Chronicles of me MIA: Part 04

2nd February:

Ok, it’s been about 20 days since this happened, so I do not recollect things all that well. We were supposed to have gaming on this particular day. The Kriya Open Quiz prelims was sometime in the evening. I remember vaguely, qualifying for the second round of NFS MW. Vibu , Vivek and Co. had qualified for the CS second round. Sidharth had also come along. Since the gaming arena was damn crowded, we had to wait a long time for our turns. On top of that we had to pay 10 rupees for registration. All I could manage in between all of this was to crack the Crossword that was given in the magazine. I cracked it along with Vivek and Vibushan. Shyam helped out with one final answer. We then submitted it where we were asked to. I somehow got Vibu also to submit one entry. Vivek wouldn’t listen.

We went had lunch outside. We found the shabbiest of hotels just outside PSG and somehow downed our food with Mountain Dew. To this day it remains a mystery if we ate Chicken Biryani or not. We ordered something called Plain Biryani. Now, some people tell us that plain biryani is Chicken biryani with the chicken pieces removed. Still others seem to think that the biryani in Chicken biryani is cooked separately and the chicken pieces added afterwards.

After lunch, we attended “Googler” and “Mouse Handler”. Vibu and me gave Googler the miss and Vivek gave Mouse Handler the miss. Googler was just plain googling. You were given 5-6 images which you had to find online. Not as easy as it seems. It helps if you are into quizzing though. Mouse Handler was again a set of 5 images which we had to use to design something creative. I did design something creative, but I don’t know why I was not selected ūüôā

Now all that was left was the Open Quiz. Me, Shyam and Vivek formed a team. Vibu and Sid also stayed. Quiz was done by Gopal Kidao from QFI. We had Frankies just before the quiz as we were hungry. Because of goofing up the prelims (I am solely responsible for this. As always I told my team-mates that I was sure that the answer they were giving me was not the right¬†answer. I’ve done this even before ūüėČ as Shiva and Madhu will confirm) Had we got those answers right, we would probably have qualified for the finals. Worst of all was that two school teams qualified for the finals. ūüė¶ I am no longer going to call myself a quizzer. We were at-least happy that these chaps would not be there the next day for the Intercollegiate quiz.

Vivek, Sid left immediately after the prelims. Me and Vibu decided to stay back. So did Shyam. The finals was won by Samanth, Sumo and Jayakanthan. (Not very surprising.)

Vibu and I had dinner at “The Park” in stadium quite late at night and then went home. We shit chatted a bit before going to sleep.

3rd February:

Well, I had the finals of gaming, the inter-collegiate quiz , the Crossword results and my prize money for Paper Presentation¬†to look¬†forward to. The Inter-Collegiate quiz was in the morning and Shyam was supposed to team up with me. Shyam came to the gaming arena huffing and puffing some 40 minutes after the scheduled time of the prelims. He had lost his phone on the the way from home to college and had no way of contacting me. ūüė¶ Sad. We went to the quiz venue only to find that it was almost over. People were handing in their entries. We somehow got a answer paper and started going through the questions frantically. We did the quiz in something like 30 seconds. Obviously we did not qualify. We scored some 6 and as far as I heard 8 was the highest score. If only Shyam had not lost his phone. If only we had made the quiz on time, maybe we would have qualified. But then that did not happen. Shyam went phone hunting immediately afterwards and I went back to the gaming arena.

I qualified the second round of NFS too and then the third round. Now only the finals was left. At around the same time, my friends were doing pretty well in CS. 4 of amrita’s teams had made it to the top 6, and the organisers somehow managed to get Amrita playing Amrita. Of the two Amrita teams that emerged, they were again asked to play each other!! That’s where Vibu and Viveks team went down. Some bad organising with the home team being given wild card entries and all.

I drove pathetically in the finals of NFS. Somehow I thought I would win this race, but it was not to be. I once again came third on 4th. I now have the dubious distinction of never having won an NFS finals after having qualified some half a doze times.

