Phantasy Star Portable 2 review: Grind. Loot. Rinse. Repeat.

Phantasy Star Portable 2[originally posted at Total PlayStation]

Phantasy Star Online was one of the first games I played online. My buddy and I dialed our Dreamcasts onto the Internet using his family’s two phone lines to play together in the same house, and I was instantly hooked. Several spinoffs, sequels and systems later, Phantasy Star Portable 2 brings a very familiar experience to Sony’s PlayStation Portable, along with some updates that hope to freshen up the franchise.

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Disable store links in iTunes 8 Windows version

I wrote this because I couldn’t find clear instructions for disabling the annoying store links in the Windows version of iTunes 8.

  1. Close iTunes.
  2. Browse to the iTunes application data folder.
    • In XP: C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes
    • In Vista: C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes
  3. Back up and edit iTunesPrefs.xml with your XML editor of choice.
    1. Search for the following code:
      <key>User Preferences</key>
      <dict>
    2. After the <dict> tag in the previous step, paste the following:
      <key>show-store-arrow-links</key>
      <data>
      AA==
      </data>
  4. Save iTunesPrefs.xml.
  5. Open iTunes.

The video arcade lives on in Austin

Einstein's Arcade

1985-2008

[originally posted at Sega Nerds]

Austin, Texas — Einstein’s Arcade was a popular hangout for enthusiasts and casual players alike, with a variety of games and extremely convenient location right on the edge of the University of Texas campus. It was practically an Austin landmark; one of the few constants on the Drag since 1985, as stores changed and restaurants moved over the years.

On January 1, 2008, Einstein’s Arcade closed down.

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