Pin It
Favorite

High-Tech Tip 

by Marty Demarest


Sunscreen? Check. Bottled Water? Check. Swimsuit? Check. Home entertainment center? Um...


Going on a road trip or sending a kid away to summer camp isn't nearly as simple as it used to be. Even an afternoon spent escaping from the daily grind to go hang out on the water is filled with packing enough substance to guarantee that our collective cultural addictions are satisfied. It's the reason that coffee stands almost outnumber sunbathers, while billions of dollars have been spent making our telephones, music players and video devices smaller, faster and more portable.


When Nintendo introduced the Game Boy in 1989, there had been plenty of hand-held video game players around for years. But the Game Boy was a new concept -- a portable device that could play any game built for it that players plugged into it. Combined with the high standards Nintendo has always brought to its products, and bolstered by the addicting presence of the classic time-sink Tetris, the machine went on to sell more than 110 million units in its various incarnations.


Last year Nintendo took things one step further when it introduced the Game Boy Advance. Packing as much processing power as the classic Playstation, the machine also featured a larger screen than the Game Boy Color, and it played every game for the Game Boys that had come before it. And at $70, it still seems a bargain.


But in order to get the most out of your machine, a few additional investments would be wise. Nyko manufactures both a clip-on light (Worm Light) for the Game Boy Advance, and a rechargeable power pack (Shock 'N' Rock) that also makes the unit more comfortable to hold. At $10 and $20 respectively, the investment is small considering what you'll save yourself and your child in eyesight and batteries.


But what games do you pick up for it? Consider Tactics Ogre as perfect road-trip fare. It's a turn-based combat game, which means that armies attack each other at a leisurely pace, affording plenty of opportunity for tactical thinking or just doing something else between turns. It's beautiful, long-lasting and more than challenging. But if the fantasy world of Tactics isn't to your taste, try Advance Wars, which has similar gameplay with a military cartoon style. Of course, there are always the classics. Super Mario World brings the Nintendo original from the home console version with no loss in power. It's like having the entire entertainment center with you wherever you go.

  • Pin It

Latest in News

  • Age of Zaycon
  • Age of Zaycon

    Spokane Valley's Zaycon Fresh found a way to make millions selling meat — and now it's trying to make a lot more
    • Aug 26, 2015
  • Hazy Days of Summer
  • Hazy Days of Summer

    Smoke blankets the region; plus, Patty Murray on the proposed Iran deal
    • Aug 26, 2015
  • Brick by Brick
  • Brick by Brick

    Development continues in downtown Spokane; here are some construction projects that could change the city's urban core
    • Aug 26, 2015
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat
Saving Seeds: A Seed Library Event

Saving Seeds: A Seed Library Event @ Hillyard Library

Tue., Sept. 1, 6:30 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Marty Demarest

  • The Cowboy's Cowboy
  • The Cowboy's Cowboy

    A Canadian sings about the life —  not just the lifestyle — of the new West
    • May 15, 2013
  • Completing the Trilogy
  • Completing the Trilogy

    Mass Effect has finally arrived
    • May 23, 2012
  • Minecraft
  • Minecraft

    Adventure and survival too often give way to mindless crafts in this building-block simulator.
    • Feb 8, 2012
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Manufacturing Fear

    Spokane's Republican sheriff says members of his own party are dangerously dividing people
    • Aug 12, 2015
  • 'Flip of a Coin'

    A Spokane Valley deputy trained to spot stoned and drunk drivers is wrong nearly as often as he is right, blood tests from drivers show
    • Aug 19, 2015
  • More »

Top Tags in
News & Comment

Briefs


marijuana


Comment


Publisher's Note


BUSINESS


© 2015 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation