When my father first came to Singapore 25 years ago, his nickname was ‘Chinaboy’. Chinaboy this, Chinaboy that, because he had no money, no connections, no status, no house, no car, no nothing. He worked at a small construction company for a while, until he realised that he was never going to make it big… Continue reading Chinaboy
I deliberated over writing an introduction for Bad Words that expands on the section in the update post, because the lack on an introduction meant that I will need to spend a few lines in this post explaining what I am going for, before diving into a discussion of the ‘word of the week’ itself. However,… Continue reading The ‘Interesting’-ly bad word: A lesson in humility
In continued pretense that people actually read this blog, I am launching three new series to explore different facets of the idea of ‘doubting’. The first, a more straightforward socio-political commentary section titled Allen vs. The World will contain articles that relate to current affairs, to tap on hot topics so that I can easily… Continue reading Thought pieces: Allen vs. The World, Allen vs. Allen and Bad Words
People like to assume that our government is a retarded, low-functioning mess of an organisation that can never seem to get anything right. But as a believer of the existence of a hivemind-like system of ideas that is used to subtly control the thoughts, ideas and actions of it civil servants, and is extended to… Continue reading The distraction of debate: Syonan Gallery and the war on sensitivity
Monster Hunted is sometimes what this game becomes as the cougar-wyvern stun locks me into a chain of attacks until I am finally crushed by its deadly claw. It is not always fair, and apart from some truly amazing hunters out there, I’m sure everyone gets their buttons wrong from time to time. And here… Continue reading The Hunter’s Trance – Pure masochism and toxicity or an alternative form of fun?
I am going to continue talking about Monster Hunter because I’ve spent a good portion of last week playing nothing but Monster Hunter Generations (which I am still going to call MHX because MHGen sounds dumb). Despite the initial slow start, the new styles and changes to the charge blade have intrigued me enough to… Continue reading Gitting gud in Monster Hunter is a total Nightmare
MH4U was one of those games I couldn’t get into on the first attempt. The high skill floor it demanded, the complexity and depth in its systems and the sheer difficulty of mastering my weapon of choice – the charge blade – made me set it down multiple times before getting completely hooked 30 hours… Continue reading Memories of my Gory Rival – A retrospective review of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate