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Fat Princess? Why not Fat Prince?

Posted by Appgamr on August 12, 2009

More cake, Fat Princess!

More cake, Fat Princess!

Dear Reader: Normally this blog covers all things iPhone, Facebook, Wii, and Online.  I don’t like to “make stuff up” and strive to blog only news and reviews that are original.  It’s a slow summer, so I haven’t found anything original and not overly technical or business-driven (i.e., Facebook buys FriendFeed!) recently in this world.

However, I’d like to weigh in (unintended pun, really) on Fat Princess, a PS3 game my friends Jon, Chris, and Bill have been playing.  It’s a nicely executed “Capture the Flag” game where you are an elven knight who must fight enemy knights who captured your fat princess.  You find and feed slices of cake to fatten the princess to immobilize her; the fatter she is, the harder she is for the enemies transport her.  As time goes by, she loses weight.  (Fast metabolism!)  You need to keep feeding her to prevent her from moving.

Though it’s a cute concept and features pastel colors and cartoon graphics straight out of “My Little Pony,” you kill your enemies by smashing them into gory red pulps.  Not exactly “E for Everyone,” though the lack of realism in the colors and graphics lessen the emotional punch of carnage.

If you like time-based games and think the idea of Fat Princess is cute, find details here:

http://www.us.playstation.com/PS3/Games/Fat_Princess

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Opinion: Gaikai will be in your home, unless Apple TV gets there first

Posted by Appgamr on July 16, 2009

Dave Perry, Acclaim Director, Gaikai Leader, Video Game Visionary

Dave Perry, Acclaim Director, Gaikai Leader

Facebook games prove the idea that, if you makes games available with one click, no registration, huge numbers of players will show up.  Hence the popularity of Pet Society and Mafia Wars.

Many high end game developers, known as AAA game developers, are slow to embrace one-click, no registration game access concept.  Partly, it is because games are big files that, without specific technology, take a long time to get over the wires and into your computer.

Gaikai is going to change all of this, unless Apple TV or dark horse OnLive gets there first.  Imagine a YouTube for video games, or more fittingly a Hulu for video games.  You go to the website, browse the AAA or famous premium games as you would at Hulu for TV shows, click and begin playing.  No trip to Best Buy or GameStop.

David Perry of Acclaim, a major video game publisher, is one of the vanguard.

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Opinion: Natal makes video games even easier in two years

Posted by Appgamr on June 22, 2009

Natal's "no controllers" is an exciting, intuitive livingroom future

Natal's "no controllers" is an exciting, intuitive livingroom future

The Wii is great, the hottest holiday gift three years running and is the defacto family and women’s console.

However, though Nintendo and other publishers released some nice games, the controllers are expensive and prone to accidentally flying out of your palms and smashing your TVs.  Also, the Wii’s processing capabilities are so last generation.  When you buy the Wii, you’re buying circa 2000 technology at 2009 prices, when you can be buying 2009 XBox 360 or the PS3.

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Opinion: Plus+ is the future of real-time social networked games

Posted by Appgamr on June 22, 2009

Join Plus by flicking on the Plus+ button in the upper right of the screen.

Join Plus by flicking on the Plus+ button in the upper right of the screen.

Feel lonely on the iPhone/iPod Touch?  Want community features?  Want to play multiplayer games securely?  Not crazy about enabling your real-time location and status to any weirdo on the iPhone or permanently to random game publishers?

Plus+, by trusted publisher ngmoco and announced last week, is going to be huge.  iPhone/iPod Touch games revolution and the future lie in its location-based services ability.

However, giving away your location and status to just anyone is like posting your credit card number on the Internet.  Most people won’t abuse your private information, but there are enough crazies and spammers out there to make location not information to give away lightly.

For example, I have turned down and not tested many multiplayer iPhone games because they ask me to give them my real-time location information.  Do you really want the world to know the precise location of your bedroom, to know when you’re in the bathroom, taking a lunchbreak, visiting friends, watching TV, sitting by the computer, playing video games, sleeping, driving, commuting?  I guess some people do, but most people don’t. Read the rest of this entry »

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Opinion: Apple’s App Store Discovery Is Broken

Posted by Appgamr on June 17, 2009

App Store can learn from Amazon.

App Store can learn from Amazon.

Opinion: Apple’s App Store Discovery is broken. It’s hard to find games unless they are in the Top 25, Top 50, or Featured. It takes too many clicks to find them by Verticals, e.g., by Entertainment, Utilities, etc. Not sure App Store “Genius” will be better, as current music implementation seems klugey. Current App Store “Search” function takes too many clicks and results are by alphabetical “publisher” and “game name” results, not Google-style relevance. Proposed Solution? Recommendations by relevance customized to you. Amazon Store style recommendations and user reviews.

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News: iPhone comes out in two days. Can'…

Posted by Appgamr on June 17, 2009

Gimme my iPhone!

Gimme my iPhone!

New iPhone comes out in two days. Can’t wait for the in-game iTunes payment system integration. App store games will be more fun, with more ways to gain instant gratification on levels, avatar appearance, powers, social connections, points, etc.

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