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New header and banner...

It is been a while since I changed my header and banner so I decided to do something new this time. I will try to make a banner every month containing most of the major releases during each month so in this case you will find most of the major releases for the month of February while the header will usually contain a picture of the most anticipated game for the month which I presume is Killzone 2 during Feb.

To make things more interesting lets make a little challenge, I want you to count the number of games you can recognize in the image without giving any names (Update: I want you to count the number of the games you see within the banner and state the number of the ones you recognize), just a number and after a while I will announce the correct one including the name of the games. I hope you like the idea and have fun with it ;)

Take care

- Ali -

Poll No.22 + Picture of the day...

Last poll was "If you are given the choice to learn one of these languages, Which one you choose?" and here is a picture of the results

As I expected Japanese was the most popular choice then came Chinese, German and Russian while poor Arabic :( didn't get any choice :lol:, it is a hard language anyway, I know because it is mine :D

Anyways, here is a link to the next poll, it is movie related. Check it out.

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Here is picture of the day as always but it is kinda different this time

Drawn by GeorgeD

Have a good day

- Ali -

Monthly Blog (January Edition)...

Hi everyone, how are you doing? How is the new year, I hope everything is great ;). Well, I will be absent for a while as I'm going to Kuwait by car tomorrow for around a week. I will leave you with this picture, a very famous landmark in the captial of kuwait.

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Here is my latest member card

iWatch:

Honestly, I watched a lot of animes this month and I have to call it monthly blog Anime edition :D, I watched good amount of movies too :D

Cinema:
- Yes Man
Score: 8

TV:
- The World's Fastest Indian
Score: 8

DVDs:
- Tropic Thunder, 2nd time
Score: 8
- Brokeback Mountain.
Score: 7
- Igor.
Score: 6
- Eagle Eye.
Score: 7
- Saw V.
Score: 6
- Pride and Glory.
Score: 7
- Pineapple Express.
Score: 8
- Taken.
Score: 7

Anime (Movies):
- None

Blu-Ray:

- None

Anime (Series):
- Shoujo Sect
Score: 6
- Kino's Journey.
Score: 7
- Ga-Rei Zero.
Score: 8
- Tenjou Tenge
Score: 7

UNFINISHED

- Detective Conan
- Bleach

AND THE AWARDS GO TO

DVD movie of the month


Pineapple Express
Score: 8


TV movie of the month

World's Fastest Indian
Score: 8

Cinema movie of the month

Yes Man
Score: 8

Anime of the month

Ga-Rei Zero
Score: 8


Overall movie of the month


Yes Man

Overall iWatch of the month

Ga-Rei Zero

Honorable Mention

The World's Fastest Indian
Score: 8

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iPlay:

Trophies:
First here is my PS3 trophy card, One trophy added only :lol:

Playing:
- Chrono Trigger (NDS).

I'm still very early in the game and this month strangely I didn't complete any game at all and I was mostly a passive gamer which I wrote about in a previous blog.

So there is no game of the month :shock:


AND THE AWARD GOES TO


HERO OF THE MONTH

There is no videogame hero so here is
Yomi from anime, Ga-Rei Zerro


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iBuy:

I'm so lucky because I found more second hand PS3 games for a very good price and in an excellent conditions.

Acquisitions:

- GRID (PS3)
- GT5 Prologue (PS3)
- Splinter Cell Double Agent (PS3)

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iRead:

None

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iListen:

These are the albums I reviewed this month.

- Metal Gear Portable Ops OST. (Score: B-)
- Okami OST. (Score: B-)
- Tequila Moon, BY Jessy J. (Score: A-)
- 100 Masterpieces. (Score: B)
- kurenai Original Soundtrack. (Score: B-)
- Atonement Soundtrack. (Score: B)

Album of the Month

Tequila Moon, BY Jessy J

SONG OF THE MONTH

NOMINEES

Calling to the Night, MGSPO OST
Giving Kushinada a Ride, Okami OST
Fiesta Velada , Tequila Moon BY Jessy J

Waltz of the FLowers, from "The Nutcracker" , Thaikovsky
Livremente -Omoidoori ni-, Kurenai OST

The Winner is

Waltz of the FLowers, from "The Nutcracker" , Thaikovsky

Runner up: Calling to the Night

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iAward:

This section will have all the remaining awards from the union if applicable

IMAGE OF THE MONTH

by *spacecoyote

QUESTION OF THE MONTH

"What is your feeling when a month passes without playing any videogame?"

