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My name is Kristina and I love my boyfriend <3.

Wait, that's not interesting yet. Second try. I'm female, I play games.

Shit, that's still not that interesting.

Let's see... I'm into photography and I'm an aspiring travel journalist. For now, I'm trying to get my name out there in other fields that I can write about..like movies and games. I consider myself more of a casual gamer, but I am an opinionated casual gamer. My favorite kinds of games are RPGs or puzzle games (like Final Fantasy serie, Monkey Island games (or Zakk and Wiki), Prince of Persia, you know...that kind of stuff). I also get really excited when I get to beta test. I got really excited when I beta tested Hello Kitty Online. Hey, don't look at me like that.

I now currently write news articles and such for Tomopop! Yaaaay.

I've recently participated in StarCraft II beta test and currently test FFXIV. Although, I'm not supposed to tell you that. I think I'll be OK, though.

I'll be blogging, giving you the casual girl gamer point of view whenever I have something to share. I might make a few posts here and there about how awesome my boyfriend is. Did I mention he's awesome? You might know him..he writes for you, you know. Yeah, that guy. Pedro <3

With a little bit of luck, (and a whole lot of blood and sweat) you'll see my name around more.

I listen to Pandora radio while I work. (work = editing photos, writing and my morning office drudgery)

I love zombie games, mostly because I think they're effing hilarious.

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I cannot be the only person that can tell that Zombie Bowl-o-Rama is a total rip-off of Plants vs Zombies. MumboJumbo not only released a game that I find inherently boring (Iíve never seen the fun in any sort of virtual bowling), they managed to convince me within 11 minutes that they want to be as successful as PopCap but lack the creativity to make an effort. I say 11 minutes, because I watched a trailer/intro and then played the demo for 9 minutes before I was too mortified to go on.

Plants vs Zombies is a very addictive game, for a lot of reasons. Thereís nothing really special about it, graphically, and the levels arenít even much of a challenge most of the time. Moreover, you get from beginning to end rather quickly, story-wise. On the flip side, the content is hilarious, and there are so many puzzles and mini-games that youíll get a lot of enjoyment out of the game despite the short adventure mode. That, and the variety of zombie types is good, I always got a kick out of every new zombie I saw when I first started playing that game. Also, the soundtrack was pleasant and I think it added to the humor.

So what did MumboJumbo do? They created a completely different game. Iím not gonna lie, it is a different game. BUT. A lot of the elements within this different game are obviously not original ideas. A heavy metal soundtrack and poorly animated, blocky-looking 3D zombies totally didnít mask the fact that if you didnít knock the zombies down, they advance, and the ultimate goal is to not get your brains eaten by the zombies coming toward you.

I looked at the opening of the game, and saw this hand bursting out of a grave, and thought, what the hell? Isnít that what the PvZ menu looks like? Yup...pretty much. Couldnít they have one-upíd PopCap and have like, a zombie burst out of the ground or something? Or maybe they can just, you know, not use graves in the opening. Or for the in-level menus. Sure, I totally get it. Youíre totally NOT biting off PvZ.

So Iím bowling for zombies, and I look at the default NPC that appears on my screen. Guess who it looks like? You guessed it. Crazy Dave! Oh, boy. In the promo, they used a different-looking picture. Maybe itís random. Maybe it isnít! This is what I saw on my screen when I started playing the demo matches.

Last, but not least, I definitely /facepalmíd when I saw the end of the trailer Ė a zombie disco dancing at the end of the bowling lane. RightÖlike the Michael Jackson with back-up dancing zombies isnít one of the most popular in PvZ.

Needless to say, this demo left a bad taste in my mouth. I really like zombie games, so I downloaded it out of pure curiosity. Itís been out since last year, but I can see why it hasnít been popular enough for me to have noticed it back then. Having a bunch of ugly, blocky zombies groaning ďbraaaainsĒ at me from the end of a bowling lane didnít help win me over, either.
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