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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Event Aftermath: Cubinet 1st Guild Leader's Meeting

Newcomer gaming publisher Cubizone recently held a first ever Guild Leader's Meeting last February 20, 2010 at the King's Court Building in Makati City.

Banners from their games

The meeting was packed with players

Guilds from different games along with their Guild leaders gathered to attend the said meeting. The Meeting focuses more in the introduction of Cubizone to the Philippines; Cubizone is one of the fastest gaming portal in Malaysia and now has different branches in Asia including the Philippines.

Gian and Grym introducing themselves

Presentaion about Cubizone

Cubizone also showcased their upcoming games to the local market such as the web browsing strategy MMO Casvian (which will be start its commercial launch on February 25), sidescrolling 2d arcade MMO Battle of Destiny and the causal dance MMO Steps (both will start its beta phase this coming summer).

Showcasing models for their upcoming games

Free food!! yeah!

Also, they will be having an event for the commercial launch of Casvian called Conqueror's Quest, where players can get real cash up Php 150,000. Which is interesting that they favor more on real life prizes over virtual where Gian, one of the team in Cubizone, explains that they want to make it more balance, instead of making the high ranking players become more powerful, or in MMO term "imba", they decided to give them real cash so they can spent it whatever they want as they also deserve it.

Aside from the upcoming MMO to be released, they also previewed some games that they taking under consideration to launch in the Philippines. The following were the MMOs previewed by Grym, also a part of the Cubizone team, that are under consideration:
Both Berkanix and Allods Online had a really good reaction from the attendees, and from the looks of it, there could be a possibility of having these released to the local market (well let's hope it happens). What is good here is that they are giving the player's the chance to give their opinions on what kind of games they would want to see launch to the local mmo market.

Trailer for their upcoming games

Besides showcasing their games, Cubizone also introduced some of their special perks for the Cubizone community

One of them was the Comixo, a Malaysian comic portal were they provide free online comics, including comics from Cubizone games.

Another was the Reward Points System, where players were given reward points whenever they recruit new players to Cubizone and able to top-up Cubits, currency for Cubizone where you can use to purchase items for their games. Some rewards include gadgets like gaming consoles, PC peripherals, cellphones and also lifestyle products.

Also present on the meeting was the CEO of Cubizone Philippines, Mr. Danny Fong, also known as papaspy (he is also famous to some popular MMOs) where he answers questions from the attendees about the company.

Mr. Danny Fong showcasing some of their game goodies

Sample of their goodies

From the meeting, they explained that Cubizone is a company by gamer for the gamers, telling that they all the player's concerns in gaming as they are also gamers and they will push up to the extra mile to ensure player's will have the best service and experience they can get.

Overall, the Meeting was a success and it is really interesting on see how Cubizone focuses more on the player's needs and wants, as some big local game publishers once promise to the gamers but failed to provide. Let's hope they won't share the same fate.

So good luck to Cubizone and I'm wishing them a successful launch.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Ran Online the Movie...so what the eff happened?

I just remembered this trailer that was showed on the E-Games Domination II event last 2008.
This was supposed to be the first locally produced movie for a video game and was planned to be release some time in 2008, well that's what they said....

Well...it's already 2010 and a few more weeks until Domination IV, and still no news about it
So... what the heck happened? Is this one of E-Games special trademark of hyping their games (I can guess you know what I mean lol) or a project destined to be failed.

So what do you think? hmmmmm

Saturday, February 20, 2010

NBA All-Star themed PSP anyone?

The NBA All-Star Weekend at Dallas has already ended, with the East wining the
all-Star game (you rock East!), the All-Star fever has still not ended

Well in this case it's more on gaming rather than sports, and NBA superstars are also into gaming, if you still don't believe me, you better see it for yourself.

Sony was at the All=Star Weekend showcasing one of it's products: the PSP Go, of course it would be out of place if it wasn't for the NBA themed designs from some of the hottest superstars today, so let's check out the gallery to see who among the superstars had their own PSP customized for them:

Lebron James

Paul Pierce

Brandon Roy

David Lee

Deron Williams

Nate Robinson

Russell Westbrooks

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Infected Valentine's Day

What make a very special day really odd? how about mixing love and zombies...yeah that's gonna be one bizarre combination.
So if you want to show your dorkiness for your love in games and also on your special someone, maybe you should check this out...

Alexandria "Beavotron" Neonakis created some Left 4 Dead valentine's card to bring out the fun loving and romantic side on the game with some gory but adorably messages of true Valentine's

You can check out Beavotron's other creations by visiting her thread in Penny Arcade

She also created a Left 4 Dead 2 version

And here are some of her Left 4 Dead inspired Valentine's Day cards
Happy Heart's Day everyone!! (oh and also Happy Chinese New Year!)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Faces: Mega Man

Today I'll be introducing a new feature to the blog, and it's called Faces.
It's all about the different versions or faces of a certain character from a video game, anime, comics or even from movies. Detailing of the different versions from it's backstories, abilities and personalities.

And first to be introduced to our new feature will be the famous blue bomber: Mega Man

Mega Man, also known as Rock Man in Japan, was created by Keiji Inafune at Capcom in 1987.
The story began as Rock is a robot created as a lab assistant by the scientist Dr. Thomas Light; following treachery by Dr. Wily, Rock was converted into a fighting robot to defend the world from Wily's violent robotic threats. Thus he becomes Mega Man.

All the Mega Man series have different stories, settings and characters, so let's take down some of the popular series.

Mega Man (Rockman)

The very first series of the famous Mega Man franchise, debuted on December 17, 1987 in Japan.

