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: ??? (***@aol.com)
Subject: Death to them all!!!
Hey GR i have a problem that needs to be resolved. First of
all there has been a lot of competition between competition
between the Dreamcast and PS2 and thats cool. I mean
playstation was the first with the cd game idea. I'm happy
their actualy getting what they diserve and well i just love
my sony playstation so i thats cool that their in the running
for game system name. What really pisses me off is that xbox
this gamecube that inderma bullsh*t. First of all nintendo
just gay which they proved with the games hey Pikachu and
Banjo Kazzoie or whatever. Microsoft and the inderma whatever
the hell that is. Well i just think that Microsoft should
stick to their computer crap and inderma should just @##$
off. I dont think that Ps2 and DC should lose all of their
money to this new competition. Those new systems are really
going to have to prove themselves because they really just
piss me off.
P.S there is WAY to much competition in this generation of
systems dont you agree? DC and PS2 supporters come together
Dear Writer Incognito,
As the response
to the first letter from last week's Mailbag clearly states, console
competition is fierce. We too agree that not all of these new toys are
However, young prophet, your
reasoning is a bit off the mark.
Sega, not Sony, was the first
to sport the new CD format for games. Long live the Sega CD!
And what's with all the hostility
towards Nintendo, Indrema and Microsoft? Wait, scratch that last one.
Your anger, while amusing,
just isn't well founded. Variety is the spice of life, and these other
systems could result in some terrific games...and that's what this is
all about, remember?
"L" Is for Literacy...
From: "Hanan Davidson" (***@hotmail.com)
Subject: I would like to bet an editor
I would like to be an editor for your website Game Revolution.
I am experianced and will work hard. I can get most games right
when they come out, and am I very experianced typist. In the futur
I plan to work for Electronic Arts. I would appriciate it if you
could e-mail me back.
U most furt lern to spel.
Teh last thin u want two do when appyling for a editorill job is sned
n a job rekwest full of speling errors.
However, once you've been
given the position, feel free to defenestrate that dictionary!
From: Hibidah Jibidah (***@icestorm.net)
Subject: My watch is broken so i hooked it up to my toaster
and dracula is gonna eat me!
HEllo Sal magic PAnts I need your help! My watch broke so i
hiooked it up to mey toaster and it made everything sparkly
like a MR. Sparkle comercial! Now dracula is here and he
wants to kill me and I am like no! S o sal magic pants has
to help me by fixing my watch I hear he is good mechanic and
Drcaule says he doesnt like watches and that he is gonna die!
ANd this morning i think my sand-filled gecko from hawaii told
me to use lip balm on my keyboard to make me superman. I hthink
i mighht try it it sounds foun. Did you see little nicky? I
like that movie! I like to watch dragon ball z i think it warps
my mind and i can take giant eagle receipts to school for
extra credit! Uh oh my alarm clock is ringing i think i should
go to sleep it is 6 o clock already!
Thanks for your help sal!
your biggest fan, Cration
Dear Mr. Jibidah,
I hate it when that happens.
Editor or Rocket Scientist!
Subject: Job Letter
Hi. Im Casey from Oklahoma. I would like to ask if you had
any job that you might concider someone like me to do.
I'm 15 and experienced in Windows, Macromedia Flash, Fireworks
and Dreamweaver. And also in Adobe Pagemaker 6.5, Microsoft
Frontpage and Powerpoint, and very experienced in HTML and
Thank for the time,
Unfortunately, we are not
currently hiring. And even if we were, those are some impressive qualifications
for a 15 year-old.
In fact, you're overqualified.
If we hired you, the monkey colony that currently writes our reviews
would feel inadequate. Wait...do
you know much about monkeys? We could always use someone to look after
Living In Paradise
From: Aj & Mary-lyn (***@mail.com)
I would just like to comment about your site. I find it more
informative than every other game site. It is better than the
Playstation magazine I buy each month and the reviews are more
accurate than most in any form of publication! It is a true gamers
website. Keep up the outstanding work and in return I will
continue to recommend this site to people like myself.
If I could offer some interesting advice it would be this:
To really set your website apart from any and all competition,
develop a parents section which would inform parents about game
ratings and go more in-depth about the amount of violence in each
game you review. Heck, you could even add that as a part of your
reviews. Say, give each game a value from 1 to 10 with one having
virtually no violence and ten having an excessive amount of
violence. Even describe what type of violence players will be
exposed to during game play. Sure it may be a bit of extra work
but think of the praise and increase in fans and support you could
get. Also, the benefits of doing this would most certainly be that
you would be showing the world that you care about what information
goes into the minds of the world's youth and that you want to help
do something about it. Retailers aren't even doing that much so it
would be nice to see a website go out of it's way a little bit. I
am not part of any organization nor am I any kind of political
activist. I am just a parent.
Anyway thats my thoughts. Again, I love the site. Good Work!!
Thanks for the kind words.
We're glad you like the site. However, we wouldn't touch your violence
rating plan with a ten-foot pole.
While we understand that
violence in video games has become a big issue, we're not in the business
of rating violence. The staff of Game Revolution is comprised of experts
regarding video games, not violence. What we consider violent here at
GR could differ greatly from what parents consider offensive or acceptable.
In fact, I can almost guarantee that it does.
Currently, ESRB (Entertainment
Software Ratings Board) ratings are stamped on every single video and
computer game that makes it to retail shelves. The ESRB determines whether
a game recives a KA, E, T, MA, or AO rating, and does so for the whole
video game industry.
We feel that this, combined
with the fairly obvious text indicators on a game box, is enough to
give parents a good idea about the amount of violence each game contains.
A game called Resident Evil should set off more alarms in a concerned
parent's mind than, say, Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue.
We prefer to mention video
game violence only if it's deserving. Some games (like Soldier
of Fortune) contain violence as a main feature, and we'll treat
it as such in our review. But in most games, the violence level is only
an issue if you make it one.
We're as concerned with the
violence prevalent in today's youth as anyone, but it isn't our job
to determine how violent the games are. Ultimately, that job comes down
to the parents.