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My Top 10 Video Games

Posted: December 2, 2010 by MasterShake in Gaming

This list is based on my personal experiences with these games and the things I liked about them, gameplay, music, characters and plot (to say the least).

Number 10: Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

I remember first encountering this game when I was very young and it left an impression on me. This game was first on handheld systems (GameBoy) and it was even remade into a colour version and spawned two more games, The Oracle of Seasons and The Oracle of Ages. The simple artwork, the complex plotline and the extremely vast and well thought out side quests made this one of my favourite games ever, also the fact most of the characters were animals appealed me, as a child of course.

Number 9: Counter Strike

While my experiences with this game are fairly limited, I enjoyed it. This was the first “First Person Shooter” game I ever played and I thought it was kick-ass. I can only remember some of the guns, but I do remember that iconic voice that said “Counter-Terrorists Win” (I was a good boy, no terrorism for me) and the one thing every one remembers about this game. Hacks. This game was dominated by anyone who knew how to manipulate some simple software and cause the game to shoot people through walls, always kill, etc. Not to mention the mods (modifications) people have made for this game.

Number 8: Half Life 2

I have only recently played this game and I want to say I loved it. Although I didn’t get the plot right away I still liked it and the incredibly simple gameplay was entertaining but challenging at the same time too. The famous crowbar to smash you enemies in the face and break crates open is awesome and not to mention the incredibly innovative “Gravity Gun” that uses anything as ammo wooed me. Don’t get me wrong, there are some really annoying parts to and of this game but the above examples of the things I liked, overcame the problems.

Number 7: Age of Empires 3

Age of Empires is an extremely successful franchise dealing with early – modern civilizations and their exploits. It is a “Real Time Strategy” game, as you control everything that happens to your civilization in “Real Time”. The reason I picked the 3rd installment of the franchise was because it was based in one of my favourite areas of history, 1850 onwards. You have a choice to control the main powers at this time in the world such as the British, French, Germans, Ottomans, etc (I was always the Russians) and the idea of a player building an economy, preparing an army and conquering you enemies truly shined in this game.

Number 6: Super Street Fighter 2

Now as we all know there was a million of Street Fighter 2 remakes and reboots, Street Fighter 2, Super Street Fighter 2, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo and so on. The reason why I chose Super Street Fighter 2 was because it was exactly the same as the original, except slightly faster and not to mention it left all those shitty characters that nobody cared about out. The characters in this game are truly memorable, everyone knows Ken, Guile, Chun-Li (I always played as her, I dunno, something about those big thighs attracted me as young boy 😉 ) and many more. Anyway, this game was the first fighting game to achieve public attention and its fully deserves it, even in Super Street Fighter IV.

Number 5: Mega Man II

Great gameplay, great music, great plot, what more can be said?
This game in my opinion, is the staple of what 8-bit graphics can produce and in todays world, where things aren’t measured in bits anymore this game is far better than most of the games bloated developers shit out these days. All the PS3 and Xbox360 fanboys need to “politely” SHUT THE FUCK UP and start playing games like this. Just because it isn’t based in Afghanistan or Normandy in 1944 doesn’t mean this game is bad, just because you aren’t some generic British or American soldier killing, often peasants of different political backgrounds doesn’t make the game unplayable. It’s a fantastic game and should be experienced by everyone.

Number 4: Halo: Combat Evolved

My first encounter with this game was when I was around 8, watching my brother play it. This game is extremely good and even as a child I noticed this. Although the plot, story and gameplay is basically the same in its many sequels, it remains great. Not to mention that this game essentially started the phenomenon known as competitive gaming (playing video games against each other competitively) and still its being played by many competitive gamers. With good reason too, the game mechanics made the game easy to play, but hard to become a master at it, because of this it started being played competitively. If anyone plays Halo 3 and the newest Halo: Reach, they should go back to their roots and play their Great-Grandad.

Number 3: Super Mario Bros

Yeah, you saw it coming but I mean come on, how could this not be on the list? Super Mario Bros is responsible for bring gaming back from The Video Crash of 1983 and for obvious reasons. The simple gameplay of running around and jumping on things, collecting coins and power-ups began with this game. We are all familiar with “Sorry, the princess is in another castle” bullshit but aside from that massive fuck you from Nintendo this game is brilliant. If for some bizarre reason you haven’t played this game, shame on you. Also on a side note, this game was the single greatest selling game of all time before being passed out by Wii-Sports.

Number 2: Halo 3

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Yeah, I already mentioned a Halo title earlier on the list but this is different. I’m not going to talk about the actual campaign game or plot or anything like that, well because, to be frank, they’re shit. Wait. What? This game is number 2 in my list and it’s shit? Well let me just say, the online multi-player is amazing, I have logged well over hundreds of hours on it. As I previously mentioned competitive gaming is massive for this game and people even make different strategies and even play for money. I played this game with “conviction” for a while and I loved it.

