Extasiege’s On Air!

Hello, everyone! I’ll be on air today, SEPTEMBER 18, 2008 promoting my book, so please tune in from 10 am till 12 noon!

Carlos Malvar of “ROLES, a Not Quite Unreal novel”
89.1 Wave, 18-Sept, 10-12NN

If you’re in the office, or if you don’t have any FM radio at hand, CLICK ON THIS LINK INSTEAD.

Thanks so much!

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Dekaron – I Will Wait For You

Hahahaha… ang korny nampotah.

Share ko lang tong video ni Kyla singing Wait For You (originally popularized by Elliot Yamin), kasi feeling ko everyone’s singing this song until bumalik ang Dekaron sa September 3. Oo, next week na yun, pero bakit ba, apektado pa rin kami eh. Hahaha…

Parang may withdrawal syndrome nga ata ako eh. Eto, nidodouble click ko ng paulit-ulit ung icon ng Dekaron. Nakasanayan ko na kasi na naka-window mode yung Dekaron ko habang nagtratrabaho. OO, inaamin ko, AFK ang Summoner ko madalas, pero naman di ba, sa dami ng trabahong nailabas ko for the whole week, it’s a wonder talaga how I managed to raise my summoner up to the level of 52.

Medyo nakakalungkot kasi ni-wipe-out ang servers after ng CBT, pero ganun talaga. S.O.P. yun ng industry. Tsaka iniisip ko, para na rin fair sa mga hindi nakasali sa CBT (exclusive kasi ang account keys). Well, if the buzz is any indication, mukhang mapapasubok kami sa Open Beta sa dami ng gustong mag-laro ng Dekaron.

I feel a special connection to the game Dekaron kasi while I was under the process of applying for the current position I have now, the Marketing Director of mobiusgames who was in charge of considering my application made me write several copies for “Dekaron”. And this was LATE NOVEMBER last year pa! Imagine, from late November last year, I’ve been researching na and familiarizing myself with the game. Bad trip pa, the 2Moons people started blocking IP’s outside N.America when I got wind of the game, so di ko na siya nalaro, unlike some people here.

So ayun, o di ba, sharing sharing moments tayo ngayon? Well, bakit ba, blog ko naman to. Hahahha… Ayaw nyo nyan, may personal aspect pa tayo ngayon.

Anyway, so yun, ako naman, si Mr. Eager Applicant, research-con-research talaga. Lahat ata ng videos sa YouTube ng Dekaron, pinanood ko. Pati forum boards ng mga gaming communities sa Europe at United States of America ininvade ko na para lang may matutunan tunkol sa Dekaron.

Back then, purely theoretical ang grasp ko sa game of Dekaron. Base sa videos, pictures, and discussions ng mga tao, mukhang “Dekaron/2Moons” ang pinaka-bayolenteng MMORPG in the whole maderpaking world.

Actually, I was really, really, likeohmygash, curious how mobiusgames would package Dekaron. Base sa pagkakaalam ko sa Dekaron, eh murahan kung murahan talaga ang mga NPC dito. As in todo “Pakshet ka! Wag kang pahara-hara sa daan, ‘ina mo!” pag trinanslate mo sa Tagalog. IN fact, bago magload ng todo ang game, merong warning na “For Mature Gamers Only” ang 2Moons/Dekaron. Eh, hello, retarded pa naman ang ating 3rd World Country of the Pilipins. Kita nyo naman, “entertainment” na pala ang mga ungas na tulad ni moymoy palaboy. So, dun palang, makikita na nating hindi masyadong sophisticated ang tastes ng Pinoy, amiirite? Hahahahaha…

Anyway, thankfully naman, DEKARON SEA is FAITHFUL TO THE ORIGINAL INTENT OF THE KOREAN DEVELOPERS. Medyo controversial ang 2Moons, oo, kasi todo balahuraan talaga kung balahuraan, pero yung essence of hardcore action and extreme gameplay of the original, we managed to translate that into the Dekaron SEA version. Dekaron SEA will definitely make your mommas cringe, pero they wouldn’t thrown a fit naman. OA naman nanay mo kung ganun.

So, ayun nga. Nako, bukas, magbloblog uli ako.