So, now all that was remaining was the Paper Presentation prize and¬†the crossword results. This was the most annoying part. I was asked to wait some 2 hours before I was given the certificate for the Paper Preentation and another 30 minutes before they announced the results of the Crossword. Me and Vibu were among the winners apparently. To add to the already bad organisation, I was told that my prize money would be sent to me by mail!! Whoa!! You made me wait two and a half hours to tell me that ? And I had made Vibu and vivek wait with me. I still haven’t received my prize money by the way.¬†

Amidst all this, someone from Googler called me and I was told that I had won and they wanted to know my college name so that it could be written on the certificate. Now, both me and Vivek were bewildered because both of us had got only 4 on 6 right. After getting Shyam to investigate the matter, I found¬† out that I had won a participation certificate!! (Actually not even that. It’s a long story and not worth it. So I won’t go into it.)

We left from PSG and went to Barista in R S Puram for my treat. (Which was foolish of me since I hadn’t even got the money yet!!) Rajani and Sid also joined me, Vivek and Vibu. I was a little low on cash. So, I told everyone that they could have one item form the menu. Thankfully, my friends were considerate enough not to order the most expensive stuff on the menu. ūüôā

We went to Viveks home briefly after that and then back to Vibushan’s house. I had dinner at Vibu’s place.¬†Here, I packed as my train was early in the morning and then we talked some more before going to sleep.

4th February:

Somehow managed to get up on time and get ready for the train. As always Vibu was more than nice to drop me at the station. Got my train on time. It was the bloody sitting train. I don’t want to go into how bad the journey was. All along the way, I cribbed and whined to Vibu and Vivek about it. And once I neared Chennai¬†,¬†to my friends¬†here. Somehow came to Chennai at about 14:30. Got an AC bus to Thiruvanmiyur. Came back home took some rest, and then went to Cafe Coffee Day in Ascendas in the evening with Abhi and Gari for yet another premature treat. ūüėÄ It was fun though and in a way nice to be back in Chennai.


Need For Speed-Most Wanted-My Timings-02

You can fint the post ‘Need For Speed-Most Wated-My Timings-01‘ further down on this same page.

This is the second set of timings for tracks 6-10.

Some additional details you might want to know are:

I used the following settings:

Traffic:                         None

Difficulty:                    Hard

No. of Opponents:    3

Catch Up:                    On

I used my customised Porsche Cayman S and used Automatic Transmission.

So, here are the timings I managed in the next 5 tracks (6-10):

06-Stadium & Hwy:

Best Time:      1:50.23

06-Stadium & Hwy

07-Rosewood & State:

Best Time:     1:43.69

07-Rosewood & State

08-Rosewood & Lyons

Best Time:     1:38.81

08-Rosewood & Lyons

09-Union & Hollis

Best Time:     2:22.34

09-Union & Hollis

10-Heritage & Campus

Best Time:     1:44.37

10-Heritage & Campus

Happy racing!!

Need For Speed-Most Wanted-My Timings-01

NFS:MW was released in 2005 by Electronic Arts. (Not so long ago)


To Read up on the Wikipedia article on NFS:MW click here

I finished the “Career mode” and the “Challenge mode“. So I wanted to try out the “Quick race mode” where you were allowed to customise races. What it meant was that you could pick the difficulty level for each race, the number of opponents, the track,¬†traffic level…etc.

What’s this post about ? Well I consider myself a fairly decent NFS racer. (I have made it to the finals of three gaming finals in symposia, but never won any. The three being Valiammai EEE-06, SRM IT-Cressida-07,¬†Hindustan CSE-07.) I also qualified for the finals in KCG ECE/EEE-07 (it was held on the same day, so I do not recollect which one), and in fact I even had the best timing in the prelims. But mysteriously I was never called for the finals. (What we normally call fixing an event!!). Well there are obviously guys out there who are pro’s and better than me. But all said and done, I am not bad at all. So I decided I’d put up my timings on some of the tracks (In Sprint mode) so that people can evaluate themselves and I can evaluate myself if they found it rather easy to beat my timings. Your personel timings are welcome in the comments section.


