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This is a one shot post about my hobby. I will be using random words together with few to a lot of bad grammar. Thus, I apologize in advanced for such problem. Also for few ignorant things that might occur in this post (as I am not a fully modded super-geek in gaming), I apologize for that too.

Role-playing game has been the best of gaming genre that I ever played. Starting back in my childhood, at age around 7-8 years old. I bought a book that give us a table in the beginning of the book, and then a story begin that take us to assume a role of last warrior, Lone Wolf from a magical school embarking on a journey to defeat the “evil lord” that kill everyone from the school. Within this book I can choose different choice that take me either to next page or or few pages in the back that ultimately show what is the choice I made. And when I entered a battle, I have to use some mathematical senses and dice rolling method to fight the enemy, and with that I will know – in gambling senses – the outcome of my battle. (For more information: wikipedia)

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Here is the uncool thing: because the book was in Malay, and because I am lazy so much, I never really follow the rules in the book and read it through from the beginning to the end. Also, since there is so many books spawn from the series, even until he is no longer a normal soldier and have turned to a grandmaster Yoda level, I gave up. There are few of my friends that took it seriously, yet they still gave up in the end.

It wasn’t later than that I learned about Final Fantasy, a series of RPG video games by Square-Enix (Used to be called SquareSoft before the emerging). Before the the year 2001, I always came to my friend house to check him out playing Final Fantasy VII. That was all I can do until I bought PSone in 2001. But around that time Final Fantasy IX was released, so I was stuck with both game and also my PMR (a mid-school examination).

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After the PMR ended in September 2002, I started playing Final Fantasy IX, which I have played it half way before the exam. I played it almost 24/7 I recalled it again. And what did I get in the end?

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When the game finished, I felt a strange surge in my body about the game. I can even remember how I felt sad when the game finish. I want something more from the game. I felt satisfied with the game. But I didn’t played it again, I move one with the greatest hit of Final Fantasy, FFVII.

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It didn’t took me a long time to finish the game. Together with a guidebook, I mostly finish all the side-quest and the main quest. But at the end, I never felt the same feeiling with finishing FFIX. Probably because for FFIX, it was my first time playing RPG. Probably. But in any ways, FFVII was a greatest game of FF by far (not until I encountered FFXII).

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Then in 2003, I bought a PS2, after few month and years waiting for it (I got a good marks in PMR). And my first grab of many games: Kingdom Hearts. There was also FFX, but I was less enthusiast with it compared to KH. Kingdom Hearts brought me to a new level of RPG after quite a while of hiatus after FFVII.

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Why wasn’t I felt all that good about FFX? It has a good camera option, a smooth CGI, a good and beautiful looking characters. But I believe it was deluded by KH and and the blitz ball side-game. I hate the blitz ball. Also the grid system that need you to have certain crystal to level up. Not to forget also the dark theme of the story.Yet I think I want to look at it  again some other time. Maybe I might get the feeling again. Sometime in the future, perhaps.

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Not to forget also, a tactical action game, Metal Gear Solid. I was enjoyed and thrilled with this game when I played it in PS emulator in PC. But the quality was low, and stupid. So I played it again in PSone later, and I can consider it as the best game series in my gaming years.

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Now in this unstoppable changing in gaming generation, new platform and games coming out, but only few games that I’m looking forward: Final Fantasy versus XIII, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep. But to play both of this game, I need to start saving from now, and maybe after I begin to work in the next two years. All of this can wait. Yes, I have to have patience. Not to forget also few RPG tactical game in PC that are now absolutely ridiculous in the computer specifications (Crysis, Fallout 3, Gears of War, etc.). To play the latest games, you need to spent thousands amount of dollars to get a good PC to play the game. But not to worry, even that is also in my long term list. Buy the disk now, and played it in few years later. LOL.

What is my gaming experience basically? The first game I ever played when I was young, after my father brought back a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) look-alike (I believe it was replica, made in China probably) was Tetris. With it then, I played few other games, swapping catridges with my cousin that included Contra, Mario, pin-ball and few others that I forgot the names. Then came PC games, cheap PC games such as Dragon Lair, Prince of Persia and a game that is almost like Contra, however I forgot the name.

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Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

Then in 2000, I got a Gameboy and with it I played the sensation hit of that time, even now – Pokemon (short for pocket monster). I was so obsessed with it, that I was able to collect all 245 Pokemon together with my friends. Now I wonder where did I put my Gameboy…

Then PSone came shortly after that. Final Fantasy IX, VIII, VII, MGS , WWE (it was a hit for some period), Legend of Mana, Breath of Fire, etc. (I basically forgot the least best).

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The most dangerous guy

PS2 hit me in 2003. Titles included Onimusha (1,2,3, Dawn of Dreams), MGS2 (Sons of Liberty, Snake Eater), Kingdom Hearts, Silent Hill 2, Katamari, Medal of Honor, Zone of Enders, FFX, FFXII (the best yet in my experience – whole new level and I love the concept), God of War 1 & 2 (the best!!), Shadow of the Colossus, etc.

