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Location: Sarawak, Malaysia

Friday, March 26, 2004

Final Update

This will be my last update for about two weeks as I'll be headed to Kuala Lumpur tomorrow to attend a training course. If I can, I'll try to update the blog if I can find a cyber cafe or something nearby the hostel where I'll be staying.

So, other then the Wrestling World 2004 review, I've added the latest installment of my 'Spoiling The Illusion' column. I'll probably also add additional news bits throughout the day so check back.

Wrestling World 2004

Was it the best puroresu show ever? My buddy TenzanTeam2K seems to think so. So after having a chance to watch it myself, I put up my own review comparing my match ratings with his. If you've read my article on how I feel about New Japan, you might know what to expect. But I'd also like to mention that I've become a bit more stern in general when it comes to rating puroresu matches now that I've watched alot of them over the past year. I used to think every match blew my mind when I first started, but now I even have to admit that not every puroresu match is five-star material compared to what WWE & TNA produce. My views mostly stem from how good the work in the match was as well as if I'd watch that match or event again later down the line.
So bear in mind the views expressed on my tape reviews are solely just my opinion, and everyone is entitled to have their own.

Thursday, March 25, 2004

Coolest thing you'll ever see?

After watching clips of it on Tech TV because of the copyright suite it caused, I just had to download the home made version of Outkast's 'Hey Ya' video that used characters from the Peanuts (Charlie Brown, Snoopy etc.) cartoon. Was really fun and one of the coolest things you'll probably ever see. I highly recommend to anyone to get this video if you can find it (KAZAA is a good place to start). The song itself is one of the best 'feel good' songs ever.

I also received a confirmation letter yesterday confirming that I had passed my TWI Visual Welding Inspector's course and exam last month. The thing that gets to me is, why didn't they immediately send me my certificate and ID card, instead of just the confirmation letter first? Wouldn't it save time and postage or something?

I went to watch the movie 'School of Rock' last night. It was a really simple and fun movie, though I noticed some of the other viewers in the cineplex had trouble understanding all the hard rock and metal references that were being used. Overall I highly recommend watching it once as it's also a feel good movie that'll put a smile on anyone's face.

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

WWE Update!

24hrs after an awesome RAW, major changes have already taken place concerning SmackDown and the draft picks! A new General Manager as well as several trades were made. Check it out in the Puroresu section.

WWE's Lethal Lottery

This week's edition of WWE RAW was definately an eye-opener with the lottery to pick new RAW and SmackDown brand talent. And the show didn't fail to deliver a few suprises! Check out the report now!

Also, do check out my buddy, TenzanTeam2K's blog as he's added 2 new pages to his blog, definately good reading for all you pro-wrestling buffs like myself.

Monday, March 22, 2004

Article Up

My long awaited 'Do I Hate New Japan?' article is up. Check it out and let me know what you think. This is probably the longest rant I've come up with off the top of my head. Ideas like these are normally few and far between, so it'll probably be awhile before another extended rant like this comes up.

On that note, just so you guys know, I'll be going to Kuala Lumpur to attend a training course on 3/27/04 and will be gone for about 2 weeks. So there won't be any posts from then 'till I get back. And all Puroresu VCD orders will also be on hold, so you can mail me your orders, but I'll only have them sent out when I get back, which will be around 4/7/04.
But I'm still around, so you can expect one more Spoiling the Illusion from me before I leave if WWE pisses me off by screwing up the lottery tomorrow.

Saturday, March 20, 2004

Dare you take Dante's Inferno test?

The Dante's Inferno Test has banished me to the Fifth Level of Hell!
Here is how I matched up against all the levels:
Purgatory (Repenting Believers)Low
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)Very Low
Level 2 (Lustful)High
Level 3 (Gluttonous)Very High
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)Very High
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)Extreme
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Very Low
Level 7 (Violent)Very High
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)Very High
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)High

Take the Dante Inferno Hell Test

Interesting to note that my score is the same as my namesake.

PS2 Game Review: Medal of Honor - Rising Sun
I was a big fan of the original Medal of Honor: Allied Assault on the PC when it first came out. Medal of Honor was the game that got me interested in First Person Shooters (FPS), especially anything with a good sniper element to it.

I would normally never give a second thought to getting a FPS on a console, but it was the Pearl Harbor level that tweaked my interest to get the game, much like the Normandy Invasion level of Allied Assault first hooked me in.

There are only nine missions in the single player game, and their not very difficult either as almost every enemy killed grants health ups so your never really in any real danger. But there’s still the possibility you’ll miss something like bonus objectives or even save points if you don’t truly explore the environment. You could probably finish the single player mode in one afternoon. It only took me 3 days, but I have a schedule to work with. The big selling point would have been the online play option, but I wouldn’t know since I don’t have PS2 Online.

The levels bring you from the battle ships of Pearl Harbor to the jungles of Burma, and even on to the streets of Singapore. And it’s not all run and gun action. Some objectives require you to provide covering fire while riding on the back of transport vehicles, and in one mission, you ride an elephant while gunning down Japanese soldiers! That was one of the more fun rides.