VIRTUAL BABE OF THE MONTH

The incontrovertible win goes to Maya Natsume , from anime "Tenjho Tenge"

VIRTUAL HOTTIE OF THE MONTH

Bunshichi Tawara, from the same anime mentioned above

SURPRISE OF THE MONTH

Yesterday was the first time I tried this game with my friends and I was really shocked how good and fun it is. You want to compete, cooperate, slap your friends, post stickers on their faces, do silly faces with your characters ...etc. And if you are not satisfied with the offline content you can simply go online and play any of the user created content which are very smart and clever. One of the stages we tried was a simple bowser castle where boswer was waiting for you at the end of the stage :shock:. Anyone who owns a PS3 and didn't try this game yet, seriously give it a try specially with your friends ;)

DISSAPOINTMENT OF THE MONTH

I didn't play any game at all :shock:


OVERALL BEST OF THE MONTH

Ga-Rei Zero Anime

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Just one last section before I end my monthly blog, I think you remember my post called MGLB "More Good Less Bad" I wrote at the end of 2008 about my new ideal in life which is doing more good stuff BUT unfortunately that didn't turn so well this month as I didn't achieve any of my January resolutions :shock:. Just to sum up my January progress here is a beautiful chart :lol:



You will notice that most of my time was spent on the internet and oraganizing my stuff on my PC and it is clearly that I didn't spend any time on good stuff such as reading, studying or excercising. I thought of applying some sort of a punishment system to keep me going :lol:, do you have any suggestions ;)
From now on I will add this new section that will be called MGLB :D

- Ali -

For the rest of the monthly blogs, please check out this link

Power to the people...

Do you remember my last blog about Internet censoring? After it has been written about in the local press the blockage has been lifted from my favorite site www.deviantart.com and here is a picture from there to celebrate the event ;)

The picture was drawn by *shimoda7

Strangely google translate is still blocked:shock: with no apparent reason, I hope this issue is addressed soon too.

At least for now I'm happy with unblocking the deviantart site :D

Take care

- Ali -

Internet censoring...

Check out this video which shows our government's latest ridiculous decisions.

link

The video simply shows two of the sites blocked by the new censoring system which is applied on all communication companies in the country. I think the video is not clear so I will clarify here.

The two sites shown in the video are

http://www.deviantart.com
http://www.google.com/translate

First of all I will explain why this system was applied. The real purpose of this censoring system is to block political sites that go against the government and to cover this the censoring system was used also to block porn, nude and any disrespectful sites.

deviantart.com is an art community site that artists share their work on and some even sell their's on. So what is the problem then, it contains artistic nude thus it has been totally blocked :shock:, remember the great paintings I've been posting for a while, those all from this site. The strange thing is why google translate is being blocked, I was totally shocked to see that, seriously WTF. I don't know if it is a mistake otherwise I don't see any possible reason to block this site.

Here is an online petition that has been signed by more than 800 individuals at the moment and I will post it here for you to keep it up.

I just hope none of you is facing such nonsense in his country, for god's sake we are living in the 21th century :shock:.

- Ali -

Passive gamer...

Passive smoking is the act of inhaling cigarette smoke by none smoking persons which is scientifically approved very harmful and can even cause more damage on non-smokers than somkers themselves but do the same concept apply on gaming:?

In my personal point of view I define passive gaming as the act of "inhaling" :lol: an amount of gaming without actually playing the game and that of course will be only by watching someone playing a videogame. I'm pretty sure most of you are active gamers but there has to be some moments where you've turned into a passive one.

As for me, I thought of this blog because that happens to me almost all the time because me and my brother live in the same room and most of our gaming activities are within this room, so whenever I play a videogame it is possible for him to be the passive gamer and vice-versa. As we know in case of passive smoking it is considered dangerous and has zero advantages but how about passive gaming?

healthwise, gaming will have the same effect on both and probably less effect on the passive gamer but what is more important is gaming wise, isn't it? Lets see about that, What are the advantages and disadvantages of passive gaming?

