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It is obvious from the start that Germany is going to lose . What’s with the 70% possession from Spain for the first 15 min and pathetic attacks from Germany . Even though Klose is a good striker , we all know that he can’t break through the defence wall without any assist and that’s where the 5 midfielders come in. But then Podolski looks like he is living in his own world , always out running passes and generally running to spaces where ball can’t reach while Muller is on the bench .

On the other hand , Spain is clever with their tactics ; they disrupted the pacing of Germany by going slow and played possession football  for the first 10 or so minute right after the game started. Imagine your ball got snatched away just after your first pass and didn’t get the chance of touching it  for 10 whole minutes ; your pacing will be disrupt for sure as you  lost 10 minutes of warming up with the ball . This effect is obvious ; Germany have shaky controls when they have the possession while Spain can pull off solid runs and passes. However , there is a chance of gaining back the momentum for Germany during the fifth minute or so . Too bad , a crazy guy ran into the field and stop the flow of the game .

Even though the whole game was controlled by Spain with waves of closing in and possession , they have a hard time scoring . Their only goal was from a corner kick  . Why? Germany defence is as hard as a rock and Neuer , the keeper was on form( must be due to the fact that he is the only one with more than 5 second of possession time in Germany due to so many attacks from Spain) . Tons of attacks inside the penalty box were nullified  by amazing play from the defenders but sadly , the forward can’t even pull off a pass without losing the ball to the opponent in the next second. Not to mention , what’s with the long passes and the obsession with aerial plays from Germany when no one is in reach or fast enough to run through Spain defence?

To be honest , I got bored with it after 60 minutes because it was a boring game . One side , you have attacks which got blocked down 3/4 of the time and on another side , great defence and nothing else . It is clear that this won’t be a game with high scores and lop sided attack with low score count isn’t fun to watch.

Next game will be Netherlands vs Spain . From the semi final performances , Spain seems to be having a upper hand and better form so most likely it will be a predictable match . I can’t really get my anticipation level up now since I am indifferent for both teams . Then again ,  I will go for Netherlands because they will most likely lose ; supporting the weaker team when teams I truly support have lost is my principal.

For your information , I support two teams , Mexico as underdog and Germany as giant . Too bad , sometimes I am such a jinx where team I support will never win . I remember I ignored Champion League and Bayern Munich got into the semi-final . Then when I got serious and followed it , they lost.

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Woah , this must be the first time I have ever been so fast in catching up with a game. I am only 1 year late! Regardless , being hyped up by the World Cup yet couldn’t be arse enough to follow the live matches due to the lack of means , I decided to play PES 2010 on a whim just to get the feel of football hype again. First thing first , football is a wonderful sport because you just need a ball to play with , of course , same goes for basketball or any other sport but football doesn’t need a prefixed hoop or limited venue to enjoy the same experience as the real thing, you may just need some slippers , twits or a void deck that ban black coloured man from playing football in order to play the game . These equipments and venues  are as accessible as the oxygen you are breathing in and this is why anyone , regardless of poor or rich could play and win a chance for a glamorous endeavour in the numerous world wide recognised competitions. There are just so many chances and dreams to fulfil out there compare to other sport .

Ban black coloured man with no facial features and unrealistic head from playing football.

So onto the gameplay for PES 2010.

Something is weird about this game , no , not the interfaces which I don’t give a damn about unlike so many others . The commentaries are then the weird one, now pes is the abbreviation of Pro Evolution Soccer but the commentators always called the sport as Football but not Soccer ! Why the difference in translation? Why is the game released for US but uses a British commentator?! Not to mention , I played the Window version which is like a carbon copy for the xbox360 version but the sponsor board on the field showed Sony Playstation! WTF is that?!

Now onto the real gameplay .

If you read my twitter , I complained about the sluggish gameplay and some of its problems such as the abolishment of the feint shot and the insensitive controls . Never mind about that because I complained about how Arsenal is too strong for  PES 5 , how there are no difference in gameplay for PES 6 and how PES2009 doesn’t even have Bayern Munchen as a team. In other words , those are just petty complains because I am outraged at how I can’t win a game in Top Player mode or get my players with 90 dribble to break through a 4 men wall by dashing forward like how I did it in previous version. Now that I could  get hold of the controls better and probably can use UAE to win Brazil at Top Players mode , I am enjoying this sluggish play because it add in to the realism . Not to mention , to accommodate with this realism , the scoring is easier now . I could easily score unintentional scores and get away with it but that’s not saying that the opponent team can’t do that as well . That’s all for the gameplay because other than the players being shittier now , especially when they are  low in form , there isn’t  many changes from the previous version .

Now , you can’t talk about PES without talking about FIFA . I am a PES fanboy since ISSPro Evolution . During that era , FIFA 2000 just couldn’t compete with ISS because FIFA plays like some kindergarten jokes . There is this formula in FIFA for you to score and you can easily hit a 10-0 by repeating this formula. Not to mention , the graphic sucks and the players move unrealistically unlike its superior counter part which is ISS Pro 4. With that , my last encounter with FIFA is FIFA 2003 or something and it just play the same so I just gave up on FIFA and enjoy my PES goodness which is the almighty PES 5. The shittiness of FIFA forever remains as a stigma and I never dare to touch it again so I couldn’t really make a comparison now .

