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Poll No.28 + Picture of the Day + announcement...

Sorry for being abscent for such a long time and I really should call my blog picture of the month instead :lol:

Anyways, let me annouce the last poll results quickly which was "Have you ever used cheat sheets during exams?"

Thanks everyone for voting.

I have to say that there are some cheaters amongst us :lol: and to be honest one of the three that don't remember the count is my brother :lol:

Here is the next poll which is games related this time "Do you read videogames instruction manual?"

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As always here is picture of the month by =einlee

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The Announcement:

Me, my brother and my friend and some who will join later created a web blog for videogames called Videogame Nerds
We currently didn't post anything related to games, we just posted some information about us along with our pictures. We wanted to post our thoughts and opionions as normal gamers, not like critics, editors and journalists. You could see stuff like reviews, articles, top lists, polls. I hope that you drop by from time to time ;)

Cheers,
Ali.

Monthly Blog (June Edition)...

At the end of June we heard a tragic and shocking news about the death of the "King of Pop" Michael Jackson at the age of 50. I personally was a big fan, I grew up listening to his music and if I'm not mistaking, I remember that Michael Jackson was the first foreign artist I listened to. I said foreign because I'm Arabic.
I think the world did lose one of the biggest icons in music history, thanks to him music evolved to a new level in a way or another. In memory of him I'd love to share this picture of him, from =Cataclysm-X in the deviantArt community.

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My monthly blog card.

iWatch:

DVDs:

- Gran Torino
Score: 9

Cinema:

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UP
Score: 8.5
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Terminator Salvation
Score: 7
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The Taking of Pelham 123
Score: 7.5
- The Proposal
Score: 8

TV:

- Madagascar 2
Score: 6.5
- Rob B Hood
Score: 6.5

Anime:
Baccano (Still Watching)

AND THE AWARDS GO TO

Gran Torino

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TV Movie of the month


Rob B Hood

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Cinema Movie of the month


UP

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Honorable Mention


The Proposal

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iPlay:

Trophies:
Here is my PS3 trophy card and the biggest collection of trophies in a single month.

Total of 76 NEW trophies:
- 27 of them from Little Big Planet
- 49 of them from Rock Band 2, just one trophy away from Platinum

UPGRADED to level 6 :D

Played:

- Zen Pinball (PSN, 1 hour).
- Little BIG Planet (PS3, 14.5 hours)
- Rock Band 2 (PS3, 63 hours)

Finished:

- Rock Band 2 (PS3)
My Score: 9

AND THE AWARDs GO TO


Rock Band 2


Paintball Gun: from Little BIG Planet


Sackboy: from Little BIG Planet :lol:


Terminator


Platinum Artist (Gold Trophy)
Finished the Endless Setlist 2 in World Tour on Expert:
This trophy does not just test your skills but your endurance as well to survive a 7 hours playtime through all the game's songs in one go :shock:

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iBuy:

Acquisitions:

- Final Fantasy VII (PSN download, 10$ dollars is like getting it for free).
- DiRT (PS3, secondhand, great price).
- BioShock (PS3, secondhand, great price).
- Rock Band 2 (with the set) (PS3, new, a bit expensive but worth the price)

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iRead:

It is been a while since the last time I wrote this section :lol:

- Angels and Demons
My Score: 4.5/5

I enjoyed reading it a lot which is my second time by the way. I was curious to read it again after watching the movie and that is why I read for the second time. I have to agree like many others that there are many missing and changed scenes from the movie and reading the story is surely a better experience than watching the movie.

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iListen:

I reviewed 3 albums this month

-Spice of Life - Vince Madison (Score: A)
-Baccano! Original Soundtrack - Spiral Melodies (Score: B)
-Gun's & Roses by Paradise Lunch (Score: A-)
"not the well known rock band Gun's and Roses band, it is rather an album called gun's and roses"


NOMINEES are


Margarita Dance, Spice of Life
Nagai Nagai Yume no Naka no Utage ~ BACCANO! no Theme, Baccano
Gun's & Roses, Paradise Lunch

The Winner is

Margarita Dance

Runner up

Gun's & Roses

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iAward:

In memory of Michael Jackson
Author:~Semini

Have you ever tried a WAVERUNNER?

Lua Klein: from anime series Baccano!

Sackboy
A sackboy kissed by a sexy lady, must be DAMN HOT :lol:

Rock Band 2: I wasn't expeting to buy it because it is a bit expensive in my country but I really couldn't resist :lol:

Final Fantasy XIV
It is not the game itself but the word ONLINE that was added at the end of the trailer :evil:


The Death of the pop star Michael Jackson



Invigilate:
oversee an examination taken by candidates
I really didn't know that there is a word specific for this purpose only :lol:



The most poisonous creatures on the Earth is actually a FROG
This poisonous frog lives in the rain forests of Colombia. In zoology, it is known as phyllobates terribilis. It is very tiny and only 2 cm. It's poison can kill 150 people or 30000 mice at the same time.It's whole body is covered with a poison layer.


