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Poll No.30 + picture of the day + other news...

Sorry for the so long delay of unveiling last poll's results and posting a new one.

Just to remind you, the question of the last poll was "How often do you play retro games (NES, SNES, Genesis)?" and here is the result

I can see from the results that people are more fond of current generation of consoles but never away from the old time Clasics specially after making them available through current consoles.

Anyways, it is time to move on onto a new poll and here is the question
"Poll No.30: Do you buy second hand games?"

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For Final Fantasy fans, Here is picture of the day.
Author: *meru-chan

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I once posted some interesting articles about videogames, well here are some more but I warn you, they are long :P

- Super Mario World

- Super Mario Galaxy

- Metal Gear Solid 3

- Metal Gear Solid

- Final Fantasy XII

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I once showed you my two new blogs "oln1" and "game-nerds". I spent sometime on them the last week to redesign them and make'em more attractive and easy to navigate. If you please can have a look and give me your feedback, I will be greatful.

Thanks for reading,

- Ali -

Master Chief is a Vacuum Cleaner !!

While I was surfing the internet I found two great and funny articles about people resembling the appearances of gaming characters OR OTHER STUFF, just like the following picture.

Master Chief to the left, resembles the Samsung Silencio SC9540 Vacuum Cleaner to the right :lol:

For more of those crazy comparisons, check out these two links.

- Which real-life moustachioed man looks most like Mario?

- The most unlikely gaming lookalikes you'll ever see

Have fun ;)

- Ali -

Monthly Blog (October 09 Edition)...

Hello everyone and welcome again to my monthly blog. I'm very happy for the positive feedback from the previous monthly blog and I hope I'd be up to your expectations this month too ;)

I would like to apologize for not commenting on many posts due to my laptop malfunctioning which prevented me from surfing the internet at work. I'm going to buy a new laptop soon and I will hopfully be active again.

This month's picture is a very funny joke combining two important subjects, Halloween and swine flu :lol:



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iWatch:

Movies:
- Funny People
Score: 8
- Drag me to Hell
Score: 7
- Angels & Demons
Score: 7
- Reservoir Dogs
Score: 8
- king of Kongs
Score: 6.5
- Match Point
Score: 7.5
- Gosford Park
Score: 7.5



AND THE AWARDS GO TO

Reservoir Dogs

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Honorable Mention


Funny People

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iPlay:

Trophies:

Total trophies earned: 28

- all 14 from Critter Crunch
- 2 from MotorStorm Pacific Rift
- 7 from Batman Arkham Asylum
- 5 from Wipeout HD.

Side note: Wipeout HD has the hardest trophies of all PS3 games, the 5 I obtained are just the easy ones.

- Here is my latest PSN trophy card:

King of the Jungle (Gold Trophy): A hard and very enjoyable trophy to obtain. Requires completing the adventure mode with very hard levels at the end of it and completing 99 puzzles increasing in difficulty with the last 20 being very hard and very satisfying to complete.

Played (Total of 71 hours):

- Final Fantasy VI (GBA, 2 hour)
- Rock Band 2 (PS3, 3 hours)
- Guitar Hero Metallica (PS3, 12 hours)
- MotorStorm Pacific Rift (PS3, 27 hours)
- Batman Arkham Asylum (PS3, 4 hours)
- Critter Crunch (PSN, 19 hours)
- Wipeout HD (PS3, 4 hours)


Finished:

- Critter Crunch (PSN)
My Score: 8.5




AND THE AWARDs GO TO


Critter Crunch


Garlic: from Critter Crunch
A great item that will make Biggs burps and push the creatures back one line.


Biggs from Critter Crunch: This cuddly cute creature is without a doubt the hero of the month ;)


Terra from Final Fantasy VI: for her bravery in defending the world


Joker from Batman Arkham Asylum:Although I didn't finish the game yet, the Joker can be selected as your villian of the month from the moment you begin playing the game

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iBuy:

Acquisitions:

A big collection this month too:

- Prototype (PS3)
- Call of Duty 4(PS3)
- Wolfenstein (PS3)
- Disgaea 3 (PS3)
- Wipeout HD Fury (PS3)
-
Trine (PSN)
-
Critter Crunch (PSN)
- iPhone 3GS

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iAward:

A funny variations of Biggs resembling various gaming characters
Click for a larger version

How was Halloween?


