GONG! – casual mmo sports game craze sweeping over the Philippines, Singapore, and Malaysia

SiegeMalvar on GONG! I’m sorry I haven’t been posting here as often as I would like to, but see, I’ve been busy making these silly animated .gifs of my character in GONG!.

Hahaha. This has gotta be beyond vain. Before I started working for a games publishing company, I’ve been a big camwhore. Now, I’m getting obsessed even with my in-game personas! Hahaha…

If you’re playing GONG!, then you probably have seen my official GONG! character: SiegeMalvar. See, this is where my master’s degree in creative writing pays off; I came up with SiegeMalvar as my character’s name in GONG!.

Anyway, what we have here is my character doing some basic missions in Mission mode. Doing missions in GONG! actually helps you get as much as 5 stars in 15 minutes. 5 Full Stars can get you equipped from head to toe. Any GONG! newbies should seriously consider doing all the missions first before playing in actual matches. That’s if you are serious with GONG!. If you’re gonna take the game casually, then, by all means, GONG! for it and start challenging other players on the field.

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Extasiege’s Official GONG! Character

Extasiege\'s Official GONG! CharacterHello, everyone!!! Check out my official GONG! character! Click on the image to view a larger image. See, SiegeMalvar, wannabe soccerstar, has long hair, like I wanna have. Like me, he’s so full of the happy juice that he rarely stands still. He has a bowling pin strapped on his back because sometimes he feels like the world is trying to knock him down.

Please be informed. I am not a GAME MASTER. I can’t track down that bully for you, I can’t process your scam reports. I am in charge of the blogging efforts, though, and I’m always on the look-out for gamers who blog about our games, and when I spot one, I find ways to make them feel how much we appreciate it. (wink, wink)

If you have a blog, and you enjoy blogging about your favorite mobiusgames games, please properly link your entries to our websites (or to our blogsites) just so we can track you faster.

Here are some notes that people should know about:

We are “mobiusgames“–one word, all lower case. Even as the first word of a sentence, we’re mobiusgames.

mobiusgames is the games publishing arm of Digital Media Exchange, Inc. When you refer to our parent company, please use lowercase letters too. That’s “dme” to you, kids. 😉 And GONG! is always GONG!, upbeat, happy, and roaring to go kicking! yeah!!! GONG!!! Don’t just say gong… as in “naglalaro kami ng gong kanina…” go for the GONG! “Naglalaro kami ng GONG! kanina!!!! Amp!” Hehehe…

See you on the field, GONGSTERS!!!

(And I’ll be on the look out for you, bloggers! So start blogging! 😀 )

Soccer Mania!!!

As we draw nearer to our Open Beta stage for GONG!, everyone hear in the office is starting to get more and more excited. Which is why I’m sharing these awesome videos for you guys to enjoy as we all get in the mood. (First one’s a must see, then there’s more after the jump. Click the link to see ’em)

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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.

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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WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW!!!

Check it out! It’s the new omnibus poster for mobiusgames representing all the games you can play via mobiusgames.net !!!

How many game titles can you identify in this poster?

Watch out for it in your favorite iCafes!!!