The stress of appearing in the media

Whenever I flip open a magazine or newspaper, knowing I will find a write-up about me inside, it is always with a lot of trepidation.

I fear to find myself quoted out of context or, worse, misquoted totally. I fear to see ugly photos of me. I fear to see that I’ve been stashed in a dingy corner of a publication between an ad selling used carpets and another selling egg-beaters.

My interview in today’s Digital Life isn’t too bad. It only has a photo that makes me look like a gerbil with spastic limbs.

I hope people won’t look at it too much. I hope they’ll be distracted by all the other colourful, screaming pictures of games and cartoon fonts and Lara Croft’s assets in the 16-page X08 supplement.

If not, I will kick their butts.

Well, anyway, what’s done is done. See you at X08!

GGF#22: I want to kick you

[Gamer Girl Friday]

I’m truly sorry. I wanted to talk about Fable 2 today, and I know many people are expecting it, but I received an e-mail yesterday stating that Fable 2 reviews are embargoed until Oct 20.

(But I can still answer questions, so all is not lost!)

And the good news: That means I have time to cover more of other stuff to keep non-RPG fans happy!

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Table of Contents

  1. Sheylara wants to review Fable 2 but it’s embargoed
  2. Latest X08 news
  3. Are you the world’s fastest gamer?
  4. The Goonfather plays Tom Clancy’s EndWar
  5. Xbox Xpert search heats up!
  6. Get an exclusive invite to X08 launch

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Sheylara wants to review Fable 2 but it’s embargoed

So here’s a silly video, instead!

Please go to the YouTube page and click “watch in high quality” because the compressed version makes my face look like the Mystery Killer Blob of Pixel Heck.

And here are answers to questions I received in YouTube.

Fable II Q&A

Q: Is the maximum number of players for online co-op 2 or 3 or 4?

A: It’s just 2.

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Q: What is the leveling like? Does your character have levels like in Diablo and caps at 99, or is purely by the XP. If its by XP, then wouldn’t that mean near the end, everyones character can just max out every skill thus everyones character be the same? I hope I’m wrong about this :D.

A: Your character doesn’t gain levels in the traditional sense, like Diablo. What happens is that your Abilities gain level. Abilities in Fable 2 are broken down into Strength, Skill and Will. Each of these are further broken down into more options.

As you fight stuff, you gain experience points depending on HOW you fight and what type of weapons you choose to use. So, like, the more you use a style of combat, the better you will get at that. So, in a sense, your abilities level up, not your character.

You could end up having a completely different hero from a friend’s because of the way you fight.

I have a video showing the different kinds of abilities you could have. Will upload that when I get a chance to!

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Q: I would like to know if there are consequences for using the Pub Game Glitch.

A: TBH, I don’t know, because I didn’t take advantage of the Pub Games exploit. (Not because I’m like really noble and honest or what, but because I suck at gambling so much I couldn’t even get enough points to start making use of the exploits, lol.)

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Q: I want to know how and where she get these things.

A: By being the Xbox ambassador for Singapore and a gaming journalist.

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Q: Why do girls think they can jump ahead of everyone else when it comes to games? Example: frag dolls. wtf.

A: It has nothing to do with gender. It has to do with jobs. Guys can and do get games early, too, if they work as game reviewers or editors.

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Q: ………this video seriously makes me wanna kick you…..

A: Why, thank you! :) *blush* I feel loved!

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If you have more questions, ask them in the comments here and I’ll try my best to answer them!

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Latest X08 news

For the clueless, X08 is the biggest Xbox event in Singapore, ever! And it’s happening just a week from now!

Here are some of the highlights of the event:

Xbox LIVE Gold members, remember to sign up for Fan Nite before Oct 22 to receive your exclusive X08 Goodie Bag, while stocks last!!!

Non-Gold members can also enjoy Fan Nite activities; you just won’t get a goodie bag; but come join in the fun, anyway!

