Wednesday Aug 20, 2008

Bowling

Our team's been faithfully taking a break every once in a while to do something off-work. This week we decided to continue our now fairly regular intra-team bowling competition. We got together and after a quick lunch together, went for a round of bowling at the alley nearby.


One fact that bears mention is - for the sake of bowling, we've split our team into two sub-teams and compete against each other at regular intervals. Scores for each match are tracked on an internal wiki page by the respective team captains. There is a lot of cheering (and booing) while the game is on. I must admit, we tend to take our fun, seriously. Here are a couple of pictures of some folks in action.



Sunday Sep 16, 2007

Need for Speed Underground 2


After a long time, decided to unwind over the weekend and do something I have not done for sometime now ... the idea was to go back in time and indulge in a long forgotten pastime ... gaming !

Visited a computer store and while browsing the games on display, stumbled upon the Need for Speed series (NFS) ... i recall having last played Need for Speed 3 about 8-9 years ago and then it was my former boss at work, who introduced me to the game (Here I must admit i've had some real good bosses all through my career ... honest!)  ... turns out he liked gaming a lot and spent a small fortune on his gaming systems at home.

Weekends would be spent in long gaming sessions and sometimes we even had his boss pitch in too ! ... must admit these hyper-competitive, informal sessions were great fun ! Seeing the NFS game CDs triggered a wave of nostalgia ... I picked up Need For Speed Underground 2 (decided to try U2 before moving to Carbon) and felt almost a decade younger :)

Frankly, liked the game's story line, loved customizing cars, enjoyed playing all the racing modes ... especially Drift became my favorite followed by Sprint, URL and Circuit racing .. Outrun racing was great fun too ... another thing i soon realized was the addictive nature of the game ... i ended up spending almost all of the weekend on this and managed to "complete" the game ... "beat Caleb" ! Phew ! that was fun and a good change from "usual" weekend activities.

I find Leo Rosten's words pretty interesting in this context ... "You can understand and relate to most people better if you look at them - no matter how old or impressive they may be - as if they are children. For most of us never really grow up or mature all that much - we simply grow taller. O, to be sure, we laugh less and play less and wear uncomfortable disguises like adults, but beneath the costume is the child we always are, whose needs are simple, whose daily life is still best described by fairy tales."

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