A ride on the WaveRunner
Half an hour ride on the WaveRunner was enough for me to be overall best of the month :D

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iDid:

June's summary:



- This last month has witnessed a dramatic change towards videogames as you can see from the chart. The Internet usage was shrunk cause of that.
- I'm back to excersising almost everyday.
- Reading has improved too because I've been reading Angels and Demons and finished it.

June's blog posts:

gamespot blog:
- Poll No.27 + Picture of the Day...

oln1 blog (My personal blog):
- Is it going to work?
- Trophy Madness.

Cheers

- Ali -

Poll No.27 + Picture of the Day...

Hello everyone,

I haven't posted for a while now because I've been gaming like crazy lately and I didn't have time for gamespot :oops:. Just to remind you of last time poll's question "Do you know what BSOD is?" and here is the result.

Strangely I didn't know that the majority wouldn't recognize it but if I put it in another phrase you might, it stands for "Blue Screen of Death", it is a blue screen that appears on your computer monitor if you have a fatal error or a hardware failure ;). Doesn't it remind you of something, "Red Ring of Death" :lol:, actually RROD is drerived from the BSOD phrase which Microsoft Windows is very famous for and later Microsoft added the RROD with the crazy Xbox360 failure :lol:

Anyway, enough of that. Let me just post the latest poll No.27 "Have you ever used cheat sheets during exams?", :lol: I know that is a strange question but I thought of it while waiting for my invigilation later this day and in our school the cheating rate is very high that you could find cheat sheets with half of the students, so while waiting I thought of this question as the new poll. Just be honest and choose the right answer :P

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Here is picture of the day as always but this time it is funny rather than stunning. I presume it is from a person wishing for a popeye karts game :lol: which I think by the way could be a nice idea and has the potential to be a good game with the various unique personalities and the very powerful spinach can :lol:

It was drawn by *JPRart

Have a nice day and wish me luck during my annoying invigilation later :)

Cheers

- Ali -

Monthly Blog (May Edition)...

Hi, how are you and how do you feel with E3 just one day away? I know it feels great because there are always interesting stuff announced during E3 and since last's year wasn't that good I think this E3 is going to ROCK, I hope :D

I can't remember if I posted this picture before or not, even if I did here it is because I think it really suits the coming days of E3

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My monthly blog card UPDATED

iWatch:

DVDs:

- Sex Drive
Score: 7
- The Reader
Score: 7.5
- Frost/Nixon
Score: 7
- Wackers
Score: 5.5
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Vicky Christina Barcelona
Score: 7
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Bedtime Stories
Score: 6
- Defaiance
Score: 8

Cinema:

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Knowing
Score: 7
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Angels & Demons
Score: 7.5

Series:
- Prison Break Season 4
Score: 8.5

Anime:
Baccano (Watching)

AND THE AWARDS GO TO

Defiance

Prison Break Season 4
Not the perfect ending I wanted but a fine and fitting ending


Honorable Mention

Angels & Demons
I know most will be disappointed because the story wasn't reflected to the big screen perfectly but I think the movie was able to entertain and reflected the major idea of the story at least.

iPlay:

Trophies:
Here is my PS3 trophy card, A VERY SMALL UPDATE this month too only +8 trophies

Played:

-Infamous (Demo) (PS3, 1.5 hours).
-Plants vs. Zombies (PC, 1 hour)
-Street Fighter IV (PS3, 19 hours)
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Pixel Junk Monsters (PSN, 1 hour)

Finished:

NOTHING :shock:

AND THE AWARDs GO TO


Plants Vs. Zombies
I know I played only an hour of this game but from what I've experienced and what I've seen from my brothers playing it I'd say this is a very fun and interesting and weird in a way game to play.


Click on the picture to enlarge and see one of the most valuable itmes in the game Plants vs Zombies. This is a giant wall that stands tall in the way of the hungry zombies :D


Cole from the game Infamous
I know I only played the demo but I can sense from it that Cole will be a bad ass hero :D


Zombie from videogame Plants vs Zombies
These are some of the most persistent zombies you will ever face :lol:


Storied Reputation: Clear Arcade Mode with all characters on Medium or higher difficulty
I know that might sound easy but beating Seth with all characters on medium difficulty was a REAL pain in the ASS :lol:

iBuy:

Acquisitions:

- Resident Evil 5 (New, Great offer from Amazon UK).
- Eternal Sonata (New, 30$ from Amazon US).
- Zen Pinball (PSN)
- Esential Guide to Writing (Book)
-Stein on Writing (Book)

iListen:

I reviewed just one album this month

-Culdcept II Original Soundtrack Deluxe (Score: B)



NOMINEES


Open The World (First Half)
THE PHOENIXION -Extra Mix-

Sorry I couldn't find any samples on youtube

The Winner is

THE PHOENIXION -Extra Mix-

iAward:

Please click on the image to view this incredible picture in full mode
Author: *tracyjb


Do you have high hopes for this coming E3?


