Blogging: Search for Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs ends

Digital Filipino’s latest writing project, the search for the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2007, has drawn to a close after almost three months. A brainchild of SEO expert and blogger extraordinaire Janette Toral, the project of identifying new and emerging blogs that are making an impact on its readers has drawn more than 500 nominations from different bloggers across what we call the Philippine blogosphere. In the end, however, only 10 blogs will be chosen.

Sadly, Ceskypooh’s World, though nominated early in the search by Mon Macutay of GM Tristan Online, was disqualified because it had been started before August 1, 2006 (although technically, this blog really got things going in March 2007 hehe).

On a more cheerful note, however, it’s good to see the names of familiar blogs in the masterlist of nominees—truly, they are deserving not only of the prizes but the distinction. Among these blogs and bloggers are Aileen Apolo’s An Apple A Day, Chris and Apples Haravata’s Kubiertos, Paolo Mendoza’s The Philosophical Bastard, Dine Racoma’s The D Spot, Sally Lo’s The Angel’s Garden, Miss Trinity Divine’s Female Gamer, Carlo Ople’s Waukster, and Chino Yray’s Voluntary Death. If only Dada Joel and I got our acts together, we would’ve voted for these wonderful people.

Anyway, it’s time to end this post. Good luck to all the nominees and congratulations to all the winners. See you on August 1.

Toys: Top 10 Worst Toys in the World

Living in a, well, how should I say this, developing country like the Philippines has a lot of disadvantages. For one, we, Filipinos—at least the young ones—don’t get to venture out much on our own. Thank the Big G we have the Internet, which opens up a lot of new possibilities for exploration.

My dad tells me that our generation is lucky, that we have everything they—the previous generations—ever dreamed of, though of, and wanted.

Joel, my father, lived in the age of Atari, Coleco, Game and Watch, and BMX bikes. Today’s generation is blessed with Wii, Playstation, X-Box, and online games. The downside is, children of this generation don’t get much exercise. At least dad had a BMX bike. 😛

There is one thing our generation has in common with my dad’s generation, though. Child safety from unsafe toys.

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Top 10 Free-to-Play MMORPGs in the World

Internet game review portal GameOgre.com is maintaining not only a list of the world’s best pay-to-play massively multiplayer online role-playing games. Of course, it also has a list of good free-to-play MMORPGs. The deciding factors remain the same as those used to determine the Top 10 P2P games.

So, without further ado, here is GameOgre.com’s Top 10 FTP MMORPGs:

1. Guild Wars. It’s free to play, but you need to purchase an installer disc. It’s crisp graphics and smooth gameplay make it a hit today and, quite possibly, years to come.

2. Rappelz. Yes, a lot has been said, mostly bad, about this game, but its extensive pet system has captured the hearts of hundreds of MMORPG players across the world.

3. Runescape. Touted as the EverQuest of free MMORPGs, this game continues to gain popularity among players who are on tight budgets.

4. Maple Story. One of the few MMOs that look like a console game. The game features no races but each of its four classes has its own specially themed city.

5. Supreme Destiny. Despite being pushed as “the game to try” if players want amazing 3D graphics, my dad shot it down in a review for GAME! Magazine. Not for gender-sensitive players.

6. Albatross 18. Looking for an MMO with a sports theme? Look no further.

7. Conquer Online. Kung-fu fighting at its best. Four classes to choose from: Trojan, Warrior, Archer and Taoist.

8. Shadowbane. Formerly a pay-to-play game, Shadowbane offers one of the best player-versus-player system.

9. Fly For Fun. Simply the best free-to-play MMORPG being offered in the Philippines. The characters may be cartoonish, but movements are fluid and skills and spells are stimulating.

10. Silkroad Online. Based on the silk trade between ancient China and the Western World, Silkroad features the unique three-way conflict among merchants, thieves and hunters.

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Top 10 Pay-to-Play MMORPGs in the World

Internet game review portal GameOgre.com is maintaining a list of the world’s best massively multiplayer online role-playing games. The deciding factors include popularity, playability, expansions, value for the monthly subscription, and community support.

So, without further ado, here is GameOgre.com’s Top 10 P2P MMORPGs:

1. World of Warcraft. The best MMORPG yet because WoW mixes the right amount of depth and simplicity better than any other game in the history of the genre.

2. Eve Online. The best science fiction MMORPG with player-run corporations and a thriving economy.

3. Final Fantasy XI. The second best fantasy MMORPG after WoW has a quality storyline, great gameplay, and large subscriber base.

4. City of Heroes/City of Villains. Combined, these two MMORPGs can be considered second best MMORPG for casual gamers. With the additional of the well-balanced villain types and the use of bases, City of Villains completes the potential that fans have been craving for ever since City of Heroes launched.

5. Dark Age of Camelot. One of the best major MMORPG for player-verus-player combat due to its three-realm system. This game has also remained one of the steadiest MMORPGs over the years in terms of quality.

6. Dungeons & Dragons Online. Instead of offering all the usual MMORPG features, such as PvP and item crafting, this game, instead, provides a high-quality gaming experience through well-written quests.

7. EverQuest. Although it never achieved the worldwide success that WoW has reached, this game was once the most dominant MMORPG in the United States.

8. ROSE Online. Formerly a free MMORPG, the now P2P game allows players to change the outcome of the game.

9. Saga of Ryzom. A lesser-known MMORPG with a great story and considerable freedom with how you develop your character.

10. Vanguard: Saga of Heroes. Aimed at more hardcore gamers than World of Warcraft, but has yet to reach its full potential. Could be higher up the list in a few months if the game continues to improve and add content.One ring to rule them all?