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Sunday, February 8: Goodies That Won't Break the Budget

Josh Lawrence

It can be hard to buy cool tech gear on a tight budget. Don't worry, there are plenty of great goodies for less than $50. Here are Megan and Morgan's picks:

  • Unreal Tournament 2003 (http://www.rockstargames.com). This massively multiplayer first-person shooter has been a favorite of our weekly LAN party fragfests.

  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (http://www.rockstargames.com). The controversial car-, motorcycle-, plane-, and helicopter-stealing simulation for PlayStation 2 has climbed to the top of most gamers' lists of all-time favorites.

  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 (http://www.activisiono2.com). Hop on your board and prove you have the skills to go pro in this game for PlayStation 2, PlayStation, Xbox, and GameCube.

  • Atari 10-in-1 (http://www.jakkstvgames.com). Want some old school gaming goodness, but don't want a old school bulky console? The Atari 10-in-1 packs 10 Atari 2600 games into a single controller that plugs directly into your TV.

  • Zip Zaps (http://zipzaps.com). These speed-demon remote-control minicars can be bought in your local Radio Shack. Choose the model you want at the Zip Zaps showroom, and the site can point you to your nearest local store.

  • CDs and DVDs. Of course, CDs and DVDs are always a good bet for less than $50 as well. For instance, Morgan recommends the Platinum Series Special Extended Edition of Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring DVD set.

Martin's Tips: Top Five Games to Play While Mostly Paralyzed

While vacationing deep within the Amazon River basin over the weekend, I inadvertently infuriated some local savages by wearing a culturally taboo racing-stripe loincloth. This caused the tribal chieftain to blow a poison dart into my neck.

The poison paralyzed my entire body except for two fingers on my right hand, throwing me into a panic. How would I be able to play computer games on my laptop while I lay in the jungle waiting for the paralysis to lift?

Luckily, I had installed five games on my laptop computer that require only simple mouse-clicking to play, on the off chance that just such a situation would arise.

Without further ado, I bring you the top five games you can play if a poison dart paralyzes most of your body in the Amazon:

  1. Spear Toss (http://games.alentus.com)

  2. Among the Clouds (http://www.orisinal.org)

  3. Helicopter (http://www.ebaumsworld.com)

  4. Poke the Penguin (http://www2.gamesville.lycos.com)

  5. The Mouse Click Game (http://www.stupid.com)

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