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Fat Princess, a multiplayer game developed by Titan Studios, finally launched. I’ve personally been keeping an eye out for this title, and wow, it’s definitely held up to my expectations. :D Take a look at the video comments of this on gametrailers.com, pretty much the highest number of “i want to buy this game” comments i’ve ever seen.

This game is targeted for both casual & hardcore gamers. It’s built to be very “user friendly” so anyone can just pick up the game/controller and jump straight into the mayhem. The concept of the game is as simple as you can get, rescue your princess. You play as Red or Blue team, and battle the opposing team to get your princess.

However, the depth of the game stretches with the introduction of 5 different playable classes. It’s the standard roles you will find in any and every multiplayer game around. You have the warrior class(melee attacks), archer class(ranged attacks), mage class(magic spell attacks), priest class(healing/supportive role), and lastly the worker class(collect resources to aid your team’s overall strength). Upon choosing what role you wish to play, you’re dropped straight into battle royale…and depending on the level, it could be anything from the typical “team deathmatch” (kill all opponents), “capture the flag” (in this case your flag’s your princess), “point-control” (sieze and hold various strategic points around the level for the longest possible time). The battles can get up to 32-player huge, meaning 31(+1 you) other people around the world will be able to play together with you online..giant battles! (not to mention long battles too hehe)

What’s cool is that you can even switch roles out on the battle field. Say you’re a warrior(melee) and you’re having a hard time “doing your thing”, if you see an archer(ranged) [Hat] on the ground, pick it up at will and you’ve switched to that class. This will have significant impacts on strategies teams employ…what may be working right now might just flip for the worse! So be prepared, think and act fast :D

The other twist to this “simple” game design is the fact that you can feeeeeed yourrr princesss Cake! More cake, she gets heavier! Heavier, your opponents will have a harder time rescuing her! They will move slower back to their fort the bigger the princess is..

The art style for the game is my perfect cup of tea too! I digg the cartoony look, vibrant colors, stumpy characters. The level design too is amazing…clearly there’s many heavy choke points, bringing out the biggest clashes between the teams :D Everything comes together beautifully.

If i ever had the chance, this would have absolutely been one title i would be thrilled to work on. Every aspect of the game appeals to the type and style of work i’ve grown to love.

Check out the Developer Diary videos too! They’re a great peek into what kind of minds we need to bring forth a game like this one :D

Oh yes, this game is available for only the Playstation 3, on PSN..unfortunately.

Fat Princess Game Review:

Fat Princess Developer Dairy #1:

Fat Princess Developer Diary #2:

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omgosh ……

one, sexy, super stylish, wireless, keyboard…the diNovo keyboard from Logitech, is currently on offer for just 20bucks. The street/original price is a more supreme 100bucks… now for 20bucks, thats 80% sale.

you, simply, can’t, miss out, on this. period. there’s not even a basic, wired keyboard, for less than 20bucks anywhere else.

GET IT NOW!! Amazon.com


(offer is ended now)

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Dell’s finally released another IPS monitor, the new 24 inch U2410 monitor. Granted it only just launched in Japan & i believe UK now, the USA launch is still not here yet.

i’m a little disappointed this “new” monitor does not give us LED backlighting technology, but instead still continues with the CCFL backlight technology (well though Dell says it’s an enhanced-version of CCFL backlights..still not LED!)

There’s still no good in-depth analysis of this new Dell U2410 IPS-based monitor, but i do think it will become the next new champ of monitors at the price range (of around 600-750 bucks before tax, so i heard). Do take note, this is one of the very few, if not the only, 24inch IPS monitor to have a full range of inputs..including HDMI, Display Port, Component, Composite, not 1 but 2 x DVI ports, and VGA port, and also Card Reader and USB Ports. That means you can use this 700bucks monitor for not just your computer, but hook it up to a PS3 and/or Xbox and/or Wii, and DVR/Dvd player, and TV, all simultaneously. Saves you the money of buying a screen for each individual purpose!

And, naturally, with a newer (and im betting superior as well) high-end product out now, Dell currently has the other 24 inch king of monitors, the Dell 2408wfp, on sale! The price has been tagged all the way down to 395bucks before tax, and it has free shipping! This is the cheapest and best best deal anyon can ever get for such a beauty monitor as this one.The offer expires on the 20th of August 2009 i believe, which is less than 4 days remaining if you’ve got any interest at all.

However, the 2408 is PVA, while the 2410 is IPS…would you jump the gun to get this PVA unbeatable-price, or wait an extra 5-8 months with high chances that the superior IPS panel U2410 will also be tagged with discount coupons.. choices!

but at the end of the day, it’s up to your eyes, and wallet.

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Yash. I spend too much time reading, aka “researching”, products that i wish to buy.. (electronics/gadgets/geek boy stuff)

not really sure it’s a good thing, because i always discover another similar product with “better pros” than the original product i was researching about…then at the end of this extensive period of reading/web browsing, i end up stuck and torn between usually 2 products, and i get all frustrated about “which one do i buy now?!”

anyways, i’m sure alot others and i guess everyone else does do their own kind of “research” on a product they wish to buy… especially if it’s something pricey. Everyone wants that “BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK”…i’ve picked up this habit since early 2000s, i typically spend literally, hours n hours, amounting to weeks, reading up on specifics and up to minute details on something Sam wishes to buy!

I don’t read much..like on a normal day… i’m not much a reader as a person, i don’t like books. It’s strange how much i can spend just reading internet reviews, consumer feedback, technical details, theoretical information regarding the technology behind the product i’m buying (ie what is sound? when im buying speakers…or what is a monitor? for when i’m looking for a new monitor screen.. or what makes a digital slr camera? for when i’m looking at getting a new camera).
Pretty much each page i end up reading, will link me to yet another whole page with even more feedback, details, etc…the knowledge keeps coming!

Anyhows, point is, i believe everyone owes it to themselves to do their own version of ‘researching’ a product they plan to buy. It’s simply like buying a house or car, you explore your options, you spend weeks walking through showrooms, test driving cars from different manufacturers.

The last thing we all want is to say “i wish i didn’t buy this.” :)

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taking a short break traveling back home to Singapore…hopefully have some fun with what’s left of this Summer break that’s gone by too quickly.

im posting from Seoul, Korea. The airport here has free WiFi … San Francisco’s airport didnt… poo.

hoping to finish work on a couple self-projects over this short break, as well as work on other projects i’m collaborating with friends on. :D

summer..too..short..especially when like half of it was spent busting my ass with the summer class.

kays ciaos.

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