Graphics are good, but not really outstanding. You get some detail, but in some levels, your stuck with the ‘corridors full of doors you can’t open’ syndrome. The jungle levels are also pretty much redundant.
The audio is very good, almost like being in a movie. The background music changes with the ambiance and catches the mood of the moment.

Other than the game being short, the only problem I could find was in the controls. It takes some getting used to playing with the analog sticks, and it definitely makes accurate shooting a bit of a task. Most of the time, during intense gun fights, you find yourself getting hit a lot cause your trying to lock on to the enemies. So you also end up doing a lot of strafing left and right hoping you hit them before they hit you.

The unlockable extras I’ve come upon are storyboards and other historic video footage. Not really much of a big plus, but fun since they make the story boards out to be short stories of how the developers wanted things to go.

Overall, I thought it was a good game, though the single player mode can only appeal for so long. Definitely worth a trying if you’re into FPS games or have PS2 online to play multiplayer online games.

Graphics - 7
Sound - 8
Gameplay - 6
Lifespan - 7
Overall - 7

Friday, March 19, 2004

Spoiling the Illusion and a word to ASTRO

I've just posted my newest Spoiling the Illusion column as well as some wrestling news and thoughts from the past week. As usual, Check it out and let me know what you guys think.

I've got a bone to pick with ASTRO. Much like many fans complain WWE should get writers that have actual experiance in dealing with pro-wrestling to write their angles and promos, I would SERIOUSLY recommend ASTRO gets someone with pro-wrestling related experiance to do the sub-titles for TNA wrestling on Star World. For God's sakes, some of the direct translations they use are just nightmarish! And how in the blue hell can you miss-spell Masa Chono into 'MOSSOCHONA'!?!?
I'm also BEGGING ASTRO to at least be mercifull to us wrestling fans and allow us to switch off the damn sub-titles with our remotes!

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

RAW's follow up to 'Mania

There was a big shake-up on this week's edition of WWE RAW with a shocking announcement made by Vince McMahon for next week's show. What was the big announcement? Check out my WWE RAW report, as well some post WrestleMania thoughts.

Wouldn't you know I finally go see a doctor yesterday to get myself checked out, but after taking what was prescibed to me, I actually felt worse than before I went to see him! Still, that didn't stop me from watching RAW and now updating my blog.

Monday, March 15, 2004

Where It All Begins....Again

Put up a HUGE WWE WrestleMania XX report. I would have posted it earlier, but stupid ASTRO advertised the show for 9AM, and it actually started at 8AM, so I missed the first half hour of the show and had to watch the replay before I could finish a full report!
I'm still battling a bad cold, but that didn't stop me from watching the biggest annual American pro-wrestling show. The show went over four and a half hours, but still many of the undercard matches were cut short. The two world title matches seriously delivered though. Check out the full report for my thoughts.

I had a huge laugh last night. While channel surfing, I stumbled upon the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, which to my knowledge was cancelled a long time ago. Anyway, Leno's guests who included Snoop Dog, and an 87yr old party woman (I'm NOT kidding). But it was overweight comedian Ralphie May who stole the show and had me in stitches with his 'white guy acting black' routine! Even better was his Iraqi war jokes and his overall act and routine got him a standing ovation from the live crowd, and Snoop Dog was even laughing his head off and giving him props!
After Leno, I was expecting Conan O'Brien like before, but instead they aired old episodes of Saturday Night Live! I'm not sure if it's every episode up till now, but last night they were still hyping the Brad Pitt 'Fight Club' movie! The show itself was suprisingly dissapointing after all the hype I've heard of the show.

Saturday night I got really pissed off at the TPI Digital satellite TV channel as they aired WWE Smackdown, but in the one hour show they aired, they only showed the opening promo vignette and they cut straight to the main event! And even that was clipped almost straight to the end!! So what took up all the time? A Lot of advertisements and in between some stupid, STUPID self produced half-assed segments with HORRIBLE Indonesian actors thinking their big shot wrestlers! TPI Digital, it was cool when you guys aired K-1 and the UFC. Even the smaller underground vale tudo shows were done with some taste and professionalism, but your handling of WWE shows is JUST PLAIN HORRIBLE and simply UNWATCHABLE for my taste, and I'm sure many other WWE fans would agree!
So either bring back the MMA shows, or stay the hell away from pro-wrestling!

Friday, March 12, 2004

WrestleMania XX Countdown

Listening to KMFDM as I battle with a cold.

Updated my latest Spoiling The Illusion column as well as my predictions for WrestleMania XX this Monday (For us in Malaysia). Also some bad news for you Tenzan's fans out there (I know who one of them are).

I've also posted a tape review for the NOAH Navigation Over The Date Line 9/13/03 tape. Great show featuring Kenta Kobashi defending the GHC Heavyweight title against New Japan's Yuji Nagata, as well as an EXCELLANT GHC Jr Tag Title match as Marufuji & KENTA defend against Kanemaru & Hashi.

