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Anyone I Know Still Here?

Well hello there folks. Its been exactly 3 years since my last blog entry and i'm wondering if any of you still remember me :P

Anyways, what with passing high school and then college life, gaming and game foruming in particular took the back seat. No, this is not an announcement of my return or anything like that. I do not intend to be an active member of the forum anytime soon.

What i do want to do is reconnect with a few people i'd gotten to know a bit. So if you are someone with whom i used to chat and interact on this site, here is my facebook profile

I do not remember all your names so incase you add me, put in your gamespot name as well.

- Mayank Nayar

Profile Changes

I've made some changes to my profile.

I put up the bozshots of stuff i've reviewed so far. Click on some of them ;)

Also edited out the garb i'd written earlier in the About Me section and it looks somewhat better now.

Yeah the profile is looking a bit cluttered but it'll have to do for now i suppose. I'm thinking of editing it more so it looks cleaner but it'll have to wait a bit. 

Trailer Impressions (Order of the Phoenix)

The new international trailer for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is out. I posted it in my last blog but i'll post it here again for your convenience


Here's what i feel. I'll make it short so as not to bore you:P

[spoiler] Well firstly it looks good. Better than Goblet of Fire anyway which, in my opinion, was just short of a fiasco. I like the way they've shown the Thestral scene and the one where the Weasley twins are causing mayhem. Dolores Umbridge is looking good though i imagined her as being fatter:P. I couldn't see Kreacher (i might have missed it accidentally though :P) which is sorta depressing since i was looking forward to seeing him. But they didn't show Winky or Dobby in Goblet so they might not show Kreacher. Dunno how they'll twist his scene though :P. Michael Gambon might finally come good in his role particularly the final showdown at the end. I haven't liked Gambon's portrayal of Dumbledore thus far but it may soon change, as far as I hope anyway. And the movie is looking a bit brighter than Goblet which, again in my opinion, was much darker than required. There'll be a massive amount of editing of the original story since Phoenix is the longest book in the series but i'm hoping they don't cut it beyond repair :P. That's about it for now. Hope u enjoyed this Rant :P:P:P and some more :P [/spoiler]

Latest international Tralier for Order of the Phoenix

Here's the Latest international Tralier for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


Released a few hours ago :P. No decent links available yet so it was a bit difficult to get :P. This is the best quality available as of now. I'll be keeping an eye out for any updates. 

So I saw Night at the Museum

Well the movie was fun.

A silly idea about Museum stuff coming alive at night :P. But good performances from the cast and some great editing make this movie quite entertaining. I was a bit skeptical about it at first but am now glad i watched it :D

I'm becoming a Ben Stiller fan now :P

Have u seen it? Thoughts?

Something other than TV and Video Games blamed for Violence!!

Yes! The incredibly long blog title is true! In a move that took most people by surprise, something other than violence on television and in video games was blamed for the sharp rise in violence among the youth. Studies show that Testosterone, the cornerstone of every mammal and reptile on this planet, is to blame. In-depth studies conducted by the University of Give-Me-A-Break reveal that the Taliban, Al-Qaida and LTTE never played Doom. Upon further investigation, historical studies have shown that even Attila the Hun and Genghis Khan never played violent video games during their childhood. Rumors about a supposed link-up between Genghis and Rockstar 2500 B.C. have been debunked. The research papers end with the footnote: "There's so much comedy on you see people engaging in comedy on the streets??" Oh for crying out loud, enough with the blame-game!

What's wrong with sequels?

Here's something you'd have heard far too many times by now regarding film sequels - "They're never as good as the original. The producers/developers are just cashing in on previously earned credibility"

Game sequels fortunately don't follow the rule of film sequels (though there are some notorious exceptions to this rule :P ). For the most part, they're better than the original game because the developer has learned what works, what doesn't and what needs to be improved to turn a successful game into a franchise. Game sequels are often bigger, improved versions of the original game, rather than continuations or progressions.

