Humble Bundle – Pay what you want for awesome games and help charity.

It’s all in the title – Choose the price you want to pay and get the Humble Indie Bundle pack which includes the following: Gratuitous Space Battles, Cave Story+ (very good), Jamestown, Bit.Trip Runner, Super Meat Boy (challenging as hell), Shank, and Nightsky HD. Meet the average price (which is currently a measly $5.28) and get an additional five games (which includes VVVVVV) on top of that!

As much as this seems like advertising, it definitely isn’t. I believe in a good cause and being appreciative of hard work (especially when it comes to Indie gaming).

Support the Child’s Play Charity. I have and always will be in full support for the Child’s Play Charity (which has nothing to do with that movie with Chucky the doll). CP is a game industry charity dedicated to improving the lives of children with toys and games in our network of over 70 hospitals worldwide which includes purchasing new consoles, peripherals, games, and more for hospitals and therapy facilities. Yes, I’m part of the major population that isn’t a dumb fool who thinks gaming causes mass murderers.

Support the Indie gaming industry. I think it’s brilliant and extremely gutsy what these Indie developers have done to let you buy their bundle of games for whatever you feel like paying. These games are immensely addictive and I hope you’ll all pick up a bundle and give it a shot.

How much? That’s completely up to you. Unless you’re going to be throwing in $165 (the estimated cost of all these games), you’re getting discounted, high-quality games. On top of that, you’ll definitely meet the average and get the five bonus games.

So this Christmas, do a good deed and have a great time with these casual games while you’re at it!

Why do we feel the Christmasy butterflies?

Christmas is just around the corner, everyone! I’ve always been excited about Christmas: setting up the tree, shopping and wrapping the presents, and having the family feast. You know all those corny mentions in media about having that merry ol’ feeling during Christmas – I have it every year, whether there are presents or not.

But why? I’m not a Christian, let alone a hardcore one and I grew up surrounded by the Asian culture.So when Christmas comes, why do I feel that excitement and eagerness as if something special is going to happen on the 25th of December?

Memories. When I was a wee little baby in Australia, my Dad dressed up as Santa Clause over a couple of Christmas celebration and I have to say those memories are still with me today. Chinese-eyed black eyebrowed Santa rocking up to my house was cool – Apparently my brother even asked my Mum, ”Mummy, why does Santa Clause look Asian?”. This was only the beginning.

Media. When I think of Christmas, some things come to mind including Macaulay Culkin smacking aftershave on his cheeks in Home Alone, imagery of Mr. Bean with his head up a turkey and that episode where Alvin & The Chipmunks (the cartoon, ofcourse) play the Jinglebell Rock. These pieces of media always told us stories of Christmas miracles which were extremely inspiring.

Faith(lessness). I learnt a lot about the right things to do (ethics) and the beauty in simplicity (humility) throughout my childhood. Today, nobody can deny how disgracefully the world has evolved: Filthy rich people with dirty money doing illegal shit, spending it on alcohol and drugs; governments playing god, making decisions on how societies should live out their lives; people wasting time on their cellphones or computers to read and comment on their friends instead of actually spending time with them. I guess this sort of goes back to Media – back in the day, Christmas media always showed how the world would transform on Christmas and act saintlike. So every Christmas  gives me that glimmer of hope that I’ll be able to see a completely different world of happiness, humility, togetherness and generosity (yeah, I can be a hippy too).

Put these things together and you have a Christmas Addict looking for ways to make things feel more Christmas-y. Presents are only a fraction of the festival and deserve a lot less focus than they have today. If we put more focus on giving and less on the taking, the world would be a better place… For a day even, it would be well worth it.

Enjoy the photos of the beautiful displays at David Jones taken yesterday, below.

Saturday X’mas BBQ and Why Gunbound skills are not transferable

Last Saturday, we had a great Christmas BBQ feast which turned out to be more of an Ultimate Frisbee Training session for the guys. As part of this festive season, we partook in a game of Kris Kringle. So each of us were to bring a present: budget set at $20, no mugs, no edible goods. We drew numbers and then took turns to either unwrap a new present or steal a present that had been previously unwrapped and held by another person. If a present was stolen, the previous owner would then get a choice of unwrapping a new one or stealing someone else’s. The sneakiness and backstabbing definitely gets you in the festive mood, doesn’t it?

