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Mobile Games: Introduction to the 2 games that I play the most

Mobile games are expected to account for 72% global mobile revenue in 2018!

mobile games

Is it true about what people say about mobile games? Check out this article here to find out more.

Once in a while, a good mobile game comes along on the Android/iOS market. I will download it and get the pre-registration bonus. From the train/bus to work or home, mobile games have strategically adapted to consumer behavior, allowing people to play anytime, anywhere.

Do you do this as well? Personally, I think mobile games are a great way to zone out and be in one’s world in public spaces. However, too many people are playing it even when crossing the road!

There was a point of time I was hooked on to Township because of its crazy developmental capabilities as a strategic town development kind of game. For instance, I recall playing a variety of game like Brave Frontier, Final Fantasy: Brave Evius, Metal Slug, Angels of Fire and many more.

What is so great about Mobile Games anyway?

Some mobile games are even designed by psychologists so they understand human behaviour. This allows them to tweak the gameplay and system to make playing addictive.

Many players continue because it is simply fulfilling and addictive to be part of your favourite’s characters’ growth. Story, gameplay, graphics, and superb voice acting are great aspects to be hooked up on a Mobile Game.

Not once have I regret all the time and energy spent on levelling my favourite characters, increasing their ranks. Getting the strongest weapon and equipment for them is an everyday routine for me.

Then there is Gatcha

On a side note, Gatcha drives me crazy too – with the ridiculously low rate of drawing an SSR or even an SR.

Wait, what are these terms anyway? SR means Super Rare, something like a 4 star – a good to have. SSR generally means the top tier ‘Specially Super Rare’ or ‘Special Super Rare’ that you cannot obtain through normal means but only through limited-time draws or event-exclusive draws that you most probably have to place your life bets on drawing an SSR.

Mobile games are notoriously infamous for micro-transactions and Gatcha rates. Well, THAT is how they sustain and earn money to pay their staff and keep coming up with great new content. Occasionally, some paid Gatcha is fine as long as you know what you are doing and it does not affect your real life. DO NOT BE THIS GUY.

Here are the 2 games that I am currently playing and spending the most time on (and money, of course).

Fate/Grand Order

fate grand order

Without a doubt, this game is insanely popular in Japan – it is consistently within the top 10 charts for Mobile Games spending and players do not hesitate to support the game through the gatcha system.

The Fate series has come a long way since its Fate/Stay Night origin as a visual novel. Fate series has immersive novel storytelling, a large variety of reimagined characters from human history, impressive animation and these are some of the things that will keep you captivated to the series.

Well, where do I even start? To give a one-line summary – heroes from history can be summoned to the present through magic to fight in a Holy War. But there is just so many spin-off series, different arcs, and routes, it is a massive headache to even understand how to begin indulging in this series. Read this Beginner’s Guide to Fate series if you are keen.

Where do I even start?

My experience with Fate/Grand Order

Fate/Grand Order is like the mobile game that unites all heroic spirits from the various series.

I was playing the JP version through QooApp before the Global version was out (shhh). But I realised I could barely understand the complex narrative so I decided to wait for the Global release.

 Soon, I invested time and resources in my Global account. Over the year, I managed to reach level 130+ with a pool of 4* and 5* Servants. You can see below screenshots of all my Servants. Of course, as I do not have a lot of time on hand to grind/farm due to work, the levels of my Servants’ skills are pretty much lacking.

My Fate/Grand Order Servants Part 1
My Fate/Grand Order Servants Part 2

Personal Fate/ Grand Order collection

From these images, my favorite Servants would be Jeanne d’Arc, Tamamo no Mae, Minamoto Musashi. Pretty sure I do not need to explain why! I am suffering from an EXP drought whereby I have too many servants that are not leveled.

In addition, I have been trying to draw Scathach. Her banners are rare and the Gatcha rate is not helping! If memory serves me right, I should have spent about $250+ on Gatcha thus far.

Please feel free to add me if you need support! Here’s my ID.

Fate Series products are extremely popular – they run out of stock fast. Check out my last remaining item – Nendoroid Archer!

Dissidia Final Fantasy: Opera  Omnia

Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia

Final Fantasy has this spin-off series called Dissidia Final Fantasy where the heroes and villains of the respective Final Fantasy series are summoned to a world. Here, they face the truth of their visits and fight it out.

Originally a PlayStation Portable game, these series have adapted to a PS4 version called Dissidia Final Fantasy NT and the Mobile Game version called Dissidia Final Fantasy: Opera Omnia.

