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A Week of Rest and Relaxation!

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Man, I’ve got to clean this blog up. Lots of dust and spider webs are flooding this place.

To tell you the truth, the only reason I haven’t been blogging here much is that I’ve been contributing to our official Project COE wordpress blog with as much game-related news as I can. That and nothing much has been going on these days.

I just came back from a week-long summer vacation with my family. I haven’t travelled with them in years so it was well worth the nostalgia. We went to a tropical city called Sharm Al-Sheikh in Egypt. Haven’t been there in years. Really nice place to bum around and simply relax on the beach. And that’s what we did basically. Sadly, my mom got sunburned. Yes, it is extremely hot around these parts during the summer. I was careful to put sunblock and hit the beach at the afternoon when the sun is just right…so I didn’t get much of a tan.

If you know the right places, the food over there is pretty amazing, too. We went to old town Sharm…two great restaurants were there; a Seafood place called “Al-Faris” and a BBQ one called “Al-Masriyeen”. We also managed to catch two hilarious Egyptian flicks. Sadly, English movies aren’t available there for some reason.

It was great hanging out with the family after so long. My dad’s the type of guy who likes to “organize” trips. I’m always reminded by my younger days when I look at him ordering my younger brothers around with various tasks and nitpicking on certain things. I used to get annoyed by it, but now it makes me laugh. You just can’t change dad.

Finally, I managed to catch up with my reading during this week. There’s nothing like reading after a dip in the ocean. I finished an amazing novel called “The Time Traveller’s Wife”. I’m a sucker for anything that has time travel, and this author managed to weave this concept with a romantic plot quite well. The movie based on it should be out soon…I’m wondering how well will they adapt the novel as this “type” of time travel is hard to replicate on the silver screen. After finishing up that, I began reading a pulp novel called “Battle Royale” written by some Japanese author whose name I can’t pronounce or spell…translated in English obviously. Aside from a few grammatical errors and Japanese-style impulsive sentences and descriptions, the book isn’t bad thus far. Very violent and suspenseful…now I know where games like No More Heroes and MadWorld came from. It’s so obvious that this book inspired the developers.

I may write more detailed impressions/reviews on these books in my free time. Later days.

PS: I brought the DS and PSP with me and surprisingly did not use them at all. Wow.

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About Ahmed Mosly

A medical undergraduate and a hardcore gamer? How does that even work? Is it even possible? Evidently, yes it is. Hope your brain doesn't explode from the awesomeness. I'm indeed both of these things despite my lack of proper time management skills. The scale isn't balanced either...at times it will shift to one side more than the other. I'm happy though. So...what's my story, you ask? You won't find it the most original tale ever...but then again, all gamers start out the same. Perhaps the biggest twist in my story is that I'm from Saudi Arabia. Yes...you read that right. We do have hardcore gamers here...it's not just desert, camels, and tents as some of you may assume. Remember, assuming too much makes an ass out of you and me (ass-u-me). I've been gaming for 20 years now...ever since the NES was given to me as a birthday present when I was 5 (thanks, Mom and Dad!). Upon discovering the internet in the late 90s, the inner workings of the gaming community and industry made much more sense to me. At first, it was limited to being a fan of what I love most and reading facts from afar (a.k.a. writing Zelda fanfiction). Then in 2003, I stumbled upon Nintendo of America's official forums (Hyrule Town Square) and things started evolving from there. The community promoted me and thought that my passionate ramblings were unique. As that community grew (becoming known as Nsider eventually), I grew with it...until I met the duo of Jarrod Nichol and William Cook, two other fans who ran a column called "Iris Network" that covered rumors. They actually talked about one particular rumor I discovered back in the day. I started conversing with Jarrod more, discovering that we were both passionate about the same games (Zelda, anything from Square-Enix). Turns out that Jarrod was deeply involved in the gaming industry, and that's where I learned the basics. His passion of making his own independent site became a reality in 2004. Luckily he invited me to join the ride...and what a ride it has been! I've jumped around here in Project COE, taking part in many positions and not limiting myself to a specific task. Is there even an official title for someone like me? Either way, I'll keep on doing what I'm doing and hope for the best.

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