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Sony PRS-600 / 6 inch / Touch eReader / Black
I read a good many reviews before I bought the PRS-600, many of which raised valid points. Yes, the screen is too reflective, yes, the contrast is not as good as the PRS-300, which my wife owns, but, it's still great to use. I have no real problem reading with it, if there's too much glare, I change the angle slightly and Voila, it's gone. Anyway I'm hoping that the screen protector that I'm about to fit will help.
In the end, the deciding factors were the variety of formats it accepts and the fact that I love touch screens, and the touch screen on this is brilliant. It's responsive and accurate and I'd trade the slightly lower contrast for it any day. Selecting books, turning pages, adding bookmarks, accessing the dictionary, all done quickly and easily with a tap or swipe of the finger, brilliant.
Yes the software is buggy, but I only use it for putting DRM ebooks onto my reader, for everything else there's Calibre, a free download, that loads books onto the reader with no problems and even converts them from one format to another.
It may not be perfect, that' why only 4 stars, but it will do until something perfect comes along.
Now, if I can only find a touch screen MP3 player that's not an ipod Touch and doesn't cost an arm and a leg.
SanDisk 4GB Cruzer Micro USB Flash Drive / Ready Boost Enabled
My company allows us to have internet access but not to install other browsers, so I was stuck with Explorer. With this drive I am able to carry, and use, Firefox and Opera with me without installing anything. Genius.
It's well designed and made and has taken a few knocks, it even went throughthe washing machine on one accasion.
My one slight niggle is it being partitioned into 2 drives, which makes it a bit awkward to use on one of my work PCs, other than that, Brilliant.
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
As a fan of FPS and RTS games I approached Oblivion with some trepidation. I tried Morrowind on the PC for about 5 hours and then sold it. However my wife had bought Oblivion for me for Christmas to go with my nice, shiny, new, PS3 so I had to give it a go. It's brilliant. It's even taken me away from Hellgate and Crysis on the PC. The hard drive on our HD box is nearly full, because we don't have time to watch programmes, so we record them. And then we don't have time to watch the recordings.
It's difficult to explain why I like it so much. The graphics are good, but nothing special, but the gameplay is brilliant and having the combat in real time rather than the usual ways of RPGs is great. I have started to become immersed in it and that does not usually happen. Your enemies level up with you so there are almost no walkovers, like in some games. Ironically the exceptions to this are usually found when you have been sent on a quest to kill some particularly nasty character. Having been told how difficult it will be you are confronted by the character ( I'm trying not to give too much away here ) who threatens you with all sorts of evil and then 10 seconds later you are picking over his corpse and wondering whether it's worth casting a healing spell for so little damage.
I wish that I had received the game of the year edition, with the extra content,but never mind, I might get it anyway and try to copy my saved games to it.
There we have it , the best RPG I have ever played? Yes. One of the best games I have ever played? Absolutely.
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Because of all the adverse comments I installed and played the demo, and I loved it. I am not a fan of RPGs ( unless they are Rocket Propelled Grenades in an FPS) and I loathe playing online so that doesn't matter.
The other night I went to my computer for a gaming session and what did I choose, COD4 for a replay ( possibly the best game ever ) no, Crysis, no, Stranglehold, no, Half Life ep2, no, I chose the demo of Hellgate, this time playing as a marksman.
I am playing at 1400x900 with everything turned up and it looks good to me. OK it's not as good looking as Crysis or COD4, but few games are. I found no bugs in the demo and have now played it 9 or 10 times. Anyway, how many games come out these days without bugs. I have enjoyed it so much that I am definitely going to buy it.
I have tried RPGs in the past and they left me cold with their slow and clunky combat, ( with the exception of Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords ) here is a game with combat in real time and first person, what's not to like?
Well, I bought it on Saturday, installed it about 9p.m. and was still playing it at 3.30a.m. Plus about 9 hours on Sunday and I love it. OK there may be a few graphical glitches but they don't interfere with my enjoyment of the game. I'm going to download the patches tonight ( the auto patcher kept coming up with an error ) and then I'm going to continue to enjoy it. Who knows I might even break the habit of a few years and try the online game.