A: If you are passively playing a game you already finished before you will find it very fun watching and observing the person playing the game, for example in my case, these days I've been passively playing both "MGS4" and "GTA IV" which I already finished before. In case of MGS4 it was fun watching the cutscenes again and having a more understanding of the game's story and even discovering things that I haven't done on my playthrough. While in case of GTA IV I had the same fun of watching the hilarious cutscenes again and in addition I've been enjoying my brother's very different

playing method which is very violence and funny to watch.

D: On the other hand if you are watching a game you didn't play then you are going to be exposed to spoilers that will lessen the fun factor of playing that game later on which is happening to me right now while I'm writing this blog because my brother is playing ICO and I've seen some puzzle solutions. Even in some cases seeing a lot of that game might make you hesitant to play it later on.

A: A passive gamer that intends not to play the game you are playing can be a very good help and sometimes could be a better observer than you are. My friend for example plays Zack and Wiki with his passive friend gamer who helps him with the puzzles and enjoys it too.

D: There are games that you shouldn't play in front of your friends because they might take your full attention and won't entertain them at all and if you play them in front of your girlfriend they might disturb your relationship :lol:. I think first person shooters are the main culprit in this situation as they don't require anything from people watching you, but there might be some exceptions if the game made them laugh :D

There must be more advantages and disadvantages but those were the ones I thought of from my latest passive gaming experience. I will be happy to hear about yours in the comment section and what you think about it.

Finally just a cute picture

That is our cat passively gaming :lol::lol::lol:

Sayounara

- Ali -

Poll No.20 + Picture of the day...

Unfortunately not many people voted for the last poll but anyway here is the result

The question was "From these, what is the most you would choose?"

3 wanted to witness the big bang while 1 prefered the bermuda triangle

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Here is the next question "Do you download files using torrent clients?" and a link to Poll No.20 which I hope more people vote for this time :evil:

:lol: just kidding :D

Poll No.20 link

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And here is picture of the day as well, drawn by`SigurdHosenfeld

Have a good day

- Ali -

Monthly Blog (2008: Best of the Best Edition)...

It is been 6 months since I started blogging about my monthly activities after joing the monthly blog union and I enjoyed it a lot, I thought of adding my personal touch at the end of the year and posting a special edition blog post selecting the best of the best, and I mean by that selecting the best from all my monthly blogs. Hope you enjoy it ;)

iWatch:

just a side note: Nominees are the winners from each month during 2008

DVD movie of the year

Nominees:

- Memento.
- Street Kings.
- In Bruges.
- Fight Club.
- 4 Months 3 Weeks 2 Days.
- The Prestige.

WINNER: The Prestige

RUNNER UP: Fight Club

TV movie of the year

Nominees:

- School for Scoundrels.
- Family Man.
- The Mist.
- CJ7.

WINNER: The Mist

RUNNER UP: School for Scoundrels

Cinema movie of the year

Nominees:

- The Dark Knight.
- Tropic Thunder.
- Death Race.
- Bolt.

WINNER: The Dark Knight

RUNNER UP: Tropic Thunder

Blu-Ray movie of the year

Nominees:

- The Lookout.

WINNER: The Lookout

Anime movie of the year

Nominees:

- The Cat Returns.
- Naruto Movie 3.
- The Dog of Flanders.

WINNER: The Dog of Flanders

RUNNER UP: The Cat Returns

Anime series of the year

Nominees:

- Bleach 1 - 64.
- Kure-nai.
- Sekirei.

WINNER: Kure-nai

RUNNER UP: Bleach

Honorable Mention of the year

Nominees:

- WALL-E.
- Sword of the Stranger.
- Grave of the Fireflies.
- Persepolis.
- Leon the Professional.

WINNER: Leon the Professional

RUNNER UP: WALL-E

Overall iWatch of the year

WINNER: The Prestige.

RUNNER UP:
Leon the Professional
Kure-nai

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iPlay:

Game of the year

Nominees:

- Okami (Wii).
- Half Life (PC).
- Donkey Kong Country 2 (SNES).
- Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3).
- Final Fantasy XII (PS2).
- Zack and Wiki (Wii).

