I always dreamed that they bring Comics Convention (AKA Comic-Con) to Kuwait, and I got quite jealous when I knew they that they brought Comic-Con to Abu Dhabi back in 2011, there were rumors that Comic-Con is actually coming to Kuwait but rumors stayed rumors.
Short brief about Comic-Con from uncle Wikipedia;
“It’s an event showcasing comic books, science fiction/fantasy and film/television, and related popular arts, the convention now includes a larger range of pop culture elements, such as horror, animation, anime, manga, toys, collectible card games, video games, webcomics, and fantasy novel.”
Enough said, I came to know through our friend Area965 that there’re going to organize a Comic-Con-like event so-called Q8Con next summer in Kuwait. The organizers promise a fun event that attracts fans of Anime, Manga, Games and Comics. The activities include video game tournaments, cosplays, performances, artist-fan meetups and various such things and that a lot of artists, performers, producers, writers, media-personnel, artists and game designers from various parts of the world particularly the GCC. This is a first-time thing in Kuwait, hope it turns out fun.
Check out their facebook page for more information [link].
I received a number of new Kuwaiti card games to review, the Kuwaiti-styled card games are becoming a trend and most of them are the same international card games yet with a slight Kuwaiti touch such as the cards design, names, wording…etc. I’m liking how these card games look but I wish if they come up with new fresh ideas, concepts and rules instead of just copying and translating popular card games.
Football Deal: It’s the same as the normal deal card game except that this one uses football terms such as players, stadiums, penalties…etc. The cards design and quality are both good and there’s a small leaflet that explains the rules. The price is KD10 which I think is high and must be reduced.
Delivery Phone: 66947769
Kuwaiti Deal: Same as the regular Monopoly Deal except with Kuwaiti terms (like streets, areas, Kuwaiti currency KD) and design. It comes in a nice packaging but the cards were not made of plastic so I suppose they are not very durable.
I noted the card has over 30 cards out of which 4 are new while the remaining 26 did exist in the original monopoly deal. It is sold for KD12 which is also high for a card game and shall be reduced.
Delivery Phone: 96982062
ElSoor Game: The owner says that it’s not a translation of an existing card game and that it brings a brand new concept and rules which is good to know. The owner is giving me one to try so stay tuned for my full review. It will be released at Proud 2 Be Kuwaiti expo on the 13th.
I was walking down the street today and found that HMV is located 2 minutes away from my hotel. I like HMV and always visit it when ever I’m in London because their prices are cheaper than Virgin Megastore plus they run great sales. I overheard rumors before that HMV was shutting down and will probably become an online store but I wasn’t sure about that, sadly the rumors seem true because store manager told me today that more than 60 branches have already closed down and there will be more closing because their sales are dropping. I think this is because most people have turned to online music stores in recent years, plus the piracy of course. I always wished that they bring HMV to Kuwait but I guess this ain’t going to happen, and even if they do it will probably end up like Virgin at Marina Mall.
Did you guys check SONY press event for PS4? I was watching the event live streaming late last night because I wanted to know whether PlayStation 4 is worth the long wait or it will simply be a last stand for SONY’s gaming business since many are speculating that future of gaming consoles is already at stake because they will likely be overran with the latest smartphones and tablets devices that can run high resolution games with decent graphics and cost less for downloading games than buying blu-ray discs.
SONY CEO says that developing PS4 has started back in 2008 and rumor has it that PS4 will be released in November 2013 for around £270 (that’s KD135 roughly), if rumors are indeed true then that’s one dreamy deal because I remember PS3 was a lot more expensive when it first came out (KD200+).
So let’s talk about the specs shall we? SONY didn’t unveil neither the full specs nor how the actual console looks like and I hated them for that but the confirmed specs include 8GB of GDDR5 memory, high-end GPU and an 8-core processor with 2 teraflops of performance (I expected faster), unnknown HDD storage but my expectation is 256GB+ and I wish if they use SDD instead of HDD. The joypad looks identical to the leaked pictures a few days ago and it resembles the older PS3 joypad with a share button added, so nothing major here.
SONY says PS4 will include many new features such as multi-tasking; gamers can now pause/resume midgame and can download in the background while playing or when system is off, another smart feature I read about is that you can download a game and start playing it while the download is still progressing. Also SONY is trying to focus on social networks in their PS4 with a social app for sharing players screens and videos, also you can hand-over the control of your game to a remote player by clicking share button, interesting. However the feature that I liked is that PS4 will have no boot-up time, so once you press the power button you will be directly taken to the home screen. So far so good? Well not with me because PS4 will not run PS3 games, so you can kiss the backward compatibility goodbye! Not a smart move from SONY if you ask me.
