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Logitech Wireless Anywhere Mouse MX for PC and Mac
Logitech Wireless Anywhere Mouse MX for PC and Mac
Price: $34.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I had two of Anywhere Mouse MX, and both ..., April 25, 2014
I had two of Anywhere Mouse MX, and both of them are having double click issue after less than two years use.


Sid Meier's Civilization V - PC
Sid Meier's Civilization V - PC
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Price: $9.99
50 used & new from $2.62

273 of 331 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just one problem with this game, there is no fun., September 25, 2010
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After playing around 30 hours, I am completely fed up. Actually there is one problem with this game, that is, there is just no fun.

Installation:
* I have an ancient Thinkpad T400, which fails to meet the minimum requirements, but it is still playable with minimum settings. I do not really care about the graphics;
* I am not totally for or against STEAM. They just want to use the online activation to stop piracy. But since the game was cracked soon after it was released (according to civfanatics), what's the point here?

Game:

Pros:

* Hex is cool;
* Each civilization is unique.

Cons:

Expansion:

* Money is EVERYTHING in this game. You can buy ANYTHING, soldiers,buildings and even land. At the same time the hammer produced in the city is so poor. The city improvements give you only +1 or +2 bonus, almost nothing, so you will always see that a normal building will take 50 turns to finish. So later it turns out that you just save money to buy most of the stuff;
* No financing. The research points are fixed. So you can not adjust the ratio as what we did in other versions;
* No happy faces in each city, only of the nation. After you capture a city, the angry faces last forever, making you want to just raze it. The people of the city are demanding, they will ask you to get some resources that you can hardly get. And the happy faces changes the strength of your army. When you just capture a new city, which gives you a lot of angry faces, then, all your soldiers will be angry...
* The cost of the wonder is close to a normal building, and with limited effects;
* The city growth is very slow, making the early expansion hard. Before the game was released, I thought it would be cool that they enlarge the city area. But while playing, I found the total population can hardly go beyond 20;
* No cottage, town, etc. Only trading posts, which always give you +2 gold, and they look ugly, like trash yard (not just on my lousy computer);

Culture:
* No religion, which is GREAT fun in CIV 4;
* The border does not change according to the culture, unless using great artists;

Diplomacy and War:
* War is everything in this game. The most important point of the game is getting sword man and longsword man earlier than others, then, with three of them and a general, you can raze other counties on you continent;
* One tile can only have one of civilian/land force/air force/navy force. This will cause a problem. Now spaceship parts have to be transported to one city. However, there might be a worker just moved to this city, thus, you have to wait for another turn, which may cause you to lose the game.
* No spy. Actually most of the time, I have no idea what others think about me. The foreign relationship is weak in this version, and it just makes you feel isolated. To make things worse, even you want to keep a good relationship, and you trade with them, they still declare war on you for no reason(or for any reason);
* The archers are ranged units, while the infantries and tanks are melee units (no range). And when archer/crossbow man gets updated, their previous ranged promotions disappeared;
* You have to control each of the unit during the war, which is time consuming. But if you do not start wars, you have no idea what to do during the game, since other ways of victory are too hard(I never finish the culture victory, and spaceship needs a very late technology);

Others:
* The game difficulty is greatly reduced. I can only try 5th hard level in civ 4, but now I can easily beat immortal;
* I reloaded several times just in order to watch the opening cinematic, which always crashed half way. Also, every time you start the game, you have watch this again and again, which, still crashes half way;
* I experienced several crashes during the game, and there is no autosaving, so I have to load what I got several hours ago (Updated: there is autosaveing, thanks to A. Ramirez );
* Have no idea how to turn the combat animation off;
* Graphics problem. You will see the great wall passing through a pyramid, and the Stonehenge built in the water;
* The game is half finished. The promotion symbols from the manual are not the same as the symbols in the game. Some of them, such as blitz, are shown as a triangle or rectangle in the game. So you could find some units with several triangle and rectangle promotion, and you have to move you mouse on them to see what they are. And there are bugs about the promotion. The gunship has a promotion that it can not capture city, just as CIV 4, which does not work at all. The the early artillery has to be set up in order to fire, but the rocket artillery does not. However, because it is a promotion of the early artillery to be set up in order to fire, after they get updated, they still keep it;
* No video after finishing a wonder or wining the game. Just a picture;
* The music and sound effects are awful. They use some famous music but arranged in a awful way, making you feel that the music is random. All you remember about the effects the stupid "Ahhhhhh" shouting of the soldiers and cities. At the same time, it is enjoyable just listening to the music of civ4.
* Ugly interface. Huge round buttons everywhere. And sometimes around ten of them pumped up during one round. It seems that it was intended made for the iPad not PC.
* If you know what happened to the latest release of Supreme Commander or C&C, you might have already guess what happened to our glorious civilization series. They simplified the game. Though they will surely improve the game in future expansions, since this game has NO DEPTH, I can hardly imagine anything better based on this crap.

IMO, this game should be less than 15 bucks. I just feel like get cheated. And I have no idea whether Sid Meier knows that somebody made such a lousy game.

SO SERIOUSLY, DO NOT WASTE YOU MONEY.
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Composition Photo Workshop
Composition Photo Workshop
by Blue Fier
Edition: Paperback
Price: $22.49
77 used & new from $1.03

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beginner's book, June 17, 2009
If you're a beginner, this book is good enough, since you can learn photography from ground up. But if you're an skilled amateur wanna learn composition in order to advance to another level, I do not recommend this one. The book talks too much about the basic knowledge about the camera, but skips the real skills about composition, such as shape, line, light, texture and so on.

Personally, the only composition book I recommend is Photographic Composition by Ben Clements and David Rosenfeld (1979)([...]). This book teaches you the aesthetics about photography, and only costs you several bucks to get a secondhand one.


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