Although there's nothing wrong with including "more of the same", sometimes developers just don't tae sequels to their full potential, much to the disappointment of fans. Film sequels seem to be the exact opposite: more often than not they fail to meet expectations. At least we can look forward to playing some of our favorite characters, or discover new twists and turns, or better gameplay.

Admittedly, sequels in any narrative medium are hard to pull off, as their creators wrestle with the task pleasing fans and at the same time trying something new. How much of the original work should carry over into the sequel? How do you satisfy your fans, yet, at the same time, attract new audience? Sequels get a bad rap from most quarters. People still moan and groan about the industry's lack of motivation and innovation and how they stick to the same tried and tested formula. And you have to admit the 15th RTS of the year can be a bit tiring even for the most hardcore gamers.

Impressions games is famous for its city building clones. If you've played Caesar, Pharaoh, Cleopatra, Zeus, Poseidon, all of them use the same graphics engine and are minor modifications of the original Caesar game.

There is no reason to complain about repetition form non-linear sequels. Sometimes the title is enough for you've come to trust it over the years. Final Fantasy starts with new character and a new story, and the only thing that stays same is the gameplay. The Quake series on the other hand didn't have anything much in common apart from the strong multiplayer mode.

Of course, only successful games have sequels. But, there are many classic games that have received critical appeal but somehow fail to impress on the store shelves. These are games that influence us all, wind up on the cover of magazines and game sites, but elude the interest of the general public. Sin, for example was a game that had it all; hype, promise and even the media backing it, but was forgotten and its competitor Half-life remains even today among the top-grossers.

People who complain about lack of innovation in games fail to understand that innovation doesn't always pay. To start a new game from scratch, develop it for several years; only to risk rejection, is pretty dangerous. Which is why most of the game developers make one huge effort, and then consolidate their position with sequels.

For all the whining and complaining, the vast majority of gamers don't actually buy that many original titles. They look for familiarity and treasure it. New gameplay mechanics can frustrate the hardcore factions. When factors lie the speed of a rocket launcher can be the cause of endless debate, too many changes can lead to a change in loyalties. Which is why sport franchises lie FIFA, NBA Live, and Madden cash in on the franchise with new updates every year. They offer nothing but cosmetic changes, updated rosters and minor tweaking in gameplay.

At the end of the day, while one may look for a new gaming experience, it's the promise of familiarity which draws the larger crowd. Though originality is sacrificed, the first innovation is pretty much enough to take the franchise forward. And you have to admit that over the years the gaming industry has seen some fantastic sequels. The Grand Theft Auto series is living proof of this fact. Just goes to show, sequels aren't all that bad ;)

Minnows Can Bite!!

Minnows Can Bite!!

Nope i'm not talking about the small fish which some of you might've used as bait. Im talking about sporting minnows, teams that are considered the new kids on the block, teams which are supposedly easy pickings for the more *ahem* "professional" teams. In particular i'm talking about the on-going cricket World Cup in the Carribean.

Ricky Ponting, Captain of the Australian cricket team, along with many others have said a lot against the inclusion of these minnows in the world cup. According to him, such teams don't know what they're doing and playing against them is more or less a waste of time. Well, I beg to differ.

Those that've been following the present World Cup would know that these so-called minnows have been performing exceptionally well. Ireland, first-timers at the world cup managed a tie against Zimbabwe, a team much more experienced than themselves (though at present themselves minnows) and just the other day beat Pakistan. Now Pakistan isn't your run-of-the-mill team. They were world champions in 1992 ans runners-up in 1999. Now thanks to Ireland they're almost on their way home. Another minnow team, Bangladesh, beat India by 5 wickets the other day to shock everyone, including themselves.

