, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Brunei, Indonesia and the Philippines — will get it later.
You can sign up for the closed beta test, which commences on August 5. Not much longer to wait!
Thai players can sign up here for the Thai version of the game. But I don’t think I have any Thai readers, so this will have been a few lines of wasted pixels that can never be recovered.
Here’s a photo taken at the recent FIFA Online 2 press conference in Thailand:
I’m sure you don’t really care who the three blokes in the middle are because the models on the sides are grabbing all your attention.
So, here’s a close-up for you because I’m nice!
Well, this is the only picture I have, so stop gawking already and go sign up for the CBT!
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.
jesse5762 asks an Initial D Extreme Stage question:
Would you happen to know if it works with the Logitech G25 Racing wheel?
It does, partially, which means that the game will only recognise the wheel turn for 90 degrees either way. So, maybe it’s not that good an idea to use that wheel for this game.
sdutango asks a similar Initial D Extreme Stage question:
So I read your blog, you said it partially works with G25. But will that work with 900 degrees? Thanks.
Nope, the Logitech G25’s 900 degrees is wasted on this game, sadly. Like I said above, you can only go as far as 90 degrees.
liting asks a Wii question:
I just bought my Wii 2 days ago, mod Jap set. It was doing fine on the first day but after I tried connecting to the Internet and did a Wii update, I received an error message: “Error Occurred. Press the eject button and remove the disc. Turn the power off and follow the instructions in the console manual.”
When I try to play some games, it only happens to a few games and the rest are not affected. I am sure its not the disc problem cause i was playing it on the first day I bought my Wii. May I know how to resolve this? =((
Sorry, but I wouldn’t know what your exact problem is without being there to see it for myself. My guess is that when you did an online update, you updated a security feature which prevents the console from playing modded games.
If anyone has the definitive answer to the above question, feel free to share in the comments section! :)
You either outright believe me (because you’re a fan and you know), or you have to watch it for yourself to believe me.
It was a good thing I was invited to the gala premiere of The Dark Knight at Lido on Wednesday night. Otherwise, I probably would never have watched it, unless my friends forcibly dragged me to.
I was very late because I had to rush down after drumming class.
By the time I got there, guests had already begun to file into the cinemas. It took me about ten minutes to frenziedly sort out the admin, get a drink and get myself admitted.
Because it was free seating and I was really late (although early enough to catch the start), I only managed to get second row seats.
Better than nothing, I guess.
I was a little lost in the first 20 minutes because I didn’t watch Batman Begins (prequel to The Dark Knight) and because, like I mentioned, I wasn’t a big Batman fan. And it took some time getting accustomed to staring up at a giant screen just a few feet away from me.
But that’s all dust under the carpet now. The movie was gripping enough to draw me out of the present and into the dark.
The Dark Knight is quite dark, thanks to Heath Ledger, who stole the show with his Oscar-deserving performance as the Joker. Now I wish the man hadn’t died, because I want to see more of him.
The Joker is a lot more likeable now (I mean in the sense of loving to hate), compared to the Joker of Jack Nicholson. Not meaning to slight Mr Nicholson, who is a great actor, but I just prefer the look of the new Joker.
With the gritty makeup, no mask, and downplaying of colours, the Joker is now more real, which makes it more terrifying. Believable villains are always scarier than campy larger-than-life villains.
Heath Ledger brought to this role a raw vulnerability that is heartbreaking and a quiet madness that is chilling to watch. I couldn’t get enough of him.
And you know how I said Christian Bale doesn’t look superhero enough for me? I take it back. He does in The Dark Knight.
He probably did, too, in Batman Begins, but I can’t know for sure because I didn’t watch that.
Although the actor is not heart-stoppingly good-looking, he isn’t without charisma. Charisma he has, in abundance. And I guess charisma is much more important for a superhero than vanilla good looks.
I love that intense gaze of his, which at the same time sends out vibes of love (for the good guys) and menace (for the bad guys).
The new bat costume I like. Very keeping with the times.
But I don’t know about the new batmobile. It looks like a tank. Not quite right, here. Not quite what I expected.
The Lamborghini that Bruce Wayne drives, though, is something else. I think Batman should drive this instead of Bat Tank up there.
Watching this baby go is worth the price of admission alone.
Well, so is watching Heath Ledger bring the Joker to life.
So is watching Christian Bale sew himself up after getting a cut.
So is watching acting veterans Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman heat up the screen.
(Aaron Eckhart is kinda cute, too, as the people’s hero, Harvey Dent.)
So is watching the nonstop explosive action you would expect in a superhero action movie.
So is watching the Dark Knight’s cape billow in the wind.
I totally fall for that sort of thing.
If you’re going to watch this movie (which I’m sure you will because you don’t want to be a suaku and miss the movie of the year), just take note of a few caveats.
The movie is really long at 150 minutes. Make sure you go to the bathroom just before and don’t drink too much in the cinema.
If you’re watching it at Lido, bring a jacket. People around me (and me) were all frozen stiff by the time the movie ended.
Try and get tickets early so you don’t get front row “privileges” like me. Action movies are really better watched from afar.
You can watch the trailer here. As if you need any more convincing.
And don’t be late for the show. The heart-pumping, adrenaline-inducing action starts from the very first second of the film and you don’t want to miss a single moment.