Samus Aran
Author: =transfuse


Scientist from Critter Crunch :lol::lol:

This month was actually full of surprises and here is a list of them:

- PSN cards finally arriving in my country.
- Super Street Fighter IV
- Final Fantasy VIII to the PS3
- Bayonetta getting a full 40 from Famitsu

NOT having a Xbox360
Because of that I can't play one of the best expansions for GTA IV :(


DSi XL: I was surprised with this annoucement and happy because I didn't rush into buying a DSi.


Cliffs Of Dover: One of my favorite songs from Guitar Hero III



My first fishing trip
Of course this isn't the picture of our boat, just a random one from the internet. I finally got the chance to go into a real fishing trip in the boat of a teacher at school. It was very scary the first time but I got used to it later on. Sadly I don't have any pictures for that trip but I will try to take some if I go again.

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iDid:

October's summary:

It is almost identical to the previous pie charts except that the hobbies section has increased tremendously because of the many fishing trips I had this month. A special note for you Thomas_Crown: I promise that you will see a totally different chart next month :P

Have a great November guys ;)

Cheers

- Ali -

Monthly Blog (September 09 Edition)...

Sorry for the very late September monthly blog but here I'm with a lot of things to talk about.

September was a big month for me because of the following:

- The holiday has finished and I'm back to school but lucky me students were given one more week to stay at home because of all the fuss about the swine flu so it was a nice week for us teachers.
- Recently two cases of swine flu were discovered in a nearby school.
- Ramahdan "month of fasting for muslims" has finished and I'm glad that I finished reading the Holy Quran for the first time in my life during Ramahdan.
- I watched two new Arabic serieses.
- The most important thing was my birthday on the 14th of September and celebrating that I would like to give this lovely CAKE :lol:, only few will understand this JOKE. Have fun reading my blog ;)



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Before I start I would like to say that I'm very happy about the new improvements in the monthly blog union, the new icons, the new cards. They all look great and the more things are added the more I enjoy writing those blogs although they take a lot of time.

I didn't find my card so far so I will upload it onece they are ready.

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iWatch:

Movies:
- Barton Fink
Score: 6
- Ed Wood
Score: 7
- State of Play
Score: 7.5
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Score: 8
- District 9
Score: 8.5
- The Big Lebowski
Score: 8.5



AND THE AWARDS GO TO

The Big Lebowski & District 9

I really couldn't seperate those movies from each other as both were so great and earned a score of 8.5 from me.

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Honorable Mention


One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest


Om el Banat (Mother of the Girls), a great Kuwaiti series

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iPlay:

Trophies:
This month I was aiming at a Platinum MotorStorm Pacific Rift and i spent hours playing this game. But seriously, it has the hardest trophies I tried to earn so far, specially the online portion of the game is insanely difficult. Here is the total of trophies I managed to collect in this game so far.

Total of 33 NEW trophies:

All are from MotorStorm Pacific Rift

- Here is my latest PSN trophy card which shows that I reached level 7 :D

Champion (Gold Trophy): The hardest trophy I've ever earned so far. I can simply compare it to other games' platinums :shock: seriously.

Played:

- Final Fantasy VI (GBA, 1 hour)
- Rock Band 2 (PS3, 7 hours)
- Guitar Hero Metallica (PS3, 6 hours)
- MotorStorm Pacific Rift (PS3, 30 hours)

Finished:

- MotorStorm Pacific Rift (PS3)
My Score: 8.5




AND THE AWARDs GO TO


MotorStorm: Pacific Rift


Boost: from MotorStorm
The boost is not an item really but without it you simply cannot win.


