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GR Mailbag: Featuring The Fabulous Robert MacNichol !!

Posted on Friday, March 11 @ 19:00:00 Eastern by Duke_Ferris

I don't think we've ever had a mailbag before that featured only one person, but what can I say? Mr. MacNichol positively inspired us.

The following is an exact transcript of my bizarre email exchange this week with the mighty Robert MacNichol. After all, we are here to help, inform, and make fun of all of you. Enjoy!

Duke Ferris - Big Kahuna, Game Revolution

People Unclear On The Concept

From: "Robert MacNichol"
To: duke@game-revolution.com
Subject: Robert MacNichol

Hi,

My name is Robert MacNichol and this name is coming up on the Blair Witch Vol. II site at:

http://www.gamerevolution.com/cheat/pc/blair_witch_vol_2_coffin_rock

I'd like some explination as to how this happened. I want my name off your public domain and diconnected with anything relating to your business. Please advise Rob.

hi rob,

i'm sure you will be shocked to discover that you are not the only robert macnichol in the whole world. irvine valley college sure is recruiting the best and the brightest.

welcome to the internet.

d

I Never Expected A Response

From: "Robert MacNichol"
To: duke@game-revolution.com
Subject: Robert MacNichol

Dear dUKE,

Thank you for the reply. I know that there are probably lots of "me"out there. However, when folks type in my name to find me, they connect me with the Blair Witch crap that makes me look foolish--among my colleagues. This is not a pleasant experience. I am being placed in a detrimental position via your(?) web site. I am afraid we need to do something that seperates me from what you are doing. Welcome to the world of law & order?

What do you think I might do about this short of grabbing a fancy lawyer?

Rob

Rob,

Just to help you out with your grasp on reality, that page of ours that you have a problem with contains a description and walkthrough for a game called "Blair Witch Volume II: The Legend of Coffin Rock", which was a bad game made by Gathering of Developers in 2000. The game stars, apparently, you.

Since that story takes place during the Civil War, that must have been before your position as the Provincial Secretary of the Canadian Legion, your tour of duty in Vietnam, and your job as Director of the State Racing Bureau of Massachusetts. Also, sorry to hear about your divorce from Helen.

So let me sum this up for you: You are threatening to sue Game Revolution, an internet publication, because someone made a video game five years ago featuring a character who happens to have the same name as you. Awesome plan! Good luck with that.

If you actually win, I'll just pay for it using the money I win from the estate of Gene Autry for calling me an "unscrupulous gambler." Damn that singing cowboy! He's foiled my plans for the last time.

d

Are You Kidding Me?

From: "Robert MacNichol"
To: duke@game-revolution.com
Subject: Robert MacNichol

Thank you. I'm wondering if my name shows up on some NAMBLA site---which I won't even click on out of curiosity. I got a couple of lawyers--I know--looking into it now. Usually they say forget it. not yet on this one. You're probably on track when you imply I can shove it if I don't like it. I got a scathing bunch of e-mails calling me a whack job because this popped up when someone typed in my name. Damned embarrasing. I wasn't threatening to sue. I was asking for some solution other than that. If I do. And if I win big--hahahahahahahahaha!--I'll remember you and the site...and your pointer about reality. Someone got rich when they spilled a cup pf coffee in there lap at McDonalds. I ought to be able to get my name off a whack site don't you think? My favorite all time game was River Raid by Atari(?) as I recall. The only other one I like is Pong , oh! and Brick Attac k--on my cell phone. I know a lady who "became" a witch. Blair Witch wadda .... wadda.... I can't even think of the term. The VN thing is me. A Canadian liblosrer? Naw. Helen who? I get your point...never the less wish me luck. I may be paving new ground on the WWW.

Robert MacNichol

Hi Rob,

It never occurred to me before that anyone would equate "paving new ground" to what the rest of us call "filing frivolous lawsuits." However, when someone's personal hero is a woman who cannot manage to drive and drink coffee at the same time, who knows what bizarre assaults on society they might justify to themselves.

Anyway, needless to say, you won't be getting any names taken off our "whack site" which has 1.5 million monthly "whack readers."

This will be my last email to you, so thanks for writing in, and congratulations! Your name just gained a new entry on the internet... in the GR maillbag.

Sincerely,

Duke Ferris -- Whack Journalist and Unscrupulous Gambler


P.S. River Raid was a cool game, and it was made by Activision

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