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M ... L ... and ... G ... B

Hello everyone, Marry Christmas to whoever celebrates it and happy new year to all, wishing you a happy and prosperous 2009 year ;)

Well, you must be wondering about this weird coded title, Mario and Luigi, or God's blessing. :lol: none of that actually, lets see what are they

M: More
L: Less
G: Good
B: Bad

But still that is not understandable, is it? Before I start explaining let me show you something first. I don't know if any one of you reads joystiq.com, this is a link to an intreview they had with a guy named Matthew Shafeek but what is so special about him? It is a long article so I will explain briefly. He is a gamer just like us and he is 29 years old, he suddenly decided to stop gaming for a whole year :shock:, that would be a difficult task for us gamers right :lol:, anyway, the guy realized how much gaming is taking from his time and decided to take a break and do other stuff. I really appreciate what he is doing and agree with him, and since I'm his age I kind of felt the same thing but honestly I can't stop gaming for a whole year :lol:.

A new year feels always like a new start and that is what I'm planning to do, so I'm not gonna stop gaming but I will organize my time and put a set of goals that will try to achieve on the long run then after a while I will compare what I've done now with what has been done before. So now back to my little codes which if summed together will give the following MGLB which will be my ideal from now on. I think the idea is clear now "More Good, Less Bad".

What I've been doing almost my whole life was mostly MBLG but I have to change that to MGLB. Why now? Well, since I started blogging on gamespot and specially when I started writing monthly blogs 6 months ago starting with July I kept some kind of log recording what I've been doing monthly and that gave me a wider look over the progress of each month. It is excatly like when you have a daily record of your spendings and when you print a report of a half year spendings you see the full picture. In my situation that article was the trigger that opened my eyes at the whole situation and ever since I've read it I decided I have to do something about my life.

I decided to blog about it so that this can keep me encouraged to continue with my new ideal and I will try to keep an up to date progress of my future goals to keep you updated too. It is like I'm going to be a science project obsereved by you ;) and maybe that will teeny tiny inspire you too :P

Anyway, I made a summary of my previous 6 months activities which I will devide to GOOD and BAD:

- Watched 60 movies plus 12 anime movies which I believe is a (GOOD) thing cause I think movies are a better way to spend your free time but if it exceedes your free time then will turn to bad.

- Played 18 games in six months, hmmmm, I think that kinda (BAD) cause they were taking most of my time, so that number should be reduced.

- Completed 2 anime serieses which is (BAD) considering they are only 24 episodes which can be easily completed during a month if you watched daily a single 25 minutes episode.

-Watched 0 Serieses which is also (BAD) because there are a lot of great serieses to enjoy such as LOST, Prison Break, Desperate Housewives and many more.

- Read 3 books only :shock:, I think reading is one of the most important things to do as it refreshes the mind and keeps it away from rusting so that is very (BAD) as I think I should read one book a month at least.

- Gained around 3 kilos, very (BAD) as I'm already overweight and I should be losing instead of gaining.That was caused by eating too much junk food (BAD), eating chocolate almost daily (BAD), no exercises (BAD).

- I have a good drawing and playing piano talents but I'm not practising at all. 0 paintings during the last six months (BAD) and 0 music pieces learnt (BAD).

You can see now how BAD the situation is, so to turn it back to GOOD I have to take a step by step solution and one of the very first steps will be reducing my daily playing time which should not exceed 1 hour during working days and 2 hours during weekends.

I will set the following goals for the month of January and will let you know at the end of it how much has been achieved. So here is a set of January goals:

- Read and finish at least one book.
- Complete a videogame.
- Draw at least one painting.
- Learn at least one piano piece.
- Lose at least one Kilo (2 pounds).

I hope to be an inspiration to those who feel the same as I do. From now on any blog posts related to this subject will be titled as MGLB.

Enjoy your new year party.

- Ali -

Poll No.19 + Picture of the day...