Ali: I'm the hero of the month for acing one of the hardest racers :lol::lol:


Female Driver: My female driver in MotorStorm surely survived some nasty accidents :lol:


Any vehicle that does this to you: Big Rigs and Monster trucks are your ugliest enemies in MotorStorm :lol:

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iBuy:

Acquisitions:

I bought a lot of things this month and I got a great gift too:

- Little BIG Planet animated theme (PS3)
- Batman Arkham Asylum (Birthday Gift, PS3)
- Bionic Commando Rearmed (PSN)
- Burn Zombie Burn! (PSN)
- Soldner-X (PSN)
- Rock Band import key. Got Rock Band from a friend and imported all the songs to my Rock Band 2 for 5$ (PS3)
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Virtua Fighter 5 (PS3)
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Mirror's Edge (PS3)
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Battlefield Bad Company (PS3)
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Call of Duty 3 (PS3)
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Mario & Luigi 3 (NDS)

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iRead:

Finally this lost section is back again :lol:

Finished:

The Holy Quran (Muslim's Holy Book), 17 hours

Reading:

Blogging your Way to a Six Figure Income, 9 hours

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iAward:

A great drawing of the Joker
Author
~MikeDeodatoJr

If you attend school or college or even have work, What is the effect of swine flu over your school, college or work?


Random Babe from DeviantART
Author:
=chatgr


Lemmy
from Guitar Hero Metallica :lol:. Just chose him because I like his song "Ace of Spades" :lol::lol:

Uncharted 2: I began to check out GameRadars scores recently which I find quite authentic and different than other sites which makes it distinctive. Anyways, the surprise is Uncharted 2 getting a perfect 10 from them.

Okamiden on NDS
I know most of you will disagree on this but to me, a beautiful game as Okami, I really didn't want it on a handheld. But who knows, maybe the developer will prove me wrong ;)


Wii price cut: You might think that this news suits surprise of the month but it wasn't a surprise for me because it was expected. But indeed it was a big news and a clever move from Nintendo to maintain their position in the market specially after seeing the aggressive competition from Sony and Microsoft

eerie: Read it in Final Fantasy VI, it means strange BUT in my slang language it means "My wiener" :shock::lol::lol:

The Flyin' King: One of my favorite pieces of music from Earthworm Jim

"When things fall, they fall ... Life's a game of chance. You play your cards, and fate plays her...", Setzer from Final Fantasy VI


Lost Paradise (A water park in my country, Bahrain)
It is my first visit to a water park and the best thing happened to me during September :D

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iDid:

September's summary:


I enjoyed September more than the previous months because I did a lot of things and I will try to maintain the same pace next months and even try to make'em better.

You will notice the new "Others" section which has the rest of the activities that can't be listed under the rest of the sections. You will notice that the others section is quite big because I spent a lot of time fishing this month.

The anime/series section is bigger than usual not because I watched a lot of animes but because I watched two great Arabic serieses, 2 hours a day.

I hope you had a great September as well. Sorry if I haven't commented on any monthly blog but soon I will ;)

Cheers

- Ali -

Monthly Blog (August 09 Edition)...

Hello every one, sadly the summer holiday is almost over for some and already over for others. I hope it was a pleasant one for all of you :D

My holiday is 2 weeks from over and I will be back to teaching :( :lol:. Anyways, for us Muslims, it is the 10th day from Ramadan, a month in which we have to fast from dawn till sunset. To all Muslims out there "Ramadan Mubarak". Celebratng this holy month I will post this nice image by author ~SAEED-ART



With no further delay, lets start my August 2009 blog.

