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The Gift of Game
Average Customer Review: 3.64 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (09 November, 1999)
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From Run-D.M.C.'s unlikely courtship of Aerosmith to Anthrax's union with Public Enemy, seemingly polar opposites have spawned a whole musical genre popularized by the likes of Korn, Limp Bizkit, and Kid Rock. Crazy Town's The Gift of the Game neatly slots into the rap-rock category. They obviously carry some clout, amassing an impressive guest roster for a debut album, including godfathers of the scene Red Hot Chili Peppers on stand-out track "Butterfly" and KRS-One on the storming "B-Boy 2000." As debut albums go, this is about as accomplished and cocksure as you get. --Helen Marquis ... Read more


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3-0 out of 5 stars A Good CD....
Ok, first let's get the bad stuff out of the way: everything you've heard about this band is true. They are a rap/metal band, one of their rapper/singers has a rather high-pitched voice, they are immature and oversexed, and they are a second-rate Limp Bizkit.

Now that that's out of the way, let's get to the point: they are actually (gulp) good. They are not my favorite band by any means, but they are worth a listen. For serious fans of this group, Crazy Town also have a cool song with Paul Oakenfold called, "Starry-Eyed Surprise". Just thought I'd mention that. Now, onto the tracks:

1.Intro - Stupid intro with some dude saying, "Crazy Town isn't evil, we just cause trouble and have fun. We're not evil, we're not good. We're in between." Psssh. Whatever, man. 2/10

2.Toxic - Standard rap rock track about rocking shows and kicking (...) Lots of cuss words, weird, sludgy beat to it. It's okay, but the rapper who sings the chorus has an irritating voice and lyrics are sub-par. 4/10

3.Think Fast - Song about living life in the fast lane. Pretty much the same, but the delivery is much better than on "Toxic". It has some cool DJ scratching and much better lyrics than the last song. Some unknown rapper guests on this one, his lines are great. 7/10

4.Darkside - Whoa, AWESOME! This album would be a perfect 10 if every song was like this! Catchy chorus, good rap lyrics, one of the 5 best tracks on the album. 10/10

5.Black Cloud - Another INCREDIBLE song with great lyrics. Speaks of depression and drug addiction with really great lyrics like, "Here comes the rain/I project my pain/trying to make sense of these crazy things/I'm a diamond in the rough/could I suffer enough?" and "a thousand cigarettes won't change the way we feel." Another one of the best 5 tracks. 10/10

6.Butterfly - If you've heard of Crazy Town, you've probably heard this song. This is their only real hit. It a kind of ballad with a funky beat sampled from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Funny lyrics about the perfect girl, the perfect love. It's cool, but there's a hard-rock remix of this song that I think is better than the original. One of the 5 best tracks. 9/10

7.Only When I'm Drunk - An immature, cheesy fun song about being drunk and doing things you wouldn't normally do. It's funny, not one of their best. 5/10

8.Hollywood Babylon - Standard rap rock track. Funny, trashy, everything you would expect. 7/10

9.Face the Music - A fight song with more bragging. (...) Some really cool lyrics about dancing with the devil, great track, nearly made it to the top five tracks. 9/10

11.Revolving Door - Alright, this is where their trashiness and machismo starts to get annoying. (...) This song is about one of the rapper needing a revolving door on his house because there are so many ladies coming in and out. He also brags about everything, from the size of his house (...) Bad song. 3/10

12.Players (Only love You When They're Playing)- This is the pure hip-hop track, and it RULES! If this track had got some airplay, it could easily have been their first single instead of Butterfly! The chorus has some great R&B female vocals. One of the best 5 tracks. 10/10

13.B-Boy 2000 - Another hip-hop track with KRS-ONE guesting. The rapping is great on this one! Great hip-hop beat with spiraling guitar riff! Catchy-(...) chorus that says, "I'm a bad-(...) b-boy 2 triple-O/a space-age hip-hop superhero!" One of the 5 best tracks. 10/10

14.(...) Man, sometimes rappers come up with the stupidest [work] for their intros and outros. 2/10

Anyway, this band is not bad, they are very catchy and they do have talent, but if you want teenage-minded, kick-(...) rap/metal, Limp Bizkit is the better choice over Crazy Town. If you want thought provoking metal, choose Tool. If you want rap, get Outkast. If you want the best rap/metal ever, get Rage Against the Machine. But if you want something catchy that has rap in it but also rocks, get some Crazy Town or Limp Bizkit.