There isn’t really a lot to talk about and with the commence of PES2011 this October , this post is pretty useless since there isn’t any more things to add-on to the PES2010 discussion.

Nevertheless ,to end off , I will like to use the amazing statement from ISS Pro Evolution Ending Credit:

Don’t you think that football is one of the greatest languages? Because once you kick a ball , you can communicate with anybody , anywhere in the world!

Except for USA .

Recently , I watched two movies , Future X Cop and Ip Man 2 and they make me ponder the state of Chinese Cinema . Before going deeper into both movie , I will like to share some of my thoughts for Chinese film. The Chinese film Golden Age to me is definitely the 70’s  till the end of the 20th century. After that , we will only get the occasional Internal Affairs and Red Cliff .  Other than that , Chinese films are underwhelmed by the big budgeted Hollywood.

Before the 21 century, there are 3 types of Chinese films that allowed it to gain its golden age status : Kungfu/Wuxia action films , Gangster films and Mo Lei Tau comedy . The gangster film loses out because Hollywood can make bigger gunfight and bigger explosion while the Mo Lei Tau comedy was deemed to be too low-brow and cheap to gain any recognition . With that,  only our hand to hand combat action film remains better than the western counterpart. Though that’s like saying  a professional  pianist is better than a green horn one; we have been doing these kungfu film since the black and white era and have thousands of years of kungfu culture to support it so how can we even lose at it?! This point led to the discussion of Future X Cop and Ip Man .

Ip Man is a revisit to the Kungfu films . Yes , it is true that the Kungfu films are the shit in the 90’s thanks to stars like Jet Lee , Jackie Chan and others , however , there is a lack of these films during the 21th century . This is due to the mentioned actors expanded their career in Hollywood and the advent of CGI . With CGI , fight scenes can be great even without real martial arts . The Hong Kong cinema coped with CGI pretty well in the late 90’s and early 00’s with acclaimed movie like Storm Raider and Shaolin Soccer . However , CGI is a competition of technology and budget , the one with more of them wins . With that , Hollywood created movie like Terminator 2 , Matrix , Spiderman and such while refining the CGI usage to a matured level while Chinese Film struggle with cartoonish special effects and finally lose out . When comparing to their western counterpart , the CGI just look cheap and jarring so the result wasn’t too much of a surprise. The recent Future X Cop just strengthen this fact. It is like why should I watch Future X Cop when I can watch Iron Man 2? They are providing the same service and one is way more superior than the other!

Now , Future X Cop sucks , it really sucks . However , I must praise it because if there are no movie like Future X Cop to become the stepping stone for the refinement of CGI in Chinese films , the technique will stay stagnant and it will just lose out more. But then again , looking at those CGI , I lamented at why the hell do they waste their time and money do make this crap and not do what they are good at instead? So it was quite complicated , should Chinese films remain stagnant with their CGI and stay by the old formula that may become obsolete  any day or should they do otherwise? That’s for producer to decide and for me to find out.

Now on the other hand , Ip Man is great . It is simple ,touching and exciting at the same time . However , as much as I enjoyed the film , I hate to say that this won’t last long .  The kungfu films formula haven’t change since the Bruce Lee era. The basic premise follows: A great kungfu master with exceptional moral imparts and impacts people with their spirit and Chinese culture values. They are often being oppressed by a bigger power – mostly Japanese or Westerners due to the occupation by  both of them during the early 20th century .  Then they will fight the greater power in some form of martial art fights to impart Chinese culture and the importance of respect .They often played around with the ideas of underdog and how Kungfu is more than brutal fights for their theme . Jackie Chan added more to that by having interesting stunts but the premise more or less remained similar(Though he did try and succeeded with innovative plot as shown in Shijuku Incident and some other films of his).

The above mentioned formula is a winning formula but it will fail one day . Why? Did you noticed how those actors are all in their forties?  How can it keep on going when such talents are one in a million? Not to mention , the idea will get old one day . It might still be a joy to watch  Fearless and Ip Man thanks to some biography of well known real life Martial Artist and awesome choreography  but how many more Kungfu masters are there for you to depict and how exciting and innovative the choreography will get when the same premise is rehearsed a million times? The Jackie Chan formula is a long-lasting one though but there is a problem , it had been so many years and there is still only one Jackie Chan . If Martial Artist stars are one in a million then Jackie Chan will be one in a billion so how long will his formula keeps out? Not long  I guess.

So now they can either nurture another Kungfu star and keep the formula going or try another winning formula . Both of them take the same amount of time to succeed but the latter is of course more lasting . However  it will be more risky and take more tries to warm up the audience as shown in Future X Cop .

