You watch as your teammate rolls the dice and hold in a sigh of regret. One number less and you would rake it in big time. You eye the board and weigh your odds; it's a close game and the mogul to your right is swallowing properties like water. With the right throw and a little bit of luck, you may still score big. You hold three railroads in the palm of your hand: one more and you hit the jackpot. You grab the ivory cubes and toss them down, waiting for the fateful number. Will you finally score the Reading Railroad or be doomed to a rent-paying future?
Monopoly Streets reinvigorates the classic game of fortune in a whole new 3D format. Explore the streets of your favorite town as you journey from the cheap motels of Baltic Avenue to the ritzy Boardwalk suites and more. Watch your fortunes rise and fall as your player headquarters change from a luxurious mansion to a dilapidated hut and back, if you're lucky. Feeling competitive? Use your street smarts to auction off your properties and break your rivals' banks. You set the standards with house rules play longer, shorter or whatever way you want. With the ability to create and use your Wii Mii, you'll never get stuck rotating the board as a top hat again. Invite your friends and populate your city with their Miis' friendly faces. Play in classic game mode or explore all the spectacular new game twists in Monopoly City and Monument City. Jump into the 3D excitement of this classic game but watch out once you reach the top, there's nowhere to go but back down.
Establish and save house rules to play longer or shorter based on your own schedule
Experience Mr. Monopoly's world at an interactive, 3D street level in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the beloved Monopoly game
Add houses to your properties and watch as high-rent districts sprout mansions and lavish hotels
Occupy your own property headquarters; watch it rise to luxurious splendor or fall into a dilapidated ruin in tune with your fortunes
Add competition to the game by auctioning properties with your friends snatch a great deal or try to break your rival's bank
Play the way you remember with classic game board modes offering a nostalgic glimpse into the past, or explore all-new Monopoly and Monument Cities
Use your Wii Mii for a customized experience and populate your city with familiar faces as you add friends' Miis
With the holidays just around the corner, many people will be shopping for new desktop and laptop computers. However, computer shopping can be an overwhelming task. It's difficult to know where to start, how to make your decisions, or what to avoid. Below are some tips for buying a computer that might make things a little more manageable for you.
1. Do your research
Before you go shopping for a computer, you should be willing to spend some time online getting information about brands and models that might work for you. There are several different places you can get information, and you should utilize all of them. The first source is user reviews. Although it will be very apparent to you when you begin reading user reviews that some are useless, don't let that discourage you from looking for the valuable ones. Often a legitimate problem or positive experience with a machine can be more informative than hours spent shopping in the store.
Another useful source of information is editor's reviews. Editor's reviews allow you to get an opinion from someone who should be a non-biased expert in technology. Their insight can be valuable, but they haven't spent as much time with the machine as a user. So, their perspective is limited at the same time.
Finally, read the manufacturer's description of their machine. Although your won't find out about flaws, you'll get accurate specifications for the computer; this can help you decide if it matches what you're looking for.
2. Get more RAM
When someone complains of their computer being slow, the problem often is that they are short on memory. When the computer runs low on memory, it starts using extra memory called virtual memory. This really is just part of the hard drive and, although it keeps the computer operating, it slows things down considerably. While the hard drive space on most new machines is usually sufficient, RAM may be low because many people aren't focused enough on it when they buy to make manufacturer's beef it up. Most users find RAM between 2 and 4 GB to run the smoothest.
3. Use specials to your advantage
New computer models hit store shelves on a regular basis, which leaves stores with little option but to get rid of their old models as fast as possible. If a new model appears while their inventory is still high, they risk a significant loss when the old model's price takes a nosedive. Thus, specials on computers are a regular occurrence, especially around the holidays. After you've done your research and have a brand and model in mind, look for a discount on it. If you plan your shopping ahead enough and are patient, you're bound to find one.
4. Look for good customer service
A broken computer is a frustrating occurrence, but even more so if you don't have good customer support to rely on. Get some feedback from others who have the same brand computer and find out how their customer service experience was. It can make the difference between a happy and disgruntled computer owner.