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Monday, August 31, 2009


Hi guys,

I know its been a while so I'll just be posting to give you some new updates. First of all, I just want to be thankful that I am still alive right now after my motorcycle crashed into a Toyota Corolla when I was going home from work. Fortunately, my speed and angle of impact isn't that severe to cause too much damage to myself, my mc and the other car. I won't get into the details but at least it proves how important wearing a helmet and protective jacket or armor can do for you. I suffered no scratches nor wounds just minor beatings to certain parts of my body, particularly my left shoulder, foot, side and arm. I was thrown six feet away from my mc after the impact and my armor and helmet took most of the beating. My injuries won't be that minor if it weren't for my protective gear. This is my first accident and it is really an eye-opener for me.

And so there you have it. My advise to my fellow bikers/ riders? Don't underestimate the benefits of wearing helmets and protective gears can do for you. Even if you're just traveling a short distance, it pays to be cautious. As you can see, even if you're a safe driver, accidents happen to everybody - no exemptions.

- Just finished the kinah guide for Aion for Levels 1-20. I am now waiting for the game's full release in late September to work on the remaining levels... which will surely take a hell lot of time.

- Currently working on a free PDF guide for the PSP game "Crimson Gem Saga". I may release the first draft later this week.

- I won't be working on a Persona PSP guide for Double Jump books anymore because of the several complications:
  • The pre-release copy of the game requires OFW (official firmware) 5.55. As you know, my PSP has CFW (custom firmware) and it won't play the pre-release iso DJBooks sent me. Remember that all new games released will require OFW 5.55 as an anti-piracy move by Sony.
  • CFW 5.55 is still currently being developed by a professional team of PSP hackers and it may be inbound next week.
  • In order to play the game, I need an unmodded PSP Slim. Why? The screenshot plugins I use to take in-game screenshots require CFWs. To take screenshots in unmodded PSPs, you'll need the video out function of the PSP Slim and connect it to a video capture card on your PC. (Which I have, Gamebridge used originally for the PS2)
  • The deadline for the Persona PSP guide should be today. However, due to time constraints they're assigning the project to another author.
So there you go... I am really an unlucky guy this month. I've lost a project, got myself a broken MC, haven't paid my debts yet, need to pay my brother's college tuition and handle the monthly expenses.

Thanks to Darren B for his recent donation :)

Take care guys. Be thankful of little things... like being alive. It's priceless!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Some news... that at least made my day.

Hi guys,

Im almost done with the 1-month long Kinah Guide for the MMO Aion. The last closed beta has finished last Monday and expect to see me when the game has been fully released. You'll know me as the generous Chanter or Cleric that will help your sorry ass in danger in case I'm around.
And so I'll just update this blog to let you guys know that I'm still alive. I am planning to go on hiatus maybe after I win our national lottery. If I win.

As for Persona PSP, the original plan was to work on it early this month. However, things didn't go as smoothly as expected so me and my publisher (Doublejump Books) have requested Atlus for a pre-release UMD of the game. No news of it yet.

Also, as I posted on my last blog, my Xbox 360 died because of the recent XBL update. It seems that it may happen on very remote occasions only and it just happened that I am that lucky guy. Now the money I saved to buy a new laptop or PS3 will be used to buy a replacement 360. Damn it.

Here are some of the news I've seen that at the least, made my day:

Persona 3 coming to PSP with new female character

Persona/ Shin Megami Tensei is probably the series I really loved the most. The details are slim but I really hope that they incorporate some of Persona 4's features. Is there any chance that we can also play as a nameless, female lead? I wonder. In any case, one thing is for sure. Since this is a port, expect added features and extras.

PS3 SLim to be released in the first week of September

It's been a long rumor that came true. Actually, its one of the worst kept secrets that are easily leaked and smuggled. Heck, the first PS3 slim I've seen on the market is sold here in the Philippines since early June. I just don't know if its the real deal though. In any case, I personally liked the slim design, as well as the lesser amount of power it consumes and the lesser space it needs.

PS3 Price Drop Confirmed
For me that waited for a price drop since the console's launch, this is really great news. The only bad thing is that the money I saved to buy a PS3 will be used to get a replacement 360.

At that's all for the meantime folks. I promise to post something up once I've recollected my splattered thoughts because of grinding and lack of sleep. Ciao.