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Right now, I have a Nintendo DSi, a new hand-held console from Nintendo, one of the oldest gaming company that still survive until today with their genius gaming platform. But due to financial problem, I can only afford one game now, The World Ends With You and I’m still working on it. One of the coolest thing about this game is I have to stop playing for a few days so that I can level up by shutting down the console. What a unique game.

Well, now hoping for the future, Final Fantasy versus XIII, I will definitely play you!

I love games made by the Kingdom Hearts developers team.

Disclaimer:

All images are from Google Images.
Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts are all belong to Square-Enix
God of War belong to Sony Game
Metal Gear Solid belong to Konami
Katamari belong to Bandai – Namco

Beautiful, yet Dangerous; you never defeat her in the game
Beautiful, yet Dangerous; you never defeat her in the game

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Giler lah blog ni. Tahap kemalasan nak update tu satu percintaan yang tak berkesudahan. Sampai esok pun masih ‘macam’ tu jer.

Today is Thursday, yesterday was Wednesday. Everyone knows that, duh. I woke up this morning and went to the gym to have a squash with my friend, probably the last time I can see him since he is graduating this year. Last night I went swimming, and to my oblivion, I can float! Haha, now I am so excited about the trip to Bermuda, which will be this Saturday. My butt and hand are sore right now, probably of not doing any warm up before the swim and badminton game last night. I cannot even lift any weight right now. Damn.

So I won’t be here next week, and will be back here in May 9th, starting my spring course in May 12th. Yet I still need to work on my culinary so I can have variation in my meal everyday. Ni tak, hari2 kicap, telur, nasi and ikan masin. Ikan masin tu buat sedap jer, tapi takder pun. Kentut pun dah bau kicap. Tensen.

So far my result is Alhamdulillah. But still waiting for some more, and it will be terrible I can guarantee it to you. 

Takda apa nak cerita pun kat sini. Movie pun takda mood nak buat review. Daily life, takda apa yang menarik. Sapa lagi yang singgah sini baca blog malas nie?

Adios.

It seems that it is a good time to update this underrated blog. My idea of writing is somehow gone for the past few weeks. I have so many stuff to tell here, but for the lack of enthusiasm I decided not to.

By the way, Jeremy Kozlowski found my blog the other day. Man. Nak cakap BM pun dia faham. Aiseyh…

Notice the new theme for my blog? I love it now. I hope that it can stay for a longer period than before.

My habit of writing movie reviews has found no progress recently. It’s not because I didn’t watch any movies lately, I did but for no reason, I couldn’t write about them like usual. Maybe because what I discovered was my writing in critics compared to the other “real” critics is not even on-par. Probably that is because they are professionals. What am I thinking? Here we go again, feeling uneasy for being at the bottom.

The reason why I can’t keep updating my blog is due to my tight schedule, not that tight really but the feeling to procrastinate in between my break from heavy-hardcore-study was unavailable for most of the time. But that’s not true, instead I went searching for pictures, music, wallpaper, iPod’s software, and such other stuff. That’s how the cycle was.

Since this week is the Reading / Spring Break Week, I decided to give some touch for my blog as to keep it alive and “fresh”. Haris Khairuddin ada bagi tag kat aku, tapi kemalasan aku menyahut dan kata “taknak buat”.

Lets go with the movies first.

Dated back from January: (I couldn’t remember much of them, but pick few that was interesting)

Definitely, Maybe

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The movie that is starred by Ryan Reynolds, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz was a crazy moment of movie experience (well observed) so far in my life. The story is interesting as it tried to create a puzzle for us and Maya (Breslin) to find which is the real mother (to her). But the story line that is constructed by Will (Reynolds) is at first was some kind of string attached to linear pieces that is supposed to be solved by Maya, but as the story progress none of the story / plot was a mechanism that can work as a puzzle. So the story was to begin with is a love story that is complicated and intertwined in sense of emotion. But in a delicate way of story telling, the plot is not heavy for audience to understand the problem of Will Hayes and his love life. To keep it short, the overall movie was simple, nice and cute. There is a moment in the story that put my life out of balance (suddenly snapped, kinda like jerkish motion) – the word “crush”.

Slumdog Millionaire

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Takyah cakap arr movie ni. Ramai orang puji2. Aku pun nak puji. Tapi kalau nak elaborate cerita ni dan mesej dia bla2, aku tak layak. Yang penting, best.