More info on X08 here.

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Are you the world’s fastest gamer?

The good people at World’s Fastest Drummer have come up with the gamer’s version of the World’s Fastest series, so EVERYONE GO TRY IT AND MAKE SINGAPORE PROUD!!!

This game will make you go crazy, assuming your hands don’t break before that. I’m serious.

You have to press the A and L keys as fast as you can for 60 seconds.

And then you have to do it again.

AND AGAIN.

AND AGAIN.

Until game over (if you fail to achieve the required score to advance).

I played a total of six rounds in succession before I died. My hands hate me vehemently now.

My highest score for a 60-second round is 712.

What’s yours?

Play World’s Fastest Gamer now.

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The Goonfather plays Tom Clancy’s EndWar

Tom Clancy’s EndWar (scheduled release on November 4 for Xbox 360, PS3, PSP and NDS) is an RTS with a difference. It has a voice command feature which allows you to order your troops around using a headset that connects to your console.

Here’s a video of the Goonfather trying out the VIP demo.

(Please do not watch it if you’re under 18 or have sensitive ears towards coarse language.)

((You have been warned.))

He really enjoyed the game. He says it’s a “MUST BUY GAME!!!!”.

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Xbox Xpert search heats up!

As the deadline for submission draws near, we are starting to receive more entries from applicants to be the next Xbox Xpert!


[Click to watch]

I am soooo excited. I can’t wait to find out who’s going to be my new partner-in-crime!!

If you haven’t submitted your video, do it quick, before Oct 22!

This is your one chance to get one of the best jobs in the world! ;)

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Get an exclusive invite to X08 launch

The X08 official opening ceremony will start at 4:30 pm on Friday, Oct 24 (at Marina Square Atrium), and I have two pairs of tickets to give away for that!

Guests to this exclusive event will enjoy:

  1. An exclusive goodie bag.
  2. Meeting Lara Croft up close and personal.
  3. Access to private rooms to try out upcoming M18 games.
  4. Hanging out with me (haha).

If you want an invite, please post a comment before Oct 21, stating:

  1. Why you want it.
  2. How many tickets you want. (1 or 2)

Please only request tickets if you’re very sure you can attend the event (bearing in mind that it’s happening during a work day afternoon — Friday, 4:30 pm.)

If I give you the tickets and you don’t turn up, it’ll be really sad for people who really want them but can’t go because I gave the tix to you, right?

Now, convince me that you deserve the tickets!

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I just ate a bunch of really sappy grapes, causing my tongue and palate to feel all puckered and gross.

I hate when fruits do that.

What does that have to do with gaming?

Nothing, really.

I just thought we should have a bit more balance in life. Be a gamer, but don’t neglect your fruits (even if they’re sappy)!

[Gamer Girl Friday]

GGF#13: Sheylara endorses Xbox 360

[Gamer Girl Friday]

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!

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Table of Contents

  1. Sheylara as Xbox ambassador
  2. Xbox Singapore announces many exciting things
  3. Upcoming games on Xbox 360
  4. Sheylara in World Cyber Games
  5. Babes at World Cyber Games
  6. Results of last week’s contest
  7. Ask Sheylara
  8. Win a fantastic game called Too Human!!

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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!

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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.

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Upcoming games on Xbox 360

Too Human

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 watch the trailer here or view the official site here.

You can also win a copy!!!

Fable II

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.

Japanese RPGs

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:

Gears of War 2, Banjo-Kazooie, Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise, The Last Remnant and Lips!

Aren’t you hyped?

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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!

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Babes at World Cyber Games

There were fewer babes than I expected, but they were all very pretty!

Samsung babes:

Intel babes:

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.

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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!

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Ask Sheylara

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.

Sheylara Says:

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?

Sheylara Says:

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?

Sheylara Says:

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???

Sheylara Says:

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.

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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!

[Gamer Girl Friday]