C. Viper, Street Fighter IV (Click for full view)

Zangief, Street Fighter IV
:lol: I know he looks ugly but he really kicks ass and I've won a lot using him this past month :D

Infamous Demo

Vicky Christina Barcelona
I expected more from the lovely Penélope Cruz :D


I'm back to piano playing again:
I'm so happy and enjoying playing the piano again because I left that hobby for a long time

Here are links of my latest piano videos if you haven't seen them already
Piano video 1 & 2
Piano video 3

iDid:



I believe this is a better month than the previous one because there is a 1% increase in reading from nothing last month :lol: but the most I'm proud of is the 6% Piano playing which was 0 last month :D


cheers

- Ali -

Poll No.26 + Picture of the day...

Hello everyone, I think it is time to unveil the results of the last poll and sorry it took me a while because I've been a little busy lately.

With no further delay here is a picture of the results of Poll. 25 which was "Do you think achievements/trophies is a necessity in videogames?"

Apparently players are devided into two groups, a group that think trophies/achievements are anecessitywhile the other group thinks otherwise. I'm actually from the first and I will write a blog about it soon to elaborate more about it and to express my personal opinion in the matter.

Here is a link to the NEW Poll No. 26

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Finally, here is picture of the day drawn by~EastMonkey, I chose this because I've been playing a lot of Street Fighter IV lately, enjoy ;)

For a full view, click on the image please :)

Cheers,

- Ali -

Monthly Blog (April Edition)...

Hello, hope everyone had a great april and didn't have to indure a bad april joke :shock:

I usually start the monthly blog with a picture but I reserved this one for Picture of the month section

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It seems like my card has been neglected by mistake :shock:

I will post it when it is done :D

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iWatch:

I really watched great movies this month and I had a tough time deciding what is the best

DVDs:
- Frozen River
Score: 6.5
- Milk
Score: 7
- Slumdog Millionaire
Score: 9.5
- The Wrestler
Score: 8.5
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Changling
Score: 9

Series:
- Prison Break Season 3
Score: 10
- Prison Break Season 4 (Still watching)

AND THE AWARDS GO TO

Slumdog Millionaire & Changling

I don't usually choose 2 movies as movie of the month but this month was an exception because those were really some great drama movies specially with changling being a true story.

Prison Break Season 3
An intense breathtaking masterpiece


Honorable Mention

The Wrestler
This is not less great than the others mentioned above but I couldn't post three movies as movie of the month :D

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iPlay:

Trophies:
First here is my PS3 trophy card, NOT VERY BIG UPDATE this month:(

Previous Progress:
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Noby Noby Boy 100%
Sonic's Ultimate GENESIS Collection 100%

This month progress:
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Astro Tripper 100%
Super Stardust HD - 2 new trophies

Played:
- Astro Tripper (PSN, 2 hours).
-Super Stardust HD (PSN, 2 hours)
-Street Fighter IV (PS3, 8 hours)
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Pixel Junk Eden (PSN, 4 hours)
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Pixel Junk Monsters (PSN, 3 hours)
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Braid (PC, 7 hours)
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Final Fantasy Echoes of Time (NDS, 2 hours)

Finished:
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Astro Tripper (PSN)
Score: 7

-Braid (PC)
Score: 9.5

-Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection (PS3)
Score: 9
This game is still playable because there are still games I didn't play but if I have to score it, it really deserves a 9

AND THE AWARD GOES TO


BRAID is easily the king this month


The time ring from BRAID


Vega from Street Fighter IV has been my favorite character lately


:shock: I can't say who is the villain to avoid spoiling the game but who played it will know and who didn't might get curious to try it out ;)


Multiplier Hero from Super Stardust HD: This is a one day try trophy, I assure you that if you fail it you won't have the mood to try it again at the same day LOOL. It took me around 2 hours to get it and I haven't got it before reaching the final boss. You get the trophy simply by avoiding dying :shock: and increasing your multiplier, if you die then it is back to ZERO :shock:

iBuy:
I bought some games this month and here they are

Acquisitions:

- Pure & Civilization Revolution (New, Great deal from Amazon UK).
- Pixel Junk Monsters (PSN)
- Call of Duty World at War (Second hand, great price, like new)
- Comet Crash (PSN)

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iListen:

These are the albums I reviewed this month.

