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I like my games - all shapes and sizes from Computers,Consoles,Board and RPGs. Anyone know the category assistant for Games there does'nt seem to be one in the list on the website

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since 11/07/2000

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The Sims 2 (DVD-Rom) 01/10/2004

Who needs real life? Have a pretend one!

The Sims 2 (DVD-Rom) The Sims 2 has a great pedigree, being the sequel to one of the best selling games of all time. For the uninitiated The Sims is was would best be described as a "life simulator", helping your computerised alter-ego overcome the perils of general day to day life, sounds boring but strangely addictive. For now I shall avoid referencing the original (and its many expansion packs), until I make the comparison with said original. Installation --------------- Installation is really easy, as with most PC software these days. Pop the CD in the drive and wait for a screen to appear and click on "Install". You will be asked all the usual questions of "where do you want to install the game" etc. The installation program lets you play a little game during the process which is a nice touch instead of watching a progress bar crawl along the screen, especially as the CD-ROM version is spread across four disks! (I think there may be a DVD version which only has one disk, if anyone knows what the difference is I'd love to know) Once the install program has copied all the relevant files onto your PC you will be asked whether you want to install the latest version of Direct X (in this case version 9). Unless you know that you already have this version its a good idea to install it as the game porbably wont run without it (not that I have tried myself). Once the installation has finished there will be an icon on your desktop that you can click to start the game off. Playing ...

Freedom Force (PC) 05/02/2004

For Freedom! .. for Justice!

Freedom Force (PC) Being a latent comic book fan, the cover of this game immediately attracted my attention, looking like the cover of a Marvel comic with the Freedom Force logo emblazoned across the top and the 5 heroes of the game in a typical superhero pose. Flipping the case over I then proceed to find a little more about the game "The Fate of the World is in Your Hands" Or so it proclaims. "From a distant corner of the galaxy, an evil alien race sets in motion a sinister plan to conquer Earth. It unleashed a powerful catalyst - ENERGY X - that imbued the planet's worst miscreants with super-powers to bring the planet to its knees. Now Earth's only hope lies with a new breed of heroes ... The Freedom Force" The game descibes itself as a "Herioc Tactical RPG" - loosely translated this means it is a little like a real time strategy game (i.e Command & Conquer, Total Annihilation), but you control a team of Super Heroes instead. If that still doesn't illuminate you as to the simplicy to the game, all you have to do is click on your character and tell him where to move/attack, and he will run off and do it. Installation Popping the CD and running the Install program (this happens automatically if you have autorun enabled), brings up the Freedom Force lanch program which allows you to do a number of things. 1) Play the game (Assuming you have the game installed) 2) Install the game (obviously the first thing to do) 3) Uninstall (once you've finished with the game and ...

U2 02/02/2004

20 years on and still going strong

U2 I would like to say I have been a fan of U2 since the beginning, but seeing as the seeds that formed the band were sown 2 years after I was born, that would be a little difficult to convince you. However, even the fan that I am learns some thing during the research of this opinion. Who are U2? U2 are a long running Irish rock back although they have dabbled in almost every area of music, from collaborating with Luciano Pavarotti to covering Jimi Hendrix! The band consists of Bono - Lead vocals and occasionally rhythm guitar The Edge - Lead guitar and vocals Adam Clayton - Bass Guitar Larry Mullen Jr. - Drums (who incidentally founded the band Feedback who would later evolve into U2) Not only active in the field of music the band (primarily Bono) are involved in a lot of charity organisations, having taken part in Band/Live Aid, and working alongside many other charities such as Amnesty International, and has known to meet with political leaders on both sides of the Atlantic. A Potted History of U2 U2 officially formed in March of 1978, when a five piece band called "The Hype" (formerly Feedback) decided they would change their name. At the same time the fifth member of the band decided he wanted to leave and walked out halfway through his farewell gig. It then took a year and a half for the new band to get their first single out, "U23" The next two years saw U2 put in the kind of hard graft that has got them to where they are today ...

