Adik ba ako?

I just want to share with you guys this old project I made. I took pictures of myself everyday for several months, and then compiled to photos in one video to show the passage of time. Check it out:

What do you think, guys?

CUTENESS!!!

Check out the cuteness that is my character in GONG! – The hilarious new casual MMO soccer game from mobiusgames and Tose!

katropa – lois

This is one of our most valuable katropa here in mobiusgames.net. Her name’s Lois, and she is just one fierce artist. She did all the illustrations in Pwn Intended, and she is basically responsible for everything fun to look at everywhere in mobiusgames.net.

And, oh, that orange ball with her is “Haro”– yes, like that flying Pikachu on Gundam. It’s a tiny robotic toy that responds to sounds and playing. It’s like a huge tamagochi that you talk to, and play. By taking care of it, you’ll be able to unlock several Haro actions that weren’t initially available. It dances on its own, and is prone to shouting out phrases in Japanese. Right now, I can hear it looking for attention.

GONG! Merchandise – Ball Cap

Check it out, check it out, kids. Don’t I look ghetto in this?

GONG! Ball Caps save lives. Every day, hot heads emit toxic fumes in the atmosphere. Using breakthrough technology, and a bit of voodoo, mobiusgames is proud to announce the all new Limited Edition GONG! Ball Caps now with Green(r) Technology powered by Awesome Labs. These Limited Edition GONG! Ball Caps are all blessed with extra Luck, and 99% of the time they have been known to attract the attention of the female species 12% of the time.

GONG! Ball Caps is the ball cap of choice of every one. With its unique head-contouring mechanism that fits any head size through the use of state-of-the-art adjustable velcro, GONG! Ball Caps isn’t just an accessory, it’s a frakking necessity.

You Are Invited

Hello, everyone. See, recently, I have a novel that got published by Visual Print Enterprises. My novel’s called “Roles: A Not Quite Unreal Novel”, and to find out more, check out my personal site, www.SIEGEMALVAR.net .

Now, Visprint is going to have an event this Saturday, and you’re all invited.

VISUAL PRINT ENTERPRISES, publisher of bestselling titles such as ZsaZsa Zaturrnah and the Bob Ong series of books, is going to hold a meet-and-greet event for its 9 book creators, and illustrators.

Dubbed as 9-in-1 Kolektib Intelidyens, the event is set to be a one-of-a-kind celebration that is going to break free from the traditional manner in which book launchings and signings are held in the country. With each book creator having their own unique special presentation for the program, 9-in-1 Kolektib Intelidyens is bound to be one fully booked event.

As previously announced in his blog, Carlo Vergara is set to unveil the first 6-pages of the sequel to his phenomenal graphic novel Ang Kagilagilalas na Pakikipagsapalaran ni ZsaZsa Zaturrnah.

With books, and booze freely flowing, this is one literary event other publishing houses should take a page from.

9-in-1 Kolektib Intelidyens
May 24, 2008
3pm in the afternoon
Shop 33, Cubao Shoe Expo

Related Links:

Visual Print Enterprises
Carlo Vergara’s Blog
Carlos Malvar’s SiegeMalvar.net

Going… going… GONG!

Hello, everyone. I just want to share with you this piece I wrote months ago. Enjoy!

GOING…GOING… GONG!

Last Saturday, I was invited to join a group of beta testers to try out this unreleased online casual game called GONG. Yes, I know, it was a Saturday night. But it’s a chance to play a game BEFORE it got out in the market. THAT, and they promised pizza. You know me. I’ll drop my pants for food. Kidding. I don’t do that. Not anymore, no.

Anyway, before we all get sidetracked, mobiusgames, publisher of this MMO game I’m really into now–Rakion— scheduled the beta testing for 5 to 7 in the evening. We were all ushered in into their area. Well, I was ushered in, having been one of the last beta testers to arrive.  It was my first time to sit as beta tester, and I was unfamiliar with the whole procedure. We had to answer a survey before, and after playing the game.

