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Man Pays +$40,000 to Look like Squall from Final Fantasy VIII

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How can I actually begin to cover this article? Really, there is no easy way to talk about an event that happened in the world because gaming certainly inspires many people to do some of the most bizarre things. But at the same time, I can’t look at it as something negative because it also shows how dedicated some gamers are to bring the games they play into the real world.

This young man from Malaysia with the name Amirul Rizwan Musa, spent over $41,000 dollars in cosmetic surgery in order to look like Squall Leonhart from Final Fantasy VIII, and all I have to say is “Wow, he does look like him” Although, to be honest. I have been failing to see the resemblance. Maybe it’s because of the hair? I don’t know.

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The Story of the Squall Fanatic

Now, the guy is fairly known because he works as a model and runs his own cosmetics company. His “Squall makeover” has been featured in a local newspaper. And that is certainly a good thing. He also has some online presence by various outlets in English.

And, of course. There is the obvious criticisms people have pointed out regarding this decision to change his looks to that of a videogame character’s. And yes, I am one of those people who think that this is an unnecessary waste of money. I mean, it’s good that he shows the passion he had towards video games. But there are certainly better ways to show this. Like the PS4 with a Crash Bandicoot theme I talked about.

“I have received numerous calls and messages continuously from the public who just aim to curse me,” he told Harian Metro (translated by AsiaOne). “Worse still, there are those who came to see me face-to-face just to insult me.”

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Self-Esteem and Public backlash

I can see where he’s coming from. The guy is a model and at his 21 years of age has his own cosmetics company which seems like it’s very successful. The problems the general public has is that he abandoned his Malaysian heritage in order to become something completely different through plastic surgery. And those are hard to maintain in a long run considering the assets fall apart as he ages.

Then there’s one of the reasons this young man had to do the whole thing to begin with. A chickenpox case that left him with scar marks all over his face when he was nothing but 16 years old. This harmed his self-esteem quite a lot “I was obsessed with anime characters and I felt ashamed that I looked the way I did back then so I decided to undergo plastic surgery to boost my confidence.”

Here’s what I think on this. The fact that this guy spent 41K of his own money is the biggest problem because there are better ways to show the appreciation you have for videogames. But the kid is just doing something he likes and showing his passion for the game he loves regardless. I honestly just feel very mixed about this whole situation because it certainly is uncommon and there really isn’t an answer on if it is a waste of time or not. All I can do now is ask for your opinion on the matter. Do you think he wasted his money? Or do you think they should just leave him be?

I always wanted to be a journalist who listens. The Voice of the Unspoken and someone heavily involved in the gaming community. From playing as a leader of a competitive multi-branch team to organizing tournaments for the competitive scene to being involved in a lot of gaming communities. I want to keep moving forward as a journalist.

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The cast of the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 film has added an exciting new addition with the inclusion of Shadow, who will be voiced by the talented Keanu Reeves

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After a long wait, it appears that the search for a capable Hollywood actor to bring the brooding Shadow the Hedgehog to life has come to an end. Keanu Reeves, a renowned actor known for his iconic roles in film franchises such as The Matrix and John Wick, as well as his involvement in the highly anticipated game Cyberpunk 2077, has officially been cast for the role.

Speculation has been running wild lately, but The Hollywood Reporter has officially confirmed the casting, citing reliable sources in the know. News of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 being showcased at Cinemacon has quickly spread. Reeves is sure to bring his own special touch to the role, but it’s uncertain how well he will mesh with the mustachioed Dr. Robotnik, as Jim Carrey is set to reprise the character.

What are your thoughts on Keanu Reeves being cast as Shadow the Hedgehog in Sonic the Hedgehog 3? Please avoid sharing fan art in the comments section below.

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Get ready for a metaphorical rollercoaster ride with ReFantazio Livestreams!

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ATLUS has just announced their latest event, the “ATLUS Exclusive: Metaphor: ReFantazio” broadcast. Fans can look forward to an exciting 30-minute showcase of never-before-seen gameplay from the publisher/developer. How exciting is that to anticipate?

According to Gematsu, director Katsura Hashino will serve as the host of the broadcast, which will debut on YouTube on April 22. The English version will include dubbed audio and English subtitles, and we have also expanded the list of timezones available.

  • North America: 3 pm PDT, 4 pm MDT, 5 pm CDT, and 6 pm EDT.
  • UK/Ire: 11pm BST
  • Europe: 12am CEST / 1am EEST
  • Asia/Oceania: 7am JST, 6am AWST, 8am AEST.

Additionally, there is a scheduled stream for the next day, April 23rd, with the specific times listed below. Get ready for the “ATLUS Exclusive Debut Commemoration Special—Metaphor: Stalkers Club Final,” where fans can indulge in the captivating presence of hosts Mafia Kajita and Tomomi Isomura. They will thoroughly analyze and delve into all the information disclosed during the initial broadcast. Sayawaka, a visitor who is the author of the associated manga’s story, will be with them.

  • North America: 7 am PDT, 8 am MDT, 9 am CDT, and 10 am EDT.
  • UK/Ire: 3pm BST
  • Europe: 4pm CEST / 5pm EEST
  • Asia/Oceania: 11pm JST, 10pm AWST, 1am AEDT

What are your thoughts on the influx of information about Metaphor: ReFantazio? Are you planning to watch any of the upcoming broadcasts? Share your authentic thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth’s Retry Wording Has Been Updated in a Subtle Manner

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Despite the numerous praises players have showered upon Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, there is one particular aspect of the game that has garnered nothing but criticism: the perplexing wording of its retry screen, which players encounter when facing a Game Over. Fortunately, the developers have discreetly resolved this issue in the game’s latest patch. They have fixed the Platinum Trophy progression, resulting in a slightly less confusing experience for players.

If you don’t possess exceptional combat abilities, chances are you’ve come across the game’s notorious four options: “Retry from Current Battle, Retry from This Battle, Retry from Before Battle, or Resume.”. As an avid gamer, I must admit that I’ve experienced the frustration of losing precious time due to my own foolish mistake. In this particular instance, I found myself engrossed in fine-tuning my matrix and equipping my party, only to have it all go to waste when I encountered a formidable enemy. To compound my error, I made the ill-advised decision to retry the battle, resulting in an hour of agonizing repetition. Lesson learned!

The “Retry from This Battle” option has become a source of frustration for players who are struggling with the game’s final boss encounter, leading to a significant number of rage-quits. Without giving away any surprises, opting for that choice after being defeated would result in players being sent back to the beginning of the final boss encounter, needlessly forcing them to forfeit approximately an hour’s worth of hard-earned progress in battle.

After the update, players now have the option to select “Retry from the Current Phase” instead of “Retry from Before the Current Battle.”. It’s worth noting that this change is only slightly improved. It’s rather disappointing that the screen is overly convoluted, which may lead to players feeling frustrated. While it’s better late than never, we can’t help but wonder if this issue will persist in the future.

 

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