It has been a while since my last poll so her are the results of the previous one plus the new poll no.19

Lets first start with the results but before that let me remind you of the previous one "A game you want was released on all consoles, Which version do you buy?"

here is a picture of the results

PS3 and X360 tied with 6 votes each while PC got 1 and Wii 0 votes.

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Here is a link to today's Poll No.19

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Picture of the day by`Artgerm

Have a good day

- Ali -

Monthly Blog (November Edition)...

Unlike October, this month has the minimum activities maybe due to the very large game I'm currently playing which is taking most of my time. Before I start November's blog here is a gift for thanksgiving, a picture contributed by ~MicaSilverwind

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Here is my latest member card

iWatch:

Cinema:
None

TV:
None

DVDs:
- You Don't Mess with the Zohan.
Score: 5
- The Incredible Hulk.
Score: 7
- 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days.
Score: 7
- The Italian Job.
Score: 7

Anime (Movies):
- None

Anime (Series):
- Sekirei (Completed).
Score: 7

AND THE AWARDS GO TO

DVD movie of the month & overall movie of the month


4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Score: 7

ANIME OF THE MONTH

Sekirei

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iPlay:

Trophies:
First here is my PS3 trophy card (Same as last month)

Playing:
- Final Fantasy XII (PS2).
This is my second playtime.

Completed:
- Wipeout Pure (PSP, Score: 8)
- Shinobi III (SEGA Genesis, Score: 8)
- Metal Slug Anthology (PSP, Score: 8)

AND THE AWARD GOES TO

GAME OF THE MONTH

Final Fantasy XII

VIRTUAL ITEM OF THE MONTH

Nihopalaoa
from Final Fantasy XII
This is just a picture I found from the internet, the accessory from the game does not have this shape. Why this? Because combining the Nihopalaoa with Remedy is very devastating. This accessory actually inverts the use of items, for example potion will damage instead of heal and in case you use Remedy you are going to inflict all applicable status effects on the enemy :shock: :shock: :shock:

HERO OF THE MONTH

Balthier, from FF XII

VILLIAN OF THE MONTH

Vayne Solidor, from FF XII

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iBuy:

2 games this month only :(

Acquisitions:

- Resistance: Fall of Man (PS3)
- Warhawk (PS3)

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iRead:

None

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iListen:

I reviewed only one album this month:

- Guitar Hero II OST. (Score: B)
I wanted to give it a better rating but this is the review of the whole package but I have to say that the second Guitar Hero has some of the best songs.

SONG OF THE MONTH

NOMINEES

(from Guitar Hero II OST)

Carry On Wayward Son, Kansas
Jessica, Allman Brothers
John The Fisherman, Primus
Crazy on You, Heart
Killing In The Name, RATM
YYZ, Rush
Misirlou, Dick Dale & The Del Tones
Free Bird, Lynyrd Skynyrd
Gemini
Jordan, Buckethead

The Winner is

This has bas been a very tough decision since all are great but there has to be a single winner :D and here it is

Carry On Wayward Son, Kansas

Runner up(s):

YYZ, Rush
John The Fisherman, Primus

Of course you all have different tastes so don't hesitate to share your opinions ;)

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iAward:

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

IMAGE OF THE MONTH

REMOVED DUE TO CONTENT-MOD

QUESTION OF THE MONTH

"Who is your favorite babe from the above picture :P"

VIRTUAL BABE OF THE MONTH

Fran, from Final Fantasy XII

VIRTUAL HOTTIE OF THE MONTH

Balthier, from videogame "Final Fantasy XII"

SURPRISE OF THE MONTH

I didn't expect to love Final Fantasy XII that much on second playthrough and spending most of my time playing it.

DISSAPOINTMENT OF THE MONTH

"The Last Remnant" I didn't expect it to get such a low review especially when I saw its Famitsu review of 38 points out of 40

OVERALL BEST OF THE MONTH

Final Fantasy XII is a great game that I've spent a month playing it and still going


Hopefully next month will have more things when I finish Final Fantasy XII soon, have a good day ;)

- Ali -

Poll No.18 + Picture of the day...