The basic story of the game revolves around the robot engineer Dr. Thomas Light, his robotic "children," Rock (a lab-assistant) and Roll (a housekeeper), and their struggle against Dr. Albert W. Wily.

Mega Man X (Rockman X)

The Mega Man X (Rockman X in Japan) series is the second Mega Man franchise released by Capcom. It debuted December 17, 1993 in Japan (February 1994 in North America) on the Super NES/Super Famicom. It is the first continuation in plot of the series, preceded by the classic Mega Man series.

The story revolves around Mega Man X, the final creation of Dr. Thomas Light, who is discovered by world-renowned archaeologist Dr. Cain and used to create an advanced race of robots known as "Reploids" (called so because they are literally reproductions based on the design of X). However, not long after their creation, some of the Reploids begin to go "maverick" and attack humans. Because of this, Dr. Cain is asked by the council to put a stop to this, and as such, forms a special unit to stop these "Mavericks" known as the "Maverick Hunters." However, the leader of the Hunters and Dr. Cain's initial creation, Sigma, goes maverick himself, taking many of the Hunters with him. Thus, the beginning of the First Maverick War begins to take shape.

Mega Man Legends (Rockman DASH)

Mega Man Legends,(Rockman DASH series, Rokkuman DASH shiriizu), is the third series in the Mega Man franchise. DASH is an acronym for "Digouter's Adventure Story in Halcyon Days". The series features 3D platforming gameplay.

The Legends series takes place thousands of years after the ZX series. By this time, the world is mostly ocean, leaving some islands left for civilization to prosper on. Based on in-game dialogue, the series takes place at least in the year 70XX, if not later.

The player controls MegaMan Volnutt, a teenage digger and archaeologist of sorts who searches underground ruins mainly for Quantum Refractors, which are the civilization's primary source of energy. He was found as a baby on Nino Island at the bottom of the closed-off Nino Ruins and was raised by Professor Barrel Caskett along with his granddaughter Roll Caskett.

Mega Man Battle Network (Rockman.EXE)

Mega Man Battle Network is a spin-off series based on the original Mega Man. This spin-off combines elements of the classic Mega Man stories with the high-tech world of computers.

In a parallel universe from the Mega Man classic series in the year 200X, the internet has become integrated with every piece of electronic equipment in existence (from TVs to ovens), and people carry around hand-held devices known as a Personal Exploration Terminal (PET). These devices act as phones, pagers, instant messengers, news beams, and hacking devices all rolled into one. Additionally they are able to be customized with a “NetNavi” or a human-like personality that can be anything the owner desires.

A fifth-grader named Lan Hikari(Netto Hikari in Japan) has a NetNavi named MegaMan.EXE (Rockman.EXE), a virus-fighting blue-suited cyber personality who is also Lan’s best friend. Although MegaMan.EXE has no body (unless the PET device itself counts), he can wander around in Cyberspace and explore computer systems as if they were alternate worlds. Together Lan and MegaMan.EXE (also known as just MegaMan) cooperate to fight off hackers and viruses.

Mega Man Zero (Rockman Zero)

The Mega Man Zero, known as Rockman Zero is the third series in the main Mega Man story-line, and the fifth series in Capcom's Mega Man video game franchise.

The story takes place one-hundred years after Zero had sealed himself after the Elf Wars. In this time-period, both the "Maverick Wars" and "Elf Wars" have ended, but a new threat has arisen and threatens to destroy both human and Reploid kind. A young scientist named Ciel, leader of a "Resistance", is searching for the legendary Reploid Zero to help in the fight against the oppressive forces of Neo Arcadia. She comes across the ruins of the lab in which Zero was sealed and awakens him. Thus, Zero becomes a member of the Resistance and takes up his sword once again to fight against evil.

Mega Man ZX (Rockman ZX)

Mega Man ZX is the first installment in the Mega Man ZX series.

In the 26th century, about 200 years after the Mega Man Zero series, the difference between humans and Reploids has become nonexistent, and a new combination of "man and machine," called "humanoids" has emerged. Although the series of events known as the "Second Maverick Wars" has long since ended, a new series of "maverick" uprisings begins to occur, which proves to be a dangerous threat since all beings on earth are now part machine in nature and thus susceptible to the outbreak. Vent and Aile, orphans from a maverick outbreak that occurred ten years ago, get drawn into the new conflict, along with Giro, the head of their delivery team.

Mega Man Star Force (Shooting Star Rockman)

MegaMan Star Force, known as Shooting Star Rockman is a series takes place 200 years after the MegaMan Battle Network series.

Geo Stelar's father disappeared in space, and a friend of his father, Aaron Boreal, gave him a Visualizer that belonged to his father, a device that allows see electro-magnetic waves. With this, Geo was able to see Omega-Xis, a EM alien that escaped from Planet FM with the Andromeda Key. As Omega-Xis is weak on Earth, he needs to EM Wave Change with a human to use his full strength, and he says that if Geo helps him, he will help find his father. They fuse into MegaMan, allowing Geo to enter in the "Wave World".

So there you have it, tune in in the future for more on Faces: guide to the different versions of your favorite gaming, anime and movie characters.

'Till next time...


Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Wall of Montage

Players sometimes creates tribute to their favorite games or even gaming consoles to show their love and appreciation to it, and the most common video tribute that they usually make are montages or combining several short video clips into a single long video clip.

And I managed to compile some montage from YouTube of some of the classic and most notable gaming consoles. So enjoy the massive montages.

Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)

Sega Genesis

Super NES

Sega Dreamcast

Sony PlayStation

Sony PlayStation 2