WINNER: Metal Gear Solid 4

RUNNER UP:
Final Fantasy XII
Okami

Virtual Item of the year

Nominees:

- Negotiator weapon (Rathcet and Clank Tools of Destruction).
- Drum Barrel (Metal Gear Solid 4).
- Nihopalaoa (Final Fantasy XII).
- Super Nova (Jak X: Combat Racing).

WINNER: Nihopalaoa (Final Fantasy XII)

RUNNER UP: Super Nova (Jak X: Combat Racing)

Hero of the year

Nominees:

WINNER: Solid Snake (Metal Gear Solid 4)

RUNNER UP: Balthier (Final Fantasy XII)

Villian of the year

Nominees:

WINNER: Vamp (Metal Gear Solid 4)

RUNNER UP: Doctor Cid (Final Fantasy XII)

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iBuy:

Acquisition of the year:

WINNER: Fishing Rod

RUNNER UP: Metal Gear Solid 4

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iRead:

Book of the year

Nominees:

- The Body in the Library (by Agatha Christie, Arabic edition).
- The Clocks (by Agatha Christie, Arabic edition).
- Sad Cypress (by Agatha Christie, Arabic edition).

WINNER: Sad Cypress

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iListen:

Song of the year

Nominees:

- Romantic City by T-SQUARE
- Escape!
- Bark at the Moon, Ozzy Osbourne
- Carry On Wayward Son, Kansas
-
Metal Gear Saga, MGS4

WINNER: Romantic City, T-SQUARE

RUNNER UP: Metal Gear Saga, MGS4

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iAward:

Image of the year

Virtual babe of the year

Nominees:

WINNER:


Fran, Final Fantasy XII

RUNNER UP:

Misubi, Anime series Sekirei

Virtual Hottie of the year

Nominees:

WINNER: Manny Calavera, Grim Fandango (Left Picture)

RUNNER UP: Balthie, Final Fantasy XII (Middle Picture)

Surprise of the year

Nominees:

- Gifts I recieved at my Birthday.
- World of Goo.
- Final Fantasy XII, second playtime.
- Fallout 3, secondhand.

WINNER: World of Goo

RUNNER UP: Gifts I recieved at my Birthday

Disapointement of the year

Nominees:

- End of summer vacation.
- Can't use my credit card to buy PSN games.
- Didn't buy Rock Band 2 yet.
- Last Remnant review.
- White Knight Chronicles's Famitsu's review.

WINNER: White Knight Chronicles's Famitsu's review

RUNNER UP: Can't use my credit card to buy PSN games

OVERALL BEST OF THE YEAR

Nominees:

- Okami.
- Final Fantasy XII.
- Metal Gear Solid 4.
- Bleach.
- Fishing using my new fishing rod.
- The Prestige.

WINNER: Metal Gear Solid 4

RUNNER UP: Fishing using my new fishing rod

I hope you enjoyed my special edition 2008 best of the best monthly blog, until next year :D

- Ali -

Monthly Blog (December Edition)...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all. I wish you all had a great 2008 year as I did as it was filled with a collection of great games that almost matched the greatness of 2007. I hope 2009 becomes as great as those and that gaming industry continues growing to the better. We already know some of the highly anticipated games of 2009 such as Resident Evil 5, maybe Final Fantasy XIII, Killzone 2, inFamous and some more but I hope some developers stun us with some surprise releases and hope the mighty Nintendo come up with a better lineup for this year. Enough talking and lets get started with my December monthly blog.