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My monthly blog card.

iWatch:

DVDs:
- 17 Again
Score: 7
- Platoon
Score: 7
- Let the Right One In
Score: 7.5


TV:
- Goodfellas
Score: 8.5
- The Last Sin Eater
Score: 6.5
- Dumb & Dumber
Score: 6
- Police Academy
Score: 7
- Big Fish
Score: 8


Anime:

- Garden of Sinners (Part 1)
Score: 6

AND THE AWARDS GO TO

Goodfellas

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Honorable Mention


Big Fish

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iPlay:

Trophies:
This month's trophies were scattered over many games

Total of 18 NEW trophies:

- MotorStorm Pacific Rift: 5 trophies
- The Last Guy: 1 Trophy
- Shatter: 10 Trophies
- ZEN Pinball: 2 Trophies

- Here is my latest PSN trophy card :)

Played:

- Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES, 12 hours).
- Final Fantasy VI (GBA, 14 hours)
- Rock Band 2 (PS3, 25 hours)
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Earthworm Jim (GEN, 4 hours)
- Super Smash Brawl (Wii, 9 hours)
- Guitar Hero Metallica (PS3, 12 hours)
- Little BIG Planet (PS3, 2 hours)
- MotorStorm Pacific Rift (PS3, 5 hours)
- Portal (PC, 3 hours)

Finished:

- Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
My Score: 8

- Earthworm Jim (GEN)
My Score: 8

- Portal (PC)
My Score: 9



AND THE AWARDs GO TO


Portal


Portal-Gun: from Portal
One of the most innovative uses of guns


Jim: from Earthworm Jim "Groooooovy" :lol::lol:


Chell: A true silent female heroine


????: from Portal. I don't want to spoil anything about this incredible game. Play it and see for yourselves :)



Batman Arkham Asylum: I was really surprised about how positive the reviews were, the game even had a new record of being the best superhero game.


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iBuy:

Acquisitions:

- Texas Flood Pack (Rock Band 2) (PS3)
- Star Wars The Force Unleashed (PS3)
- Killzone 2 (PS3)
- FAT Princess (PSN)
- The Last Guy (PSN)

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iAward:

Very funny joke

What is the next game you are planning to buy?


Princess What's her Name, from Earthworm Jim
Author:
*mashi


Jim
From Videogame "Earthworm Jim"

Little BIG Planet: The annoucement of real WATER to be added, I even submited my name for beta testing :D

Super Mario Bros. 3
I hated how hard the 8th world was as much as how much I loved the game during the previous 7 worlds. The extreme difficulty was a real letdown to this great game


God of War Collection: Putting both Gow I & II in a single Blu-ray disc, adding 720p support and TROPHIES, I don't think that can be topped by anything else this month :D

Crotch: I encountered this word two times this month, once in a movie and the second in screwattack top ten ladies of gaming and it was very fuuny :D

Still Alive: The best song I've heard this month, from videogame "Portal"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6ljFaKRTrI

"Son of a Sandworm": Said by Kefka, from "Final Fantasy VI" :lol:


Portal
Without a doubt Portal is the best thing happened to me this month

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iDid:

August's summary:



Excercising decreased a lot this month because I was very ill and now because Ramadan "Fasting month" started, I don't feel like excercising at all. Organizing has taken a lot this month because we're moving stuff from my room to re-arrange it. Gaming was a major thing too since it is a summer holiday :D
I'm watching a great Kuwaiti series on TV too.

Overall, my monthly activity hasn't changed from previous months a lot.

August's blog posts:

gamespot blog:
-Poll No.29 + Picture of the Day...


Videogame Nerds:
-
Retrogaming still and will always shine!, by dark_Massenger
- VGN Countdown: Final Fantasy Logos, by me and dark_Massenger

Cheers

- Ali -

Poll No.29 + Picture of the Day...

Hello everyone,

It is time for a new poll but let me remind you of the last poll.

"Poll No.28: Do you read videogames instructions manual?" and here is the result

I think it was unexpected result.

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Here is a link to the new poll "Poll No.29: How often do you play retro games (NES, SNES, Genesis)?"

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As always, here is a new image for your pleasure ;)

Author: ~agnidevi
For a bigger version please click on the image

Until next time, take care

- Ali -

Monthly Blog (July 09 Edition)...

I spent hours and hours playing Little BIG Planet this past month trying to obtain the platinum trophy. For now I obtained all the trophies except for couple of trophies related to creating your own levels. It is very hard to get them because first of all you have to create a really very good level and second because even if you did so, your level might be buried under the huge pile of user created content because a new level is published almost every 20 seconds. Some people go for a trick called H4H "Heart for Heart" :lol: in which you heart them and they heart you back, I'm not desperate enough yet to go for this trick :lol:.

