Monday, September 28, 2009

Genre Defining

There are games that changed how you play games. Ultima 4 changed the way role playing games are built and design. In Ultima 4, winning is not killing the big bad boss but winning is improving your own virtues of Honesty, Compassion, Spirituality, Valor, Honor, Sacrifice, Justice and Humility.




Grand Theft Auto 3 changed the open world gaming concept. It created Liberty City as a world so alive and full with happenings that other gaming worlds looked mundane and boring and repetitive in comparison. The sheer amount of things to do, the faction wars among the gangs all contributed in a living and breathing world.




Red Faction: Guerilla, the current game that I am hooked at, introduced destruction and mass explosion to the virtual world. In this game, you can destroy every building and man-made structure. You could chip the base away with your sledgehammer and the building would collapse on its own weight or you could plan denotation and blow the whole thing away. You could just drive a truck and rammed into a billboard, a big gas tank, a mining installation and these structures would break apart. You could blow bridges up and send the enemies flying. And the physics engine was just remarkable.

This game changed the way I look at other games – I bet you that I will wonder why I could not topple that phone booth or bashed through that four feet wall in future games. RFG has spoiled me!



P.S. there are a host of other games that revitalize the genre but I am just too lazy to write them up and I am a big fanboi of RF:G at the moment...

Off my head:
1. Fallout for breathing new life into an otherwise dying genre - the role playing games.
2. X-Com UFO Defense for introducing fully destructable terrain in 2D and for showing us how to make a turn based tactical combat.
3. Indigo Prophecy for showing how to make an action-adventure game.
4. Medal of Honor/Call of Duty series for bringing the action of a movie show into the PC games and making you feel like a WW 2 soldier.
5. Star Wars Knights of Old Republic for building confidence back in a SW game.
6. Planescape Torment for showing us how to tell a story.
7. Diablo for showing how to do an additive isometric fantasy games.
8. and lots and lots more!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Fish Ball Noodle Part 2

Didn't realize my fans are also fish ball noodle fans.
wsl - you remember Lai Fong ah? We go there before Economics tuition.

Here's the direction to Lai Fong in KL.
It's very near Bangkok Bank, opposite Chinatown Entrance:


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As for the equivalent fish ball noodle soup, it's in Aman Suria, near my house. Follow the road to Tropicana and before the underground pass, turn left to go to Dataran Prima. The restaurant is before Dataran Prima, called Suncity and it faces NKVE.


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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Fruitful Raya Long Weekend

Not a bad Raya weekend for games :)
Despite having a stomach and head ache and visitors, I manage to sneak in a few hours of games!

Thanks to little sen for behaving, wifey for her understanding and parents in law for dropping by to help out!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Fish Ball Noodle

I love fish ball noodle. When we were younger, ZipD and I would take 2
buses from Kepong to DJ every week just to play a video game called
Crackdown. We would stop in KL and frequent this restaurant called Lai
Foong. It's beside Bangkok Bank. I always ordered to fish ball noodle
there.

Something about Lai Foong's fishball is really addictive. I
specifically love the 'flying saucer'.

These days you can't really find a good fishball stall. The Teo Chew
fishball chain just didn't do it.

Until one day I found a fishball stall in a restaurant near my house.
It's exactly like the one they served in Lai Foong! Taste the same. I
think I must have eat this almost twice a week. I just can't get bored
of it.

If you like fishball, let me know and I can show you the way...

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