Magazine article Newsweek

Cyberscope

Magazine article Newsweek

Cyberscope

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HOT PROPERTY Now It's Your Turn to Build a 3-D World

The main character of Sony's dark Cloud ($50; Sony Computer Entertainment, scea.com) may look familiar to gamers who have played any of the Zelda games from Nintendo, which featured an elf named Link. In Sony's new role-playing game for the PlayStation 2, you play Toan, an elf who comes complete with the requisite green cap, pointy ears and doelike eyes. After a giant pig--yes, a giant pig--destroys his village, Toan is called on to rebuild it from scratch. This is the back story for one of the game's cooler features: you must now find and assemble various building components to create a new 3-D world that you can then explore. The rebuilding is an ongoing process, but while you labor away on that project the game provides numerous sub-plots. For example, several other characters join forces with you as you fight countless monsters in the game's randomly generated dungeons. Dark Cloud may not look very original but its unique game play sets it apart.

Michael E. Ryan GADGETS A New Tool for Couch Potatoes You are beyond lazy. If this description fits, then you may be the target audience for Casio's new Wrist Remote Watch ($129.95; casio.com), which puts an end to the tough task of hunting around for a misplaced remote control. Now you just strap it to your wrist. The device (it's so crazy we love it) is a universal remote, able to control 20 different pieces of electronic equipment at a range of up to 16 feet. …

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