Katakana characters

vowels yōon
a i u e o ya yu yo
ka ki ku ke ko キャ kya キュ kyu キョ kyo
sa shi su se so シャ sha シュ shu ショ sho
ta chi tsu te to チャ cha チュ chu チョ cho
na ni nu ne no ニャ nya ニュ nyu ニョ nyo
ha hi fu he ho ヒャ hya ヒュ hyu ヒョ hyo
ma mi mu me mo ミャ mya ミュ myu ミョ myo
ya yu yo
ra ri ru re ro リャ rya リュ ryu リョ ryo
wa  wi  we wo 1
n
ga gi gu ge go ギャ gya ギュ gyu ギョ gyo
za ji zu ze zo ジャ ja ジュ ju ジョ jo
da (ji) (zu) de do ヂャ (ja) ヂュ (ju) ヂョ (jo)
ba bi bu be bo ビャ bya ビュ byu ビョ byo
pa pi pu pe po ピャ pya ピュ pyu ピョ pyo
ヴァ va ヴィ vi vu ヴェ ve ヴォ vo ヴャ vya ヴュ vyu ヴョ vyo
シェ she
ジェ je
チェ che
スィ si
ズィ zi
ティ ti トゥ tu テュ tyu
ディ di ドゥ du デュ dyu
ツァ tsa ツィ tsi ツェ tse ツォ tso
ファ fa フィ fi フェ fe フォ fo フュ fyu
2 yi ( 2) イェ ye
ウィ wi 2 wu ウェ we ウォ wo
(クヮ) クァ kwa クィ kwi クェ kwe クォ kwo
(グヮ) グァ gwa グィ gwi グェ gwe グォ gwo

Hiragana characters

vowels yōon
a i u e o (ya) (yu) (yo)
ka ki ku ke ko きゃ kya きゅ kyu きょ kyo
sa shi su se so しゃ sha しゅ shu しょ sho
ta chi tsu te to ちゃ cha ちゅ chu ちょ cho
na ni nu ne no にゃ nya にゅ nyu にょ nyo
ha hi fu he ho ひゃ hya ひゅ hyu ひょ hyo
ma mi mu me mo みゃ mya みゅ myu みょ myo
ya yu yo
ra ri ru re ro りゃ rya りゅ ryu りょ ryo
 wa  wi  we  wo
n
ga gi gu ge go ぎゃ gya ぎゅ gyu ぎょ gyo
za ji zu ze zo じゃ ja じゅ ju じょ jo
da (ji) (zu) de do ぢゃ (ja) ぢゅ (ju) ぢょ (jo)
ba bi bu be bo びゃ bya びゅ byu びょ byo
pa pi pu pe po ぴゃ pya ぴゅ pyu ぴょ pyo

Learning Japanese

After my trip to Japan, I decided to learn Japanese. I started learning Chinese a while ago but was not too serious about learning and it just fell off my radar. I hope the same is not gonna happen for Japanese. Ideally, I would like to learn both languages … keep dreamin 🙂

In any case, I signed for a japanesepod101.com, a great podcast on learning Japanese. Very similar to Chinesepod.com

In the past couple of weeks, I learned the Hiragana and Katakana characters. There are not that many of them so memorizing them was not too bad (I’m still shaky I admit). I will add the charts from Wikipedia in two different posts.

Bio Shock is sick

Awesome game. It reminds of the first time I played Resident Evil 1 (aka Bio Hazard). I was never a big FPS fan, but this BS adds a really engaging element to the game. I have not played System Shock 2 but from what I hear, I would have probably liked it. I need to finish the game, then I will write the good, the bad, and the ugly. I still have to finish Halo 3 and buy the Orange Box. Oh man … too many FPSs. Should I even bother buying UTIII?

Overestimated Midway

I bought Midway a while back when I thought that they would do really well with Stranglehold and Area 51. Unfortunately, both games did not do too great. While Stranglehold delivered on the massive D promises, it was short, and very repetitive. Heavenly Sword fell into that same repetitive trap. Area 51 was plain ordinary. Nothing too special (many FPSs are like that which is a topic for another post).

So coming back to the main point. Midway failed to turn profits and for that my MWY stocks would end up reducing my taxable income for the year 😦 I am gonna sell at a loss unfortunately.

This article came out way after I bought my MWY stocks … and I wish I had waited. Well now at least, they are going to publish Unreal Tournament III for the PS3 before the end of the year. We will see if that sells.

Activision got Guitar Hero to rock on, EA has bought Pandemic and Bio Ware and they have several big titles coming out, and Take Two released Bio Shock and coming with GTA IV soon (check here). Midway on the other hand is just not delivering any big hits. They need a really good Mortal Kombat game to pick up the slack. The next-gen MK has not been featured or talked about at all. It has not been announced even.

Uncharted: I finished it already

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune is a great game. I loved the whole experience. The story line is not deep but the gameplay is awesome. The controls are crisp and the character is very responsive. The visuals are great, the frame rate is consistent, and the sound is solid too. The game is not monotonous and you get to do different things through out the game. You get to drive a jet ski, a jeep with a machine gun, do platforming, exploration, and lots of shooting. You even get some scary moments towards the end of the game.

As most new games now, not too many puzzles and the difficulty level is not challenging enough. The game is not short, it took me 5-6 multi hour sessions to finish it.

The physics in the game were disappointing. Ragdolls and physics in Heavenly Sword were way better in my opinion (of course I am biased cause I work for Havok).

Still the game was awesome with a lot of good design ideas. Some of the levels were just amazing. The water effects are some of the best I have seen so far. I wish there was some swimming or diving in the game. Metal Gear Solid and GoW both had swimming/diving and it made the game more interesting and fresh.

So for Uncharted 2, want more vehicle play, swimming/diving, more physical interaction, more puzzles, longer game, and a more engaging story line if possible.

Heavenly Sword: Almost the greatest game ever but far from it

The bad:

– Limited simple animations (no turn animation for example)
– No jumps
– Button mashing controls
– Too restricted
– Too short
– The puzzles are too easy (there were not that many of them to begin with)

The Great:
– Amazing visuals
– Amazing Sound production
– Dramatic production

If Sony decides to make a sequel, they need to add more GoW elements to make this a true action/adventure hit.

Dating tips based on console choice

Based on MSN matching website, the choice of console can tell a lot about someone’s personality. Here is their analysis:

Playstation:
– likes to be the first on the block to have things
– deep pockets
– demands the best out of his experience—and probably his women
– enjoys life to its fullest
– sophisticated, intelligent, enjoys competition
– willing to wait for a good thing
– loyal

Wii:
– a fun guy
– not the typical slack-jawed, bleary-eyed gamer
– smart with his money

Xbox:
– shy
– cooperative
– makes good money and likes to spend it
– “passionate about gaming, and that transfers into the bedroom as well”

I have a PS3, what does that say about me?