Sorry for this long delay to post last poll's results and the new poll no.18

first lets have a look at poll no.17 results which was "Do you believe in heaven and hell?"

most seem to believe in heaven and hell although there was one comment stating why not believe in heaven only. Well, I find it more convenient to put them together as all religions mentioned them both.

Anyway, for Poll no.18 here is the link to it.

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As for picture of the day, this time it is not about how good it is but about how funny it is :lol:. The picture was drawn by by deviantArt member SigurdHosenfeld

Enjoy ;)

Regards,

- Ali -

 

Monthly Blog (October Edition)...

The month of October has been a very busy month to me game wise and movie wise so lets take a look at it but before I start just let me say that I'm not christian so I don't celebrate Halloween so you won't see anything Halloween related in my blog but to those who do celebrate I would like to say Happy Halloween :) and would like to dedicate this picture to them ;)

Picture drawn by *eltonpot

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Here is my latest member card

iWatch:

This section will have everything I watched in this month from movies to anime and serieses

Cinema:
- Death Race.
Score: 7

TV:
- Morgan Ahmed Morgan (Arabic Movie)
Score: 6
- The Mist.
Score: 8
- Dan in Real Life.
Score: 7
- The 40 Year Old Virigin.
Score: 7
- A Goofy Movie.
Score: 6

DVDs:
- Persepolis.
Score: 8
- Semi-Pro.
Score: 5
- Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
Score: 6
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Score: 4
- The Usual Suspects.
Score: 8
- L.A Confidential.
Score: 8
- Fight Club.
Score: 9
- Get Smart.
Score: 6

Anime (Movies):
- None :shock:

Anime (Series):
- Sekirei (Unfinished).

AND THE AWARDS GO TO

DVD movie of the month


Fight Club
Score: 9


TV movie of the month

The Mist
Score: 8

Cinema movie of the month

Death Race
Score: 7


Overall movie of the month


FIGHT CLUB

Overall iWatch of the month

FIGHT CLUB

Honorable Mention

Persepolis
Score: 8

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iPlay:

This section includes everything about games.

A new addition to this section is the trophy section, I finally got some games with trophies :D

Trophies:
First here is my PS3 trophy card

and here is a list of the trophies I obtained during the month of October which are all from Super stardust HD (PS3).

Playing:
- Metal Slug Anthology (PSP).

Completed:
- Yoshi's Island DS (NDS, Score: 8)
- Super Stardust HD (PS3, Score: 8)
- Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3, Score: 10)
- World of Goo (Wii, Score: 9)
- Grim Fandango (PC, Score: 9.5)

AND THE AWARD GOES TO

GAME OF THE MONTH

Metal Gear Solid 4

VIRTUAL ITEM OF THE MONTH

Drum Barrel :lol:
from Metal Gear Solid 4

PLAYSTATION 3 TROPHY OF THE MONTH

Nothing really difficult but maybe this one is a little
Well Prepared (Silver Trophy)

HERO OF THE MONTH

Solid Snake, from MGS4

VILLIAN OF THE MONTH

Vamp, from MGS4

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iBuy:

This section will have all things I purchased from games to everything else.

This month was all about eStore, all my games were purchased from PSN and Wii shop. Finally I was able to buy from PSN thanks to a guy who sells PSN cards to dudes outside the US like me :D, anyway here are the games:

Acquisitions:

- Super Stardust HD (PS3)
- World of Goo (Wii)
- Pixel Junk Eden (PS3)

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iRead:

None :shock:

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iListen:

I reviewed two albums this month only which are:

- Hope, Artist: Jim Brickman. (Score: B+)
- Guitar Hero Original Soundtrack, various artists. (Score: B)

SONG OF THE MONTH

NOMINEES

(from Hope)

Reflection

(from Guitar Hero)

More than a Feeling, Boston
Higher Ground, Red Hot Chili Peppers
Bark at the Moon, Ozzy Osbourne
Frankenstein, Edgar Winter Group

The Winner is

Bark at the Moon, Ozzy Osbourne

Runner up: Reflection

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iAward:

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

IMAGE OF THE MONTH

Since so many loved this picture I thought of posting it as picture of the month, it is a drawing by ~sokolova-katarina

QUESTION OF THE MONTH

"October witnessed the release of many great games, what was your favorite?"

