Monday, May 31, 2010

Animax's Ani-mates unveiled

Animax, Asia's first and finest anime and youth entertainment channel unveiled today at Conway's Bar, Shangr-La Makati their version of Video Jockeys (VJ) called the 'Ani-mates'. So who are these three personalities who will be serving as Animax brand ambassadors?

The sweet and cheerful 22-year old Stephanie Henares, who came to fame from modelling and hosted in QTV and PLDT watchpad's 'My Campus My View' was the first to be introduced. She will be introducing upcoming shows and host exclusive webcasts to provide the latest news and updates on the regional youth scene.

The next to be introduced were the famous Gosiengfiao sisters who are well known in the cosplay community. The hugely popular cosplayer Alodia and her younger sister Ashley will also grace the channel and participate in youth events as Animax ambassadors.

"This new initiative represents our continued efforts to make Animax an even more engaging and entertaining youth destination in the channel's evolution with the rapid changing tastes and preferences of our dynamic audiences" said by Gregory Ho, Vice President and General Manager of Animax Asia as he proudly introduced the three lovely ladies.

Starting June 1,2010 a new microsite in Animax, will be the home of the Ani-mates and will cater interactive content about the lovely ladies

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Review: Prince of Persia The Sands of Time

Video games turned to movies weren't very successful in Hollywood. Mario Brothers, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter and Bloodrayne to name a few. This time, my favorite game was given a spot on the big screen. Prince of Persia, the wall climbing, friendly neighborhood Persian, was immortalized by Walt Disney which made this promising. Did Walt Disney made a good movie based from this classic video game or did they failed just like the past adaptations before them? Read on...

This movie was about sands, sands, and lots of sands! That's it! End of the review! Just kidding!

Jake Gyllenhaal, for starters, made an uncanny resemblance to the protagonist Dastan. Add some Gemma Arterton to the cast and this is enough to make me watch the movie. Kidding aside, those two mentioned gave justice to their characters, which I might say failed on some video game movies from the past. The story was taken from the game but departed midway. Which, in my opinion made things better. The ending may or may not be predictable to some, but it was a huge difference from the game. The fight scenes were cleanly executed and the added parkour (the wall jumping shinanegans) added some eye candy. Speaking of eye candy, The special effects may be just a handful, but the "bullet time" effects was my favorite and it's simple but clean. The music was fantastic, as expected from a Walt Disney production. So if you like war, babes, bullet time and parkour, this movie is definitely for you.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Catholic Church reburied Copernicus as a hero

On May 22, 2010 Nicolaus Copernicus, the 16th-century astronomer whose findings were condemned by the Roman Catholic Church as heretical, was given a second funeral in a Mass led by J√≥zef Kowalczyk, the former papal nuncio to Poland and newly named Primate of Poland. Copernicus' remains were reburied in the same spot in Frombork Cathedral where part of his skull and other bones had been found. A black granite tombstone now identifies him as the founder of the heliocentric theory and also a church canon, a clerical rank lover than a priest. The tombstone bears a representation of Copernicus' model of the solar system—a golden sun encircled by six of the planets.

This move comes 18 years after the Vatican rehabilitated the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei, who was persecuted in the Inquisition for carrying the Copernican Revolution forward.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Jejemon: A Decline in Literacy

It started before as an internet term, now Jejemon became a household name for those who act and talk like a 3 year old kid.

Jejemon came from the way these uneducated youngsters laugh when typing "jejeje" instead of "hehehe". These people lack the knowledge in spelling and tried hard to become cute by altering the words they were saying. For me, this is just lame and pure stupidity. As a former teacher, this is an insult to our education system, and because of mass media, jejemon became mainstream, thus, became popular to all. Many were amused with the way jejemons talk and type. But to me, they need to be taught a lesson. Luckily, DepEd recently waged war on Jejemons. The only issue here is privacy, but I think jejemons were not educated enough to know that. Oh I don't tolerate jejemons myself.

If you were planning to mimic jejemons just for fun, go ahead, and make yourself stupid.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Happy 5 Years Youtube

Youtube celebrates today its 5th year anniversary. Youtube became the household name in online video sharing.Here's a video to commemorate the history of Youtube.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

1/1 Scale Evangelion Statue

With the success of the 1/1 scale(80cm) Mobile Suit Gundam RX78-2 last year, Gainax is planning to construct a mecha its pride and glory Neon Genesis Evangelion. The full scale mecha will be on a "caged" state (similar to the anime when it was in standby mode) and a fully operational cockpit that tourists can enter (for an additional fee) is also planned.

The unit is due to be unveiled in Yamanashi prefecture in late July.

