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From Barnes & NobleThe Barnes & Noble Review
If you just plug your PlayStation 2 into your TV and start playing, you’re missing much of the power and coolness Sony built into it. Brian Underdahl’s out to show you just how much your box can really do.
That starts with connections. Underdahl calls your attention to the A/V connections that can soup up your games’ reality quotient -- and shows how to connect your PS2 to your PC, so you can play even when Mom (or your little sister) is watching who-knows-what on the tube. You’ll find recommendations on programmable and wireless controllers, wheels and pedals, even light guns (though few PS2 games support them yet).
There’s also plenty of coverage of online gaming and networking (did you know you can hook six PS2s together via an i.Link hub?). Underdahl shows how to get all this stuff for no more cash than necessary -- and even how to use your PC’s hard drive as a huge PS2 memory card (which could also save you a bundle).
Plus, PS2 Blow the Lid Off includes chapters on cheat codes and hardware and on “void your warranty” mods -- with plenty of photos to help minimize the chances you’ll fry your machine. With Underdahl’s help, your PS2 is one hot box -- but you don’t want it quite that hot! Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.