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Advance Wars By Web

22 October 2014 - 11:30 AM

Advance Wars was one of my favourite games series growing up, with my favourite installment being the last one - Dark Conflict (known as 'Days of Ruin' in America) - which was released way back in 2008. A few months back I found a browser emulator and picked it up again, using it as an opportunity to introduce AW to several real-life mates as well which was nice because we all had a lot of fun pissing around. So I was wondering if there were people around here that have been/still are interested in the franchise - or would want to check it out for the first time? Advance Wars By Web is free to register on and everything. http://awbw.amarriner.com/


Advance Wars is a turn-based strategy game created by Intelligent Systems and distributed by Nintendo. You command an army of land, sea and air units which do battle against your opponent [up to 8 players can face-off on a map]. This version of Advance Wars is a bit of an amalgamation of Advance Wars, Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising, and Advance Wars: Dual Strike. Many of the features that are in those three games are implemented here.
Games are played by correspondence on the site so you can set x number of days for players to make a move when it's their turn. AW can look a bit overwhelming at first with all the different units, terrain types, and so on, but you can get the hang of everything within the hour at most. The cartoonish graphics I think make for a really relaxed atmosphere, unless you're the kind of person who can only play super serious RTS titles(!).

My username is Godoc so feel free to throw me any spare game invites if curious. :-)

Batman Bin Suparman Jailed In Singapore

13 November 2013 - 10:55 AM


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A man with the eye-catching name Batman bin Suparman has been jailed on theft and drugs charges. Well before this case, his double-barrelled superhero name had given him something of cult following on social media.

The jokes on social media are aplenty following the news that a 23-year-old man, Batman bin Suparman, has been given a prison sentence of 33 months by a court in Singapore. Batman was arrested after being caught stealing money from a shop, as well as using his brother's cash card to withdraw money. Far-fetched as it seems, this unusual name does appear to be entirely genuine - and it's not gone unnoticed.

Back in May 2008, a Singaporean ID card belonging to one Batman bin Suparman began being widely shared on social media. It was picked up by the blog Gizmodo and ran from there. Since then, the picture has been re-posted over 300 times, there have been more 15,000 tweets using his name, and a Facebook fan page has been set up in his honour. It has more than 11,000 followers.

Batman bin Suparman's family appear to be originally from the Indonesia island of Java - where the name Suparman is very common, explains Ben Zimmer, a language columnist for the Wall Street Journal, who has worked in Indonesia and who has written about Suparman.

"Su" has Sanskrit origins and is a common prefix in Indonesia, featuring in a whole rung of Indonesian presidents' names - including the current one Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. "Bin" means "son of" in Arabic, making it very likely that Batman's father was also called Suparman.

The Batman part is a bit harder to explain, however says Zimmer, as it's not a traditional name in the region. The most likely explanation is that his parents chose it as a joke - Batman the superhero is popular there, and Indonesians are often playful in the names they choose, says Zimmer. "I see the name as this interesting juxtaposition of local naming with Western pop culture."

Zimmer, for one, says he was sad to hear the news of Batman's arrest and sentencing. He believes one of the reasons he became such a star on social media was because of how how young and innocent he looked.

"You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain."

nevar forget the hero singapore deserves, but not the one it needs right now

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