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Wesabe the best thing ever



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I used to go through all my transactions one by one and enter them into a spreadsheet after giving up on the version of Quicken that came with my Mac a long time ago. It was a long process, but necessary to know how much my wife and I are earning and spending every month. With Wesabe, what used to take me hours now takes about 10 minutes.


GTA IV worth the wait

Without question one of the most anticipated games of the year is the newest installment in the Grand Theft Auto series, GTA IV (www.rockstargames.com/IV/), which hit the shelves on April 29. It’s estimated that the title will sell about nine million copies in the first few weeks, which at $60 a pop translates to $540 million in sales — bigger than any movie box office we’ve seen in many years. That would also make it the best selling game of 2008.

The title is also closely followed by controversy as pundits forget that this is a game that is created and rated for adults. Of course many, many, many teens will probably get copies of the game somehow, but we can only assume that parents, if not completely ignorant at this point about what GTA is all about, are condoning the game as mostly harmless. Stealing cars made out of pixels and mowing down polygon pedestrians doesn’t translate to stealing actual cars and mowing down actual pedestrians.

Besides, while the games do glorify crime to a certain degree (though no more than movies or television), I love the GTA Games for their biting social commentary — they’re the ultimate dark comedies that amplify the very worst in our crass, money-hungry society, and from what I’ve seen this latest GTA edition is nothing short of awesome. The graphics are amazing, the missions are diverse, and there’s an unbelievable online component, and there’s even a new first person shooter view mode for the trickier battles.

I’m getting a copy. Hopefully Rogers Video can keep up with the early demand in Whistler.


Website of the Week

www.miniclip.com/games/bloxorz/en/ — I followed a random Digg.com link promising the best strategy game ever, and damned if it didn’t deliver. I started getting stuck on Stage 6, sweated through to Stage 11, and there are 36 stages to get through.

The game also tracks the number of moves it takes you to solve all the puzzles, forcing you to really sit and think if you want to lower your overall score.