Number 1: Tetris

Designed by a Russian mathematician named Alexey Pajitnov in 1984 this masterpiece (and I use that term seriously, it’s a masterpiece) is the bench mark that all games, not just puzzle game aspire to. Such simple gameplay with a goal that seems reasonable but is actually impossible to achieve sucks you in. There is so much love for this game all over the world that several people have written theses on Tetris and scientists even have a term called the Tetris effect to describe when people try to fit different objects together in their mind. I played this game for years and I still cannot break 350,000 points and I am still trying. That says a lot. Unfortunately because he lived in the U.S.S.R Alexey Pajitnov couldn’t copyright this genius invention and a lot of shitty knock-offs still exist today. Nevertheless this game remains the king of games.

Top 10 Wu-Tang Clan Songs

Posted: November 28, 2010 by MasterShake in Music

Some of these songs aren’t actually under the Wu-Tang Label, but seeing as how they are all done by members of the Wu-Tang Clan, I decided to include them anyway

Number 10: Uzi (Pinky Ring)
Album: Iron Flag
Rappers: U-GOD, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, RZA, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, GZA

Number 9: C.R.E.A.M
Album: Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
Rappers: Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, Method Man

Number 8: For Heaven’s Sake
Album: Wu-Tang Forever
Rappers: Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, Cappadonna

Number 7: Guillotine (Swordz)
Album: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx (Raekwon independent album)
Rappers: Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, GZA

Number 6: New Wu
Album: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Part II
Rappers: Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Method Man

Number 5: The Heart Gently Weeps
Album: 8 Diagrams
Rappers: Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Method Man

Number 4: Protect Ya Neck
Album: Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
Rappers: Inspectah Deck, Raekwon, Method Man, U-GOD, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Ghostface Killah, RZA, GZA

Number 3: Wu Tang (feat. Method Man)
Album: Dopium (U-GOD independent album)
Rappers: U-GOD, Method Man

Number 2: Bring Da Ruckus
Album: Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
Rappers: RZA, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, GZA

Number 1: Uh Huh
Album: N/A
Rappers: Method Man

MasterShake’s World: Argentina

Posted: November 16, 2010 by MasterShake in Life

Argentina

Official name: Argentine Republic
GDP: $632.223 billion
Population: 40,134,425
Capital: Buenos Aires
Official language: Spanish
Area: 2,766,890 km2
Currency: Peso (ARS)

Argentina was colonised by Spain and only gained its independence in 9 July 1816 and because of this most of the Argentine population is made up of Europeans, due to the spanish “conquistadores” genocide of the natives. Argentina has a market-oriented economy with abundant natural resources, a well-educated population, an export-oriented agricultural sector and a relatively diversified industrial base. It is one of the major G20 countries. Argentina is a founding member of both the United Nations, Mercosur and the Union of South American Nations.

Argentina’s Flag

The Argentina emblem depicts the Sun of May which, according to tradition, was created by General Belgrano when he looked at the sky just before the Battle of Parana. White represents peace and honesty while
blue represents many elements including vigilance, truth and loyalty, perseverance & justice.

MasterShake’s World: Antigua and Barbuda

Posted: November 2, 2010 by MasterShake in Life

Antigua and Barbuda

Official name: Antigua and Barbuda
GDP: $1.472 billion
Population: 85,632
Capital: Saint John’s
Official language: English
Area: 440km^2
Currency: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)

Originally settled by Archaic Age hunter-gatherer Amerindians in 3100 BC this little country has since flourished and since gaining independence from the U.K in 1981. Tourism dominates the economy, accounting for more than half of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Antigua is famous for its many exclusive luxury resorts. Weak tourist activity since early 2000 has slowed the economy, however, and squeezed the government into a tight fiscal corner. The Royal Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force has 285 members; within it, 200 12-to-18-year-old youngsters make up the Antigua and Barbuda Cadet Corps.

Antigua and Barbuda’s flag

The star/sun represents the dawning of a new era of self government. This flag was adopted when the islands became a self governing nation but still under British control. The red in this flag symbolizes the energy of the people of this island nation, the blue represents hope, black serves to remind the people of their African roots. The white doesn’t really have a meaning but the image of the sun, blue (the sea) and white being sand is very noticeable

MasterShake’s World: Angola

Posted: October 30, 2010 by MasterShake in Life

Angola

Official name: Republic of Angola
GDP: $114.343 billion
Population: 18,498,000
Capital: Luanda
Official language: Portuguese
Area: 1,246,700 km^2
Currency: Kwanza (AOA)

Angola was a Portuguese overseas territory from the 16th century to 1975. After independence, Angola was the scene of an intense civil war from 1975 to 2002. The country is the second-largest petroleum and diamond producer in sub-Saharan Africa; however, its life expectancy and infant mortality rates are both among the worst ranked in the world.