So am I impressed with PS4 thus far? Well the complete picture isn’t clear for me yet to give a fair judgement but we have to wait to get more answers and bear in mind that Microsoft Xbox 720 is also underway. If you have more insights on PS4 please do share with us, read my previous PS4 post [link]
Remember the horrifying possessed serial killer Chucky from Child’s Play; the 1988 horror movie series that made many of us hide under our beds back then. I remember I saw at least 4 or five parts of that movie and that toy is indeed scary as hell, and if you thought that it’s gone after all those years, think twice and thrice because Chucky’s back and this time in Kuwait, it’s wandering among us in places you wouldn’t even expect. So if you thought that going to The Prestige District of the Avenues or camping in Kuwait desert or even getting yourself a fast meal from McDonald’s in safe, think again.
An old fellow of mine was trying to bring Chucky back, seemingly doing resurrection, he basically took Chucky almost everywhere around Kuwait and took shots. The funny part was the kinda “scared look” people get when ever he shows off Chucky. I suppose the hunt from the childhood is still there for many people, including me sometimes. Can you imagine that my friend has a room in his house full of characters from movies (see video above).
Follow him on his instagram (@Chucky_1977) and see many great shots for Chucky in Kuwait. Now let’s see where did Chucky go in Kuwait, so beware next time you are out because Chucky might get you anywhere;
I just read on several websites that SONY will most likely unveil Playstation 4 on the 20th of February, that’s only a few weeks from now. I guess there’s a drag race between Microsoft and SONY, both companies are trying to release their consoles rather quickly. I’m now wondering what will be the specs for PS4 but rumors say it will sport 8GB or 16GB memory, quad core AMD’s A8 processor with 3.2 Ghz clock speed and Radeon HD 7670 graphics card with 1Ghz clock speed and 1GB memory. I hope rumors are not true because these specs seem average, also I thought they were going for Nvidia GeForce but Radeon is hot too.
Word on the street is that PS4 will produce maximum resolution of 2160p for 2D and 1080p for 3D but I guess we have to wait till we get the official specs. So who do you think will be more powerful, upcoming Xbox 720 or SONY PS4?
This is dedicated to every old-timer gamer in Kuwait, do you remember the White Tower? I was doing some shopping in Salmiya and decided to pass by it and see if its still there. I remember White Tower was the most popular gaming hub in Kuwait with numerous shops and Arcade machines back in early 90′s, it was the weekend getaway for every hard gamer. I arrived at The White Tower and saw some guys playing Street Fighter IV and Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom. I chitchatted with the owner who said that most of the games shops were closed down except the main shop and I asked why not organize a big gaming tournament to resurrect the place, he said they do have one big gaming tournament coming up in February where they will be inviting many international pro players with over $15,000 prizes, sounds fun. I tried to bring back some really old memories by actually getting some coins and playing some of the Arcade games and it was fun even though I lost almost all my gaming skills.
I was exiting The Avenues Mall through 4th Ring Road and saw Toys “R” Us has opened their 2nd branch in Shuweikh across the street from Safat Al Ghanim near Sultan Wholesale Center, this is their biggest toys store in Kuwait with an area of 25,000 sq. meter on three levels. It reminds me of of Kids R Us back in the 80′s, I remember it was like a heaven back then.
The Arabic translation for Toys “R” Us felt kinda funny.
I saw on the popular video games website IGN that world Street Fighter champion and Sagat player, Ryan Hart, is coming to Kuwait to participate in the biggest fighting game tournament in the Middle East which will take place at GUST on November. I read the tournament will feature prizes worth over KD4,500 and will include games like Street Fighter IV, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Ultimate Marvel versus Capcom 3, and Persona 4, looks fun!
Update: The tournament organizers has contacted me, they say the first winner in each game will get KD600, and 2nd gets KD300 and rest will get KD100
Toys R Us will open another bigger branch in Shuweikh by the 4th Ring Road next to Sultan Center and Prontowash, this is their 2nd branch in Kuwait after the one in 360 Mall. It reminds me a lot of Kids R Us back in the 80′s, I remember it was like a heaven back then.
I wish they bring Kids R Us back, until today I’m still wondering why they shut it down? Maybe because it has the same concept as Toy R Us? For now I’ll leave you with their TV ad to bring you some lovely memories.
I took the kids yesterday to the new interactive expo at Kuwait Scientific Center, the idea of this expo is fairly unique where individuals of any age can play interactive games that are based on movement and physical effort to promote health and fitness. Some of the games included burning calories and muscles training in such an entertaining way, so it’s sort of a little gym with fun. Well I burned some calories of the chocolate fondue I ate earlier too.
In addition, kids can learn the laws of physics and motion, interesting. The expo is at the Discovery Place and will continue till March 2013.