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Big updates

Lots of stuff posted today. First, of course is the WWE RAW report. Check back later this week for my WrestleMania predictions. Also posted the matchlist for the two new NJPW shows I have in the puroresu tapes section, and finally a music video review for the new KoRn video, one of my all time favorite bands. Also for your reading pleasure, a PS2 game review below. Enjoy!

PS2 Game Review: Prince of Persia – The Sands of Time
I remember playing the original Prince of Persia game a LONG time ago on my friend’s PC. I’ve also played the SNES version of Prince of Persia, which I consider the best in the series and one of the best SNES games ever. There was also a 3D version that came out for Sega’s Dreamcast, I didn’t think much of it, and never finished it cause of a bug in the game that cause it to hang near the end of the game. That version also didn’t break any new ground.
Now there’s the new Sands of Time game. This was critically acclaimed and one of the best games of 2003. And I would have to agree. This game has one of the best storylines I’ve ever seen in a video game.
Graphically, this game isn’t anything that hasn’t been done before, but the gameplay is fun and easy to pick up. Everything you need to know gets thought to you along the way. Also included, instead of just the standard Matrix-type bullet time effects, you also have the Dagger of Time, which allows you to reverse time in case you make any mistakes, so you always get a second chance as long as there’s sand in the dagger!
The in game music is also quite good, following the ambiance of the current situation you face. Voice acting is pretty good, though I wonder why an Arabian prince has an English acscent. The in-game dialogue between the Prince and Princess are also fun to listen to as it adds some realism to the situation. It's also fun listening to the Prince ramble to himself sometimes. And the ending credits theme is probably one of the best english songs ever written for a video game!
The only downside I can see with the game is that it can be quite easy to finish. I can only think of two puzzles in the whole game that really made me scratch my head. Most of them just require a bit of trial and error. The battles start off easy and get harder along the way, but usually can be dealt with if you have a little skill and patience. Another gripe I have is that you replenish your health by drinking from water fountains scattered throughout the palace. Wouldn’t it make more sense if the guy could carry a flask of something? Than again, maybe that would have made the game easier than it already is.
As a bonus, the game includes the original Prince of Persia game! Though I haven’t unlocked it yet and am not sure how. Maybe I need a faster clear time (My finish time was just over 10 hours).
Overall, I highly recommend trying out this game.
Graphics – 8
Sound – 8
Gameplay – 8
Lifespan – 7
Overall - 7

Monday, March 08, 2004

Hustle! Hustle! Hustle!

I've put up the results and my thoughts on the two big weekend puroresu shows, NOAH's 3/6 Budokan show and ZERO-ONE's HUSTLE-2 3/7 show.

The other night I went to watch the movie Cold Creek Manor. One of those movies that really states the obvious from the beginning. You already know whats gonna happen and just have to sit around to wait for it to happen. This was kind of a DUD movie.

Still, there are alot of other movies I'm looking forward to this year, if you don't already know yet, Spiderman-2, Super Sapiens (The Hellboy comic based movie), Garfield (Can't wait for this one!), Van Hellsing, The Punisher, Aliens Vs Predator (Should be awesome!), and a whole lot of others I can't recall.
Also coming soon are a bunch of video game related movies, though I don't know when their coming out, Devil May Cry (from the makers of American Pie!?), Fatal Frame (By Steven Spielberg!), Alone in the Dark, Resident Evil 2, Street Fighter 2, Dead or Alive, the 3D Final Fantasy VII movie from Japan, and some more which I also can't recall at this time. Noticeably, most are based on survival horror games, which I think is great since they already have a good storyline to follow.
Feel free to let me know via comments any good movies to look out for that I have forgotten to add to the lists above.

Friday, March 05, 2004

Back in Business

Finally put up some updates. First is my latest Spoiling The Illusion column, where I've gone a more rhetorical question route, and I've put up a tape review for New Japan's Wrestling World 2002 tape. Check 'em out and let me know what you think.

My New Toy...
I've recently joined the high-tech world of digital fotography as I've purchased a Genius G-Shot D211 digital camera. It's a really neat little gadget which I now seem to carry everywhere with me. Hey, you never know when you might need a camera handy?!

Thursday, March 04, 2004

I'm back...

... and better than ever..., Eric Bischoff's theme always seems to fit when I return from a hiatus.
Now my modem is fixed and it's back to business. Unfortunately, I'm too lazy to review RAW this late into the week, so I'll just jump to the Spoilling The Illusion column tomorrow.

I did manage to keep myself busy these few days as my buddy TenzanTeam2K has supplied me with two good New Japan Pro Wrestling tapes, Ultimate Crush 2 and Yokohama Dead Out. Both shows will be available soon so keep checking the puroresu tapes section.

Monday, March 01, 2004

Technical Problems

Just to let you guys know, I'm having problems with my PC modem (Currently using my dad's laptop to post this). So until I can fix the problem, I might not be posting anything for awhile.

On that note, I'd like to give a big shout out to my buddy, TenzanTeam2k, for helping me out and getting an audio jack for my PC, which I just received today. Thanks alot, dude! I'll get your stuff done and out as soon as I can!