GONG, it turns out, is this really cute casual game where soccer matches are played in various fields. There’s a mode that lets one play on the streets of Brazil, and China. Oh, matches can be played in standard soccer fields too, but that’s about the only thing standard with this game. It’s soccer, but it’s… crazy. My Korean buddy Mhin introduced me to this PS2 soccer game called Winning Eleven (it’s to soccer what Fight Night is to boxing. Note to self: You are NOT going to be a soccer star in the near conceivable future.

Playing GONG isn’t as demanding as playing soccer. In GONG, there are two teams, and you run around the field stealing the ball from each other, and kicking the ball into the goal-that’s basically all the resemblance it has to soccer. I later found out GONG stands for “Goal Or No Goal” (and not “Gay or Not Gay”, a betting game my friend Caz and I play when our friend M brings along her boy of the moment).

GONG is like how a kid would have imagined soccer to be. All play, and no sweat. And that’s what makes it so much fun! First, you choose an avatar-each kid from the bleacher where you will choose your avatar has his or her own backstory, likes and dislikes, and strong points. Don’t worry too much on how your avatar initially looks like coz the item shop will eventually allow you to change your hair, your clothes, etc.

Oh, yeah, about that. In GONG, after you’ve earned enough credit from playing matches, you get to shop! The clothes are really spunky and cute. Having a beta tester account, I got access to the maximum amount of in-game gold used to buy stars which can then be used to purchase skills, clothes, luxury items, and play the lottery.

I abused the generosity granted to my beta tester account by buying tons of luxury items. First, I indulged in a complete Mole suit set which makes my character looked like-take a guess, anyone?-a mole. BTW, items get random bonus stats, which makes it more interesting, I think. So there I was, running around the field in my Mole suit, and I wondered why I couldn’t do the same in real life.

The actual mechanics of the soccer matches remind of the game Calvin and Hobbes from the comic strip play. You know, that one where they play this game and the rule is that they get to make a new rule every time a new rule takes in effect? It’s like that. Running around the field (or the street, or Brazil even!), you pick up gift boxes from where you get to stock up on strategies to distract your opponents with. There’s one where you call on your dog to chase the other players, or you call their mother to stop them from playing, and there’s one where you freeze them in a block of ice. The simplest one involves putting a banana peel on the floor-you just have to be careful coz you can slip on them on your way back, too.

During the beta testing, everyone was really into the game. I didn’t know anybody there, so I kept shifting teams, but most of them, who came with their buddies, were all standing in their seats, cheering, and jeering, each other. It’s like DotA, except your character doesn’t throw enormous balls of concentrated mana against blind, horned creatures that spin all over the place holding a sword. It’s actually better coz in GONG, you get to be a kid who pushes other kids in front of racing cars, and then you get to call their moms to stop them from playing. It gets really intense.

The matches are really short and fast paced, like, around ten minutes or so (and that’s divided into halves). Because of the time limit, the competition can get really, really, intense. Think Counterstrike when it first came out. I think there’s going to be a lot of high school kids who’re gonna skip lunch just so they can bet their milk money on GONG matches.

I guess it’s a pretty big prediction to make, that GONG is going to be a classic Pinoy multiplayer favorite along with Counterstrike and DotA. Maybe even bigger. Counterstrike and DotA are played on local area networks, while GONG is going to be played online. Better yet, GONG’s being launched simultaneously in the Philippines, Singapore, and Malaysia! Imagine all the intensity and all the highly-charged energy of internet cafés filled with pimply kids going against teams from Singapore and teams from Malaysia! Now that’s INTENSE.

Funny thing is, GONG is actually a casual game for all its intensity. Unlike MMORPGs where you sit all night hacking and slashing monsters to satisfy some Freudian need to wield around big two-handed swords, GONG is cute, wacky and casual. Play it whenever you want it, no pressure to commit yourself. But I bet you can’t stay for just one match. I suggest setting an alarm on your watch so you’ll know you’ve played long enough. One match will lead to another, and another, and another, until you realize you’ve played enough to afford a mole suit. And after that, you’d start setting your eye on that Hooded Sweater, and then another Hooded Sweater, but in a different color, and then on that new soccer ensemble. After all, who’s stopping you from having an entire walk-in closet full of Gong outfits?

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Related GONG! Article: Mugenblue writes about his GONG! Experience.

Run! For! Gong!

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