Logitech Cordless Optical TrackMan - trackball 27/01/2004

This one is safe from the dog ....

Logitech Cordless Optical TrackMan - trackball This really does have to be the best of Logitechs cordless series. For those of you that are unaware of what a trackball is, imagine an upsidedown mouse. So instead of moving the mouse around the table you just move the ball. This has 2 advantages. 1) Reduced risk of RSI as body movement to control the device is far less. 2) Less desk space required, as the body of the device does not move. The device is in 2 parts, the reciever, which plugs into a standard mouse port or a USB port, and the actual trackball itself, which is powered by 2 AA batteries. The shape of the trackball is similar to that of ergonomic mice, i.e. countoured to fit the inside of your palm. Under your thumb you will find 3 buttons, the larger of whichequates to the left mouse button, and the other two perform the back and forward functions on Internet Explorer. Your middle three fingers will generally be used to control the ball which is about the size of a ping-pong ball, however just to the left of this, for use by your index finger, is the scroll wheel that is used for scrolling windows up and down. Under you little finger is the equivalent of the righ mouse button. Hope all of that made sense. Although there is software with the mouse, it is generally not required as most operating systems (Microsoft ones anyway) from ME onwards can detect the mouse without any installation occuring. The one ongoing expense for this item is the fact that the device itself is battery powered, as ...

Shadowrun: Dunkelzahns Secrets 16/01/2004

Never deal with a dragon

Shadowrun: Dunkelzahns Secrets To give the book its full title: Portfolio of a Dragon: Dunkelzahns Secrets -- Real life background At some point in the mid '90s someone in FASA (the then owners of Shadowrun) came up with a great idea. Wanting to shake their fictional world up a little they decided to let the players of the game "vote" for the next President of UCAS (United Canadian and American States), a country in the Shadowrun universe. So out went the voting slips to all the players on FASAs registered players list, and voting slips were in some of the books as well. The votes were then cast. This effects of this election race and the aftermath are mainly detailed in two books, this one and Super Tuesday. -- What’s in this review? Information specific to this book for more information about Shadowrun and its world in general read reviews in the Shadowrun: General category -- Who won? Dunklezahn - a dragon, recent citizen of UCAS and host of his own talk show "Wyrm Talk" As a side note the public could also vote for Cthulu "After all, why vote for the lesser evil". (Let's see how many Ciaoer's understand the joke) -- What’s the book all about? This book deals with aftermath of the event that happened shortly after Dunklezahn winning the election. His assassination. This book is not written in the normal style of a Role-Playing game (RPG) sourcebook, it is presented as media and ShadowLand (a BBS in the world of Shadowrun) coverage of the ...

Shadowrun: General 12/01/2004

Welcome to the Sixth World

Shadowrun: General --What exactly is Shadowrun? ShadowRun is a very old and established Role-Playing game (RPG) that is still going strong, just given a breath of fresh life after the licence changing hands. For those of you that don't know what an RPG is, I'll attempt a brief explanation. My best description would be an interactive novel, the players take on the roles of the principle characters and one person, the GamesMaster (or GM) narrates the story. Each character has a certain amount of skills at his or her disposal and the players dictate what their characters do throughout the story. -- Why play RPGs? It's fun plain and simple. I know it has a geeky reputation, but there's nothing wrong with spending time with friends and having fun! -- What kind of world is ShadowRun set in? The end of the second millennium was a time of change, corporate bodies, despairing at the state of political affairs, began training their own security personnel as private armies, deploying them to wherever the growing civil unrest threatened their holdings. A landmark case in the US upheld the right of corporate bodies to maintain an armed force, enabling large corporations to almost become countries in their own right. However this shift from political to corporate power was just the beginning 2011 Was Dubbed the Year of Chaos Reeling from natural and social disasters Governments of the world (particularly that of the USA) fall, new countries rising in their place. However some of ...