First of all, if you became acquainted with my monthly blog you'd know by now that I always start with an image. Although I'm not christian and we don't celebrate Christmas, I believe most of you do, so here is a lovely picture taken by ~lilhyperbabe
for a very cute baby celebrating Christmas in his own way :)

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Here is my latest member card

iWatch:

I watched lots of movies during December and this month witnessed my first Blu-ray victim :lol:, it is my first time watching a Blu-ray movie on my PS3 since there are very few video shops renting Blu-ray movies, so I will add a new section for Blu-ray movies, thought it would look kinda cooler :lol:

Cinema:
- Bolt.
Score: 8
- 007 Quantom of Solace
Score: 6

TV:
- CJ7 (Chinese Movie)
Score: 6

DVDs:
- The Visitor.
Score: 8
- Seabiscuit.
Score: 8
- Kong Fu Panda.
Score: 8
- The Prestige (2nd time).
Score: 9
- Man on Fire.
Score: 8
- Leon the Professional.
Score: 9
-The X Files: I Want to Believe.
Score: 7
- Burn After Reading.
Score: 7
- WAR.
Score: 6

Anime (Movies):
- None

Blu-Ray:

- Underworld.
Score: 7
- Shinobi (Japanese Movie)
Score: 6
- The Lookout.
Score: 7

Anime (Series):
- Naruto Shippuuden (75-89).
- Kino's Journey (4-8).

both unfinished.

AND THE AWARDS GO TO

DVD movie of the month


The Prestige
Score: 9


TV movie of the month

CJ7
Score: 6

Cinema movie of the month

Blot
Score: 8

Blu-Ray movie of the month

The Lookout
Score: 7


Overall movie of the month


The Prestige

Overall iWatch of the month

The Prestige

Honorable Mention

Leon the Professional
Score: 9

A fantastic movie with an outsanding performace by Natalie Portmanat the age of 13

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iPlay:

Trophies:
First here is my PS3 trophy card

No change this month too :(

Playing:
- Odin Sphere (PS2).

Completed:
- Final Fantasy XII (PS2, Score: 10)
- Zack and Wiki (Wii, Score: 8.5)
- Me and My Katamari (PSP, Score: 7)
- Jak X: Combat Racing (PS2, Score: 8.5)

AND THE AWARD GOES TO

GAME OF THE MONTH

Zack and Wiki
Since I already chose FFXII as last month's winner I wanted to choose somthing else this time.

VIRTUAL ITEM OF THE MONTH

Super Nova
Jak X: Combat Racing

The best weapon you get that destroys all the other racers and delays them 3 seconds :D


HERO OF THE MONTH

Reddas, from FFXII

Who ever played FFXII will know why I've selected him ;)

VILLIAN OF THE MONTH

Doctor Cid, from FFXII

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iBuy:

I'm so lucky I found those second hand PS3 games for a very good price and in an excellent condition.

Acquisitions:

- The Darkness (PS3)
- Lost Planet (PS3)
- Fallout 3 (PS3)
- Turok (PS3)

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iRead:

None

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iListen:

I reviewed three game albums this month which are:

- Metal Gear Solid 4 Original Soundtrack. (Score: B-)
- Final Fantasy XII Original Soundtrack. (Score: B-)
- Me and My Katamari Original Soundtrack. (Score: B-)

Album of the Month

Me and My Katamari Original Soundtrack

SONG OF THE MONTH

NOMINEES

Metal Gear Saga, MGS4
Appassionate, Allegro Moderato, Me and My Katamari
Kiss Me Good-Bye , FFXII

The Winner is

The three of them are very great music pieces, the best in their albums but I have to select a winner which is

Metal Gear Saga, MGS4

Runner up: Kiss me Good-Bye

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iAward:

This section will have all the remaining awards from the union if applicable

IMAGE OF THE MONTH

This is the only one I posted during December, drawing by Artgerm

QUESTION OF THE MONTH

"What is the most thing you are looking for in 2009?"

VIRTUAL BABE OF THE MONTH

Velvet , from videogame "Odin Sphere"

VIRTUAL HOTTIE OF THE MONTH

Daxter, from videogame "Jak X: Combat Racing"

SURPRISE OF THE MONTH

"Fallout 3" Didn't excpect to find a second hand copy after 2 months from its release

DISSAPOINTMENT OF THE MONTH

007 Quantom of Solace

Update:
I have to add that I was also shocked because of White Knight Chronicles's Famitsu's review

OVERALL BEST OF THE MONTH

The Prestige

Stay tuned for my coming blog post titled "Monthly Blog Special Edition"

Wish you a Happy New Year

- Ali -

For the rest of the monthly blogs, please check out this link