3. 2. 1. And here we go! That's right fans (and haters), the Brunei Select (that's just an unofficial team name fyi) has started its "season" with a victory at the Singapore Nottingham Games.
Though we used the Loughborough Singapore Society's name we did propelled from perennial underdogs based on last year's performance to the uber favourite after a round-robin stage massacre of four different teams.
Here are some of the highlight photos courtesy of your resident pretty boy Hazim Ghani and SingSoc's photographer Debbie Teo. Next stop, the Manchester Malaysian Games in Feb 2009!
It's the best night of the year for cramming ourselves full of sweet candy, watching horror flicks until you can't sleep soundly, and showing off our laboriously-made (or readily-purchased) costumes -- Halloween! SlobsofGaming is celebrating this day with a special whopper of a photo blog, featuring some of our ultimate, mega-favorite gamer costumes from all around the Internet! Have a great holiday, and for gosh sakes, play some video games before you submit to your yearly sugar-induced comas!
It's definitely homemade, but this blue bomberette is definitely packing!
30: Phoenix Wright
A simple costume, but it's all about the attitude.
29: Laughing Octopus & Crying Wolf (Metal Gear Solid 4)
Even without the other Beauties, the crowd clearly fears these MGS4 bosses.
28: Lucca (Chrono Trigger)
Ah, our favorite time-traveling, fire wielding RPG nerdette!
27: Mario & Luigi
The Slobs approve this method of raising your kids.
26: King DeeDeeDee
Geez, that thing must be hot inside.
25: Ryu (Street Fighter)
I'm torn -- Don't... know... who to root for!
24: Vincent (FFVII)
Those wings show true craftwomanship.
23: Solid Snake (Metal Gear Solid)
Great armor, but the cigarette really puts this costume together.
22: General Beatrice (FFIX)
The overpowered General from FFIX speaks softly and carries a big-ass sword.
21: Nightmare (Soul Calibur)
Wow -- that has GOT to be uncomfortable.
20: Akuma (Street Fighter)
Forget fireballs, it's all about the hair.
19: Bowser (Super Mario Bros)
Gaaaaah! Don't eat me!
18: Ivy (Soul Calibur)
Yes, we do have a thing for cosplayer BelleChere (nom, nom, nom).
17: Ruby Heart (Marvel vs Capcom 2)
She's the REAL star of Marvel vs. Capcom 2, no buts about it.
16: Link (The Legend of Zelda)
Huh, he definitely looks more manly than all the other Links.
15: E. Honda (Street Fighter)
OH GOD MY EYES GOD WHY DOES IT BURN SO MUCH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
14: Princess Peach (Super Mario Bros)
I feel bad for putting her so close to E. Honda...
13: Eva (Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater)
Suddenly, I find myself wishing I was CalorieMate.
12/11: Snake & Samus
Looks like Snake caught Samus after all.
10: Sheik (The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)
Flexibility is never overrated.
9: Hsien-Ko a.k.a. Lei Lei (Darkstalkers)
Talk about picture perfect -- wonder what those claws are hiding...
8/7: The Prince & Cousin (Katamari Damacy)
Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na...
6: Master Chief (The 405th, Halo)
Ready for duty, Chief!
5: Zora Link (The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask)
Sure, anyone can do Link, but this variation is MUCH more elaborate -- TOP SCORE.
4: Devil Jin (Tekken)
3: Samus (Metroid)
Wow, this gives Pixelninja a run for her money.
2: Captain Falcon (F-Zero)
That guy's asking for a Falcon Punch...
1: Grey Fox (Metal Gear Solid)
Oh, Omi. You always have the best costumes. PS: Check out her 50 other pieces -- this girl works hard at her craft!
On 25 July President Truman authorises the use of atomic bombs against the Japanese. The order to use the bomb states that the “Air Force will deliver its first special bomb as soon as weather will permit visual bombing after about 3 August 1945 on one of the targets: Hiroshima, Kokura, Niigata and Nagasaki. … Additional bombs will be delivered on the above targets as soon as made ready by the project staff. Further instructions will be issued concerning targets other than those listed above.”
15 - Genghis Khan (1206-1227)
Genghis Khan’s waging of war was characterized by wholesale destruction on unprecedented scale and radically changed the demographic situation in Asia. According to the works of Iranian historian Rashid-ad-Din Fadl Allah, Mongols massacred over 700,000 people in Merv and more than a million in Nishapur. China suffered a drastic decline in population as a direct result of the Khan: before the Mongol invasion, China had about 100 million inhabitants; after the complete conquest, 1279, the census in 1300 showed it to have roughly 60 million people. This does not, of course, mean that Genghis Khan’s men were directly responsible for the deaths of 40 million people, but it does give a sense of the ferocity of the onslaught.
14 - Benito Mussolini (Ethiopia, 1936; Yugoslavia, WWII)
Over 400,000 Italians killed during the Second World War. At least 30,000 Ethiopians killed during Italian occupation of Ethiopia.