Kami The Movie

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Sequel dan penjelasan kepada apa yang terjadi selepas episod 8 drama bersiri Kami di 8TV. Cerita ini (for my opinion) bagus dari segi lakonan watak dan interconnecting story line between each character. Untuk tidak buang masa, naratif cerita ni berkembang dengan lancar tanpa sebarang gangguan rasa buang masa frame kamera itu bergerak atau statik dengan pergerakan karakter yang macam nak taknak dan kekurangan dialog atau terlebih dialog, cerita ni mempunyai warna dia yang tersendiri kepada muda – mudi zaman sekarang. Bagi aku apa yang buat cerita ni jadi best adalah penggunaan music yang sekaligus menjadikan seluruh jalan cerita dalam filem ini tidak sugul. Entah apa ayat aku pakai pun aku tak tahu. Tapi macam ada sedikit klise especially about people die and then you have to move on…

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Sekali lagi sebuah cerita yang ada warna tersendiri kepada penonton. Sorry to say, I feel this movie has its own touch is from the acting of all the cast. Apa nama dia? Aku dah lupa, M. Subash? He that works both as the director and main actor had made such a good OKU (disable person) impersonation. Not to forget also Ruminah Sidek yang memang sentiasa mencuit hati walaupun karakter dia didirikan untuk tujuan mengungkit kesedihan. For the plot development or progress, there are few time that I felt boring especially for the part that his mother wouldn’t even careless for him. It was somehow kinda typical step mother characteristics that has always been in a movie. At the end of the movie, it was said that without will to fight there is no success (somekind like that, I just make it up here LOL) while we the audience never really find out what happen to Subash after that. Maybe I’m just to dumb to get the whole message.

Wayang

Banyak pulak cerita Melayu aku tengok lately and Wayang is the latest of them. I watch this movie while marking assignments. So as to make it up here, I found no object of peculiarity in the whole story / plot. Its message for my understanding is that the character that was played by Eman Manan called Awang Lah tried to fight for continuity of his tradition in playing Wayang Kulit, in a sense that the orthodox tradition can never be broken my modern culture. In the story he raised 2 children, a girl and a boy that was selected as his successor in the future. There was an event where the boy (played by Zul Khuzaimi, did I spell it right?) introduced some pop song in the play, which caused anger to Awang Lah for disobey the rule of Wayang Kulit. For some period of time the anger gone but it is always replaced with some other sentiment in Malay culture. Some of them were a hatred for jealousy over someone’s success, jealousy for the beauty that a blind people can have and a love that was no context of lust at all but despised by everyone. Envy, Jealousy, Anger, Reunion, and Death is what the story depict for the whole course of its running period. How long was it? I forgot.

Il Divo

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An Italian story about the Prime Minister of Italy (not currently) Gullio Andrreotti. It is one of the film that I fell asleep despite that the whole movie was so good and entertaining. Waht I think was good about the movie is the character itself, the cinematography and editing of each framework plus amazing song that was used to carry the plot in motion. However, being a movie that won Jury Prize in Cannes 2008, the movie contained so many charecter and political terms (and figures) that can cause a little bit of confusion, and since I have to watch it with subtitle it wasn’t really helpful since a there are few scenes in the movie that went really fast. I think that I have to watch it again for second time. The movie has a good foundation in its character development regarding his past life that seems to affect his political career. In the movie he is allegedly has a connection with the Italian mafia especially with the legendary Toto’ Riina. But for the purpose of ambiguity and unbias to the protagonist of the film, we can never really identify wether the accusation was true or not since the confident and calmness of the character can never assure you his motive. You gotta watch this movie to understand more what am I rambling about.

Three Monkeys

The movie that won Best Director Award at Cannes 2008. Have any idea what kind of movie I watch lately?

This Turkish film amazed me by its slowness, static camera with few dialogue and not to forget an “unsuccessful” sex scene from a movie that was produced from Islamic Country (secular, I believe?). The story was so slow that I was getting uneasy watching it. But again despite of that the progress of the story was good and smooth with characters that is filled in for purpose of the whole story (read: three monkeys), which in the end you will say it “I knew that he is the one who did it”.

Changeling

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Directed by Clint Eastwood and written by J. Michael Straczynski. When I heard that name I just went straight without any doubt that the movie gonna be good. But why does it have an moderate score at RottenTomatoes? Probably from the fact that the movie is too conventional in pleasing the audience with the theme that it evoked throughout the movie. You can get much more information here. For me the movie wasn’t that bad, thinking back again. It entertained me as much with the fight that the character has to deal with and corruption that has been going on with the LAPD force (during the 20’s). The gruesome and maniacal killer in the movie also never ceased to amazed me, and the open ending with the word “hope” uttered by Angelina Jolie that left us neither happy nor sad when the creadit started to roll.

At the End of Time…

There are few other movies that I watched recently, but I intend not to tell more about them here. This include In Bruges, Back to the Future (1-3), Love Actually (another film that push me further), and Liar Liar (a good old one).

I’ve been studying for the past few days actually, however I just realized that I didn’t actually study. Instead what I did was looking and memorizing the whole PPT just as it was a picture.

By the way, the title of the post was at first seems to be a reference to the music of Animal Collective, which was the original plan / blueprint for this post. I’ll do it some other time.

Have a good one.

Note: All Movie Posters are from impawards.com