Friday, April 27, 2007

Concerning Kratos

I have just finished perhaps the best PS2 game ever made. Took me two days(nine and a half hours) to pace myself through the lush terrain of God of War 2. I think the last game that I played non stop from start to end has been Prince of Persia 3, almost a year and a half ago.

Well, where do I start – graphically, its head above shoulders over every single other ps2 game, and I dare say its prettier than many off my Xbox 360 games. The story line is well thought out wit a healthy dose off Greek mythology (people who got hard-ons watching 300 will love the Sparta shit. I enjoyed the interweaving off different mythological figures (from a young age I was interested in mythology, so it was cool to see Prometheus, Icarus, Zeus etc in polygonal beauty) I don’t want to give away any part off the story, needless to say that I found it to be a little predictable at places. The puzzles were well thought off and hardly as frustrating or painful as the first game ( some off the first game puzzles felt like humping a cheese grater) As for difficulty – well, I finished it on easy mode (or more affectionately known as pussy mode) and I tried playing it on Titan mode earlier tonight (needless to say I was violated in the ass repeatedly by large burly Cyclops's – I have much respect for anyone who can complete this game on Titan mode)
The last great PS2 game? Yeah – but if you are going to bow out of the race, I see no better swan song for the best selling console off all time, than God of War 2.


Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Concerning Hobbits

The title of my blog, Concerning MJ, is actually an adaptation of Tolkiens prologue chapter in The Lord Of The Rings (concerning Hobbits) I love the Lord Of The Rings immensely – both the book and the movie adaptations ( I did a parody of The Lord of the Rings last year during Ramadaan, probably one off the best pieces I wrote between Maghrib and Esha ( with a little coming in while I was standing for Taraweeh - hmm - need to bang out part two soon).
I even made ‘ziyarat’ to a few key movie locations when I was on Holiday in New Zealand. I should put some pics up – I went snowboarding on the mountain next to Mount Ruapehu (Mount Doom in the movie – almost broke my forearm – that’s one thing I’l never do again), I hiked across ‘Emyn Muil’, and even got a chance to visit Frodo’s House in Hobbiton. Some people go on Jamaat or go to Ajmer and what not – Me….. I go to bag End! I was also lucky enough to get an autographed box set of ‘The Special Extended Edition’ of the movies (about an hours worth of new footage in each movie – and its great stuff – normally in Directors cuts off movies, you get a gratuitious titty shot or some half assed extra song thrown in (like the Lion King two disc special) but the Extended Edition had so much good stuff (like porn without the lame story lines) Mouth of Sauron, Attacking the Corsairs, Sarumans death etc. The Two Towers is my favourite of the lot, and I guess an ideal date for me will be to cosy up with a loved one and watch it with them while eating a bowl of spicy pasta (Cheap as well : )

Here I am with my niece and nephew, at Bag End ( think back to the part where Gandalf knocks on Bilbo's door)


Monday, April 16, 2007

Concerning Murder

Who Killed Bob Woolmer?

So its been a few weeks, and the most newsworthy piece to come out off the Caribbean has been the death of former Pakistani coach, Bob Woolmer – so far they have been no arrests, so lets go through a bunch of suspects. Bear in mind that everyone will be presumed innocent until they are found guilty

1. Voldemort Killed Woolmer – ‘He who must not be named’ has a long history of murder (no convictions though) and the fact that there seems to be no forced entry makes me believe that he used a portkey to get into Woolmers room. As for motive – Does he really need a motive? I mean – he killed Cedric Diggory without reason ( I would have kept him alive – that kid had potential, and would have rose up the ranks as a worthy Death Eater)

2. Dhalsim Killed Woolmer – The master Indian contortionist from Street Fighter has plenty reason to despise the coach of a rival cricketing nation – ‘Booga Fire’

3. Sha Ruk Khan Killed Woolmer – Bitter for having to serve so many years in a Pakistani jail in Veer Zaara, as well as fighting Pakistani Terrorists in Main Hoo Naa, the Bollywood icon takes matters into his own hands and decides to deal a lethal blow to Pakistan

4. Paan Killed Woolmer – We know that he choked, so I’m guessing he was chewing on some Betel Nut at the time, and it got stuck in his wind pipe

5. Al Qaeda Killed Woolmer – Don’t ask me to find the motive here, but this was a legitimate lead! Apparently its linked to gambling – hmm – goes against their motto me thinks

6. Inzamum Killed Woolmer – I mean, it crossed all our minds already – big guy choking him. Makes sense

7. The Boondock Saints Killed Woolmer – Poor Irish lads got their dates wrong and thought they could give Ireland a little help by wiping out the oppositions coach – a good motivation for why one shouldn’t have too much Guinness on saint patty’s day.

8. Mxit killed WoolmerMxit is the media’s new scapegoat for social degradation, so why not pin Bob’s murder on mxit as well – I mean, instead of blaming parents for their horrible upbringing, mxit takes all responsibility when some kid kills another.

9. Hamish Killed Woolmer – I think I picked this up on R’s blog – hmm – will have to get CSI on this one
10. Mugabe Killed Woolmer – Apart from wanting to be the only Bob in the media, what better way to piss Blair and the other pommies off, then to kill a cricket legend – I mean, he could have killed Kobe Bryant, but no one in England gives a shit about him.
P.s - Joe - please dont put up Thursdays pics on your blog