Smile 09/01/2004

I'm Smiling now

Smile About 4months ago I decided it was time to re-evaluate my current account, after plodding along with Barclays for many a year it was time for a change. Being the 'net-head that I am a good online service was high on my list of priorities as was a good interest rate, something that is quite rare on a current account! After a few days worth of research I took the plunge and applied for a Smile current account. Not only did they have a good online presence, and an interest rate comparable to their savings account, they also practice ethical investment, more details on their investment policies can be found on their website at www.smile.co.uk --The application process The application process was harmless enough, filling in various forms with personal data, plus about 5 security questions (birthplace, memorable name, etc). The whole process only took about 10 minutes. Once the application is complete they set up a secure message area for you (which is accessed via their website) so they can leave you messages regarding the progress of your application, sending you an email whenever there is a new message. This secure message area is also used when your account is open. Once of the big hassles of changing current account is moving all your direct debits around. To get rid of this headache Smile offers an account switching service. Basically this involves signing a form which they send to you that gives them permission to request all the direct debit details from ...

X-Com: Apocalypse (PC) 08/10/2003

The last great game in the series .....

X-Com: Apocalypse (PC) As dawn rises over the city the dimension gates, which have recently appeared over the cityscape, flare into life as half a dozen UFOs scream across the sky. Launching from a base within the city a fleet of red craft soar into the sky to intercept them. After a fierce battle, the UFOs are driven off or destroyed, save one, which is all but intact and crashed on the floor. Settling down nearby, a craft opens its doors as X-COM once more step up to the challenge. X-COM: Apocalypse is the last of the great X-COM games (those that came after were not true to the X-COM formula, based on flight sims and first person shooters) Taking its cue from Enemy Unknown and Terror from the Deep s(ee my other recent reviews on these to saving me rehashing for this op), Apocalypse is a mix of management and ground combat.However instead of taking place of the entire globe this game take place in Earths major city. The major change for X-COM: Apocalypse is the addition of realtime ground combat, although for the purists out there the original turn based system is available. Although the basic concept of the game is identical to the previous two, the whole user interface and graphics have been completely reworked. The cityscape available to view in top down "information view" and a 3-D isometric view which although pretty and good to watch arial dogfights with, is not very good for managing anything. The game is also a lot harder than its predecessors, in the first few weeks you ...

Galt Baby Nest 08/10/2003

A great place to work(?), rest and play

Galt Baby Nest "What is a baby nest?" I hear you ask ... Imagine an inflatable ring, similar to one you might give a small child in a swimming pool, put it inside a colourful fabric sleeve and put a "floor" in the hole. Voila! - One baby nest. But what do you do with it? Put your baby in it of course. Basically the ring encourages your bundle of joy (or any other names you decide to call your child) to sit up. At first, looking at your child in the nest you might decide that they look a little uncomfortable, but soon they get the idea that with all the support that the nest provides that they can sit up by themselves (see later on for smaller babies), with hands free to play with any toys they happen to have in there with them. The particular nest my daughter has, is very brightly coloured so as to be visually stimulating, and had various different textures around its rim for her to feel. Also some areas have crinkly material and squeakers inside to provide auditory stimulation. I would say the main advantage of this nest is that you child can sit upright and get a good look around their environment "the right way up" rather than seeing everything from lying on the floor or pointing one direction strapped into a chair. Once they get the hang of sitting up in the nest they can quite easily turn around to face any direction. There are no restraints to confine your child so once your child can crawl or maybe some advanced rolling they may be able to clamber over the ...