Bottom line: for what this band is, they are great. 6/10

1-0 out of 5 stars WHAT THE ????
crazy crap, the gift of garbage and queers would be a more accurate title. I'm surprised RHCP didn't kick their ass. How much more unoriginal could a "group" be. Pretty little ditty from the Mother's Milk cd was much better. For one, it was meant to be instrumental, and all these fags did was put a bunch of stupid worn out lyrics and a stupid beat that wasn't even made by a drum in it that no one wants to hear, well say maybe a bunch of dumbass preps. Rap, by the way, is not even music. It's just a combination of ripped off music styles with a bunch of macho ignorant words written all over it. I'm glad to see alot of others who are RHCP fans like me agree with me. All you others, you are stupid, bulligerent dickwads and i feel sorry for you that you don't even know what music is

1-0 out of 5 stars Crappy Town
They dress like punks and play limp-wristed rap-rock. Lameness personified. ... Read more

Asin: B0000296JD


Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection
by Bill Watterson
Average Customer Review: 4.89 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 September, 1994)
list price: $14.95 -- our price: $10.17
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5-0 out of 5 stars Norman Bates Has Nothing On This Tiger
"Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat" takes us back to a time in our lives when the only thing we had to worry about was watching cartoons on Saturday mornings, how many pennies we had in our piggy banks, and whether or not our stuffed tiger was waiting around the corner to pounce on us.

Okay, so that last worry really belongs to six-year old Calvin. His best friend, Hobbes, the aforementioned stuffed tiger that comes to life when only Calvin is around, proves the old axiom "you can take the tiger out of the jungle but you can't take the jungle out of the tiger." Don't look now, but I think Hobbes is about to pounce on poor Calvin once again.

This book is a collection of daily and Sunday "Calvin and Hobbes" comic strips from the early 90s. It proves, and reminds us, of just how much we miss this strip in our lives each day. Most "Calvin and Hobbes" fans believe that Bill Watterson ended the strip well before its time. But both Calvin and Hobbes will live on forever through the various collection books like this oen.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great comic for fans of Calvin and Hobbes
Bill Waterson is argudably one of the best comic writers out there. Even through his retirement, he has made great books of past comics featuring his Calvin and Hobbes characters. I laugh and laugh at these comics he creates and I sometimes wonder how he comes up with such brilliant ideas sometimes with the storylines of some of the strips.

Calvin, one of his best known characters, is the trouble-making kid in the school. He is funny and imaginative and likes to make funa and games with his "real" pet friend Hobbes. Through the comics, you can see the relationship between a stuffed animal and a human.

In this comic though, Hobbes "comes to life" in Calvins eyes. The things that Calvin can sometimes get involved in is so hilarious and sometimes out of this world.

I guarantee that anyone that loves comics will fall in love with this one and should definitely buy this book to start their collection of classic comics.

All of Bill Waterson's comic books are very well done and very professional. His work is his life and it shows the time and consideration it took to make these characters come to life. Thank you Mr. Waterson for creating such a great comic and thatnk you people for reading my review!

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the last great newspaper comics...
Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes seems to be one of the last of the great newspaper strip panel comics. It's hilarious while also being insightful, poignant, and bitingly satirical. As most readers know, since Watterson has written it elsewhere, Calvin is named after John Calvin "a sixteenth century theologian who beleived in predestination". Hobbes also has a famous historical namesake in Thomas Hobbes, the seventeeth century author of "Leviathan" whose most famous saying is that life in a state of nature would be "Nasty, brutish, and short". From such a foundation, readers can expect more than a wacky strip full of slapstick, puns and sitcom-type pet or baby humor. There is much more, because Calvin and Hobbes, like all of the great comic strips, has depth. Reading just a handful of strips reveals this.