GONG! – Super Cutie

GONG! is really bringing out my inner retard, and I have no choice but to embrace it.

Si Extasiege sa GONG! This is my official [GM]Extasiege character. [GM]Fidelity gave me one after seeing how much I love playing GONG! (and this is beyond what is asked of me as part of the dme-mobiusgames family). Seriously. I love GONG!. It’s my guilty pleasure at the end of the day.

LOOK! Look naman, o. I’m showing off my GM character kasi I think it looks a lot like me. hahaha… I have a big head din. Hahahaha… Here, look at my photo below. I took this photo earlier today kasi I saw my old school uniform, so I thought of trying it out for size.

To see my photo, you’d have to click on the link below.

Anyway, if you wanna play with me (or against me) in GONG!, I’m usually online EVERYDAY around ten in the evening. I leave the office around 7, travel time, plus dinner, and short stop at the local grocer, tapos pag-uwi ko konting rest, then GONG! GONG! GONG! na.

O, kita kita sa field ha.

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mobiusgames under siege

In a couple of days, I would have been working for mobiusgames-dme for 5 months. 5 months of online games, SEO tricks and tips, promos, events, copies, blogs, of traffic going home, and early morning hostility on the MRT.

Yesterday, our CEO, Scott Countryman, threw this question at us: “What do we do here in mobiusgames? What is Digital Media Exchange?” and he said we should be able to answer this even if it’s our grandmas asking.

So, I would like to start a new series here in my gaming blog and call it “mobiusgames means”.

So, what does mobiusgames do?

mobiusgames saves lives:

Peter* is a mobiusgames player who was at the right server, at the wrong time.

One of our games support specialist once received a call regarding Peter’s account. Unfortunate as it may be, Peter was banned for trading items illegally. Our specialists studied his case thoroughly, and the evidence was against Peter’s claim.

A few days later, we received another call. It was Peter’s mother, and she was begging us to grant his son access back to his account. It was then that Peter’s story was told…

Peter was one of the millions of out-of-school youth in the country. With so much free time in his hands, and his OFW mother’s disposable income in his bank account, Peter made the acquaintance of a certain abuse-prove substance called cocaine. As the addiction of choice of rockstars the whole world over, coke made Peter think he was a hero, a magical, mystical, mothereffing hero who turns into a pink dragon of love, and angst.

From then on, Peter’s life took a downward spiral. He woke up each day needing coke more and more; and he was beyond being a casual user, hell, no. He was hooked. He was snorting grams by the double digits, and was passing out for entire days.

One by one, everything his mother worked so hard for after his father’s death disappeared. Well, not into thin air, apparently. Peter was pawning them for quick dough. Quick dough for his daily fix.

Until one day, Peter had nothing left. He had sold everything, including the mobile phone his mother left him so she could call him over the weekends. The only thing of value left in his pockets was his last hit, the few remaining coke he had until he ran out.

And like many addicts before him in the history of time, Peter did the only thing he could do: snort his last, remaining coke to stop worrying.

At that state, Peter went out of their house. Barely coherent, he started walking around. People in their neighborhood knew him as a slave of his addiction, and they cast dirty stares at him. Peter swore them off, calling them by all the obscenities he knew.

Then, he saw an old lady standing by herself near the corner. Peter felt like all his problems were solve, for he was under the influence, and he was over all reason. Peter approached the old lady, and grabbed her purse.

The old lady, helpless as she was, screamed for help, and in an instant, the mob was upon Peter. They beat him so badly, the medico legal documented a broken jaw, grave bruisings, and some internal bleeding. His right leg was also broken in several places.

Within the week, his mother arrived home to see her precious child, her little Peter, all black, blue, and banged up by drugs legal and abused. She broke down upon seeing him.

The doctors ordered complete rest for Peter. And as he was under their exclusive watch and care, they managed to rehabilitate him of his addiction as well. Peter went cold turkey, and fortunately for him, he couldn’t stand on his legs long enough to even try to escape.

It was in that hospital that Peter met Rye. Rye was a student nurse, and he was on his last month of hospital duty prior to graduation when Peter was brought in. Rye was a player who was nursing his own addiction: an addiction to MU Online, the classic RPG title from mobiusgames.

