games

games i need to replay

I have a sudden urge to replay some really old 90’s games. So I’ll place them here to get to when I have the time. Right now school, work, and other commitments are totally absorbing my time.

  • Quake 3 Arena – my first FPS that I truly fell in love with
  • Unreal Tournament – zombie arena!
  • Zork Nemesis – my sister played this one but it was a game with real good atmosphere.
  • Gabriel Knight 2 and maybe 3
  • Death rally – woohoo crush the spectators into blood pools!
  • Dark forces II – i remember actually creating maps for this game
  • Rise of the triad – i think i’ll be disappointed by the graphics but still, this was a good era.
  • Superfly – one of the earliest, and the most addictive

That’s it! Back to preparing for dissertation seminar!

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Y U SO PERSISTENT!

Guess what I got in the email this week? Another 7 days of free World of Warcraft game time!Image

Sigh, seeing the mailer really gave me mixed feelings. On one hand, I’ve accepted two of these buggers before, so there’s that recognition and familiarity. It’s like the strange uncle you always see only at Chinese New Year. Yet, I’ve gotten over the physiological reactions from anything WoW-related. It’s been more than 8 months (?) since I last played and I don’t get excited just seeing new content, nor do I keep ruminating on new items or dungeons to do for my character, because I’ve just been away that long. After a certain point, you kind of lose touch with the game and the community, and because they keep pumping out new content, you become more and more out of touch and obsolete the longer you stay away. So in a good way, it gets easier to quit the more you stick with it. Just like any other destructive addiction, I think.

I guess I won’t be taking the offer this time, Blizzard. I really enjoyed your game but I won’t be going back very soon. Perhaps when you come up with your new expansion, and when life is not so busy 🙂


I AM UNLOCKED

This post will be a purely nerdy expression of my exploits in an online game. So that’s just a warning. If you’re easily bored by nerdtalk, just skip this post!

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Recommended

Hey here are 2 sites I recommend! Since I’m currently in a homesick mood, both these sites have something to do with Singapore. The first is actually freerice.com, a site where you can answer many quiz type questions such as vocabulary, capitals of the world, math and even science questions. The catch is, for each question you get right, sponsors donate 10 grains of rice to the poor! So you get smarter and do something nice at the same time! Great, huh?

So I created this group under freerice.com especially for Singaporeans to work together. The group name is “Singaporean Free Ricers” and I got the idea after seeing other groups like “Finnish Free Ricers” or “Canadian Free Ricers” top the charts. Hopefully we can 上榜!

The link for the group’s here: http://freerice.com/frog/join/57435/11a54bd7cfc122b9d97c91d2e29e2146

The other recommendation is a facebook group which showcases a collection of photographs all taken in Orchard Road. Apparently this photographer haunts Orchard Road looking for unique individuals to capture. I like the fact that he always makes sure to gain the subject’s permission before taking their pictures. And some of the people are really spectacular. I mean, I’ve lived in Singapore so long, I don’t think I’ve ever seen such diversity before! Or perhaps I’ve just been taking it for granted or not really looking.

Anyway, the link is http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=23371&id=129058543774460.

Enjoy these 2 sites!


new addiction

I’ve got a new addiction: Minesweeper! Yes, you heard me right, that tiny Windows game that everyone ignores along with Solitaire and Hearts. I guess it’s a result of circumstances, but I can’t say much more. Haha. My new goal in life is to beat the Expert mode in Minesweeper. So far, I have Beginner and Intermediate down pat, but it’s the Expert mode that really frustrates me. Grr.


Creampuff@Dragonblight

Here’s my new Dwarf Priest! Isn’t he cute?


Trying out Dragonica

I’m going to start trying a new MMORPG called Dragonica. Apparently it’s very similar to Maple Story, with the difference that it has 3D cartoon graphics. Anyway, I know what I’m going to play. That’s right. A healer! I never have fun with any other class, strangely enough. Tanks are boring and quite stressful (because you have to maintain aggro and make sure all the big bad monsters don’t run after your squishy healers & DPS), while DPS is just plain repetitive and also pressurising (cos you have to remain at the top of the damage tables). So I actually think being a Healer is the most easygoing and carefree role in a typical RPG party setting. Haha! Oh well, download’s finished! Maybe I’ll do a review sometime soon. LOL