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This is another article from Blistered Thumbs I wrote, back from the dead after being buried in the way-back machine. I posted this back in April of 2013, and many of the issues present seem to be prevalent right now in some cases, namely the decrees of sexism and misogony. Considering current...
Subject: response to sweet jelly nutts
In the November fifth mailbag,
a letter was posted from someone by the tag of sweet jelly
nutts. They complained bitterly about the review of The Crow,
as done by Duke. Here is an independent response:
If you can not learn how to use the English language, maybe
you should not write letters. To anyone. Ever.
On another note, I'm currently talking my wife out of
storming to GR compound. Not that she's angry, it's just
that she has never stormed anywhere before. So if she turns
up, just humour her, please.
Thank you for voicing the
thoughts of the collective GR brain. We don't understand our readers'
crazy moon language half the time, either.
Ah, don't worry about your
wife. She'll be safe...this time. Last week some big fat guy
with a thick mustache and an Italian accent came by and jumped on all
our rabid man-eating Goombas. Plus, our Anti-Women
Security Task Force is on vacation so they could begin their week-long
Gamecube preparedness campaign.
Your wife can try storming
GR, but since we really don't have much in the way of guards right
now, it might not be a very satisfying storm.
Get A Life.
From: "Billy P."
Subject: What's this life for?
What's the meaning of life?
Honestly, we've never understood
life: "The property or quality that distinguishes living
organisms from dead organisms and inanimate matter, manifested in functions
such as metabolism, growth, reproduction, and response to stimuli or
adaptation to the environment originating from within the organism."
Or are you asking about this
Life? Because we have no
idea what the meaning of this is, except that you shouldn't eat too
many of the little plastic people or cars.
I Pledge Allegiance...
From: "Derek Powelson"
I was just comparing the specs. on the Gamecube and
the X-box. (or trying to) It seems to me as far as
power goes, the X-box is much faster. But processing
power isnt everything. But again, X-box is using a
DVD for media, where Gamecube is only using a 1.5 GB
disc. Not to mention that X-box has a buttload of
games ready for release with the system. As far as I
know it seems as though the X-box has the upperhand.
However, Nintendo is known for doing more with less.
I mean, look at Goldeneye. People are known for
buying a N64 just for a select few games, simply cause
the replay value is so high. Being a Sega fan myself
and painfully watching them drown in the market that
was once their forte was very difficult indeed. Had
they done a few different things, they could've
avoided all this. Now that they are gone as a console
competitor, My loyalties lie at Nintendo. I fear that
they might be shooting themselves in the foot just like
sega did. I have played a few titles on X-box and just
as i feared, they were great. :*( Of course the PS2
will be around for awhile, i have no doubt. But do you
think that the gamecube will cut it? 3 consoles dont
tend to last,I for one keep my loyalties and do not
sell out. It would sadden me to think that the Nintendo
and Sega were out of the game. :*( -Derek P.S. - When
I decide to buy a Gamecube I want to know that it has
a longlife. And can expect good games to be made for
it for years to come. Please write me back and tell
me what your guy's view is on this subject.
is pretty interesting, and we thought we understood what you were talking
about until you started spouting off about misplaced loyalties.
We understand that in the
past, gamers have preferred one system over another and in turn, one
company over another. But most of this stems from the fact that you
have a Genesis instead of a SNES, and you want your Genesis to rule,
so you become a fan of Sega games.
What we do not understand,
however, is the kind of hardcore brand loyalty we see in so many gamers
that ends up overriding their own common sense.
What if another company makes
better looking games that are more fun to play, while your loyalties
lie with an inferior company? Do you stick with that company even though
they suck? Or do you broaden your horizons and check out some other
We say, start broadening.
Loyalty is great, but only if it's appreciated. What do you get for
your allegiance to Nintendo, not including all the schoolyard
They don't pay you to play
their games. They don't invite you to their big parties and shower you
with affection. They run their company in much the same way as Sega
and Sony and Microsoft with marginal differences. