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Video Game Chat / Wii Cable Management
« on: June 23, 2008, 11:10:54 AM »
I got a puppy on Saturday and she keeps wanting to pull the cables that connect my Wii to my TV out of the jacks. (They're in the front of the TV because the back is already filled up with a DVD player and a VCR).

Anyone know of a good cable management system? I don't want to see the TV come crashing down, the cables ripped up, my puppy's teeth pulled out from yanking too hard, etc.

General Chat / Not Really Video Games...but Games Nonetheless
« on: March 16, 2008, 12:36:28 PM »
I just posted about it in another thread but I thought I'd give it its own thread here.

Is anyone here a veteran of the old-school education programs for computers? Maybe you had them at school on those old Macs that everyone had in their labs or maybe you had them at home...or both!

Here were the ones I had at home...I used to have these on this really old Macintosh called a Macintosh LC, most schools seemed to have these computers too. I actually used that computer up until five years ago or so.

Math Blaster: There were four games in this one, they taught the four basic operations. One of the games was solving problems to build a rocket. There was another where you had to find the missing addend (or whatever number was in the middle) and got points you could use to shoot outer space trash. Another game was finding the right numbers to make the problem work called "Recycler" and there was the arcade-type game where you guided the little guy up to the right answer and also got to eat the food for extra points. I had this at school and at home.

Oregon Trail: I think everyone born in the 1980s knows about this game. A simulation of the westward migration which usually took the place of that chapter in your social studies book. You could cross rivers, hunt, and die of cholera. Lots of fun times with this game. I had this at school and at home.

Carmen Sandiego: If I recall, the computer game came out before the TV show did. I used to watch the TV show when I came home from school. It was always fun plus the singing group on there, Rockapella, was really cool. The game has you chasing a crook from country to country based on a clue, just like the TV show. You got a desk encyclopedia with it so you could look up anything you didn't know. I had the "where in time" one, my school had the "where in America" one in elementary school and "where in the world" in middle school. There was also a Europe one at middle school which I think was the hardest, probably because schools in the US don't teach much world history. The time one had to be my favorite.

Number Munchers: Another classic from what I hear. This one had prime numbers, factors, multiples, etc and you were this little green dude who had to eat the right answers while not eating the wrong ones or running into the monsters. My school had this one as did I. At my school there was also a game just like it but you had to eat vowel sounds, we used this in our phonics units in first grade all the time (the math one is a lot more advanced though--even someone in Algebra I could probably use it to brush up on their factors).

OutNumbered: An arcade type math game where you walked through a TV station and had to solve word problems. You also had to shoot this guy who looked like a TV who would give you regular math problems and code. The code matched up against what you got for solving word problems and you had to pick a combination to figure out where the bad guy was. This one was really addicting. I played it first at the computer camp my school had one summer (that just about everyone from my class went to) and got it for my birthday later that year.

Kid Pix: Not really a game but my school had it. I had it too. Basically you drew pictures and could add these awesome rubber stamp things to them and you also had some cool erasers like a firecracker. There was an addon pack you could get to make movies from your pictures.

Battle Chess: I learned to play chess with this one. It plays just like chess but when you capture someone they fight. This started out as a black and white program but they later came out with a color version that had music. My school didn't have this one but I did.

Windows Solitaire: Good time waster from high school. I lost so many minutes of productivity when we had computer classes with this one. There's a Mac version too but it's called Klondike and costs ten bucks or so to register it.

Video Game Chat / Brain Age & Voice Recognition
« on: March 11, 2008, 11:25:56 PM »
If this is somewhere else on here, I apologize...

My grandpa got a DS so he could play the brain-type games. I tried playing the Brain Age one and for some reason it won't accept the way I say "blue". Any trick as to how I should say it? I've tried "bloo" and "buh-loo" and no luck with either. My brain age came up to be like 80 because of this...I did worse than my grandpa who actually IS going to be 80 soon!

Game Help / Super Mario Galaxy: The Big Cube
« on: March 11, 2008, 07:28:20 PM »
Very much unilke me, I managed to get through the first two courses of Galaxy without a strategy book. However, the big cube level has me stumped. Namely, I'm having trouble with the guy on the top of the cube who sends out shock waves. I always seem to hit them! Is there any way to take this guy out? I've tried pounding him but that doesn't do any good. Or maybe he's supposed to be there to help you like that one snowman in Super Mario 64 I had to jump off years ago in order to get a star?

Video Game Chat / Wii Remote Rechargeable Batteries
« on: March 11, 2008, 07:24:10 PM »
Hey everyone,

It's been a few months since I've been here, I think the last I was here I was asking about my then-new Wii. I absolutely love it! It's so much easier for me to play since the controls are more natural.

Anyways, I'm wondering if there are any rechargeable battery packs that are worth it since my first player remote is almost gone in terms of battery. I know I could probably just stick a few regular Duracells/Energizers in there, but the first set is only a little over two months old (with irregular use, I don't play my Wii every day).

That's why I was wondering if they'd be worth it. If I let it sit for, say, five days without use, would that be bad for it? I know an off-powered cell phone will lose a little battery and it's even worse for a laptop.

If you folks do think I'd be well off with a rechargeable, is there any that is better and what does it cost?

Video Game Chat / Nintendo D.S. Quesiton
« on: January 13, 2008, 02:12:45 PM »
I'm back after not having been on here in a long time, but the need for a Nintendo question came up...

My grandfather has a Nintendo D.S. that he uses for the Brain Age game. Since the game can accommodate more than one person, he told me to calculate my brain age. I took the test but had a major problem with it. The microphone does not always recognize my voice when I say the word "blue", leading to a brain age of 80 due to all of the so-called "incorrect" answers. I'm not speaking with any accents, etc, before anyone asks (because I recall that it had stated that only native English speakers were best recognized).

