I'm a last
minute Christmas shopper I admit it freely. I like to soak up the energy of
all those people running around scrambling for gifts. But it does have itsperils.
10-year old niece this year, I decided to get her
href="http://www.microsoft.com/games/zootycoon/zoo2/">Zoo Tycoon 2
href="http://www.microsoft.com/games/zootycoon/zoo2/">Zoo Tycoon 2for the
PC. She is starting to get interested in her uncle's favorite hobby, so I
thought I'd encourage it. Besides, she really enjoyed Zoo Tycoon 1 and she is
really good at managing the various aspects of a zoo in the game managing a
multitude of events and interrelated transactions is a skill that will be very
important as she grows up no matter what she chooses as a profession. Read
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the excitement I purchased the expansion pack not the original box. I didn't
realize this until Christmas Eve when it was too late to do anything about it.
Being clever, I thought I'd download it from
href="http://www.direct2drive.com/">Direct2Driveon Christmas morning.
Buying it that way meant that my niece's fun would only be delayed a fewminutes. Wrong!
doesn't license its software online yet. I contemplated downloading an illegal
copy in protest, but thought better of it. The next day I went and purchasedthe original and installed it for her. Of course, that wasn't the end of it.
2 is 3D and requires a 3D graphics card, which my brother's 2-year old Sony VAIO
did not have. I know because when I advised him what to buy back then, after he
assured me several times that no games would ever be played on this new PC, I
said he could save some money with integrated graphics. Luckily, the daze of
last minute Christmas shopping had worn off and I came prepared with an oldGeForce 3 video card I had in my stash of spare parts.
Once I got
the card installed and then the games, everything was fine and my niece washappy. And once again I was a hero.
of the story shop earlier, pay attention to what you are buying, and never
"save" money with integrated video. And never believe it when someonesays no games will be played on their PCs that's a delusion.
Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.