Literally googled “pirate game malaysia”- this is the first image.
Back when I call the small town of Teluk Intan, Perak my home, on some weekends dad will bring me and the family around the small town (now a growing, albeit poorly planned city in my opinion) and visit this one small shop at the Aik Aik Complex, a shop thrive full of CDs: games, movies, Malay telemovies, albums: you name it. The shop’s boss even recognized us, being regular customers and such. Never managed to brain how to get PC games working (don’t how to ‘crack’ it) so I spent my time with PS1, and later PS2 games. Games were dirt cheap: less than RM10 per CD, so at times when new releases start piling up, I asked a handful of titles in one go.
Those were the good old days.
Although the level of piracy is still astronomically high in Malaysia, there has been some awareness on the whole thing: raids by customs, local artists ranting they aren’t getting enough pay, yet using pirated software and materials are still commonplace.
But get this: there are legitimate reasons we do so.
It’s been a while since I dabbled on and off with blogging, but right now at this moment I’m willing to dive in again.
I used to have a blog discussing about games, with reviews, and game-related issues discussed. That was a time before let’s plays, vlogging, Twitch streams and the like. The video game world has evolved with many more independent critics emerged to complement traditional video game journalists.
And it was written fully in Bahasa. A mother tongue of mine that I felt very under-represented in the Internet at that time, which led me to a decision to write with a language that I have limited vocabulary in (I was struggling writing with Bahasa ever since secondary school). Now that there’s some people dedicated with the language, I can do something I feel comfortable with.
On the Internet I am mostly known as meckronos. A gamer by interest, due to being raised by my dad who’s an avid gamer in the 80’s and 90’s. A programmer by talent and study- still struggling to finish a degree in IT, a very general field of study, in which I somehow had developed an affinity with a niche most people find tough. And a muslim not just by birth, but by choice: I have went through life just enough to enforce the belief that there is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is His prophet. However, I will always try to make my belief limiting any form of discussion. Not all muslims are bloodthirsty holier than thou people, you know.
So, expect some random Malaysian view of the world- from gaming (of course) to tech news and some random musings that connect them, and other topics I feel and find interesting. Ads may appear later on, but for now it’s purely a passion project.