VIRTUAL BABE OF THE MONTH

Misub, from anime series "Sekirei"

VIRTUAL HOTTIE OF THE MONTH

Manny Calavera, from videogame "Grim Fandango"

SURPRISE OF THE MONTH

"World of Goo" was a real surprise to me and didn't expect to be that good :shock:

DISSAPOINTMENT OF THE MONTH

Didn't buy Rock Band 2 nor Guitar Hero World Tour yet :cry:

OVERALL BEST OF THE MONTH

That is an easy one :D, playing


Hope you guys had a good month too, see you soon hopefully before the next monthly blog ;)

- Ali -

Poll No.17 + Picture of the day...

Hi everyone, I hope you all doing well and have the minimum tooth fillings :P :lol:

That was my question of the last poll, the number of tooth fillings you have :lol:, so here is the result

Well, the most answers were none and 2 to 4 and that would be the regular person who checks and takes good care of his teeth on the other hand there is one answer for 5 to 7 which is acceptable but more than 10 :shock: seriously what are you doing :lol: and guess what, that person was me :P :lol:

Here is today's poll which is religion related, here is the link

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I'm happy all of you loved the last picture and I hope you love today's picture by deviantArt member ~qianyu

Have a good day

- Ali -

Poll No.16 + Picture of the day...

Well, last poll's results were a little distributed between the various options and here is a pitcture of the results.

Today I felt some teeth pain so today's poll is "Do you have a tooth filling?" :lol: and here is a link to the poll

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Here is picture of the day by deviantArt member *sokolova-katarina

Hope you like it

Regards,

- Ali -

Poll No.15 + Picture of the day...

Lets first see the results of the previous poll no.14 "Have you ever cried because of a movie, series, anime or a video game?"

unfortunately there were not enough votes, maybe the question was a little embarrassing :P but I think 9 votes is better than nothing ;)

here is a picture of the results

Well, there are emotional people just like me:oops: :lol:

Anyway, about todays poll. First, here is the poll's question "What is your Internet connection speed?", why this question? Well, it is because of our stupid Internet provider. In our country each internet user is given quota on the internet usage:shock:, let me give you an exmple, my connection speed is 1 Mbps and I have a usage limit of 15 Gb including download and upload, that means if I downloaded data equivalent to 15 Gb then I have to pay extra if I want to stay at the same speed but I really don't want to pay more because this subscription is already expensive, it is 105$ per month and for any additional 1 Gb I have to pay 26$ more. To avoid this payment the ISP reduces your speed to 256 Kbps which really sucks, imagine from 1 Mbps to 256 Kbps. While the other countries are advancing and providing movie rentals through the internet which requires at least 3 to 4 Gb a movie, on the other hand our ISP is degrading by providing these humiliating offers. Right now we are suffering the **** speed after reaching the limit until they replenish the quota on the 19th.

So I wanted to share this with you and inquire about your internet connection too.

Here is a link to Poll No.15, and thanks for voting ;)

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Aside from that, here is picture of the day by deviantArt member ~Nadou, enjoy ;)

Regards,

- Ali -

Monthly Blog (September edition)...

September is my birthday month and it has been a great month thanks to my family and good friends :D

With no further delay lets start my great september blog

First here is my humble member card :D, great idea by the way, thanks to all who made it happen ;)

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There are some new amendments to my blog sections that I will explain in each

iWatch:

This section will have everything I watched in this month from movies to anime and serieses

Cinema:
- :shock: OMG none at all this month :cry:

TV:
- :shock: none here also :lol:

DVDs:
- Mr. Woodcock.
- Charlie Bartlett.
- Rendition.
- Juno.
- In Bruges.
- Hustle & Flow.
- Meet Bill.