Wonder if they will have an Asuka Langley promo girl there.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Miku Hatsune 3D Moeness

I'm a fan of the Vocaloid software by Yamaha and many otakus love Miku Hatsune. This video is really a work of art. The song is Nebula and it was written by Tripshots. It's all beauty and nice music, won't you agree?

Monday, May 10, 2010

Siopao Master is part of the first internet-powered election coverage network #juanvote

Today, GameOPS will be joining the Philippine Online Chronicles, Reklamotion, Code Radio, Vote Report Philippines 2010, Worker's Electoral Watch, TXTPower, RockEd Radio, Global Destiny,, Blog Watch and possibly hundreds (or thousands) of internet users in reporting and monitoring our first fully automated elections.

We will be aggregating news to our parent website,, via Twitter and other social networking tools. Our parent website also has links where you can watch live video streams from Destiny Cable's GNN and BlogWatch.

visit GameOPS for more details

Friday, May 07, 2010

Why Manny Pacquiao shouldn't duck Floyd Mayweather

He produces albums, stars in films and sitcoms, runs for public office and above all, wins seven world titles in seven different weight divisions. He's none other than Manny 'Pacman' Pacquiao.

After beating Joshua Clottey, the Filipino boxing phenom is currently devoting his time roaming around Sanggani Province to win the hearts of the locals, and ultimately their votes, as the Pacman tries his hand at politics by running for a seat in the House of Representatives.

On the other side of the globe, Floyd 'Pretty Boy' Mayweather is celebrating his victory over Shane Mosley. In addition, he remains undefeated at 41-25-0.

Both fighters are welterweights. Both are fresh off victories. Both have earned their place in the Boxing Hall of Fame and with a lot of gas left in their tanks, they are both on top of the boxing food chain. Question is who is on top of the other?

As you know by now, these two guys can take down any fighter their respective promoters places in front of them. Their latest bouts resulted into convincing wins in dismal fashion.

For all the hype, 'The Event' wasn't much of a slugfest. It was just Pacman throwing a barrage of lightning quick punches while Clottey simply covered his face and walked off to the sunset with a pot of gold.

Mayweather's latest outing wasn't any better. Being the defensive genius he is you've got to expect any fight involving the Pretty Boy ain't pretty fun to watch at all. Often labeled as someone who refuses to fight natural welterweights, Pretty Boy stepped out of his comfort zone and gave Mosley a beating. I suggest Pacman to do the same.

In the eyes of this writer, Pacman is like the Michael Jordan of boxing to the Filipino people. Sure, you could argue that we have greater athletes before Pacquiao, but aside from the fact that I never had the opportunity to lay my eyes upon all of them, we have to admit that there wasn't a Pinoy athlete that made it big as Manny Pacquiao had. And in a country that hasn't even won a single gold medal in the Olympics, Pacquiao is like National Treasure. Product endorsements, a ceremonial baseball pitch and an appearance in an American late night show just proves what a global icon Pacman turned into. Not to mention the media, both local and foreign, are always hot on his heels. Boxing related or not, every step this guy takes seems newsworthy. So if you're going to tell me that the incumbent pound-for-pound king refuses to take a swing at Mayweather all because of some drug-testing condition, you can't blame me for crying foul.

Pacman should realize that though shying away from Mayweather won’t taint he's career, taking on him will give a new meaning to winning it all. And that's why he should drop his demands and face Pretty Boy. I'm not taking anything away from Pacquiao here. I know he made history by winning titles in seven different weight classes, and as a champ, he has every right to make the rules. But could you imagine how our successors would feel when they take up Boxing 101 and see that Floyd, who shared an era and weight class with Manny, retires undefeated?

You can take a shot at Mayweather for demanding an Olympic-style drug testing which he himself doesn't even find necessary. You can also call him all the insulting names you want but he will still remain undefeated – undefeated and a nine time champion to boot. And he did it in five different weight classes too; only two classes short of what Pacman achieved. And unlike before, you can't call him a paper champ anymore because he took down a natural welterweight in Mosley, ranked as the no. 3 best fighter in the world and is the reigning WBA Welterweight Champion.

Before Mayweather retired, he was boxing's poster boy. The defensive genius was at the top of his game, and in the eyes of this writer, is boxing's Magic Johnson (Johnson's passing = Mayweather's defense). And when he hung his gloves, Pacman took over courtesy of a win streak stretching from Hector Velasquez to Clottey. Mayweather then felt an itch to come out of retirement. He's return resulted into losses for Juan Manuel Marquez and Mosley.