This collection from 1994 includes a great satire on conceptual art (Calvin tries to sell Hobbes a landscape in a Sunday strip); a great satire on corporate philosophy (Calvin ends up telling his mother that he needs to be subsidized); Hobbes sends Calvin anonymous insults in the mail ("Most people have secret admirers, you have a secret detractor"); "Stupendous Man" invades Calvin's class to take an exam in Calvin's place (he still flunks); one of the best is a single panel strip in which Calvin asks his parents "What assurance do I have that your parenting isn't screwing me up?"; There are also loads of Watterson's great Sunday strips. Watterson is definitely one of the last cartoonist artists that fully appreciated the boundaries (or lack of them) of the color Sunday strip. Calvin's imagined dinosaurs, aliens, parodies of "Judge Parker" type strips, and multicolor tiger battles are amazing works of cartoon art. It's difficult to find anything that even comes close on today's incredibly shrinking Sunday comics page.

Bill Watterson remains heavily elusive. What has he been doing since he voluntarily quit Calvin and Hobbes? Internet searches (at least cursory ones) don't elucidate much (one mentions that he is an intensely private individual - no doubt). Hopefully he's planning another amazing strip. Whether we hear from him again or not, in the end, we can be happy that he took up cartoonist's pen and graced the newspapers with at least one more great strip. ... Read more

Isbn: 0836217691
Sales Rank: 3325
Subjects:  1. Comics & Cartoons    2. Comics & Graphic Novels    3. General    4. Humor    5. Humor / General   


Crash Team Racing
Average Customer Review: 4.74 out of 5 stars
CD-ROM (27 March, 2000)
list price: $19.99
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PlayStation owners no longer need to borrow their friend's Nintendo 64 inorder to have a rollicking good old time racing virtual turbo-charged go-karts throughoutlandish environments. Crash Team Racing does an excellent job of re-creatingthat same thrill on the PlayStation.

Crash Team Racing has all the marks of the kart-racing genre, includingbig-headed characters driving diminutive go-karts, power-ups to increase speed and slowdown opponents, and thematic tracks with multiple paths for exploration. WhatCTR adds to the mix is fairness: tighter-turning cars are rewarded for precisiondriving, skillful jumping, and strategic placement of booby traps. Sure, the playing fieldis level, but the better the driver, the better chance he or she has of winning consistentlywithout any annoying "catch-up code."

The one-player game is wonderfully presented as an exploratory adventure, while themultiplayer mode is a split-screen must-play for anyone with a PlayStation (and, ofcourse, friends). Twenty-five tracks, 12 characters, and responsive control makeCTR the gotta-have racing game. --Jeff Young


  • Excellent kart control, including power slides, hops, and wheelies
  • Wide tracks encourage passing
  • High replayability, especially in multiplayer mode
  • Characters aren't as cute as those in Mario Kart
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5-0 out of 5 stars CTR - great fun racing game (mario kart for the playstation)
This game is one of those great games that are fun to play with family and friends, and the one that you always end up playing over-and-over. It's great for people who like Crash Bandicoot games or just like to have fun. It has many great features such as: aventure-race through worlds to collect trophies, talismans, and relics to enter boss races, championships, etc. arcade- 1 or 2 player: the racing with other characters in one of different 25 tracks or a cup race. plus you get to shoot the other racers with rockets, bombs, trap them, ram them, hit them, push them off the road, almost anything you want. vs. - 2player game with only each other to trick and beat this time. battle(a 2-player game) - great!!! battle it out in an area where players can shoot each other with boms or rockets, ram each other, using all the powerups, trap each other onto tnts, etc.

A great game for people of any age!!

5-0 out of 5 stars The king of PlayStation kart racers!
Crash Team Racing is simply the best kart-racer on the Playstation platform. Like other Crash Bandicoot games, it features vivid graphics, and a very smooth frame rate with not a trace of 3-D glitches or pop up.