Anime (Movies):
- A Spirit of the Sun.
- The Dog of Flanders.
- Fake.
- Grave of the Fireflies.
- Millennium Actress.

Anime (Series):
- Kure-nai (Completed)
- Golden Boy (Completed)
- Bleach (unfinished)
- Kino's Journey (unfinished).

AND THE AWARDS GO TO

DVD movie of the month


In Bruges
Score: 7


Anime movie of the month

The Dog of Flanders (1997)
Score: 9

Anime series of the month

Kure-nai
Score: 9


Overall movie of the month


The Dog of Flanders

Overall iWatch of the month

Kure-nai

Honorable Mention

Grave of the Fireflies
Score: 8

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iPlay:

This section includes everything about games, only changed its name to iPlay.

Playing:
- Yoshi's Island DS (NSD)
- Tales of the Abyss (PS2)

Completed:
- Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction (PS3, Score: 8.5)
- Donkey Kong Country 2 (SNES, Score: 9)

AND THE AWARD GOES TO

GAME OF THE MONTH

Donkey Kong Country 2

VIRTUAL ITEM OF THE MONTH

Negotiator weapon
from Ratchet and Clank Tools of Destruction

HERO OF THE MONTH

Clank

VILLIAN OF THE MONTH

K K.Rool from Donkey Kong

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iBuy:

This section will have all things I purchased from games to everything else.

As 14th of September was my birthday I received so many gifts from my family and my best friend so first I will list the things I received as gifts

- Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3)
- PES 2008 (Wii)
- Boom Blox (Wii)
- Godfather (Wii)
- Super Metroid (Virutal Console, SNES)
- Super Mario RPG (Virtual Console, SNES)
- Donkey Kong Country 2 (Virtual Console, SNES)
- 2000 wii points


Thanks to my friend Ahmed {-eternalcube- in gamespot} for his lovely gifts ;)

As for the gifts I received from my family, here is a picture that sums them up

- Two bags of perfumes and after shaves.
- A FISHING ROD :D
- 20 B.D (money) in my currency.

Other than those there are some purchases I made myself this month and that comes in the acquisitions section

Acquisitions:

- Devil May Cry 4 (PS3)
- Folklore (PS3)
- Burnout Paradise (PS3)
- Heavenly Sword (PS3)
- Ninja Gaiden Sigma (PS3)
- 2000 wii points
- Sad Cypress, by Agatha Christie (Arabic edition)

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iRead:

I only read the story I mentioned above (Sad Cypress)
Score: 4/5

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iListen:

I only listened to one album this month which is "Lost Odyssey OST"

SONG OF THE MONTH

Nominees (from Lost Odyssey)

Escape!
Howl of the Departed
What You Are (Vocal Version)

The Winner is

Escape!

Runner up: What You Are

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iAward:

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

IMAGE OF THE MONTH

QUESTION OF THE MONTH

"What is your favorite Wii De Asobu Selection game"

VIRTUAL BABE OF THE MONTH

I don't remember her name but she was a character from anime "Golden Boy"

SURPRISE OF THE MONTH

The so many gifts I received from my family and friend

DISSAPOINTMENT OF THE MONTH

I can't use my credit card to buy games from PSN :cry:

OVERALL BEST OF THE MONTH

Fishing with my new fishing rod :D

Sorry for this long blog and thanks for reading it ;)

- Ali -

PS: I spent 2 hours to post this blog:evil: because of a stupid error

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Poll No.14 + Picture of the day...

Here is the result of the last poll no.13 "What is the safest? Traveling by..."

Foot was the dominant as expected but there are other 2 other answers submited by users which are actually interesting :lol:

by weel chair and
by teleportation

anyway, here is a link to the new poll no.14

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As for picture of the day, here is the lovely Aerith from Final Fantasy VII by deviantArt member *norli

for a large version click on the picture.

have a nice day

- Ali -