Sleeping Dogs: a review

I just finished the computer game, Sleeping Dogs, which I played on PS3. It’s an open world game, which means there are a set of tasks to complete but you can also just cruise around the constructed environment. This game is fairly heavily inspired by the Grand Theft Auto franchise. It’s set in Hong Kong and so, also riffs off  Hong Kong cinema of the martial arts and cops n robbers kinds.

The story line was pretty good. It’s about an undercover cop who infiltrates the HK triads. At times we wonder where his loyalties lay and that’s what makes it good. I haven’t watched that film _Infernal Affairs_ for a few years but I suspect it’s a bit similar to that.

The thing that sets it apart is its detailed hand-to-hand combat system. The driving around is also adequate but not quite in the same league as GTA4. There’s some good music on the in-car radio including some new stuff that I got liking.

Almost any song that has some robot voice in I’ll end up saying to myself, hey I like that.

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The bass sound is also subtly unique. It makes me want to get a really good quality pair of headphones and work on creating some deep deep beatz that no one will hear.

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I do vaguely remember seeing _Enter The Dragon_ and its final sequence and not thinking much other than wow Bruce Lee is awesome. But when you see some normal dude getting out of a Lexus wearing yellow sneakers and full-body yellow lycra you tend to take note. Here, Wie Shen, our protagonist gives the proverbial nod to Bruce Lee. [Sportscasters, please stop abusing the word protgonists. They are just sports players, not characters in some story.]


Thanks to the harvest festival I have a whole week off. A real week off too. No getting up early to chatter with the great oil demon even. Sure, I just had two months off the day job for summer break – but I was still getting up early four days a week to do an hour work and traverse the underground subway zombies each side of it.

Interdesting article on boredom and the lack of it <a href=””>here</a> at slashy. I haven’t read the source articles yet but it’s something I think about often. For better or worse, Korea is an ultra-early adopter of all things electronic and portable. Even that by itself is topic enough for me to ponder on for several half-hours.

And if I wasn’t so polite and just took fotos of people without asking, then for every day I sit in a subway car facing a row of 7 or 8 people, I could show you a foto of 7 or 8 people with mobile electronic devices in their hands. Plinking away and staring into the RedGreenBlue.

But I’m not completely unoccupied either. I get irritated if someone’s talking on the phone because it’s almost always talking loudly on the phone. So I listen to podcasts. History and military history and a little fictive horror.

The internet has changed things. Living here in this hyper-frantic city has changed things. I can remember in earlier years lying on the floor, staring at the ceiling and for half an hour or more thinking about what it’d be like walking on the ceiling — stepping over the door-frames and such. I don’t know if life will ever get that slow again but I hope it does.

“some weirdo from Korea who dances like a horse”

Nice article on Psy’s recent rise to fame <a href=””>here</a>.

And an even better one that takes a closer look at the video <a href=””>here</a>. It was coming across that that made me take a second look and see, as they say, that it’s satire (oh my gosh! in korea?). Which is really cool. It’d be nice if Koreans could develop the ability to have a bit of a laugh at themselves.

The area of seoul called gangnam is shown briefly in a few shots in the video, but it makes me wonder what people overseas must think the place is like. Because, just like every other part of seoul, it’s an overcrowded, noisy, trash-strewn cement jungle. BUt satire is always a double-edged sword, it makes fun but it also promotes the thing it’s making fun of, especially to people who are new to it.

Psy’s playing at my one-horse college tonight. Since we have no one to actually ask how such a thing came about, me and the co-works guess that he was booked last year or something. I would go, but I’m sure it’ll be bedlam since it’s free to get in.