I gave it to someone else and they had the same problem, especially with blue.

My possible theories...let me know if I'm on the right track or not...

1. The batteries are going? Is there any gage on there like a cell phone has?
2. Maybe I'm not holding it close enough or far away enough? It was probably a foot away from my body.
3. Does it matter how it's turned? I had it opened so that it looked like a book.

Video Game Chat / Co-Ed Basketball or Soccer Games?
« on: March 22, 2007, 10:15:40 PM »
Been a while since I've posted on here, but thought I'd give this a whirl...

Are there any good co-ed basketball or soccer games for the Game Cube?

General Chat / Anyone hear any good songs lately?
« on: January 14, 2007, 01:52:23 AM »
I just listened to one that captured me right away.

"Holding On" by Ferry Corsten.

It's absolutely beautiful.

Anyone else hear anything awesome lately?

Video Game Chat / DS Stuff
« on: December 27, 2006, 12:21:56 AM »
Well, Christmas seemed to be a success for the DS players in the family. My cousin loves her DS and enjoys both of her games (Nintendo Dogs and Mario Kart), and my grandfather is excited about Madden (he hasn't gotten around to playing it yet).

I have a question about the DS and the batteries. My cousin was getting impatient and when she was charging her DS for the first time she didn't let it charge all the way. Now I'm not sure how similar the battery is to that of a cordless phone, but I got a telephone last year and I know I had to charge it completely for six hours as per the manual. I think the DS manual said three off the top of my head (my uncle told her at one point), but I know that DS was only in the wall for about an hour and a half.

Will this affect the battery? Should she be worried about the battery not working as it should?

Forum Games / Non-Video Game Trivia Section!
« on: December 14, 2006, 12:34:39 AM »
Here are some to get you started...most are American history related except the last one.

1. What political party did George Washington join?
2. Who was the only non-presidential Colonial era man to be represented on US coinage?
3. Which state(s) were admitted to the union during Thomas Jefferson's presidency?
4. What was the point of some of Abraham Lincoln's early (circa 1861) speeches relating to slavery?
5. Who was the only president to never marry?
6. What important event happened on September 17, 1862?
7. Which president was the least talkative in history?
8. Who or what killed Nathaniel Bacon?
9. Who was on the $500 bill?
10. Which major leaguer hit the winning home run in the 1960 World Series and for what team?

Video Game Chat / Another DS Question
« on: December 06, 2006, 09:22:07 PM »
This one actually is on behalf of my mother, relating to my grandfather.

My grandfather (77 years old) has a DS that he uses for one of those brain games (I think he has two different ones--Brain Age and Big Brain Academy? They ring a bell) and she wants to get him another game. The one in question is Madden (he's a big NFL fan). Now I like Madden on the Game Cube (but only on easy mode...haha) and she is thinking of getting Madden for his DS.

Is anyone familiar with this game? Is it as good as the Game Cube version, and would it be good for a guy who is 77 years old (and has reflexes about as good as mine)?

Video Game Chat / Mario Kart it any good?
« on: December 03, 2006, 08:05:42 PM »
First off, I haven't been on here in some time. But I have a question, hopefully I'm not too late asking this.

My grandparents bought my cousin a Nintendo DS for Christmas. I was asked to get a game for her. Being that I know next to nothing about the DS (although I finally figured out it's not a Game Boy) I went with my gut and grabbed the last copy of Mario Kart for DS at Sears on Black Friday.

Trouble is, I forgot to ask if this one was good before I got it! Being that it was the last one there I decided I'd snap it up since I know she likes Mario Kart for the Game Cube.

A bit of background: she will be 12 in March, currently has a Game Boy Advance (though it's pink so I call it a Game Girl), and also has a Game Cube. She's also a lot better at learning controls than I ever have been.

Video Game Chat / Nintendo 64 Controllers
« on: October 27, 2006, 10:16:29 PM »
I was wondering if there's anywhere I can still get a new Nintendo 64 controller, preferably in green (or maybe yellow). I'd want the Nintendo brand, not some knockoff (I've visited friends who have had them and they just don't feel right) and also I don't want a used one. For some reason my friends' control sticks are all wobbly, not too stiff anymore, and feel really, well, bad. Mine still feel almost new and I have no idea what these guys did to theirs.

I'm having company in December and may need a fourth controller. I already have the original gray one, a blue one, and a red one. Green would look best since my Game Cube controllers are orange and black.

General Chat / A computer question...need advice
« on: October 15, 2006, 03:41:35 PM »
You guys all seem pretty good with computers so I thought I'd throw this out.

I'm wondering if there's a good screen saver out there for Mac OS 9 that would let me sequence pictures while I'm not using the computer. Even though I have a laptop and can sleep it I have some pretty sweet pics that I'd love to flash as people went by (of my friends and I).

Anyone familiar with this type of program or know someone who would be?

Video Game Chat / Nintendo DS for my cousin
« on: October 14, 2006, 10:50:31 PM »
My cousin and I were talking a bit ago and she said she wants a Nintendo DS for Christmas.

Trouble is, I know next to nothing about the DS.

I need to know the following:

1. How much should I expect to pay if I'm going somewhere at 6:00 AM the day after Thanksgiving?
2. What games should I get her? (She's almost 12 and likes Mario)
3. Any accessories recommended?
4. Will I need to get batteries for this or does it have its own battery (like a laptop or cell phone)?

I think I'll be able to get to Circuit City or Target pretty early, but I might not be there at first if I go out with some friends and we want to hit the mall first...will they be in short supply in case we take a long time at the mall buying other stuff?

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