Everything that starts with A ... 08/10/2003

Adults and hobbies

Everything that starts with A ... After conversations with a few people over the last week I feel the need to vent and this seems like a good place to do it. Just a few personal details about myself first, I am 29, married with a 6 month old baby, and I am absolutely fed up with people looking down thier noses at me and giving me a "your a freak" look when I talk about what I do in my free time. Yes I know it is a "geeky" list of pasttimes but its that "thats so geeky" attitude that annoys me - I am a normal person and my hobbies and habits are just as valid as yours and have no reason to make me a social outcast. I shall break this down a little- TV: I like sci-fi, be it Star Trek, Stargate, Buffy or the Outer Limits. This does not automatically make me an anorak, I just like the story lines, these programmes are just as valid as Eastenders, Coronation Street and Neighbours, at least the sci-fi programs take a break every now and then. SO why are people treated as outcasts if they talk about when they can talk about what happenned in last nights episode of Star Trek when talk about who slept with who in Eastenders is perfectly acceptable office gossip? Computer Games: Yes, I like computer games, probably a little more than my wife would like but yes I enjoy a good game, be it on the PC or the PS2. But yet again there is still a social stigma attached to "grown up people", playing computer games. Apart from the TV programmes I really like (and I dont watch the endless repeats), I am not a big TV ...

Avent Microwave Steam Steriliser 01/10/2003

"Ping" .... bottles are done

Avent Microwave Steam Steriliser Having just had a new baby a steriliser was on our list of things to get to kit ourselves out. We were looking for something low maintenance and easy to use, so instead of going for one of the big fancy electric sterilisers we went for the Avent Microwave Steriliser The steriliser comes in three parts: 1) The lower casing. This holds the water that will turn into steam to sterilise your baby stuff 2) The inner tray This sits inside the lower casing, and anything to be sterilised sits on this, just above the water level. 3) The upper casing This clips onto the lower casing forming a dome over the top to condense the steam back into water during the sterilisation process. The sterilisation process is quite simple. Pour 200ml of water into the sterilisers, put in the items to be sterilised, clip the upper casing on. Then just stick it in the microwave for 5 minutes (depending on the rating of your microwave). The steriliser can hold 4 avent bottles (lids, teats, collars and all) in a specific configuration inside, which is given in a small booklets that you get with the apparatus. There are also other layouts for use with the Avent breastpumps as well. Of course these layouts dont have to be followed to the letter, just use common sense in your own layouts to let the steam flow into and around any items inside, i.e. putting your bottles in neck down, and bowls in upside down. Any microwave safe baby product can be sterlised in this. Obviously on ...

Kellogg's Special K Bars 30/09/2003

Where'd the cranberry go?

Kellogg's Special K Bars The adverts on TV always seem to market Special K at women, in both normal cereal and bar forms. I don't let this discourage me as I confess to a liking for Special K despite being male. I generally don't have time for cereal in the morning, so cereal bars are great for me as I am not much of a chocolate eater. Not being on a diet or anything I choose my bars by taste rather than by any numbers on the packet. On this from this bar does rate very highly, combining Special K cereal glued together with fruit pieces and yoghurt. I find the yoghurt/fruit combination quite tangy, which is one of my favourite tastes next to sour. Although being very tasty I must say that the Special K bar suffers the same problem as most cereal bars ..... they dont last long enough. I don't know if I have a big mouth or something but it only lasts about 3 bites, Not too good when I'm paying 35p at the work canteen. The bar itself it kept fresh in the foil packaging that seems to be standard for most snack bars these days. It is decorated in the usualy white and red that is the norm for Special K, with a few cranberries on for good measure. Turning over the packaging gives all the usual nutritional information, which for the health concious amongst is shall divulge In 23 grams of bar you get: Someone will have to tell me if these numbers are good or bad 90 calories 1.5g of fat This is combined with a good dose of vitamins One thing I am quite bemused by in the ingredients is that ...

X-Com: Terror from the Deep (PC) 30/09/2003

From beneath it devours ....