Angola’s Flag

The red is for the blood spilt by Angolans during their independence struggles, while the black is for the continent of Africa. The symbol in the middle is of a crossed cog wheel (representing workers and industry) and machete (representing the peasantry) with a gold star. It was adopted during a time when Angola had a Marxist government, and thus was supposed to evoke the image of the hammer and sickle found on the flag of the former Soviet Union, a common symbol of Communism.

In 2003 a new more “optimistic” flag was proposed but it has not been formally adopted yet.
You see the new flag here

MasterShake’s World: Andorra

Posted: October 23, 2010 by MasterShake in Life, MasterShake's World

Andorra

Official name: Principality of Andorra
GDP: $4.22 billion
Population: 84,082
Capital: Andorra la Vella
Official language: Catalan (Type of Spanish)
Area: 467.63 km^2
Currency: Euro (EUR)

Andorra is a prosperous country mainly because of its tourism industry, which services an estimated 10.2 million visitors annually and also because of its status as a tax haven. It is not a member of the European Union, but the euro is the de facto currency. The people of Andorra have the 2nd highest human life expectancy in the world — 82 years at birth. Andorra’s exports include electricity, tobacco products and furniture but again, tourism is the fuel of the economy. Andorra gained its independence from the medieval French in 1278.

Andorran Flag:

Blue and red honors France and red and yellow for Spain and the symbol is the Andorran coat of arms.

MasterShake’s World: Algeria

Posted: October 21, 2010 by MasterShake in Life, MasterShake's World

Algeria

Official name: People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria
GDP: $240.809 billion
Population: 34,895,000
Capital: Algiers
Official language: Arabic, French (de facto)
Area: 2,381,741 km^2
Currency: Algerian dinar (DZD)

Algeria began in 1014 with the establishment of the Hammadid dynasty, it was ruled under the Ottomans in 1516 and ruled by the French 1830. Algeria finally gained its independence in 1962. The fossil fuels energy sector is the backbone of Algeria’s economy, accounting for roughly 60% of budget revenues, 30% of GDP, and over 95% of export earnings. Algeria has 160 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves, making it the 8th largest in the world in this regard.

Algerian Flag:

The white color represents peace; the green, the beauty of nature; the red, the blood of those killed fighting for independence in the Algerian War (1954 to 1962) and the star and crescent represent Islam.

MasterShake’s World: Albania

Posted: October 21, 2010 by MasterShake in Life, MasterShake's World

Albania

Official name: Republic of Albania
GDP: $22.839 billion
Population: 3,195,000
Capital: Tirana
Official language: Albanian
Area: 111.1 km^2
Currency: Lek (ALL)

The area now know as Albania was created in 1190, reformed in 1444 and finally achieved independence in 1912 after the Ottoman Empire was defeated in the First Balkan War. Albania was also a communist state as an ally of the Soviet Union, this ended in 1960 when de-Stalinization came into effect. Albania has many resources including petroleum, natural gas, coal, bauxite and copper. It’s main exports are wheat, maize, potatoes, vegetables, fruits, sugar beets, grapes; meat and dairy products, agriculture has a big influence on the Albanian economy. In 2009, along side Croatia, Albania joined NATO.

Albanian Flag:

The meaning of the Albanian flag:

The eagle is taken from an Albanian folk tale. The eagle faithfully watches over and guides the king or the “son of the eagle” while the red represents hardiness, bravery, strength and valour

MasterShake’s World: Afghanistan

Posted: October 20, 2010 by MasterShake in Life, MasterShake's World

My newest outing will be to write about every single country in the world, either daily or bi-daily. I will be writing little facts about them and a bit of history, also I will be doing this “list” if you will, alphabetically, which means we have to start with “A” and Afghanistan.

Afghanistan
Official name: Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
GDP: $26.976 billion
Population: 28,395,716
Capital: Kabul
Official language: Pashto and Dari (Persian)
Area: 647,500 km^2
Currency: Afghani (AFN)

The modern state of Afghanistan was set up 1747 and gained its independence from British rule in 1919 after the First World War. It was created to make a buffer zone between Russia and British Colonies in India and China as the British Empire was always weary of Russian designs on the world. Its has many resources such as gold, copper, zinc and much more. Its exports include Opium, fruits and nuts, handwoven carpets, wool, cotton and gemstones. Recently Afghanistan has subjected floods and earthquakes and is currently a conflict zone, although in terms of history this is not new.

Afghanistan’s Flag:

The meaning of Afghanistan flag:

Black: Darkness of the past history of Afghanistan
Red: Blood shed and war in the history of Afghanistan
Green: Hope, Prosperity, and a Bright future
The Symbol: A legend dating back to the times of Sassanid Empire in 224 A.D.

Top 10

Posted: October 10, 2010 by MasterShake in Life

MY FIRST VIDEO!!!!