I was searching for some pictures in the deviantart site and I found this cute picture for someone trying to get some hearts :lol: the user is LexxClark
If anyone of you guys have LBP why not heart him for such a cute picture and why not heart me for posting it here :D :lol:



Enough of that, let me start my July monthly blog ;)

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My monthly blog card.

iWatch:

DVDs:
- Push
Score: 5.5
- Coraline
Score: 8
- Toy Story
Score: 9
- Watchmen
Score: 9
- Mall Cop
Score: 7
- Righteous Kill
Score: 7.5

Cinema:
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Transformers 2
Score: 8
-
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Score: 7


TV:
- Pet Sematary
Score: 6

Anime:
None

AND THE AWARDS GO TO

Watchmen

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Cinema Movie of the month


Transformers 2

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Honorable Mention


Toy Story

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iPlay:

Trophies:
This month is not about quantity but QUALITY :D

Total of 27 NEW trophies:
- 25 of them from Little Big Planet
- 2 of them from Rock Band 2 (Gold + Platinum) :D

Here is my latest PSN trophy card :)

Played:

- Rock Band (PS2, 1 hour).
- Little BIG Planet (PS3, 63 hours)
- Rock Band 2 (PS3, 10 hours)

Finished:

- Little BIG Planet (PS3)
My Score: 9.5

- Street Fighter IV (PS3) (Just a rating, didn't play it this month)
My Score: 9.5

- Noby Noby Boy (PSN) (Just a rating, didn't play it this month)
My Score: 6



AND THE AWARDs GO TO


Little BIG Planet


Paintball Gun: from Little BIG Planet
Same as last month, couldn't find a better one :lol:


Snake Sackboy edition : from Little BIG Planet :lol:


Metal Gear Rex: From Little BIG Planet MGS Pack


Complete Discography (Platinum Trophy) - Rock Band 2 -

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iBuy:

Acquisitions:

- Condemned 2 (PS3)
- Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm (PS3)
- Dark Sector (PS3)
- Super Mario Bros. 3 (VC - NES)
- Super Mario World (VC - SNES)
- Little BIG Planet - Monster Pack expansion (PS3)
- Little BIG Planet - MGS Pack expansion (PS3)
- Shatter (PSN)
-
Advent Children Complete (Blu-ray movie)

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iListen:

I reviewed 2 albums this month

-Scott Joplin - Greatest Hits (Score: B+)
- Little BIG Planet unofficial Soundtrack (Score: B)


NOMINEES are


The Entertainer, Scott Joplin
Tapha Niang, LBP
Party Ghouls, LBP

The Winner is

Tapha Niang

Runner up

Party Ghouls

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iAward:

White Dress
Author: =einlee

What do you think of the latest videogame delays?


Random babe from DeviantArt
Author: =chatgr


Woody
From pixar's movie "Toy Story"

Dragon Quest IX: For getting a full 40/40 in famitsu :shock:
White Knight Chronicles: For annoucing a sequel while a localized version wasn't released yet :shock:

Yakuza 3
Won't make it to the US:cry:


Braid (On PS3): I already played this game on the PC but I will definitely play it if it gets trophy support :D
Castle Crashers:
Coming to the PS3 too



Flea
Flea's can jump 130 times higher than their own height. In human terms this is equal to a 6ft. person jumping 780 ft. into the air.


Little BIG Planet
One of the best and rewarding games I've ever played

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iDid:

July's summary:



As you can see this month was filled by gaming and internet surfing mostly then comes organizing because I had many stuff on my PC that needed backing up. Thankfully I'm exercising everyday and maintaining my weight. And I've seen a bunch of good movies too.
I still need to concentrate on more stuff such as playing the piano and reading.

July's blog posts:

gamespot blog:
-Poll No.28 + Picture of the Day + announcement...

oln1 blog (My personal blog):
- no update

Videogame Nerds:
- The Nerds

Cheers

- Ali -