But the real story here is that it's simply a blast to play. Nice tight controls enable you to zip around tracks of increasingly clever complexity . As a middle-aged inexperienced "kart racer," I found it required a fair amount of skill to win some of the whisker-close finishes. Other characters may toss a vial of nitro in your path, shoot you with a homing missile, or steal a power-up just before you can get to it--all while you're trying to do the same to them. This results in races where the lead changes hands several times before the finish. Every race is like a mini-epic with enough plot twists to get everyone in the room laughing.

Ignore the similar but vastly inferior "Speed Punks" and "Chocobo Racing." For replayability, generous number of tracks, smooth controls, and amazingly high fun quotient ... CTR is the one!

5-0 out of 5 stars CTR - One of the best racing games ever!!!
I bought CTR three years ago when it first came out and I am still playing it with my friends to this day. Everyone in my family enjoys it including my 4 year old sister and my mom and dad. You can get it for a great price now and it's worth every penny.
This game doesn't get boring because there are so many different modes you can play such as adventure, tournament, and battle. Battle is my personal favorite because you are in an arena with tons of different weapons like bombs,TNT boxes and homing missiles. With a multitap, up to four players can play this game at once, and that's when it really gets fun.
Everyone will enjoy this game and that's why I gave it a 5/5. Also I suugest to buy this Crash Bandicoot game instead of Crash Nitro Cart. ... Read more

Asin: B000034DCF
Subjects:  1. Video Games    2. Action and Adventure    3. Cars    4. Racing    5. CTR    6. Sony Playstation (Play station)    7. PSX (PS1 PSOne PS (1 one I)    8. Ground race racer racing car auto automobile    9. Race racer racing kart    10. Great Deals (Outlet store)   

Game Boy Color Console in Atomic Purple
Average Customer Review: 4.36 out of 5 stars
list price: $69.99
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2-0 out of 5 stars Small non-backlit screen, not good, I'm not happy
All N2gether now, The Game Boy color brought to you by the folks at Nintendo. Let me tell you. I owned the first Game Boy. It was fun and at the time seemed like a technological feet. This was the era of tiger toy games with 3 possible moves on the whole game. Stand in the middle left or right. It came a long way since the red LED games. In those days you had to be ingenious to create a game with only a few LEDs. Now it seems you can place the latest child marketing on a game and call it a day. The color game boy still suffers from a poor screen that must have overhead lighting at the most perfect angle. Didn't Nintendo learn? It's the lack or backlighting on the original that has most of us wearing glasses. It was, and still is horrible. It's like watching sea monkeys write calligraphy. What's next extreme hopscotch! Is a rechargeable battery to much to ask? Was Sega Game Gear so bad? Do yourself and your child a favor and buy some other nice product from Amazon.com

3-0 out of 5 stars Ok..... but not as good as ngpc.
I got this system last year and it worked fine until a month ago. then the sound blew out. Also the graphics on many games suck. Still it's a hardy system and I would recommend buying it if you like a classic look in color, but if you want something with good graphics, nice small comfortable size, and a motherload of great games, buy an NGCP(neogeo pocket color).

3-0 out of 5 stars Way Too Overrated
Gameboy Color is minor improvement from it's 1996 cousion the gameboy pocket. The system may be in color but as the other reviewers said the colors are some what faded and are pale-like.
The batteries last longer than the Gameboy pocket's which is a good thing they last about 10 hours. There are exclsive games for that cannot be played on the black and white gameboys so there's another plus.
The screen isn't as dark as people seem to say I myself don't have any problem seeing it but thats probley because I'm only 12 also the gameboy advance (original) is wayyy darker than this.
Sorry if this review wasn't that helpful but in the end I'd get ether a gameboy pocket or a Gameboy advance Sp. ... Read more

Asin: B00000J97G
Sales Rank: 3145
Subjects:  1. Video Games    2. Hardware    3. Game Systems    4. Nintendo Game Boy (Gameboy)    5. Console   

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