Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Burger King and WorldMax

Today, I got a day off from work and I decided to spent at least half of the day playing PIU NX2.
So I got up in the morning and headed off to Metropole Zlicin where are NX2 machine is located.
I arrived to the arcades. No one was there so I wasn't sure if it is open or not. I entered after a while not being entirely sure if I can enter. But no one started yelling at me to back off. So I came to the PIU NX2 machine.

I played few CZ songs to warm myself up. The waiter sitting at the counter was watching me. I played few nightmares and then I looked behind myself to check if he is still watching or not. Actually it seemed that he took a video of me playing so I quickly looked back.

After that he came to me and asked me "you don't stand on this for the first time, do you?". I replied simply "no". Then he continued "It's your machine, right?", so I was like "Yup". After that I asked he if he wants to try it but he said no to that offer.

I continued and played WorldMax mostly. Achievement of the day...I somehow I have NO IDEA how managed to pass 2 4 level missions in Mirtain. One was something played on NM with blinking arrows and some other mods. The objective was clear the song and I managed that to my surprise! The other mission was much worse. It was something on freestyle with reverse, flip (in both directions) and some really slow speed mod. I was like WTF??? When I first played it because I was getting miss combo and I did not know why...but later on I found out what the hell was going on and managed to clear the mission. After the first mentioned mission I got to Harena and cleared few missions there.^_^

After getting stuck in Harena I went back to Barharn and cleared few missions there. Swearing as hell on Dr. M CZ with speed items. It started with 0.5, than there was 3x and 4x. So I took both and I tried to avoid the rest. But in the middle of one stream there was nasty 1x. Next few tries ended up the same way. The next try I managed to get past this and I was so happy this part was past me..and I stepped on 8x resulting in another "hey, why don't you get up and dance man?". After few more times I got the mission cleared. ^_^

At noon I went outside to get some food but there was a press conference about Burger King opening its first location in the Czech Republic. I stayed there and listened. I found out few interesting things. Like that the first Burger King was opened in 1975 in Spain and that there are like 11million people served each day. That Burger King has in some countries special "localized" Whopper. That means that it is done from something that is unique for the country. Example is Japanese Whopper with teriyaki sauce. I also found out that they've got a really good price for this location (1000EUR) which makes it possible to have about the same prices as the concurrence (109CZK for the Whopper menu which is the same price you will pay for Big Mac for example). We also learned that the company running Burger King here has no limitations to the number of locations and that of course the most important thing is the profit. Thus as many new locations as it is good for a good natural growth of the company (meaning good profit, you see).

Burger King in Europe is pretty widespread (if I understood correctly it is in 75 countries in total). The latest locations in Europe are in Romania, Bulgaria and well the Czech Republic.

We also got information about the Whopper itself. It being made of 100% beef, that is grilled on real open fire. That's why it tastes so good. That you can customize your whopper. So if you don't like cucumber you will get it without it. Of course the option of "with bacon" and "with cheese" are there as well. These burgers are mainly for males^_~ and for the females they've got some light sandwiches (chicken roll is the preffered choice as he said) and salads.

After the press conference and questions, the first Burger King location in the Czech Republic was opened.

After the meal I decided to go back to check on the PIU FX machine once more and asked few questions. I got my answers, played few missions and headed off back home.

In the subway I took out my Level magazine and continued reading article about Minorities in Gaming. A few youngsters entered the subway and were chatting quite loud about the new cool Guitar Hero game. They probably meant GHWT but I'm not sure if the game is out here (I got quite far in the game and it starts to annoy me...because playing 6-7 songs on Expert in one row is just.....TOO MUCH). So it was quite nice to listen to them. Later on a few other people entered the train and they saw that I read a preview about Tomb Raider Underground. They started to speak about Level vs Score - our leadeing Czech gaming magazines. (I was reading Level and they were mostly pro-Score readers for some reason).

Few more young people were talking about FIFA and PES and it felt quite nice to hear people talking about games. It's been quite a while that I heard someone speaking about something "normal" not some GH, Rock Band, Wii Music, WiiFit and other stuff like that.

I arrived home quite happy and I was sure that the what I have to say (which is written here) won't interest anyone in this building and I was right about that. It makes me sad and upset at the same time. I know that talking about Worldmax missions can be pretty annoying but hell wish I could share my experience with someone. And too bad that I'm not that good player. I'm at 18 percent and most missions kill me for the first time I play them.

So thanks for reading to those who actually managed to read the whole entry. It was a good day. Now it is time to pack some dance pads.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Finnish Tour

Today Finnish Fire Tour concert was held in Prague's Retro Music Hall.
Four Finnish folk metal bands were present - Falchion, Kivimetsän Druidi, Battlelore and Korpiklaani. Most of the people came there to see/hear Korpiklaani live (me too^_^). This time it was the seventh time that Korpiklaani came to the Czech Republic.

Falchion was first on stage and they played some death metal songs, later on adding folk metal songs. The songs were relatively slow and not really that interesting in my point of view. But I have to say that I was amazed by their guitar solos. It was also for the first time could see someone playing solos from 2-3 m distance (live). I won't forget this...

After that, Kivimetsän Druidi came. This meant that those who fell asleep during the first bands' performance woke up quite fast as the speed of the songs was much higher than of Falchion.

Battlelore showed us also two different kind of styles, one being folk metal and the other one I couldn't really place but liked it a lot. I did not expect anything like that at this concert.

At midnight the long awaited Korpiklaani got on the stage. Their performace was good as usual, a lot of energy in it and you could see that people really enjoyed it.