X-Com: Terror from the Deep (PC) Somewhere in the murky underwater depths, an X-Com submarine is on the prowl, looking for an alien USO on the seabed. The gloom parts and a silver disc shines, contrasting against the darkness that surrounds it. Disembarking from the X-Com craft, aquanauts run out of the craft, soon to be under a hail of enemy fire. Terror from the Deep is the sequel to the hugely successful UFO:Enemy Unknown. The game is essentially identical to the first game and to get the basics of how it plays I recommend reading my previous review rather than just plagiarising my own review for use here, although I shall post a small excerpt regarding the mechanics below. This game is the flip side of the UFO. Instead of being invaded from outer space, the earth is being invaded from within. An ancient UFO , crached many thousands of years ago in the deepest part of the ocean has awoken, along with its inhabitants. Since the events of the first game X-COM has gone into decline, with no alien invaders there has been no need for them. One of thier last stations has been privately owned and searching for crashed UFOs in the sea from the last Alien war (AW1). However when thier submarines start going missing and a trasmission comes in saying "They're back", world government petitions the privately owned organisation to resurrect X-COM and investigate this new menace. Being primarily set underwater, the majority of the technology researched during AW1 is unusable, and again you must plunder ...

UFO: Enemy Unknown (PC) 29/09/2003

War of the Worlds

UFO: Enemy Unknown (PC) Picture the scene, a UFO screams across the sahara desert, hotly pursued by two XCOM-Interceptors, who file off a barrage for rockets at it, bringing crashing into the dunes. An hour or so later, another aircraft appears on the scene, and the soldiers within start, ready thier firearms and start to disembark, only to come under alien laser fire. Thus starts another day for the soldiers of the eXtra-terrestrial COMbat (X-COM) force. In the early 90's UFO: Enemy Unknown was released to the unsuspecting public, an absolute masterpiece for its time. The basic plot is that the UFO's have started to appear in the Earths skies and are not exactly friendly. Your role is the leader of the fledgling X-COM organisation. The game is played on 3 levels. The first is that of the management of X-COM, from buying in supplies and personell to building bases to make sure that wherever an UFO may appear in the world you can respond to it (very difficult when you can only have one base to start with). You must also manage the reasearch and manufacture of alien technology that you manage to salvage. The second level is that of a small and basic real time air to air combat, although you can only select the style that your aircraft use to fight. The third level and that which makes up the majority of the game is that of ground combat. Borrowed heavily from a previous release from the creators (Laser Squad), ground combat is a turn based affair, taking turns between the ...

Everything that starts with S ... 18/09/2003

Star Trek Humour

Everything that starts with S ... More rummagings from my humour files Top Ten Things You'll Never Hear on ST:TNG Part Two 10. (Picard) Use the Force, Will! 9. (Riker to Picard) Worf must have snapped, sir. I heard him mutter, "Screw honor," then he jumped Nurse Ogawa in the Turbo-Lift. 8. (Picard to Dr. Crusher) Really, Beverly, I must tell you, you're being a pain in the ass right now. 7. (Worf to Picard) But sir, do you really think it's wise to fire upon that alien ship? 6. (Data to Crew) I have noticed that emotions usually cause many human decisions to be flawed. Logic would therefore dictate that human decisions would be irrelevant. Therefore, I have come to the conclusion that you are unnecessary. Computer, begin releasing Cyanide gas into the atmosphere at 10,000 parts per 1,000,000. 5. (LaForge to Bridge) If you'd give me just a damn minute and not want everything done yesterday, I could probably get something done right around here the first time! 4. (Wesley to Picard) You know, I've just realized that I've been wasting my entire youth away by trying to impress you, and that the only reason you give me the time of day, is because you feel guilty about widowing my mother! 3. (O'Brien to Bridge) I made a minor mistake with the transport sequencing buffers. Admiral Nucheyev will not be joining us tonight. 2. (Guinan to Anyone) I'll say this in a way so clear, even Keiko's baby wouldn't be able to miss the point. 1. (Picard to Riker) Do you ever get the urge to go down to the Holodeck, ...
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