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...
Since this is the last mailbag
of the year, we decided to take a quick look back at some of our favorite mailbag entries of 2001. Sometimes we have waaaay too much fun with
With no further ado...
Game Revolution Wanted
From: "Karl Norby" (***@hotmail.com)
Subject: GR people
How do you get involved with GR, i have been to many game
sites and by far this is the best. I would like to get in
on the action.
"How do you get involved with GR?"
Aren't you in a hurry? Well
hold on, tiger! GR isn't like those other mags you've
been "involved" with. Don't you want to know a little more
Here's a recent ad we ran in the local personals:
Independent Online Magazine seeks soulmate to share deepest
intimacies. I am an intelligent, buxom, 5' 7" beauty of a mag.
I consider myself athletic, bubbly and brilliant. I'm attracted
to people who are very critical and can speak their mind.
I also enjoy Indian food and Tom Hanks. I dislike bad reviews,
buggy games, Belgium, illiteracy, and switching servers.
Capable PC and a copy of Counterstrike a plus.
If you feel like you have
what it takes to satisfy a popular, sultry magazine,
please respond to email@example.com
The History Of GR
From: "Cris Pina-Gautier" (***@tampabay.rr.com)
Out of curiousity, I just had a couple of questions about
this web site. First, I was wondering how all of you came
to work at this prestigious site? Secondly, do you guys
have an office or do you all work seperately? And finally,
how did you get into this field of work? If you could
provide me with some answers, I'd greatly appriciate it.
Our history is well-chronicled,
though to save space, here's the Cliff Notes...
In the early 90's, each GR
editor was snatched from his respective home and sold into a life of
servitude. We were subjected to the most heinous of all injustices -
we were forced to say good things about bad games.
Day after day, year after
year, we were constanly ordered by our ruthless overlords - deemed "ad
sales guys" - to reward crappy games with great grades simply because
"they bought a lot of space this month."
At last, one among us could
endure the atrocities no longer. Duke "William Wallace" Ferris
rose up against our oppressors to lead a starving, malnourished brigade
of disheveled editors to a bloody victory, and on to freedom.
In honor of the gaming revolt,
Duke and the surviving editors formed the now indomitable Game Revolution.
However, we're constantly
in danger of being discovered and captured by our old masters. Hence,
we all work from the same location in a bunker 100 feet underground,
bringing new meaning to the term "pasty geeks."
When Princesses Go Bad
From: "???" (***@aol.com)
Subject: Why did they change?
I just first got my computer 2 months ago and didn't know where
i could get good video game tips, reveiws, and codes.Then
somebody in a chat room told me about you guys. since then I
haven't been to another video game website. Anyway, my question
(not to sound corny,just curius) why did they change the names
years ago on the Mario games. Like Princess Toadstool became Princess
Peach. And Koopa is now Bowser. How come Luigi is not in his games
Thanks for the help.
Ah yes, we too know this
strumpet who poses as royalty. She's wanted by every law enforcement
agency from Klendathu to Britannia. We
don't think Nintendo changed her name - we think she's doing it to avoid
the long arm of the law.
We checked the GR criminal
databse and came up with this dossier:
The Terror of
Suffers from acute Schizoid personality disorders, including Multiple
Personality Syndrome. Obsessive/Compulsive behavior triggered
by irrational love of Italians and a pronounced fear of turtles.
Last seen in Paper Mario. Current location unknown.
If you see her in your area,
contact your local authorities. DO NOT try to capture this harlot alone,
as she may be armed and dangerous.
We're # 1!
From: "Andy Everson" (***@ricelake.k12.wi.us)
Subject: Hats and Shirts
Hey, when are you guys gonna make some GR hats, shirts,
and other paraphernalia? I have really enjoyed you're
site for three years now, and want to show everyone that
I'm so fixated on which company I like that I pay the
company to advertise its products. Just kidding, by the
way. But seriously, let me know when I can order some of
that crap from you.
Thanx in advance,
We agree - it would be great
to have our readers roaming the streets as walking ad campaigns, shamelessly
plugging the mighty
But we don't want to crank
out the same old tired merchandise you find everywhere (shirts, hats,
pens, etc.). We are trying to think a little outside the box here.
And if you're extra special
good, we might even send you one
of these, provided we find another willing donor.
Remember who loves yah, baby.
In The Mouth of Madness!
The GR Surgeon General has deemed the following email to be "Toxic"
and extremely hazardous to one's health. Extended exposure can lead
to cecity, baldness and the brain bursting from the back of one's head.
This letter may also result
in severe defects, such as complete nescience or a compelling urge to
cut off large chunks of flesh. Please avoid if pregnant!
From: "Akab" (***@libero.it)
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as to find these weapons a lot upgraded thanks
By the way, this is the finest
letter we've ever received. You get a gold star, arm ass.