Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Shooters Pick Of All Time (Part I)

Note: This blog entry is related to PC shooter games.

Counter-Strike? Unreal Tournament? SWAT? GTA? Ghost Recon? Comandos? Splinter Cell? Metal Gear Solid? Splinter Cell? All these are examples of shooter games on the PC platform. Basically, these shooter games can be devided into 2 types which are the First-Person Shooter (FPS) and Third-Person Shooter. I myself prefer the latter one.

Hereby, on tonight, I am gonna start introduce you shooters out there, whether you are a hardcore or just casual gamer, some of the great shooter games I have played so far. The very first one I would like to let you know is a game released in year 2004, a game named Mafia. This game is a third person shooter game which let you view your character from its behind so that you can see his every action up-close.

Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven
In Mafia, you play the role of a guy named Thomas "Tommy" Angelo. The game is set in the 1930s, between the autumn of 1930 to the end of 1938, during the Prohibition. You start of as a peaceful taxi driver who drives to make a living. One night, when Tommy is resting after a long day work, he heard a gun shot not far away. Suddenly, two guys (Paulie and Sam) pop up and one of them got shot in the chest. They point the gun on Tommy and asked him to give them a ride. The first mission of this game is a car chase where you have to lose the tail of the car chasing behind with people shooting at Paulie, Sam and Tommy like mad.

Taxi in Lost Heaven
After the incident, Paulie and Sam thank Tommy for helping them and eventually Tommy finds out they are both working for Mr. Salieri, the Don (boss) from a local mafia family (gansters). Mr. Salieri is impressed with Tommy's speed driving and invited him to the family. Of course, Tommy wouldn't agree at first. However, one day when he is working, a few gangsters from another family called Morello damaged his taxi to give him a warning because of the incident happenned at the night where he saved Paul and Sam. So, he decided to work for Salieri and take revenge on this Morello family.

Car Chase in MafiaMafia Gameplay
I like this game because of its gameplay and storyline. This game is cinematic thus you will feel like you are playing the game and watching movie at the same time. The cutscenes are meaningful and worth watching. The character's voices are superb and not to mention how real their faces look. When you play Mafia you will feel like you are in it, you feel feel like you are in the 1930s. There are many vehicles that existed during that time and you can drive them to travel from place to place in the game. Well, you may think that it is like GTA or The Godfather but hell, this game is a lot better and more fun than those two! Although there is no difficulty setting in this game, the missions aren't tough except maybe the last few ones.

Salieri, Paul and TommyFrank and Tommy
So, have you ever imagine yourself as a Mafia in the 1930s where you can have the power and you can kill someone and easily slip away from the cops? Feel like running over the bad guys with a classic sport car? Do you like watching blood all over the place inside the lobby of a hotel after killing all the bad guys with a Tommy Gun? Like watching movie while playing game at the same time? Well, this game is just right for you! This game is not for the faint-hearted ones.

I rated this game 5 out of 5.

P.S. Mafia 2 is coming out. The release date is not announced yet.

Next Pick - Serious Sam II

Friday, September 21, 2007

How fcuk got its name?

Well, majority of you ladies and gentlemen out there have heard of the name "fcuk" or had seen it before this.

fcuk (notice that it is written in lowercase) is a company that was known as French Connection (FC) founded in United Kingdom (UK) which sells clothing and accessories in many parts of the world. That's why when people connect those four words together it becomes FCUK (French Connection of United Kingdom). However, I have came up with my own version of "how fcuk company got its name". Read on...

fcuk Shop Covant Garden
Recently I have received a lot of spam e-mails from both my friends and strangers. There was one which have led me into typing this blog entry and I believed most of you have received it too and had read it many thousand times before this. Anyway...

Below is the content of the e-mail I was talking about, read it with care:

"Aoccdrnig to rseecarch, it dseno't mtaetr waht oerdr the ltteers in a wrod is, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltters be in the rgiht pacle. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can siltl raed it whotliit mcuh pboerlm!"

...and then I thought, that's why they named it fcuk!

Paulie: Hey, Tony! Look at my new T-shirt.
Tony: What the...FUCK?!

fcuk Billboard
P.S. Sorry if I have offended anyone who read this entry.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Review On Budget '08

First of all, I would like to wish all Muslim Selamat Berpuasa. I also would like to congrat my friend who participated in the WCG during the last weekend for getting third place in playing StarCraft.

Last Friday's afternoon, our prime minister, YAB Dato' Seri Abdullah Badawi, has given a speech on the Malaysia's Budget '08. Many feels happy about what he has decided on where the money will be spent on during next year and in the future.

Actually I wanted to post this entry earlier but I couldn't find anything about the Budget '08 because I just couldn't find the newspaper. Don't know who kept it and only just now it appeared after I came back home from my English for Engineering test in UTAR. Below is the 10 things listed in the last Saturday's Sin Chew Daily newspaper (Budget '08 special ed), without my own comment.

1. Members of KWSP can now withdraw their money from the second account every month to repay their house's loan.

2. Company's tax is reduced once again. Company's tax has been reduced from 28% to 27% this year; Followed by 26% next year; In 2009, it will again reduced to 25%.

3. All students, regardless of their family's income, can borrow text books from schools.

4. Non-profit education organization including every stream (public and private) of primary and secondary schools do not need to pay taxes. Primary and secondary school's annual donation (such as activities like Jogathon and Hari Kantin) is eliminated. Student with family income of below RM1,000 can obtain free uniform for participating in one uniform group (such as Pengakap and Persatuan Bulan Sabit Merah). In 2008, 60 schools chosen as examples to the others will be rewarded RM500,000 each.

