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I'm not the greatest chess player, but I'm not so bad either. I tried to beat this thing three times on its dumbest setting, and it won them all. The third time I even tried hard. Maybe I could beat it if I tried really, really hard, spending ten or twenty minutes per move, but I bought this to have a few fun quick games now and then; I don't want to have to play my ultimate highest level just to survive, and I don't want the game to last hours. If you're a master, this may be just the thing; but it really needs an easier setting, for we novice and intermediate players....Read more
The station is generally well made, easy to assemble, and easy to change positions from standing to sitting. Biggest drawback is the keyboard/mouse platform. It is somewhat wobbly and in the standing position, the tower becomes a long lever arm and can vibrate the whole desk when typing and moving a hand from keyboard to mouse. This platform could also be improved by adding a little more room for the mouse and making the entire platform adjustable front to back so you could adjust the distance from your eyes to the monitors while still maintaining the recommended 90 degree arm position....Read more
This book looks like it was graphically designed by a high school student. Lots of stock art and photography combined in creative ways, but without any clear visual theme or purpose, other than eye candy. The book itself is supposed to be a simple introduction, and it sure is. It's so simple that I left wondering where the content was. The theory itself is interesting, but the book is so devoid of practical support for it that it's no more than a dictated framework. I should have gotten the egghead version....Read more
My twin 4-year olds got a DS, with this game, for Christmas. We never intended to get them a video game at all (for several more years, at least), but it was a gift from a beloved aunt, so what can you do? So we let them play it, now and then, and somewhat to my astonishment, they were both able to play it very well within a few hours of starting. What's particularly interesting is that neither of them can read, or even close (recognize letters is about it), or knew anything about Star Wars, but they manage just fine. Since then, they've seen at least three other DS games, but most of them require reading, or are too boring for them. With this one, there are a lot of words, but none of them matter--they just run around in Star Wars land, chopping up things and people with joyful abandon until we tear the games from their still-twitching hands. They can even play together, wirelessly; this does a really good *cooperative* multiplayer game (they're not fighting each other, so they don't get mad at each other, or competitive with each other). Their 10-year-old friend also has it, and loves it too. And I'm only slightly ashamed to admit that my wife and I sneak the games out of their chargers at night, and play it two-person almost every night after the kids are in bed. To top it all off, their grandmother just bought a DS, after watching them play this, so she can join in the fun. Truly, an enjoyable game for *all* ages--three generations in this household!--and the best *cooperative* multiplayer game I've seen since Sega Genesis Toejam & Earl. What a great present!...Read more