This game has some crazy Gatcha system

Every player will be able to unlock Final Fantasy characters if you manage to clear the events when they are released. However, these characters have a variety of weapons. Each weapon requires 3 of the same weapon to fully limit break it. In other words, it is necessary to draw the same weapons 4 times to maximize your characters.

Of course you can limit break it once using 4 Power Stones (it is possible to convert and sell a weapon for 1 Power Stone).

Cloud has 210 Capacity Points(CP) and is equipped with a Rune Blade that gives 50 CP and he has no third/EX skill.
On the other hand, Squall has 276/290 CP and has an EX weapon equipped. It gives 80 CP and provides a third/EX skill called Assault Trigger.

With more CP, players are able to equip more stats such as Attack +108 or Abilities-Boosting skills. Weapons function like characters in other Gatcha systems, only coming out for limited time periods. Paid players will definitely have a higher chance of winning or overwhelming certain boss fights or ranking events because of the CP disparity.

Imagine if I have 10 other characters as strong as Squall right here, that player account would be extremely unbalanced.

ID: 324527982

Same as Fate/Grand Order, please feel free to add me with the ID if you play Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia too!

Final words about Mobile Games

Mobile games are an integral part of our daily lives. There is no discrimination and people of all ages, genders can play and enjoy together.

Do you play mobile games? If you do play Fate/Grand Order as with many anime figurine collectors do, please leave a comment below!

Bonus: Mobius Final Fantasy

I won’t go into details – I was playing Mobius Final Fantasy for over 3 years since it released. Of course, I do play some level challenges every now and then. My account is at level 100, I have something like xx number of job cards, x number of legendary job skins and xx number of Supreme cards

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Why you should own a fake anime figurine.

Fake anime figures are the best in the world!

Fake Saber from Fate Stay Night Series

Here are 2 main reasons why you should own fake anime figures.

1. Fake anime figures are cheap!

Anime figurines, scale figures, Nendoroids, figma and many more figurines are EXPENSIVE.

All I want is to collect and display my favorite collectible figure. Who the hell can afford a $60-$300 figure every other month!? It is certainly not a good feeling to have one’s wallet to bleed like a waterfall.

You can get this for USD$50 on Aliexpress compared to official sources of USD$160 and above.

Isn’t it easier to buy off replicates off online marketplaces like Aliexpress or Taobao where the figurines are so much cheaper?

Yes you are right, it is cheaper.

One can find a knock-off online for 1/3 of its original price. Not even 1/3. You can expect 1/5 on certain occasions. This is so much easier on the wallet.

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Location Guide: Places to buy anime figures and merchandise in Singapore

Location compilation of anime merchandise stores in Singapore

Where is the best location in Singapore buy anime figurines? Do a quick Google search about anime merchandise Singapore and you will find that many people are asking for information about the best places to shop in Singapore.

Most of these stores are located around central areas such as Dhoby Ghaut, Suntec or Chinatown. Presumably, this would help to encourage shoppers to conveniently come down to shop or pickup their pre-orders.

The retail landscape in Singapore is extremely dynamic and competitive. Retail stores are losing their much of their attractiveness to visit due to the competition of e-commerce.

“Why bother going down to a physical shop location when I can simply buy online and get them delivered to my house at a lower cost?”

After all, Singaporeans are very sensitive to prices – if I can get things at a cheaper price, then I will go for it. As a result, these retail shops change location or close down in matter of months. Compilation lists such as this become obsolete fast because shops come and go over a short period of time.

I would like to dedicate this post to all local retailers who keep their heads high. These local retailers help to keep the collectors’ dream alive. It is definitely not easy to run a retail business in Singapore because of the expensive rent, overhead and manpower costs.

Top store locations in Singapore to visit for your anime needs!

La Tendo

Address:
Suntec City Mall
3 Temasek Boulevard
#03-354
Singapore 038983
Website:
https://www.latendo.com/
Opening Hours:
11am – 7.30pm (Monday – Friday)
Closed (Saturday – Sunday)
Contact:
enquiry@latendo.com
Social Media:
https://www.facebook.com/Latendo
Opening Hours:
11.30am – 9pm (Sunday – Thursday)
11.30am – 9.30pm (Friday – Saturday)

Location Review

La Tendo has been around since the time of the old Funan Digital Mall. It is one of the easily recognizable anime stores in Singapore. As you enter the shop, rows of glass cabinets filled with your favorite anime figurines can be found neatly displayed. Also, keep a lookout for boxes or racks that have small anime trinkets like keychains or charms. These are usually cheaper and for clearance sale.

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Going Japan? Top 5 Places to visit for Anime Figures in Akihabara, Tokyo – Part 1.

Akihabara – is it the dream of every Figure Collector to be in the home and world of anime series?

