18 Years of PlayStation

I can still remember those days when I was still paying around 20 bucks for an hour play of PlayStation in a local gaming shop. I can still remember that I always play Dance Dance Revolution 2nd Mix using controller only, the Toshinden Subaru, Crash Team Racing or the CTR and Final Fantasy IX. Feels like the memories of my childhood days are coming back once more while writing the words of this post.

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Sony made the PlayStation and it was first released in December 1994 in Japan. Then, it was released in other continents like North America and Europe in 1995. Sooner, the PlayStation collection has emerged and recently on a press conference held last 20th February 2013; that an upcoming successor to 2006 PlayStation3 will be launched November 2013, and that will be the “PlayStation4” or the PS4. Read more here on the Wikipedia page.

Here’s an advertisement of the PS years (the hashtag #PlayStationMemories) since its beginning and showcasing its most recent release, which is the PS4.

Samsung introduced the Galaxy Round

Samsung Electronics unveiled the Samsung GALAXY ROUND, declared as the world’s first curved display smartphone and will be available very soon in the market.

The said phone has this kind of innovation from the current brands in the market today:
The Roll Effect (enables the user to check information such as the date, time, missed calls and battery easily when home screen is off)
The Gravity Effect (for creating visual interaction with the screen by tilting the device)
The Bounce UX enables users to control their music
The Side Mirror (enables users to gain access to list of the album content with a left and right tilt)

The large screen size of the GALAXY ROUND provides additional benefits to users. Useful One-Hand Operation features bring a user’s most desired controls closer to a preferred side of the screen. The device enables enhanced multitasking capabilities that allow users to fully utilize the larger screen through Multi Window, a feature that enables users to open more than one application on the screen, run simultaneous multiple instances of the same application or to easily share content between applications.

Product Specifications:
– 5.7” Full HD Super AMOLED with 7.9mm thick
– Weighs 154g for a comfortable hand grip
– 13MP AF w/Flash camera
– 2MP front camera
– Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
– LTE 150/50M bps
– 32GB + microSD (up to 64GB) 3GB RAM
– MSM 8974 (Quad. Krait 2.3 GHz)
– Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, WiFi Direct, BT 4.0 (BLE), USB 3.0, GPS+GLONASS, NFC

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Simone and Baby V – first photo!

Last October 2, Simone finally gave birth to her and Oliver’s first son — Vincent G. Palotai. All warm greetings from fans and friends from all over the world have been received by the lovely couple.

Simone posted the story of her giving birth with her first son, which you can read on her blog.

Here we got the first ever photo of Simone and Baby V!

A preview of Left 4 Dead 2’s “Journey to Splash Mountain”

Last week, I got to check the latest custom-made maps on the l4dmaps website, and I downloaded some maps and one of those is this campaign named “Journey to Splash Mountain”.The map is set on a big carnival (a bit different from an existing campaign, “Dark Carnival”) as a whole. You will go through the theme park houses, ride a water-coaster ride, get in to a horror house and a lot more. You will also have to find some piece of stuffs to enter a secret passage and on the final rescue, you have to fill up the gases on different cars and the pour it on the motor to start the helicopter. It’s adventurous and full of twists from the usual campaigns they had. Also, this campaign can be installed and played on the original Left 4 Dead game.

Now for some cons, the setting where it takes place is SOOOOO BIG and SO WIDE! You just literally have to check ALL possible ways to go through since all of them are open and it’s quite hard to find where to go. There are so many doors you can come in, so many passages you can go through in to and the area is super wide! SUPER!!! I actually had a hard time in determining any exits on its alleys. 😀

But overall, it’s a great campaign; just be patient to find your way through! Here are some of the screenshots that I’m able to took during my game play. Please note that I only used my cellphone camera and not an online scraping tool.

Check out more maps at the L4d Maps Website and play them with your friends!