Of course , there are still some occasional gems like Red Cliff and such but compare these to the more widespread and frequent Hollywood/Western productions, how will the Chinese films keep up with it is still unknown . They are now coping with their interesting plot and rich histories and culture but how long will this last is still something that we odd to be careful of .

With that , I will end my thoughts . As for Singapore films , let’s just say that we are too young to be worth anything .

In my search of awesome rpg without 30 min of lengthy boring prologue cut scene , I decided to put on my pirate bandana and “steal” one of the Square Enix cum Jupiter highly acclaimed RPG, The World Ends With You on DS. Man , aren’t I hooked by it. The moment I started playing , I found myself glued behind my computer screen for up to 14 hours per day for a total of 5 days!  The last game which I played with such vigour spirit was Oblivion 4 from light years ago.

After trying the abomination of shitty game genre called MMO RPG , I thought that I had long outgrown gaming. I spend less than 24 hours per year on gaming during the last 2 to 3 years . Long gone is the day where I am all motivated trying to complete every game out there , until The World Ends With You came .

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I have lots of free time because I always stayed at home and don’t bath. That’s why I always visit youtube and watches tonnes  of videos there. Due to that , I always find some underrated gems  so I might as well use my non existing popularity to promote them . Today , let’s feature Hyadain and Duncan Bro.

Hyadain is a genius that remix and compose song out of classical games such as Mario and Rockman . His song have lyrics that are funny and in context with the game . It also reference lots of popular meme such as Yaranaika and generally being funny. No amount of word can describe how awesome he is so let use his video do the talking.

http://www.youtube.com/user/hyadain2525 <- Hyadain channel.

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=058758035131A169 <- English sub of his song.

I first found Duncan Bro’s Overdrift 2 via Menclave homepage. Funny how that work because I visit their site regularly when I don’t  download English fansub anymore .

Whatever .

Duncan Bro is some sort of amateur film production team that put out short films and spoof trailers that poke fun on movie cliché. They also parodied lots of pop culture and even throw in some anime reference. What’s amazing is that their films are high in quality.  Though the most important thing is that they are funny .

http://www.youtube.com/user/duncanbros <- Duncan Bros channel

Fat Krilin running

Oh , and to every Singaporean out there , NUS Comic is the best comic dealer , fuck tenchi and comic connection . Why the  best you asked? Today , I bought a set of second-hand FMA volume 1-18 for 22 dollars( about 14 US dollar) and you know what? Volume 8 and 9 is missing . Oh my god , what to do ? Don’t worry , being the best comic dealer , they provided me with superior , first hand unwarped version of it ! Not only that , they throw in a brand new volume 19 and two short extra volume into it ! All for just $22! Can you believe that?!

Also , they helped me to get hold of Eden ,it’s an endless world , Genshiken , Wild Life , Bitter Virgin and Suzuka when every mother fucking comic dealer said that they are out of stock !Not only that , they provide home delivery for your comic without any extra charges!  When you ordered books from them , you won’t need any deposit! They have an impressive list of second-hand comic for sale as well . They are very generous in giving free plastic cover for their books too!

Not to mention , their owner/dealer , I called him uncle Sam is a very amicable man .  It must be the first time I used the word amicable , that show how friendly and awesome he is .

It is because of dealer like them , I don’t read scanlation at all! Why hurt your brain and eyes , reading bright computer screen when you can get hold of , affordable , convenient and comfortable physical comics? What are you waiting for? Click their link under the “Hobby Site” category in this blog and start buying comic! Delete away every scanlation you have and unfavourite fucking ONE MANGA!!!

Wohooo ,I finally have this blogroll category on my side bar .  Now , I do read lots of other blogs ,   but you see , most of the time , I just skip most of their content even though some are good . However , those blogs in the blogroll have contents that I read fully , not once , not twice but maybe a few hundred times .

Now with the prevalence of google reader , I don’t really think that there is a need for a blogroll  , I for one never click any blog links from my site after using google reader anyway . But you must understand , not everyone know about rss feed and how wonderful they are . Most people only use the internet to surf porn and poke mushroom  . The only Wikipedia page they read is the naruto and IWICSYI page. Youtube + facebook are the only other sites that they know of. That’s why, being the defender of justice , I have this obligation to  do them a favour by recommending them blogs that  are as wonderful as mine  LOL!

Do read them , they are great for lols and informations. Below , I will supply some informations about them.

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Thoughts

The first 30 minute or so is pretty heavy in the theme of using allien to illustrate issue on  outcast and those living at the bottom rung of the society . It also used some kind of special directing technique whereby the whole movie is just like a documentary .The reference to district 6 is also quite clever . All these are smart and deep  but shortly  after that , it suddenly just turned into a rat and mouse game of a mutated human and the MNU . Irregardless , the rat and mouse race is one of the most heart pumping one that I ever saw . Every minute there is tension and explosion , the main character can die anytime and the action scene are really well done and realistic , realistic as in more realistic than most movies out there .
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