Perfect World Expedition: A newbie’s view of Pangu

Perfect World Expedition

It’s been a while since I posted, so I feel so rusty. Gosh. My absence can be attributed mainly to the fact that Dada Joel is so busy to help me maintain Ceskypooh’s World. But I vow to do my best to continue posting regularly. And now, for my first post in over a week, I’m happy to introduce a new blog co-authored by my father (so that’s what you’ve been doing, huh!).

Perfect World Expedition is, as its introductory phrase implies, “The adventures and misadventures of an erudite Pinoy gamer in his first-ever MMORPG.” Primarily authored by Dada Joel’s long-time friend, Relly de Guzman Carpio, the new blog provides a fresh take on online gaming. It features not only insights into a first-time MMO gamer but also funny anecdotes presented through one-line comic strips.

Here’s a sample entry:

I have never played an MMORPG before (that’s short for Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game, dearie, and its pronounced as spelled; try not to read it as a word). But I have played. Oh have I played. I have been playing Role-Playing Games since I was 12. On this, my 20th year as a gamer, I have finally decided to cross the final threshold, to finally drop the proverbial final fig leaf.

Perfect World: Egwene in the house!

Perfect World bonAkid and Malystryx

Dada Joel has just finished watching his first-ever episode of Level Up! TV, a weekly show on cable animation channel Hero, and the first words from his mouth: “WTF!” Uhmmm, what’s that supposed to mean? Probably another swear word I shouldn’t be asking about.

Anyway, the show and its features were not really what got Dada Joel so het up. It was seeing Chris Haravata getting interviewed about Perfect World, the latest massively multiplayer online role-playing game from, who else, Level Up! Games.

No, he’s not jealous that Tito Chris got interviewed instead of, ehem, him. Dada Joel, copy editor of GAME!, the Philippines’ best online gaming magazine, was just surprised to find out that the avatar that Tito Chris, aka (also known as) ChrisH, played–Egwene–was known to him. Well, I just told Dada Joel that Tito Chris probably didn’t know, too. So they’re on equal footing. Hehe.

I’m currently playing a character on Perfect World, too, with the help of Mama Joyce. Guess what my avatar’s name is…

MMORPG: Perfect World opens doors today

It’s official. Level Up! Games is opening the doors of Perfect World to open beta players today. This marks a milestone for my family as both Dada Joel and Mama Joyce are players—not necessarily fans—of the popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game from China, although Mom is by far the better and more avid gamer. :p

Here’s the announcement from Level Up! Games:

Perfect World Gearing Up to Go Open Beta!

Perfect World is getting ready for its open beta, and we would like to express our gratitude to all our closed beta players for all the support and patience they expressed during this period.

Today, July 18, Perfect World goes Open Beta, when we can once again enjoy adventuring together.

Thank you!

PW Team

Video courtesy of Hinge Inquirer Publications and GAME! Magazine.

MMORPG: Farewell, R.O.S.E. Online

Jadzia Dax in Rose Online

It’s really sad that Rush on Seven Episodes, more popularly known as R.O.S.E. Online, is shutting its doors in August. The game will forever hold a special place in my heart and those of my parents, Dada Joel and Mama Joyce.

Back when our family was still living in Cebu, R.O.S.E. Online had been my parents’ game of choice. The game was clearly the alternative to those disillusioned, one way or another, with Ragnarok Online, the first massively multiplayer online role-playing game brought in by Level Up! Games that became an overnight success … the second being R.O.S.E.

The game had potential—great, if kiddy, graphics, smooth gameplay, intuitive controls, interesting storyline, and crazy players. It’s unfortunate Triggersoft, the creative team assigned by Gravity of South Korea to develop the game, failed in its mission to bring the game to fruition.

Dada Joel tried to revive interest in the game by writing about it in GAME! Magazine, the Philippines’ best online gaming magazine. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late.

So here’s to R.O.S.E. Online, a great game that held much promise. Hopefully, the developers will revive the game someday and let it retake it once-lofty position in the hearts and minds of Filipino players.

Events: Are you ready for RAW action and war?

Diehard RAW!

Uncle Ninong Jasper’s bringing out the big guns, literally and figuratively, this Sunday, July 1, at Baghdad in Libis, Quezon City, for the First Philippine Real Action Wargame Competition.

If you look at the banner for the event, you’ll see Bruce Willis’ handsome, blood-streaked mug. That’s because the event is tied to the premiere of the movie Diehard 4.0, sponsored by radio station Wave 89.1.

So what are you waiting for? Hie on over to the official site, read all about the event, and prepare for war on Sunday. You might also want to know what guns they’ll be using for the wargames. If you’re curious enough, click this.

Ceskypooh’s World Perfect World CBT account giveaway

PWCBT account promo

That’s right. Ceskypooh’s World, in cooperation with GAME! Magazine, the Philippines’ best online gaming magazine, and Level Up! Games, is giving away a total of 50 Perfect World closed-beta accounts this week.

To join, follow these simple steps:

1) Compose a comment about what race and job you’re going to create in the Perfect World and the reasons behind the decision. Don’t have an idea about the different races and jobs? Click this.

2) Post your comment in the box/field provided below this blog post. Make sure you fill out all of the fields, especially the one asking for your email because that’s where we’ll send your CBT username and password.

3) Visit the GAME! blog and use the feedback form to tell its staff how much you love the magazine.

The first 50 contestants who fulfill the requirements to our satisfaction (short/nonsensical/spam comments will not be considered) will get one Perfect World CBT account. Simple, right. So what are you waiting for?

Shameless Plug from me, Cesky: Please don’t stop visiting Ceskypooh’s World and the GAME! blog after joining—and hopefully winning—this contest. More contests are in the works. Oh, and it won’t hurt if you subscribe to my RSS by clicking this. 😛

Shameless Plug: Watch, not read, Hinge Inquirer Publication titles

HIP on YouTube

It’s really amazing what a select group of individuals can achieve. Take, for instance, Hinge Inquirer Publications, the company my dad works for. The people behind the magazines the company publishes push their skills to the limits and come out with quality niche and custom publications for readers from all walks of life.

In the past few months, they’ve upped the ante by coming out with quality content not only in the magazines but also on blogs to cater to an ever-growing population of HIP readers. What better is the fact that they use popular new media to serve their readers better. Want an example? Hie on over to HIP’s channel on YouTube and discover why the company is soaring to new heights. 🙂

A little lazy to check it out? Here’s a sampler, a video produced by HIP’s Mobile Philippines featuring the ravishing Ornusa Cadness.