Thursday, March 25, 2010


Level Up! Philippines posted some cool new screenshots in their Perfect World PH Facebook Fan Page. I thought I might share the love.

Take a look at the Tideborn Screenshots here.

Monday, March 22, 2010


In a press release, LMI has pulled out of the Games Convention Asia. There go our hopes of having a decent Gaming Convention representative of the Asian Gaming Market. Here is the release in its entirety:

Leipziger Messe withdraws GCA

LEIPZIG, Germany and SINGAPORE - March 22, 2010 –In view of the overall currently prevailing economic situation, Leipziger Messe is withdrawing from its involvement with the Games Convention Asia. “It is a regrettable, but necessary decision”, says the managing director of LMI Asia, subsidiary of Leipziger Messe International (LMI), Joerg Zeissig. “We will continue to keep an eye on the Asian games market so that we can pick up again with new concepts if this becomes appropriate.”

The GCA and its accompanying developers conference was held in Singapore from 2007 to 2009. The most recent event registered 80 exhibitors and 102,500 visitors.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


First Filipino flag bearer to FIFA World Cup™

Join now for an experience of a lifetime at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ at Children have until March 25, 2010 to send in their videos answering, “Why I deserve to win the Sony Ericsson Search for the FIFA World Cup™ flag bearer.” Sony Ericsson is sending a Filipino child to proudly carry a FIFA flag live on the pitch in South Africa , marking the first time the country will participate in the global sports event.

The competition dares Filipino children aged 10-16 years old to creatively answer the question in a 30-60 second video. Act, dance, illustrate, sing or perform the reason. Contestants can submit as many entries as they want. Five finalists will each win the Sony Ericsson Kita, the gesture gaming phone wonder with 5-megapixel camera, photo geo-tagging, Net access, high quality media player and stereo speakers.

From then on, the five videos will be voted upon for the Philippines to decide who gets to be the first FIFA flag bearer. The grand winner, together with his parent or guardian, will fly to South Africa in July complete with hotel accommodations and pocket money. He or she will then walk the pitch with other young flag bearers and watch a thrilling FIFA World Cup™ semi-finals match firsthand.

“This will be the first time for the Philippines to participate in a FIFA World Cup™ event so we are inviting Filipino children to try out and give it their best,” said Dennis Manzano, Sony Ericsson General Manager.

More details are at Join in or vote for the top video of your choice. The grand winner will be announced on April 20, 2010.

Friday, February 19, 2010


Trip to South Africa and Sony Ericsson phones up for grabs in FIFA World Cup ™ video contest

It’s game on for FIFA World Cup™ fans as Sony Ericsson launches a video competition that promises exciting prizes including the new gesture gaming phone Kita and a trip for two to South Africa . Sony Ericsson is searching for a Filipino child to be a FIFA flag bearer in the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa .

The winning child, together with his parent or guardian, can use his Sony Ericsson Kita to catch the excitement of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“The Sony Ericsson Kita will be an exciting and handy travel companion for our young FIFA flag bearer headed for Cape Town , South Africa . The handset will help him or her keep in touch, and keep us posted on this historic journey ahead. This will be the first time for the Philippines to participate in a FIFA World Cup event,” said Dennis Manzano, Sony Ericsson General Manager.

Sony Ericsson will award Kita handsets to the top five finalists of the Search for the FIFA World Cup™ Flag Bearer. The contest is open to Filipino children aged 10-16 years old. Simply create a 30-60 second video and creatively answer, “Why I deserve to win the Sony Ericsson Search for the FIFA World Cup™ flag bearer.” Upload the video to Children can have fun and present their reasons in play, song, dance and other creative ways to convince judges.

Five finalists will be chosen and beginning March 8, 2010, voting for the number one favorite flag bearer begins. Sony Ericsson will let the public decide who deserves the honor of being sent as the Philippines ’ first FIFA flag bearer to this premier international sporting event.

The Sony Ericsson Kita is the first motion and gesture gaming handset outside the Japanese market, and features everything for the young traveler to enjoy. It comes loaded with gesture games, so one can just move their body to play and win. Other great games, including motion and standard games, are ready to be accessed from a games carousel on the phone’s desktop. A/B buttons act as gaming shortcut keys.