To secure his regime Amin launches a campaign of persecution against rival tribes and Obote supporters, murdering between 100,000 and 500,000 (most sources say 300,000). Among those to die are ordinary citizens, former and serving Cabinet ministers, the chief justice, Supreme Court judges, diplomats, academics, educators, prominent Roman Catholic and Anglican clergy, senior bureaucrats, medical practitioners, bankers, tribal leaders, business executives, journalists and a number of foreigners. In some cases entire villages are wiped out. So many corpses are thrown into the Nile that workers at one location have to continuously fish them out to stop the intake ducts at a nearby dam from becoming clogged.
Approaching two million, including between 150,000 and 340,000 Iraqi and between 450,000 and 730,000 Iranian combatants killed during the Iran-Iraq War. An estimated 1,000 Kuwaiti nationals killed following the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. No conclusive figures for the number of Iraqis killed during the Gulf War, with estimates varying from as few as 1,500 to as many as 200,000. Over 100,000 Kurds killed or “disappeared”. No reliable figures for the number of Iraqi dissidents and Shia Muslims killed during Hussein’s reign, though estimates put the figure between 60,000 and 150,000. (Mass graves discovered following the US occupation of Iraq in 2003 suggest that the total combined figure for Kurds, Shias and dissidents killed could be as high as 300,000). Approximately 500,000 Iraqi children dead because of international trade sanctions introduced following the Gulf War.
Up to two million killed following an alleged coup attempt in 1965 (most reports estimate the number at around 500,000). The killings have been on such a scale that the disposal of the corpses has created a serious sanitation problem in East Java and northern Sumatra, where the humid air bears the reek of decaying flesh. Travellers from those areas tell of small rivers and streams that have been literally clogged with bodies. Over 250,000 deaths following the invasion of East Timor in 1975. Thousands more killed in various Indonesian provinces.
The Rwandan Genocide was the 1994 mass killing of hundreds of thousands of Rwanda’s minority Tutsis and the moderates of its Hutu majority. Over the course of approximately 100 days, from the assassination of Juvénal Habyarimana on April 6th through to mid July, at least 500,000 people were killed. Most estimates are of a death toll between 800,000 and 1,000,000. Jean Kambanda (born October 19, 1955) was the Prime Minister in the caretaker government of Rwanda from the start of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. Jean Kambanda was the Prime Minister in the caretaker government of Rwanda from the start of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.
Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev was General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (and thus political leader of the USSR) during The Soviet war in Afghanistan, also known as the Soviet-Afghan War or just the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan. Over 1 million Afghans were killed. 5 million Afghans fled to Pakistan and Iran, 1/3 of the prewar population of the country. Another 2 million Afghans were displaced within the country. In the 1980s, one out of two refugees in the world was an Afghan. Along with fatalities were 1.2 million Afghans disabled (mujahideen, government soldiers and noncombatants) and 3 million maimed or wounded (primarily noncombatants).
From 1974 to 1991, Mengistu’s “Dergue” regime was responsible for human rights violations on a massive scale. Tens of thousands of Ethiopians were tortured, murdered or “disappeared.” Tens of thousands of people were also killed as a result of humanitarian law violations committed during Ethiopia’s many internal armed conflicts. Many others, perhaps more than 100,000, died as a result of forced relocations ordered by the Mengistu regime. Some experts believe hundreds of thousands of university students, intellectuals and politicians (including Emperor Haile Selassie) were killed during Mengistu’s rule. These violations are documented in Human Rights Watch’s 1991 book- length report Evil Days: 30 Years of War and Famine in Ethiopia.
About three million killed in the Korean War. Between 600,000 and one million North Koreans needlessly starved to death due to the economic legacy of Kim’s regime. (Some reports claim that as many as three million starved.)
4 - Adolf Hitler (Germany, 1939-1945)
3 - Yahweh (biblical God)
There was a time when God fought mightily for Israel destroying entire nations:
* 7th Egyptian Plague
* God kills every Egyptian firstborn child
* God drowns Egyptian army
* God and Moses help Joshua kill the Amalekites
* Massacre of the Aradites
* Massacre of the Bashanites
* The slaughter of the Anakim, the childen of Esau, and the Horim
* Massacre of Heshbon’s people
* Massacre of the Bashan
* Massacre of Jericho
* Massacre of Ai
* Massacre of Amorites
* Massacre of 7 cities
* Massacre of Hazorites
* Massacre of the Anakim
* Canaanites and Perizzites
* Massacre of Moabites
* Massacre of Ammonites
* The Lord smote Benjamin
* Massacre of Philistines
* God delivers the Syrians into the Israelites’ hands
* Massacre of Sleeping Assyrian soldiers
* Massacre of the Ethiopians
2 - Joseph Stalin (USSR, 1934-39)
1 - Mao Ze-Dong (China, 1958-61 and 1966-69)