Bringing you the freshest gaming news and reviews around the globe

Hello Kitty Online Founder’s Beta Announced!

September 12th, 2008 by admin

Heads up people! The cutest MMORPG, Hello Kitty Online has a huge update. "The Founder’s Beta" has been announced. This allows those who haven’t joined in yet on the closed beta to grab a chance to try the game. Hurry up and scuttle over to their site to grab one of the limited 20,000 founder accounts.

Below is a quote from their press release:

Hong Kong – September 12, 2008: Sanrio Digital ( announced today that Hello Kitty Online will begin an exclusive Founders’ Beta on October 8, 2008. The Founders’ Beta will allow a limited number of users to play the official Hello Kitty MMORPG ahead of launch while receiving Founder benefits and participating in special in-game events. Hello Kitty Online ( is a free-to-play Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) based on Sanrio’s famous characters. The game transports players into the cute and cuddly world of Sanrio Land, where players will meet and interact with over a hundred Sanrio characters, including Hello Kitty, Badtz-Maru, Keroppi, Dear Daniel, My Melody, Pochacco, Cinnamoroll, and many others.

Hello Kitty Online boasts several new additions and improvements since the Closed Beta version, and the Founder’s Beta will feature a new game client with an improved interface, improved graphics and special effects, new monsters, new maps, new items, and the opening of London and Paris. The Founders’ Beta will also introduce gameplay changes such as new skills, new pet systems and team-play oriented enhancements.

20,000 Founder accounts will be issued on a first-come first-served basis. Players who wish to become Hello Kitty Online Founders are required to sign up on SanrioTown ( and use the SanrioTown email system to send a blank message to Only emails originating from SanrioTown will qualify.

Hello Kitty Online is fully integrated with SanrioTown ( and offers several features of the popular community site, including:

- Fully developed email system available in-game

- Players can create, post and view blogs from inside the game

- Upload, share and view videos in-game

- Social networking options - Multiplayer mini games with ranking system


Hello Kitty Online Official Site

SanrioTown Community

Sanrio Digital

Gaming Endurance Enhancement Pills

April 10th, 2008 by

As if people weren’t playing long enough.  Japan is known for releasing some pretty radical and sometimes very innovative stuff.  This time, the land of the rising sun is bringing us “Game Suppli”, a new supplement designed to prolong the endurance of the most fanatic video game players. 

According to their site’s advertisement, “We concentrated on developing a supplement for those who love games.”  Apart from the pill, the site sells a variety of items for gamers.

The pills come in two forms: blueberry tablets that help those tired gamer’s eyes and transparent capsules containing Docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, a fatty acid that supposedly enhances concentration.

While the drug isn’t certified to work as advertised, the prospects of video game dopers isn’t one I am a fan of.  If you need to drink something like this to keep playing it just means you are playing too much. 

[Source: Reuters]

Technorati tags: , , , ,

Sonic Unleashed Will Go Back To Its Roots

April 10th, 2008 by

Lets face it, Sonic’s entry into the 3D realm has been pretty much rubbish.  It’s only reasonable that when the trailer of Sonic Unleashed was released, it had a number of people (including me) feel rather skeptical about the game.

Thankfully, the people behind this game is hell bent into not making the same mistake twice.  According to Yoshihisa Hashimoto, the game’s lead designer, the game has been developed from scratch, and will not follow the past few Sonic games.  He said:

As a development team, we originally started off this project planning to create Sonic Adventure 3″, Hashimoto revealed to the magazine. “In our minds, this game will have more in common with the older Sonic Adventure series. It has no relation to Sonic the Hedgehog [on PS3/Xbox 360] or Sonic and the Secret Rings.

Now that is one less thing to worry about.  All we can do is wait and play the game.

[Source: CVG]


Tenspeed on: Planting Seeds

April 8th, 2008 by

I’ve been playing Super Smash Brothers Brawl for the past 2 weeks or so and boy, sleep has become a whole lot more irrelevant.

Hmmm in case you didn’t know, SSBB features characters from almost all Nintendo games to duke it out for multiplayer glory. Plus, it features Snake and Sonic. How awesome is that?

Ehermmm back on point. After the 4 trillionth match, a sharp realization has occured to me (just after hearing the news of a new Mario Kart):


The Wii’s only notable games right now are just revitalized franchises that carried over from its predecessor, the Gamecube - which is the sucessor of the N64 which followed the footsteps of the SNES (you get my point) . These are:

1. Super Mario Galaxy - which came from Super Mario Sunshine which came from Super Mario 64

2. Super Smash Brothers Brawl - which came from Super Smash Brothers Melee which spawned from Super Smash Brothers

3. The Legend of Zelda: The Twilight Princess - from the Phantom Hourglass, Wind Waker, Majora’s Mask and Ocarina of Time… and yes, if you want to be a nitpicker, The Legend of Zelda of the NES.

4. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption - which came from the Metroid Prime series for the Gamecube and of course, Super Metroid for the SNES.

5. Mario Kart - Mario Kart -> Mario Kart 64 -> Mario Kart

If you think about it, (with a little research) the last "new" franchise Nintendo gave birth to was Pikmin, which was released during 2001, later followed by Pikmin 2. It has been almost 4 years since the release of Pikmin 2 and Captain Olimar and his brightly colored allies are nowhere to be seen.

Will Pikmin be revitalized? Hope so

Sure, you might argue that maintaining franchises is the lifeblood of the industry and quite honestly, I agree wholeheartedly. The 360 wouldn’t be the 360 without the solid fan base created by Halo. People stand by their PS3s with the hope and glory that Metal Gear Solid 4 will bring to the beleaguered console. The Wii, on the other hand is running out of cows to milk. By my count, all that is left is the Mario Kart series… well, unless they try to revive the Donkey Kong, Kid Icarus, and God-willing, the Pikmin series.