5. When purchasing computers and paying for Internet fee, business owners can now enjoy a reduction in tax for both. Business owner who buy their employee a computer will get reduction in tax while that employee will be exempted for paying higher income tax because of owning a computer. This will be practiced until year 2010.

6. Houses that worth below RM250,000 can get 50% reduction in contract tax. The tax will also be exempted for name transfer between husband and wife for that house.

7. Starting from year 2008, all licensed public companies must announce the race and gender structure of their employees. Private companies must employ employees of every race in order to fully utilize the advantage of multiracial in Malaysia.

8. RM300 tax discount will be given when buying sport utilities.

9. Tax-free on shares. After a company pays its tax, the shares distributed to share owners will be exempted from paying tax. 6 years of trial period is given by the government to ensure this to work smoothly continuously.

10. National bank, BNM (Bank Negara Malaysia), will provide RM20 billion for senior citizens of age 55 and above to apply for it. Disabled people can get living fee of at least RM200 and up to RM300 monthly. Kind-hearted people who take care of long-term hospital patient will get RM300 to spend on the patient.

Well, that's all. Though there are much much more that were mentioned in the Budget '08 speech but above are the 10 main things. For more details you can visit the official website and look for "Bajet '08".

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Good O' Reviews

Yes, it's about time for some good old reviews on a few movies I have watched recently. Yea, I know my exam is next week but what's life without entertainment after getting through all the hardships trying to understand what were lectured during the past 14 weeks? So, let's move on to the good o' reviews!

The Simpsons Movie (2007)

WARNING: This entry/post/review/article may contain spoilers!

The Simpsons Movie
I will start off with The Simpsons Movie (2007). As usual, The Simpsons is a comedy cartoon, it's just that it is now on the big screen! In this movie, it is about the environment of the Springfield where The Simpsons live. It gets even worse after what Homer Simpsons have done to the pond in Springfield. The government takes action and decides to seal Springfield away from the world with a huge hemisphere made of glass (funny!) and nightmare comes when the president commands a bomb to be dropped in Springfield. Homer Simpsons thus must save the day from a catastrophe he himself created.

The storyline may sounds bored to you but it is not the storyline that made me laugh, but it was how the characters speak and act that will make you laugh in this movie! It's hard not liking the movie. Way to go, Simpsons!

I rated this movie 5 out of 5.

Vampire Cop Ricky (2006)

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Vampire Cop Ricky
Next, it is the Vampire Cop Ricky (2006). It is a Korean movie. After biting a vampire in Transylvania, a mosquito finds itself trapped on an airplane bound for Seoul. Then the Transylvanian mosquito bites Na Do-yeol, a corrupt cop in league with a criminal organization. Though Na doesn't become a vampire, he develops a desire for blood causing problems when investigating crime scenes. Additionally, when he becomes aroused by a woman, the vampire in him comes out. Na's criminal contacts threaten his partner and kidnap his girlfriend. So, he has to go rescue her and eventually he finds that he can fight better in his vampire form. In the end, he turns into a real vampire after he sucks blood away from the villain.

This movie is full of humours and should not be missed by those who like watching Korean movies. It also teaches us not to betray our friends and close ones.

I rated this movie 4 out of 5.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)

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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
The last one is an animated movie. The name is "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)". Makoto Kono is a girl attending high school in Tokyo's shitamachi. She gains the power to go back in time and redo things when she gets involved in an accident at a train crossing one day. The incident is called "time leaping". A little bewildered with her new powers at first, Makoto uses them extravagantly to avoid being tardy and to get perfect grades on tests. However, things begin to turn bad as she discovers how her actions can adversely affect others and make them suffer for what she has done. Along the way, Makoto's aunt, Kazuko Yoshiyama, offers some advice to her niece, with the hint that she herself had done something similar in the past. One of Makoto's two best friends, Chiaki, is the one who had brought the item from the future that caused Makoto's powers. He came from the future to save a piece of art. However, he must keep secret about the device that he uses to time leap.

The animation is nicely done and so does the drawing. Each character was voiced greatly. I especially love how they potrayed Makoto. It is kind of a good anime movie and I suggest you to watch it at least once. "Time waits for no one".

I rated this movie 4 out of 5.

WARNING: This entry/post/review/article may contain spoilers!

Friday, September 07, 2007

Budget '08 & WCG '07

Later on today, September 7th, 2007, at afternoon, Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, our current Prime Minister of Malaysia will be broadcasted infront of our very own TVs or your neighbour's TVs, or the Mamak stall's TVs. Why? Because it is about time for him to decide and announce where our hard-earned money will be spent on next year. The program show is called Budget '08 and will be aired through all TV channels as well as some of the radio stations. This mean I won't be able to watch the Taiwan drama named the Magician of Love >< @#$%

Portion of the money will go to the space project next year...and for the many years to come, for sure and trust me. This space project is called "Projek Angkasawan" in Malay tongue. It is to have someone with the nationality of a Malaysian to land his feet on the moon and thus making a breakthrough in our own but...I guess the money can be spent on something else more important. Oh well, we will see where it goes, tomorrow...

Meanwhile, on this weekend, WCG (World Computer Games) 2007 Championship will be held in Malaysia. One of my friends is going to participate in it and he will be playing StarCraft against many other experts from all over the nation! If I have trained hard during the past few months perhaps I will go for it also but...anyway, I wish him the best of luck and kick all his competitor's asses :P Go for it, dude! Too bad there will be no live broadcast on WCG in Malaysia, unlike in other countries.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

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