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

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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.

WTF.

My life is really tough.

All these games and no time to play.

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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!!

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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

Siiiiigh.

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

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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Exposed

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…

PATA PATA PATA PON!

Patapon 2

Oh, wait. Wrong channel.

Hur hur.

And the winner is…

SpiritAngelo! =)

PATA PATA PATA PON!

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! =)

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GGF#45: The Goonfather’s dream gaming PC

[Gamer Girl Friday]

Today’s GGF headline has been usurped by the Goonfather because he insisted on announcing his new ultimate gaming machine.

And then, while I was putting the article together, he told me I can’t call it “ultimate” because it’s not, ultimately, ultimate.

Instead, he wants it to be called “The gamer’s choice, for gamers by gamers”. His exact words.

I told him I can’t call it that because it doesn’t say anything. It could mean a game or a peripheral. Or a t-shirt.

He ignored me and walked away from his MSN, presumably for tea break.

DUH.

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Table of Contents

  1. The Goonfather’s dream gaming PC
  2. Time Wasters by Swordplay
  3. Babes at New Era Games Day
  4. Velvet Assasin
  5. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  6. Xbox Achievement Contest
  7. Results of last week’s contest
  8. Win a Saitek mini optical wireless mouse!!

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The Goonfather’s dream gaming PC

Just last weekend, the Goonfather put together an affordable dream gaming machine, with the intention of renewing his EverQuest II account and then going to The Poet’s Palace for a raid with max graphics.

After spending just under $3,000 and taking two nights to set everything up nicely, he suddenly felt a little stingy and didn’t want to pay $22 for an EQ2 subscription.

So he ended up playing Civony and Travian, both web browser games, on his almost-ultimate dream gaming machine.

The Goonfather's PC

His purchases before unboxing:

The Goonfather's PC

The shoping list:

  • i7 920 2.66ghz on Asus P6T Deluxe V2
  • OCZ 6GB DDR3 1600Mhz Plat
  • Palit GTX285 2GB
  • 3 X 500GB WD Black Caviar @ Raid 5
  • Asus 22X DVD-RW
  • Cooler Master Real Power 450watts
  • Cooler Master CM690 Casing
  • Microsoft Windows Vista64 Home
  • Microsoft X6 Sidewinder keyboard
  • Razer DeathAdder mouse

The sidewinder keyboard is really, cool, with a red backlight. And it has two detachable sides so you can make it into a compact keyboard for very small tables.

The Goonfather's PC

The Goonfather doesn’t have a computer monitor, so he hooks his PC up on our 42″ Full-HD TV.

The Goonfather's PC

Which means that when I’m doing my Xbox LIVE duty, he can’t use his computer! Hahaha!

The CPU casing:

The Goonfather's PC

Once done with that, he spent the next two nights overclocking and running 3DMARK tests.

For those who understand (I don’t), here are the scores.

Benchmark score based on stock settings:

The Goonfather's PC
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CPU overclocked to 4.0Ghz:

The Goonfather's PC
Click to view details

Benchmark score on 4.0Ghz overclock:

The Goonfather's PC
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Yeah, very impressive and all.

Next!

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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: Hero’s Arms

Hero's Arms

Apparently, it’s so fun that Swordplay stayed up for two whole nights to complete the game, something I rarely hear him do.

I could only afford two minutes to check this game out, and I think it shows some promise. At the very least, it has a sense of humour.

Hero's Arms

Hero's Arms

Hero's Arms

I suppose you can see for yourself that it’s an RPG, killing monsters, questing, finding treasure, that kind of thing. It looks pretty primitive, but who can claim that primitive games can’t be good?

Why not try it out and tell me if you like it?

You can press Space any time during the game to save and quit, so that should help people who don’t want to be crazy like Swordplay and stay up all night playing.

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Babes at New Era Games Day

I know you people. Photos of babes at a gaming event will interest you a lot more than the games at the actual event itself.

So, here are photos to bring a weekend smile to your face! These photos were taken at the New Era Games Day, a quarterly event to showcase upcoming games in the next few months.