“What’s that?” Peter asked.

“This?” Rye gestured to the CD he was holding. “Is an installer of the game that will change your life. It’s called Mu. Have you tried Diablo II?”

Peter grinned through his healing jaw. “I knew several diablos, my friend.”

Rye shook his head, smiling. “I mean the game. The game Diablo II. Haven’t you heard of it?”

It was Peter’s turn to shake his head. “Nope.”

“Well… just install this on your PC when you get home. And when you do start playing, look for a Blade Knight named Wheatus on Bahr.”

Peter forgot all about the installer.

Until half a year later, and extensive physical therapy and exercises helped him regain control of his legs. Peter was trying to live clean, trying to get back his life. He was in a computer shop typing his resume when he saw an icon that looked familiar.

It was then that a faint whiff of hospital smells, of antiseptics and brought flowers, of bleached sheets and cool steel, haunted him. He remembered a boy Rye, and bandages on his jaw. He remembered the cast on his leg, and the bruises on his heart.

Mu Online… he thought. Wheatus on Bahr… he murmured. He double clicked on the icon, and whole new world opened up to him.

Which is how Peter discovered the lost continent.

A year later, Peter was accused of stealing hacked items. He claimed a friend made him store several valuable weapons, and he had no idea they were stolen from someone else. We explained to him how mobiusgames feel sorry that his friend caused him this much trouble, but we had no choice but to follow protocol, and Peter accepted his fate. Peter understood that to be fair to everyone, rules must be applied in all instances that they are applicable.

His mother, on the other hand, was scared.

She was scared her son would go back to an old “friend”, an old addiction. His mother was afraid of waking up to another nightmare, another sad tale of spiraling downwards. She had enough, she couldn’t take another slip from her son.

What she didn’t know, though, that Peter was a changed man. Peter went to his mom, placed an arm around her shoulders, and hugged her.

“Everything’s going to be all right, mom,” Peter said, thinking of another game title which Wheatus mentioned the last time they partied together. “I’ll just be playing Rakion for a while.”

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*Names have been changed to protect the identity of the people involved.

Dedicated to the dedicated games support specialists of mobiusgames. Definitely, the most abused lot.

Do You ForPlay?

Oooh. I just got news that the new issue of ForPlay magazine is coming out very, very soon.

See, this issue is very special for me. When I started working here in dme/mobiusgames, coming up with the this issue of ForPlay was one of my first duties. This includes, editing the players’ submissions, and generating content. And this was while we were doing Pwn Intended.

I guess I learned a lot about mobiusgames/dme as an organic system while coming up with this issue of ForPlay. I remember bothering everyone in their stations, asking them questions, taking notes of their stories, and processing those information into ideas, and eventually, into stories for the magazine.

One section that we decided not to include in this issue of ForPlay is a section I like to think of as “From the Files of the GSS“. It’s a section where I sensationalize the calls and stories that our games support services (hardworking lot, bless ’em) are subjected to on a daily basis. I want to patter it after the old program on tv called “Calvento Files” (no apologies for the old school reference; hahaha), which I think was a superb police beat show on primetime until its executive producer and host, Tony Calvento, got gunned down in a taxi cab.

Anyway, this issue of ForPlay magazine is an amazing collection of interesting stories and features. We made sure of that. This is a totally different, high-quality online gaming magazine that comes for free courtesy of mobiusgames.net. I don’t want to be using my name around for clout, but come on, while our competitors’ community communiques are written by hacks armed with their online thesauruses, ForPlay is distinctly maintained and managed with the highest of standards, and expertise. Our publisher and marketing director knows magazines; he single-handedly brought several local showbiz and lifestyle magazines to their current prominence, and he’s using all of his experience and expertise in assuring you that ForPlay Magazine is the BEST ONLINE MAGAZINE READING EXPERIENCE you can imagine.

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Coz I’ve walked under a bus…

No, not really. Got hit by one, more like it.

See, last Saturday, mobiusgamesdme went to Caylabne, a beach resort in Cavite for our company outing. I’ll dish on everything about it later, so stay tuned.

Meanwhile, you can click on the picture on the left for a bigger picture. I’ve uploaded more in our multiply account. Add us as your contact!

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?