All this aside, what I really want to talk about is the Frisbee-ing. Throughout our adolescent life, we grow up building our skills: We learn basic mathematics so we can calculate whether it is worth while to make a purchase; we learn to run and kick a ball to build up that stamina and speed to catch the bus we’re running late for; we learnt to make up great exciting alibis for our teachers when we forgot our homework to use that exact same skill on our bosses to take sickies. Almost every skill or knowledge we picked up through our life has been transferable to something we do today (with the exception of useless subjects like History).

So I was a pretty decent player of that oh-so-awesome online game, Gunbound and while playing Frisbee on Saturday, I realized how similar this throwing-of-a-plastic-plate was to Gunbound. If any of you don’t know what Gunbound is or may have forgotten, it was a simple game where you’d use your character and fire projectiles at your opponents – Like Worms (see image to the right)

In this image, we have the cute little Boomer that threw boomerangs that were significantly affected by the wind. This made it possible for trick-shots at weird angles like doing back-shots (firing it in the opposite direction but being blown backwards to your opponent).

With this in mind, I adjusted my angles and power to based on the wind speed, and attempted “skill-shots” with the Frisbee. Needless to say, I failed pretty hard. Once, I even threw the Frisbee over a barb-wired fence into some dodgy area with snakes and crocodiles. This was when I used my transferable skipping-school fence vaulting skills to re-obtain our flying discus.

When I finally convinced myself that my golden hammer from Gunbound wasn’t going to help me out here, I started from scratch and eventually got the hang of it. Now, let’s see where these Frisbee skills will be transferable.

Photos of the X’mas BBQ, Kris Kringle, some Frisbee action and Gizmo’s new friend, Mosby below. Thanks for taking the photos, Sonia :)

Top 10 Things to look forward to in 2012 (5~1)

Counting down to 2012, there are plenty of great releases within the tech, gaming, music and entertainment industry to look forward to. Let’s take a look at the top ten slices of awesome that 2012 will bring.

As this is a large post, it has been split up into two posts:

Please bear in mind that this post counts down from 5 to 1. If you haven’t yet taken a look at the 10 to 6, please remember to view those first by clicking here

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Top 10 Things to look forward to in 2012 (6~10)

Counting down to 2012, there are plenty of great releases within the tech, gaming, music and entertainment industry to look forward to. Let’s take a look at the top ten slices of awesome that 2012 will bring.

As this is a large post, it has been split up into two posts:

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How 2011 burnt a hole in my wallet

So looking back at 2011, I realized that this is definitely the year I have spent the most. This could be because it’s my first year of official employment; I’m getting bored of Australia or maybe I just found some great bargains I couldn’t turn down. While I’m hoping it’s the latter, the reason doesn’t matter – The damage has been done and I can only try my best to save my bank account from the evils of marketing and social influence (poisoning as we put it).

  1. 42-inch LCD TV ($600)
  2. Playstation 3 console ($400)
  3. Five PS3 games ($400)
  4. Monster Beats Solo HD ($200)
  5. Stanton ST150 + Serato SL1 + Stanton SA-3 ($1000)
  6. Macbook Air 15″ ($1,400)
  7. HPI Nitro RS4 RC Car ($420)
  8. Holidays ($4000)
  9. Four suits ($1,250)
  10. Three pairs of shoes ($350)
  11. Gifts/Presents ($550+$250)

Total: $10,820 AUD

Hey! That’s not so bad. In fact, I think I did pretty good. However, since these are just the large-ish purchases from the top of my head and a deep hole still burns in my wallet right now this brings the question: What the fuck have I been spending on?!

Honey, I’m home

Why hello.

So my blog got attacked the last time and I accidentally deleted all the files without a backup (hence images won’t be showing up in archived posts now). Thankfully, the posts were still restorable as they were still on the database.

I put off rebuilding the site for a while because blogging was getting a bit drawl for me. It seemed that I had become one of those ‘bloggers’. I was blogging and hoping to gain the attention; to increase my visitor rate and to seek a bombardment of comments. Those Malaysian instincts must have kicked in and evolved my initial goals (of using this as my dear diary) into what it became – A monkey performing for an imaginary audience.

I want to use this website as a hub for discussions of issues marinated in my ideas and opinions. Something that I can come back to in the future to relate to or even reiterate.

Here’s to a new blogging life. A blog where I hope my motives stay on track this time. Need I mentioned this is the third or fourth reboot of my blog? :)