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Friday, September 19, 2008

Thursday, September 18, 2008


The day mentioned in the title was one very eventful days. It's one of those days where you see so many different things, and each one of them has an effect on you.

Event 1: Mrs. Fokiya's Movie.

Mrs. Fokiya is a newly appointed Professor at my University. She'd been a temp with us for 2 years and only this year she was offered a full time post, which she took. So it turns out Mrs. Fokiya makes movies on the side and from what we were told she's made over 20 short documentaries. Most of them are about humanitarian issues and the like.

So, on titular date, the faculty decided to show a screening of one of her movies. This movie was about widows and mainly orphans in Kashmir. It was a good depiction of the troubles and worries that orphans and widows in Kashmire face in their day to day lives. It was one of those things where, it wasn't like you didn't already know about it, you just had never seen it. In my time working with the UNERU and RAD, I've organized a lot of supplies for these people so this movie had a very personal impact for me. 18 year old boys taking care of entire families. 6 year olds with ambitions to be a doctor or a teacher so he can heal or teach other orphans. A 13 year old girl, when interviewed, showed the maturity that most adults of our generation lack.

What got to me though, was when after the movie was screened I heard a lot of my peers commenting on how ,'boring' that was and how, 'pointless' it was that they wasted their precious time sitting there and watching that movie about some kids who struggle with their lives.

Is my generation really that shallow? Are our stomachs and our looks all we ever care about? How could we possibly complain about education, family, friends or the hardships that WE face, while these children face unsurmountable challenges without battering an eyelid.

We're screwed.


Event 2 - Almost roadkill

I was invited to the Games Alliance Middle East Show 2008 (GAMES 2008) to try out new game titles. Now, while that I will speak about as well, this part is about what happened on the way to the hotel.

It was being held at the Grand Hyatt and I was in Satwa. A friend was to pick me up and since he didn't know where I would be exactly, he waited at the big Satwa Mosque, which was a 5 minute walk from where I was. I made my way there and just as I saw his car from across the street, a taxi pulled up behind him and stopped. Two women got out, and I could see some children in the car. Three, if I remember correctly, and amongst them was a little boy roughly about 2 years old.

The moment this little guy hit the pavement he bolted for the main road that I was about to cross. He caught his mother by surprise and made a dash for the road. Why? Dunno. He's a kid. Either way, the kid jumped onto the road and freezed. An RTA bus saw the child and hit the brakes, but it wouldn't have stopped in time.

At that point, I managed to bolt down the road, scoop the child and reach the other side. The bus drove past soon after. I figured that the driver saw me running across to pick the child up and so wasn't worried. The mother was screaming hysterically throughout the entire thing. Her sister was yelling at her, as was the cabbie. My friend was standing there looking at me with his mouth open. I don't know if I saved the child's life, but Alhamdulillah we didn't have to find out.

The interesting thing is that I was in Satwa for an Iftar party at my aunt's place. She did not want me to go, and it took me 45 minutes to convince her to let me go. Even then she was hesitant and my father wasn't particularly happy that I was skipping out on a family event. Had she not delayed me, or was I not permitted to go, would things have happened differently?

Funny how things work out.


Event 3 - Games Alliance Middle East Show 2008 (GAMES 2008)

Microsoft, Pluto Games, Red Entertainment and Sony's Gulf Playstation Division invited me to attend GAMES 2008, where I was able to try out never-seen before titles. Some of these titles were still a few months out but were available for testing and trials at this exhibition.

Long story short:

I TRIED GEARS OF WAR 2! AAAAAHH!!!!

It was BEAUTIFUL. Every bit as orgasmic as I had imagined. The cool thing was that it was still a development module and there were bugs and I FOUND ONE. When you revved up the Lancer's chainsaw, while walking towards an enemy if you grazed past a wall or a vehicle or anything, the player would discharge onto it, so you' waste time, the element of surprise and would have to rev up all over again. But the gameplay was beautiful. The characters were crisper and new movements and new abilities just make this already awesome game just that much better.

Other titles to watch out for:

Resident Evil 5 (Simply the BEST graphics I have ever seen in ANY game. EVER.)
Brothers in Arms: Highway to Hell
Fable 2
Quantum of Solace
Star Wars: Force Unleashed (I'm not so sure about this one)
Legendary
Killzone 2
Resistance 2
Call of Duty: World At War


What a day!


Cheers!


M




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12 comments:

Mars said...

yea. most kids hate documentaries and its just sad. i generally give people like that glares.

and good on you for saving that kid.

Lhjunkie said...

I don't remember anyone actually saying that it was boring.
Sure, there were a couple of insensitive pricks singing along and mocking the kids in the film, but nobody outwardly said that it was a bore.

Froze*

Alhamdulilah, nothing happened to the kid...or you. :)

Malizomg said...

Actually 2 of our friends said it was boring. Soon after which they said it was ok. I didn't like that one bit.

Meh.

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