Some additional details you might want to know are:

I used the following settings:

Traffic:                        None

Difficulty:                   Hard

No. of Opponents:    3

Catch Up:                  On

I used my customised Porsche Cayman S and used Automatic Transmission. (I have somehow never gotten around to using the manual transmission.) The Cayman S is somehow my favourite car in this game. The Carrera GT has a better acceleration, but its too whiny. The BMW is alright.

So, here are the timings I managed in the first 5 tracks:

1. Seaside & Power Station

Best Time: 1:32.77

 01-Seaside & Power Station

* – The timing shown here in the pic is before I drove the race and I am not so silly as to claim false timins, so do not comment on the same.

2. NFS World Loop

Best Time: 0:00.00

 02-NFS World Loop

* – This track is too long. So, I didn’t drive it. Maybe later I will and update my timings.

3-Diamond & Union

Best Time: 1:24.07

 03-Diamond & Union

4-Hwy 99 &  State

Best Time: 1:50.80

 04-Hwy 99 & State

5-Clubhouse & Hollis

Best Time: 1:44.44

05-Clubhouse & Hollis

I shall post the timings of the other tracks in subsequent posts. Happy gaming and do let me know if you beat my timing. It must mean I should try better.

Halo 3

 Halo 3

Halo 3 was released last month. (September end actually)¬†It is currently available only for XBox 360¬†I believe. It’s the third edition in the series as the name clearly suggests. I have played the first one-“Halo-Combat Evolved”¬†.The second works only on Vista and I dont have Vista installed yet. So haven’t tried that one yet. The first game was good if not great.

 Halo 3 teaser

 About Halo 3:

  • It’s a FPS (First Person Shooter) game.
  • Developed by Bungie Studios. (Bought by Microsoft.)

  • It is currently available only for Xbox 360, though I am sure with emulators it can be played with PC’s as well.
  • You will be playing the “Master Chief” and you will be killing “Covenant”. (or Vice-versa)
  • It supports multiplayer mode.

Go out there and “Finish the fight!!”


Note : Microsoft even had Custom Zunes with Halo pictures, videos and themes uploaded. That’s where I got the images from. The themes are quite good too.

Here are some links:

Official site:

YouTube Videos:

Halo3 Trailer:

Halo3 E3 Trailer:

Making of Halo3:

NFS ProStreet

 NFS Pro Street

If there’s one game I have been crazy about since my childhood, it has to be Need For Speed. I have played almost every edition till date.(I haven’t completed Carbon yet though ūüė¶ ). ProStreet is the eleventh edition of the game. (Carbon, Most Wanted, UG-2,UG,HP-2,Porsche Unleashed,High Stakes,Hot Pursuit,NFS II, NFS). Wiki also says that Motor City Online, V-Rally 2 and V-Rally were released. And some additional games exist for PSP.I have never heard of it nor played it till date.

The official site is:

Some of the features new to ProStreet are:

  • No illegal street racing hence no Police. So no sergeant Cross

  • Better graphics. (If you still have a P3 or something with 256MB RAM and no Graphic card, then don’t complain)

  • Damage modelling. (It was there in NFS 4 and 5 , after which they discontinued it.)
  • As with all recent NFS’s, this time Kyrstal Forscutt (former Big Brother Australia contestant) and Sayoko Ohashi will cast the game.

The gals

Here are some links to the Videos:

NFS Pro Street – First Look

NFS Pro Street -Every Battle Counts (TV Ad)

NFS Pro Street -Every Corner Counts (TV Ad)

Birth of NFS Pro Street -Chapter 1-On SPIKE

Birth of NFS Pro Street -Chapter 2-On SPIKE

Birth of NFS Pro Street -Chapter 3-On SPIKE

Birth of NFS Pro Street -Chapter 4-On SPIKE

Birth of NFS Pro Street -Chapter 5-On SPIKE

Download the PC Demo:

The PC Demo can be downloaded form here. But it’s a 795MB file. So use a download manager if at all you download it, because you wouldn’t want it to stop midway. (And also make sure you aren’t paying for your downloads. ūüėÄ )

It is supposed to release sometime in November. More on Pro Street Later….