Kita also comes with a 5-megapixel camera with auto focus, 4x digital zoom, face detection and geo-tagging. Take pictures and record videos of unforgettable FIFA World Cup™ moments. The camera has a send-to-web function for one to easily share images and video clips to family and friends. Music call lets a user share their music with one button press while talking.

Exclusively for the Asia Pacific market, the Kita also comes with exclusive content from the Sony Ericsson Entertainment Asia portal. Each phone can be loaded with entertainment features of the user’s choice such as blockbuster films from Sony Pictures, songs and music videos from Sony Music and game titles from the Gameloft content library.

Sony Ericsson is the Official Mobile Phone Handset of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. Visit to learn more about the Sony Ericsson Search for the FIFA World Cup™ Flag Bearer. Registered voters on the site will get a chance to win the exclusive Sony Ericsson Team Pilipinas shirts.

Saturday, January 30, 2010


This is in response to my good friend Joel Tan's meme Top 5 MMO Gamer Grub.

Me and Joel go a long way and the grub he posted explains why in almost 17 years of gaming marathons from playing Dungeons & Dragons, to Robotech, to eventually Perfect World we never really ended up fighting about the food.

Here are my choices. Please note that before I was a blogger or a tech journalist, I spent four years as an assistant editor for a health magazine, so excuse the jargon and the tone.

1) Coffee. Black as night. No Cream. No Sugar. The dairy taste of cream might trigger sleepiness from your programming as a kid to drink warm milk before beddy-bye. Too much sugar and boom, your pancreas over reacts, and floods you with insulin--sugar crash. Good bye all energy reserves, hello pillow!

2) Water. Dehydration kills, and not taking any non-diuretic liquids while gaming eventually will. I try and have a bottle nearby to take a sip out of every now and then. Also helps when you burn your lips on the coffee mug. Taking controlled sips prevents having to go to the loo. The trick is to keep hydrated not over hydrate and cause a flush.

3) Ice diluted Mountain Dew. The water in the ice cuts the amount of sugar in Mountain Dew so as to prevent sugar crash. This is the alternative if it's too warm for coffee and the closest to actually drinking those "energy drinks" which contain too much caffeine and have too much chemicals and actually induces taking a wiz. Why Mountain Dew? It contains the most caffeine of all sodas, and is classic gamer fare in any platform.

4) Soda crackers. Take your pick, but make sure they are salty enough. The salt helps your body retain the liquids you take and its taste off-sets the sweetness of soda, the bitterness of coffee, or the blandness of water. The crackers also help calm the acids of your stomach.

5) Pizza. Easy to eat, easy to digest, filling, only one hand required. As simple as a sandwich, as filling as a hotdog. No cooking required and available 24/7.

Though I have mentioned five already, I would like to suggest carbo loading an hour or two before a game marathon. Not only does it provide long term energy reserves, but a raid on a full stomach just works better. A large plate of pasta with a heavy sauce, a substantial sandwich, or rice and your favorite savory viand should do the trick.

Check what the other peeps invited by Joel think: PJ Punla, Mon Macutay, Darrick Regondola, and Robert Sanchez.

Sunday, October 11, 2009


From Media Connect Asia:

China imposes strict rules in online games; bans foreign investments
By Eduardo Sioson
Oct 12, 2009

Biz IT ran a story by Xinhua on China imposing protectionism on its online gaming industry by blocking the entry of foreign investors through a joint notice by the General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP) and the National Copyright Administration.

According to the notice by China’s press and copyright authorities, foreign companies are banned to invest in the country’s online game operations whether it is a wholly owned enterprise, partnership and cooperatives. Likewise, foreign investors are not allowed to offer technical support in relation to China’s online gaming business.

The new regulation, which aims to put a stop on illegal operators and prevent the proliferation of unhealthy contents, also restricts local operators from running an online gaming business without securing a permit from the GAPP.

Earlier, authorities had managed to close down 45 foreign online game operators who don’t have an approval from the regulators.