Lace up your spikes, grab your mitt and head out to the diamond it's time for America's favorite pastime. Lead your team from Spring Training through the Fall Classic as you set the lineups, select the rotation and give the signs to propel your team to the championship. It's up to you to make the calls, from the dugout to the front office, as you strive to create a dynasty. Take control of your organization and manage a team of today's stars and yesterday's legends in realistic gameplay.
In Out Of The Park Baseball 11, you make the calls on the field, in the clubhouse and in the front office as you guide your baseball organization to a championship. Set the lineups, decide the pitching rotation and give the sign to "swing away" while on the field as the manager of the club. Take charge in the front office by making trades, managing the scouting budget, signing free agents, drafting new prospects and negotiating contract extensions. Track thousands of individual players, team and league stats using the realistic statistical engine as you develop players over the life of their careers. Strive to create a dynasty as you manage any current major league roster or any roster in major league history. It's all up to you to make it happen and see your squad become kings of the diamond.
Take complete control of your baseball club from the dugout to the front office
Includes complete rosters of every major league team in history
Detailed play-by-play engine allows you to choose defensive alignments, make substitutions, give signs, set the lineups and more
Make the calls in front office as you manage the scouting budget, sign free agents, make trades, draft prospects, negotiate contracts, demote and promote players and more
Realistic statistical engine, based on modern baseball theory, helps you see how players perform and develop over the life of your league
Fully customize your league's structure, rules, team logos, player photos and more
Play in single player mode or join an online league and compete head-to-head
In-game news engine automatically creates accurate articles as news happens in your league, or write your own recaps and articles to be shared throughout the league
Minimum PC System RequirementsPC Processor Speed1GHzPC Operating SystemWindows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7PC System Memory256MB RAMPC VideoDirectX 8.1-compatible video cardPC Drive Type and SpeedDVD-ROMPC Additional RequirementsInternet service required to access online features
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.