- Street Fighter IV OST (Score: B+)
- Braid OST (Score: A)
- The Outer Rim (Score: B)
-Earth, Wind & Fire - The Essential (Score: B)
-Brass Quintet "Dragon Quest" (Score: A-)
-Brass Quintet "Dragon Quest" Part. II (Score: B+)

Album of the Month

Braid is one of the best videogames soundtracks I've ever heard, easily in my top 5 videogames music



NOMINEES

Braid OST
Downstream
Lullaby Set

Street Fighter IV OST
Snowy Rail Yard Stage -Russia-
THE NEXT DOOR -INDESTRUCTIBLE-
Theme of Cammy -SF IV Arrange-
Theme of Gouki -SF IV Arrange-

The Outer Rim
Sanctuary

Earth, Wind & Fire - The Essential
September
Boogie Wonderland

Brass Quintet "Dragon Quest"
In a Town ~ Casino
Comrades

The Winner is

Downstream

This track is easily the best among those nominees but I have to say that the rest are great too

Runner ups

THE NEXT DOOR -INDESTRUCTIBLE-
Theme of Cammy -SF IV Arrange-
Theme of Gouki -SF IV Arrange-
September
In a Town ~ Casino

iAward:

I got this picture in an e-mail with the title
"She is either forgot her memory or she is high" LOOOOOL

The 4th season of Prison Break: I expected it to be much better than the previous seasons but it wasn't


The 3rd Season of Prison Break: It was simply fantastic, I finished it in less than one week :shock:

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iDid:



Not much different from last month except the increased amount of anime/series section because I watched a lot of Prison Break.


P.S: I liked the new idea of adding news of the month, word of the month and science fact of the month but I didn't have enough time to write something so I will do it next month hopefully :D, have a nice day

cheers

- Ali -

Poll No.25 + Picture of the day + Braid + New Ratchet and Clank...

Hi everyone :)

It is been a long time since my last poll but today I have a new poll and picture of the day as usual along with some other updates that I wanted to let you know about. But first lets see last's poll results as usual, the poll was "In videogames: If you are to choose between a male or female character, What is your choice?".

I'm happy because there were a lot of voter this time, 23 to be exact so thanks to everyone who voted :D

To be honest I didn't expect this result, 9 perverts out of 23 including me :lol:, just kidding don't take it seriously :), so we can summarize from this poll that the majority are boys where half of them choose females and the other half choose males while girls are only 6 voters in which the majority of them prefer female characters.

Now for today's poll no.24, here is the link

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Picture of the day is for Bleach fans, a drawing of Ishida by ~terano

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I know most of you probably read my brother's post about Braid but I still have to write about this masterpiece. This post is dedicated to everyone who played the game and anyone who likes to give it a try.

Braid in my opinion is a clever mix of 2D platforming, puzzling, time manipulation and storytelling. For a long time I couldn't imagine a great story to come out from a 2D platformer and a puzzle soving game but Braid was an exeption, a game that you cannot ignore.

For most, Braid will seem to you like a story of a man and a woman, a cracked relationship but for those eager to know the truth behind the story please read this ARTICLE from gamefaqs, only those who finished the game because it contains SPOILERS.

Braid's story is a story with two sides, the normal side that you will see when you finish the game which is great by the way and the other side which is revealed when you search the game for the hidden 8 stars. Because searching for them is a hard and time consuming task I prefered to read that article instead and it was a total shock to me to discover what is the true story behind the game.

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Finally, about the new Ratchet and Clank game. There is a vote in the official site showing you 5 weapons with their description and we the gamers are given the option to choose which weapon we want the most to be included in the new game :D. It is a clever move really to make the gamers somehow part of the gaming development and letting them choose what they like specially in Ratchet and Clank games where the weapons are the most important aspect of the game.

Here is a link to the poll

I hope you enjoyed reading my post, till next time

Cheers

- Ali -

Poll No.24 + Picture of the day...

It is time for another poll but before that lets take a look at last poll's results

"In videogames: Do you prefer one long loading at the beginning or frequent short loads during gameplay?"

I think this is a reasonable result which I would choose as well becasue for me interrupting my gaming pace with frequent loadings even if they are short is annoying while if I wait a bit longer at the beginning and then I enjoy a continous gameplay without interruption makes my gaming experience better, more enjoyable and less frustrating.

Enough of that, lets see what is today's poll about

In real life the natural instinct is the attraction between man and woman but in videogames that does not count. What I mean by that is when you play a videogame where you have to choose your character to be male or female, your decision could be affected by the previous mentioned fact but not always, that is why I came up with this poll ;) click on the poll to take you there

"In videogames: If you are to choose between a male or female character, What is your choice?"

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Here are also two great drawings by *WarrenLouw

Have a nice day

- Ali -