As an Indian, im hiding my face of shame, but as an unbiased fan of the great sport, i'm full of applause for these teams. What Ponting should understand is that everyone was a minnow once and just because his team is on top doesn't mean he can write off anyone just like that. The efforts of the ICC, the world-body of the sport, are really commendable. It is indeed great for the game that these teams are being given a chance to perform at the highest level of the game. What is needed more on part of the ICC is further encouragement and resources to develop cricket in such countries.

And well who knows, one of the minnows might actually win the Cup. How's that Mr.Ponting ?

Life in the middle ages.

>>Life  in the middle ages.
>>>The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water
>>>temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be
>>>Here are some facts about the 1500's:
>>>Most people got married in June, because they took their yearly bath in
>>>May and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to
>>>smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor.
>>>Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.
>>>Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house
>>>had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and
>>>men, then the women and finally the children! Last of all the babies. By
>>>then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence
>>>the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."
>>>Houses had thatched roofs, thick straw piled high, with no wood
>>>underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the
>>>cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it
>>>rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall
>>>off the roof. Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."
>>>There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed
>>>a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess
>>>up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over
>>>the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into
>>>The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence
>>>the saying "dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get
>>>slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on the
>>>floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more
>>>thresh until when you opened the door it would all start slipping
>>>outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway. Hence the saying
>>>a "thresh hold."
>>>(Getting quite an education, aren't you?)
>>>In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that
>>>always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things
>>>to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They
>>>would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold
>>>overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it
>>>that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme, "Peas porridge
>>>hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old."
>>>Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special.
>>>When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It
>>>was a sign of wealth that a man could "bring home the bacon." They would
>>>cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and "chew
>>>the fat."
>>>Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content
>>>caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning
>>>death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years
>>>or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.
>>>Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of
>>>the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or "upper
>>>Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would
>>>sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking
>>>along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They
>>>were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family
>>>would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake
>>>up. Hence the custom of holding a "wake."
>>>England is old and small and the local folks started running out of
>>>places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the
>>>bones to a "bone-house" and reuse the grave. When reopening these
>>>coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the
>>>inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they
>>>would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin
>>>and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit
>>>out in the graveyard all night (the "graveyard shift") to listen for the
>>>bell; thus, someone could be "saved by the bell" or was considered a
>>>"dead ringer."
>>>And that's the truth... Now, whoever said that History was boring!!!
>>>Educate someone...Share these facts with a friend

P.S. - The above info was sent to me by a friend. If there's anything wrong then plz feel free to correct me.

Where's all the money going????

I was out the other day browing through some shops with my friends. I saw this MP3 player by Creative which I liked. So i thought  - lets check whther the wallet can support this buy. And voila the answer was a big big (and may I add BIG) no. Was sorta like a cartoon scene - when the guy opens his wallet only to see a fly buzzing out of it :P

So I thought to myself -  Where's all the money going???
The answer pretty simple - GAMES

This is what i bought during the past week

Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
Elder Scrolls III: Tribunal
Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon
Zeus : Master of Olympus
Poseidon : Master of Atlantis
SimCIty4 Deluxe Edition

Nice huh?

I also realised I now own pretty much every Elder Scrolls game for the PC. My collection stands thus:

Elder Scrolls I : Arena
Elder Scrolls II : Daggerfall
Elder Scrolls Adventures : Redguard
Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
Elder Scrolls III: Tribunal
Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon
Elder Scrolls IV : Oblivion
Elder Scrolls IV : Knights of the Nine

Here's the sad part. I haven't played the first three well enough and there's very little chance i'm gonna play them anytime soon. The next three are being played but due to acute shortage of time, won't get completed anytime soon. The last two i can't even run now. Die to some technical snag with my video card i've had to remove it :cry:

In the same manner I have dozens of games that i haven't played properly but i still keep geting new ones byt the dozen.

So I ask you -
Is it better to have a shelf full of games that you don't play or a wallet full of money?

I've been preferring the former for a damn many months now and it doesn't look i'm gonna stop :P

P.S. I tried putting up boxshots. GS kept giving me a tag attribute error :P