As ironic as it is, perhaps Nintendo requires a new "Mario Killer", don’t you think?

Not THAT kind of Mario Killer…. ugh. 

Bottomline is… You can only cannibalize yourself for so long before you run out of limbs to gnaw on….

What madness is this?!

April 8th, 2008 by


Okay I’ll stop right there. I’m a frequent Ebay shopper and seeing bizarre things everyday on the site is nothing new. Today, I came accross something so eccentric I don’t know if this art should be hated or appreciated. Halo’s mighty green-armored Spartan, The Master Chief, has become…a pony.

Optimus Prime: Hey! You’re no Transformer!

Anyway, buffoonery aside, this piece of “art” is being auctioned on Ebay. So if ever you have a friend who’s a Halo fan at the same time crazy about ponies, give them a heads up about this customized figure. Here’s a short description by the seller:

“This is a OOAK Master cheif [sic] in His MJOLNIR IV armor as seen in HALO 3.
He is fully sculpted with Apoxie sculpt. The armor has been weathered, to give it an authentic battle look.
He also won second place in the Kentucky anime/gaming/comic custom pony contest.”

W-h J: Imagine Barbie riding on a Master Chief Pony…

(Sources: Gaming Today, Ebay)


Technorati tags: , ,

Singing To Super Smash Bros. Brawl

March 31st, 2008 by

Singing can be a very fun-filled activity particularly if you know the lyrics.  Well this isn’t the real lyrics but it at least sounds correct. 

Sing with me now!


See more funny videos at CollegeHumor



U.K. and Video Game Industry Not Going Well

March 31st, 2008 by

It seems that U.K.’s rather tight grasp on local video game companies is starting to backfire.  Companies once stationed in Britain are now starting to move to Canada bringing with them billions of dollars of potential revenue.

“The Canadians have driven a tank over the French Citroen and have now parked on our lawn,” Paul Jackson, head of the industry organization representing British games studios said to the Financial Times.  “It is becoming very challenging to keep core development studios here.”

U.K. is not letting this go unabated.  The U.K. Ministry of Culture, Media and Sport has now initiated an investigation of Canada’s trade practices via the European Commission.

According to the commission, “the U.K. government is concerned that state aid offered to computer games companies by a number of federal institutions in Canada may not be compatible with World Trade Organization principles.”

Working against them is Canada’s very forgiving tax system.   Companies there can write off a whopping 45% of labor costs at Manitoba, while Quebec and Ontario give up to 37.5% and 30% respectively.  A bit hard to beat when you consider Britain does not give tax credit for labor expenses.  Instead, investors can get a 30% refund totaling to a maximum of $60,000 for new media ventures.

[Source:  The Vancouver Sun]

SUMODOWNLOAD Spotlight: Mythos

March 28th, 2008 by

Whether we like to admit it or not, ripping off is an integral part of the video game industry — well that and innovation. From that natural pairing of contradictory ideas comes the most coveted concept of all: originality.

So if John Carmack and John Romero didn’t rip-off Super Mario Brothers to make Commander Keen, then childhood videogame memories wouldn’t be as vivid now would it? Heck, Pokemon spawned a lot of catch-monster-train-and-duke-it-out-with-other-wanna-be-trainers games such as Digimon and to some extent, even Monster Rancher.

And they still garnered success.

So what’s the point in all of this?

I was cruising Gametrailers today and found THIS:

Hmmm… Okay sure. Obviously, the game looks like World of Warcraft up close and a whole lot like Diablo from afar. Although honestly, if you were going to rip off a game formula, why not steal from a company whose games have become industry landmarks (it’s BLIZZARD by the way in case you didn’t know). Regardless, I was intrigued enough to look into the game some more. It turns out that Mythos is a free MMORPG that is still under closed beta.

Hmmm this game looks promising. Let’s just hope that Mythos doesn’t go down the toilet like most Diablo wannabes..

Technorati Tags: ,,,,

A post for Tingal

March 27th, 2008 by

(This is not a news article)

Because Tingal mentioned toys…I’ll give her toys.

Lol! This is my desk at work. These toys inspire me when I feel tired. It’s my hobby actually. Can you name some of them? My favorite figures there are Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII, Vash the Stampede of Trigun, Jill Valentine of Resident Evil and Sakura of Sakura Wars :D

Oh and those pictures from my wall were taken from a video game convention our team went to. I took a picture with Tifa from Final Fantasy VII, Freya from Valkryie Profile, Yuna from Final Fantasy XII, and Ling Xiaoyu from Tekken. :D

Yup, those are katanas.  They’re only for display though cause their blade is very, very dull.  The real ones I keep in my home of course. :)

Free Guitar Faceplate For Guitar Hero III Wii Owners

March 25th, 2008 by

When EA screwed up, they gave away free games.  To say that Activision screwed up the Wii version of Guitar Hero III is pretty accurate, so what are they doing?  They are giving away freebies of course!  Don’t expect a game though, all they are giving away is a Guitar Hero guitar controller faceplate.

The faceplate also comes with a nice love letter from RedOctane and Activision.  Here’s how it looks like:

If you are one of those waiting for a replacement CD, should you be happy with it?  You should.  It means Activision hasn’t forgotten you.  The fact that this was not publicly announced gives a little more credibility to their sincerity.  Maybe they really are sorry.


Pink Blog
Official FAQs of Sanriotown Blog
Fashion Blog
Director's Club