I went for the Indie Youth Fest 2008 at 1 Utama New Wing a certain 5th of July 2008, only because there was a Rubik’s Cube competition!
I asked around. It was 2pm already, inside and outside there was no booth for Rubik’s Cubes or anything. So I asked around, got directed outside, then inside, outside, and inside and uh, outside again. Until I found somebody who took another entry form and cancelled out the title, writing “Rubik’s Cube Competition”.
And so I was the first on the list. 20 minutes later, a gamer clan had joined! I was afraid. These guys looked serious. I thought I could walk away with a prize seeing how little publicity this event got.
Then I saw the cubes. Cheap plastic ones! Not the official ones. I tested one of them. Two of the cubies (that’s what you call the parts) were superglued together! So that was a disqualified cube.
And so, we convened to the stage. There were 9 of us, so we split into 2 groups. The person with the most colors on a face solved after 5 minutes would win!
(Well, you’re supposed to solve the entire thing, but I guess the organizers had more realistic expectations.)
I finished my cube, all 54 colors on a face correct, and then I took pictures.
The poor guy on the left did not know that he finished an entire face, as it was not facing him. Hehe!
So after 5 minutes, two of them handed in cubes with 8 colors on a face, and the other two, 6 I think.
During the next round, this girl suddenly walked into the scene. Ooo, she said. “Can I try?” And she knew her stuff! She finished everything but she could not remember how to swap and orient corners.
Because she did not put her name on the participant list, I guess she didn’t win anything. 🙁
The second round finished with two dudes getting 7 colors on a face. And then they had a showdown. Well I don’t remember the exact details, this happened four months ago!
Third prize winner wins a game.
Second prize winner wins a game.
First prize winner wins Guitar Hero II for the XBox 360!
And so I hung out backstage with my new plastic guitar. Finally, an electric (or rather, electronic) guitar I can call my own!
The black pants are the closest I have to skinny black leather pants.
And now, for some real rockers…
Darren Teh of An Honest Mistake!
They had a legion of supporting fans!
Yes, I shot them all with my Minolta 70-210mm F4 beercan.
Gotta love what it did to the flowers!
Ambient bits and then hard bits. Straight out, solid emo.
Challenging backlight, so I cranked up DRO on my A700. After some minor mucking in Photoshop there is just a bit of cross-processing.
So back to the Rubik’s Cube. Nobody knew, and those that were good at it were over in Subang. Some yo-yo event. You’d have a high chance of getting a yo-yo player to solve a Rubik’s Cube, apparently! (With the exception of the exceptional KJ.)
So back to Guitar Hero II. I contemplated getting an Xbox 360 just for the game – after all, this is the kind of game I’d buy a console for. And I’d never had a console.
Of course, Uncle Google and Uncle Syefri told me that I could just plug my electronic Gibson Explorer via USB cable to my PC, and download Frets On Fire, a PC emulator. It could even rip tracks from the Playstation 2 version (which, thankfully, Amir had, and I must thank him for lending it to me.) Each song took about 2-3 hours to rip, with over 50 songs.
And, just like Dave Mustaine, although I could play guitar, I totally sucked at Guitar Hero the first time I played it.
Dave Mustaine playing Guitar Hero II on Game One
Anthrax Guitarist Scott Ian Sucks at Guitar Hero
guitar controller eletronic Gibson Explorer is pretty much like a joypad – I even tried to play Quake 3 on it. There weren’t enough buttons to bind to all the movements, even!