Update: I was unfortunately not aware of Shamus Young's severe criticism of Fallout 3 available here to link in the original piece and I regret that. It dovetails rather nicely with what I've written and it's much better executed than my piece. I strongly recommend anyone...
From: "Paddy" (***@micron.net)
I need help...
Recently, I have been sitting in my room bored. Unfortunately,
my playstation just doesn't do it for me anymore. I tell myself
that I just wait and buy one of the new systems, however, I don't
even get excited about the idea. Am I growing out of video games?
Because you guys are adults and still playing, I'm asking you for
advice. What kind of a world has a seventeen year-old reading the
Wall Street Journal and neglecting to use his PSX? I need help!
Attention GR staff! We have
a code red emergency! A gamer is beginning to stray from the flock!
Looks like its time to
initiate The Mario Protocol:
Epsilon Niner. Ben,
I will prepare the air-tight Counter-Strike and Rune chambers if someone
can stock them full of cases of Mountain Dew, Skor bars and Xbox articles.
Quick! Someone get rid of
any recent Sega related news! We don't want to terrify the guy.
You'll be okay, Paddy. Just
hang on. Whatever you do, don't go towards the light. Repeat. DO NOT
GO TOWARDS THE LIGHT!
Ryu & Ken: Wanted Dead Or Alive
From: "Tom" (***@optonline.net)
Subject: I need help
Hi, my name is Tom, and I have been going to you're site for
quite a while. I have a question about fighting games,
specifically X-Men: Mutant Academy. I have read move lists
for several games, and did the same for this one, though not
at your site, because I could not find one here. I have seen
for this game and for many others a term that I do not
understand and have not been able to figure out on my own,
nor have I been able to get help with. It is a command called
QCF and/or QCB. I know these stand for Quarter Circle
Forward/Back, but I have no idea how to perform them, and
more specifically, how to execute a move in a game
successfully with them. I believe I have done some of these
moves, but I did it only because it was part of a flurry of
moves that was executed by pressing a series of buttons
frantically with no idea which ones were pressed or in what
order. (Real scientific approach, right?) I need some serious
help because Wolvie here (the character I am using) is getting
his butt handed to him by Mystique. This info would also be
applied to a series of games that I have like Bio Freaks,
Tekken 2 and Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi (I think).
Thanks in advance,
Ahh... the old "Quarter-circle"
moves. These have plagued gamers for years.
QCF is performed with one fluid motion by sliding your thumb from holding
Down to diagonally Down-Forward to directly Forward. As soon as your
thumb gets to the Forward position on the D-Pad, press the appropriate
For a QCB move, just substitute
'Forward' with 'Back.'
Many cheats or faqs are written with the QCF and QCB terminology, assuming
that the reader is familiar with the Street Fighter games. This
is where this whole cockamamie quarter-circle thing got started in the
Blame Ryu and Ken! We do.
Final Fantasy & Louis Armstrong.
From: "Stewart" (***@cableinet.co.uk)
Subject: final fanasy series reviews
Being an ardent games fan it annoys me when you rate a
game such as FF7 and FF9 as B+ but you rate all the fifa
series on the PS as A- i mean what is that about? Why do
you think FF7 always pops up at 1 or 2 on all time great
game lists. You call the story lines bad in the FF series
but i think that you get into them you guys must be
We are the few, the proud,
and the very hard to impress. We recognize a good game when we play
one and indeed, the FF games are good PSX RPG's.
GR just feels that the mythos is a bit disjointed. First you've got
this sci-fi theme, and then all of a sudden you're fighting a giant
house using magic. Or a combination sword-gun. Then you race around
on chickens. Huh?
Believe it or not, we don't
have anything against RPGs. In fact, many of us have played RPG's for
close to 20 years, dating back to the Bard's Tale games on the Apple
II. Some of the best games we've ever played are RPGs.
Maybe we just don't get FF7.
Maybe it's like trying
to explain to your
parents how Sisqo is a musical genius
and could have taught Louis Armstrong
a thing or two. Maybe.
We know how strongly everyone feels about FF7 and our less-impressed-than-everyone-else
review. You should see what it's done to Baldric, the author. He just
stares blankly at the wall all day, mumbling incohenrently about "fixin'
me some Chocobo stew."
Some Take It Harder Than Others.
From: "Fizban D Wizard" (***@hotmail.com)
Subject: So Very Sad
I just wanted to know if I'm the only person who wanted to
breakdown and cry like a little bitch with a skinned knee
when Sega announced they were going to stop Hardware
Fizban D Wizard
Maybe you were. We don't
But we do know that editor
Brian Gee shackled himself to a post outside the Sega offices across
the Bay screaming, at the top of his lungs, a sad, tear-soaked rendition
of We Are The Champions.
The interesting thing is
that he wasn't arrested for being a public nuisance. He was arrested
for indecent exposure. We tried to tell him those Sonic underoos didn't
Vikings Like Silencers!
From: Morphine (***@yahoo.com)
Subject: So we like to play CS?
After reading some of the previous mailbag letters and
responses, I noticed that GR seems to really like
Counter-Strike. I was wondering what servers you guys
play on, any particular servers? (I personally like
De_Dust because its the best map, not mentioning its
the fastest map my stinky, old, overdue PC can run) I
just thought it might be pretty interesting to see you
GR legends in action.
My name is Morphine(On CS, it will probably appear on
the left side of the headshot logo in the top right of
your monitor when I splatter your brains all over the
wall ;)), so if you ever see me, please say hi :).
What's up Morphine,
Yeah, you could say that
GR has taken a shine to CS. That would explain the fact that it's the
first thing we turn on in the morning and the last thing we turn off
at the end of the day.
We play on a variety of servers,
pretty much whatever pops up with a good ping and a cool map. However,
we're sick of de_dust and we hate having our head shot, so you probably
won't see Sal Magicpants around too often.