Akihabara, Tokyo

Worked hard and saved up some moolah for a week’s trip to Japan? Are you thinking to yourself – “I must visit all the anime stores and buy some collectibles back”. That’s right, I had this thought 6 months into my full-time work and told myself it is a good time to take a break. Akihabara is famed for being known as the electric town as it sells a lot of electronic goods. Over time, it became the place to go to for pop-culture and anime-culture consumer goods.

I went to Tokyo from 22nd March 2019 and 6th April 2019. It was a total period of 14 days, excluding flight time that has transfers at Bangkok, Thailand. Tokyo was just one of the places I went – I did travel out to nature area and popular tourist places too.

I will share with you the top 5 places to visit to purchase your favorite character and anime merchandise in Akihabara. For reading ease, I will be splitting my list up. Finding these places can be difficult but do not worry as they are all listed on Google Maps. Do Google the names and save/bookmark the places to your favorites!

  1. Animate
  2. Surugaya
  3. Mandrake
  4. Sofmap
  5. Akiba Culture Zone
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How to tell the difference between authentic and fake/bootleg anime figures?

Fake anime figures are the poison of the anime world!

Firstly, fake anime figures are the ones destroying the market prices. Secondly, these fakes discourage the authentic hard work put in by their makers. Third, this practice discredits the source of the character. It is humiliating to the creators because it rips off years of hard work.

All in all, this is discrediting the whole line of manga artists, anime producers, visual artists, figurine makers, graphic designers when people support unoriginal work. As a consumer, do not get cheated by this unfaithful replications!

Moreover, some people do not have reservations about owning fake anime figurines because they claim that the figurines look essentially the same. For something that looks the same and cost much lesser, it is fair enough to go for the fake or bootleg figurine. So, why would you buy the more expensive one?

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Top 5 Tips on buying Anime Figures, Figurines, Merchandise on Carousell

As promised, here is a detailed list of tips before you buy anything on Carousell. This should help you when buying expensive anime figurines on Carousell.

Read up about my overall experience on Carousell here. As much as you would want to buy on impulse, please do go through this checklist mentally and exercise these necessary due diligence!

Here is a summary:

  1. Do your research
  2. Check the reviews and authenticity of the seller
  3. Ask for Photos
  4. Find out how to deal
  5. Double check the product before proceeding with payment

1) Do your research

Research is about everything. Do check out these useful tips!

Am I getting a good price for this item?

You can start your research on the usual retail price through anime merchandise websites such as Good Smile, Amiami, Hobbylink Japan, 1999. Some of these sites display their prices with Yen or USD.

I would use my Oanda Currency Converter app or do a quick Google search to get the prices in SGD with about +/- 3-5% deviation. Local banks websites also have conversion applications. 3-5% deviation happens because your debit/credit card will have surcharge for paying in foreign currency.

Try adding the items into cart and see how much the costs add up, in terms of shipping, taxes and other costs. This would give you a good estimate of the price.

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Carousell Experience with Desudesu

How to deal anime figures on Carousell?

I can’t believe it has been 4 years since I started out selling anime figures, merchandise and toys on the platform Carousell. Carousell is a tech start-up created by a group of Singaporeans in 2012 as a platform to facilitate Consumer-to-Consumer purchases – basically C2C.

Gosh, I am starting to remember my days in university understanding and explaining these business terms.

These are things that you should know before going into the app too deep!

  1. Carousell users do not only post listings to sell
  2. The Carousell community is rife with fraud, shady dealers
  3. Deal at your own risk
  4. Negotiations are the norm in Carousell
  5. What does ‘convenience’ mean at Carousell?
  6. Shipping Costs
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What are the different types of anime figures?

Too many variations of anime figures!

Have you seen shops in Singapore with so many different types of anime figures on display? Well, I sure have!

There was this shop that I went when I was 16 years old. and the vast number of colors, line sand contrasts was overwhelming. I left the shop after a while, feeling deeply impressed and dizzy at the same time. (The spotlights did not help!)

Supposedly, you want to buy an anime figure of your favorite series. A big question would be – where do I start? The anime merchandise industry is huge. There are just way too many different types of anime figures from so many different anime series.

I am pretty sure this is a common experience for many people. To begin with, you need to find out more about what you want. Fret not, I will be guiding you through the different types of anime figures that are out there.

1) Nendoroid

Nendoroid (ねんどろいど nendoroido) series is a brand of anime figures created by Good Smile Company. They are unique in the sense that they have a larger head and a smaller body.

This gives your favorite characters a very cute and child-like appearance. It is something like chibi, if you are familiar with the term.

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