The question still remains though: Who is the better fighter between these two giants? Sadly, we just might never see that happening, and I partly feel bad for saying this but Pacman is to blame.
As stated by Dan Wetzel in his recent column in, Pacquiao's resistance to the Olympic-style drug testing is absolutely ridiculous. Firstly, his claim that such procedure weakens him is unfounded. And second, Mayweather made a compromise regarding the arrangements for the bout (see Wetzel's column for more details). That leaves Pacman to do his share to make this fight a reality.

Loyal supporters of Pacquiao, who are mostly blinded by his greatness, can always defend Pacman's stand and connect it to superstition. True enough, Jordan and Dallas Mavericks' shooting guard Jason Terry think they won't play well like they usually do if they were forced out of their habits. And you'll always find Efren 'Bata' Reyes toothless whenever he's holding a cue stick under the limelight.

Nonetheless, I always thought Pacquiao wasn't about superstitions and excuses. I always believed he was cut from a different cloth and that his story is that of sheer determination, ambition and hard work. Zero to hero, rags to riches, etc. And that's why I miss the Pacman of old. He ain't the People's Champ no more. He's not an underdog anymore. When Pacman steps into the ring, he's the favorite. So for this fight to take place, for us to see who the best boxer is, Manny has to give in to Floyd's demands and become an underdog once more. Go ahead Pacman. Play right into his game. Walk into his trap. Obey his every whim. And I promise you this, if you are a lot quicker than Mosley (who shook Mayweather in the first two rounds with an array of fists) like most of us think, you'll conquer Pretty Boy and further cement your place in the International Boxing Hall of Fame as one of the Greatest Fighters of All-time.

Sadly, Pacman is calling the shots. What can we do, he's the king of ring? Unless he's willing to give Floyd a handicap, I don't see this fight happening. But I'm still hoping Manny gives in. After all the people wants the fight and the sport needs it. Like when Jordan defeated Johnson, Pacquiao must defeat Mayweather to achieve boxing godhood. –Marlone Viardo

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Starcraft 2 Release Date Announced

Blizzard Entertainment recently announced the official release date of their most awaited game Starcraft 2. Mark your calendars on July 27,2010 as we welcome the sequel we have been all waiting for.

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After a year..

It's been a year since I stepped inside the office of Tsukiden and started my career as a design engineer. Many things have changed, many things happened. During happy times and the sad times, we all experienced it together.I am happy that I'm part of this company. I am happy that I belong in this wonderful family.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

World Bloggers’ Day 2010

Today marks the first World Bloggers’ Day 2010 initiated by the Cebu Bloggers Society. Happy Bloggers' Day everyone

Review:Iron Man 2

DISCLAIMER: Don't worry, this is not a review that contain spoilers. So read on.

It's the second installment of yet another Stan Lee creation. So does the second movie lived up to the expectations of the fans? The details after the jump

Iron Man 2 is full of technological awesomeness. In fact, you can consider it as technological porn. From Stark's smart phone to his whole house. Everything a geek dreamed of was there. Microsoft's Surface looks like Windows 95 compared to Stark's on the fly interface. The smart phone that looks almost transparent will make Steve Jobs wet his pants. I know this is a Hollywood movie and I'm stupid enough to believe it. I tell you this, Minority Report, a film way back in 2002 showed a future where computers were controlled using any surface. That idea became a reality right?

So I was just saying, with all those technological fetishes and sleek cars, add up some lovely women and we have a movie here for young guys like me!

The special effects were really an eye candy, thanks to Hollywood's advancement in the visual effects department. Tony Stark's one liners add up comedy to the mix. My only gripe here is there are only a few scenes that really looks good on 3D. The fight scenes were scarce. Despite this, I still recommend this movie if you are a marvel fan, or just some geek who fancies technology.

BTW, the poster kinda reminds me of Star Wars

Saturday, May 01, 2010

The Anti-Rape Condom

Rape is one of the most gruesome thing that could happen to a woman. The psychological damage and the physical damage can drastically change the victim's life. Most of the time, women were powerless to struggle and fight back her attacker. Pepper sprays or tasers are effective counter measures but not everyone can afford them. There is a new invention that can help women battle against rape. Details after the jump.

Sonette Ehlers… A South African woman working as a blood technician with the South African Blood Transfusion Service invented a condom that will "trap" the attacker during penetration. The product is called Rape-aXe. A revolutionary contraceptive that is worn by women like a tampon that has bards inside that will snag the attacker's "johnny" and will cause him excruciating pain. The condom can only be surgically removed once it "traps" the attacker so it would be easy to catch the rapist by the police. I wonder how will they test the product and how much will it cost? Anyway, good luck on this invention.