Babes

Babes

At the end of the games presentation, these cuties helped to conduct a quiz for the attendees to win prizes. Here are individual shots of them!

Babes

Babes

Babes

Babes

Babes

Babes

Babes

Babes

Babes

The reason I only have one solo photo of the New Era girl is because she was asking the question for the grand prize and I wanted to answer it.

I won a set of Saitek 2.1 speakers!

Babes

Nobody told us that we had funny lights on our faces. O_o

And I’m not short, okay. I just wasn’t wearing high heels! Haha. And the New Era girl is exceptionally tall, I guess.

Babes

By the way, after the quiz, there was a lucky draw for three prizes. I won one of them, can you believe it? In fact, I won the lucky draw prize right after I won my quiz prize. LOL.

Babes

My lucky draw prize was a Thrustmaster Rumble Force game pad.

Cooool!

I had to take a cab home, with all this extra weight, especially since I was already carrying “gold bars” in my bag (my netbook, etc).

I used the speakers box as a table for my netbook in the cab. Haha!

Babes

Traffic was really slow, so I decided to play some Civony in the cab.

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Velvet Assasin

Velvet Assasin looks kind of cool. If I get it free I’d play it.

Velvet Assasin

Haha. Well, it’s a stealth action game and I’m not really good at such games, so I wouldn’t spend money on something I’m not good at. (Unless I had some kind of reason to go into training.)

Releasing on May 8, 2009 for the Xbox 360 and PC, the game follows the adventures of Violette Summer, a beautiful female spy sent to infiltrate Nazi camps during World War II.

Velvet Assasin

The game’s protagonist is based on an actual WW2 British secret agent by the name of Violette Szabo.

Here’s a trailer!

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine

I’m a huge Wolverine fan!

Or maybe I’m just a Hugh Jackman fan. I really don’t know. Either way, I like Wolverine because of Hugh Jackman and I like Hugh Jackman because of Wolverine. I just can’t quite figure out which came first.

Anyway, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the game, will be released on May 1, 2009 on basically all the platforms there are, including the Nintendo DS. How cool is that?!

See trailer!

It’s so so so so awesome. I want this game. But then, where am I going to find the time to play it?

Maybe I’ll go watch the movie first.

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Xbox Achievement Contest

Just wanted to highlight the fact that I’m running a contest at my Xbox blog. It’s going to end soon, but there’s still time to participate!

You need to play one or more of four games to earn achievement points by the end of Saturday. Be one of the top five scorers to win Microsoft points or movie tickets!

Xbox Achievement Contest

Application is free, so just enter lah. You never know! ;)

This contest is to prepare gamers for the XXZ League, which is starting this weekend. Sign ups are still possible.

Details here.

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Results of last week’s contest

Yoiyoiyoiyoiyoi!

What a lucky boy Yoi is!

Mr Randomiser picked Yoi to win the FIFA Online 2 Kickoff Pack!

FIFA Online 2 Kickoff Pack

Congratulations, Yoi!

Gimme some time and I’ll kick the prize to you. Cross your fingers and hope that my aim is good! Yah?

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Win a Saitek mini optical wireless mouse!!

I received this as a door gift at the New Era Games Day event.

Saitek optical wireless mouse

Now I’m giving it away!

To win this, you must buy me dinner!

No, I’m just kidding.

You just need to post a comment, okay? But in your comment, you need to answer the following questions:

  1. What gaming platforms do you play? Name all.
  2. What are your favourite game genres? Name up to 3.
  3. Name one weird thing about you.
  4. What annoys you the most?

You won’t be judged on your answers. It’s just for my own amusement. Entries will be randomised to pick a winner, as usual.

Closing date: April 30, 2009, 11:59 pm (Singapore time).

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Whee! It’s dinner time! And I’m going to post this issue without proofreading just this time because I WANT TO EAT! (Proofreading and corrections usually take me upwards of an hour.)

So, I’ll do that later. If I have time.

If you find mistakes in this issue, you may eat them for dinner.

KTHXBYE.

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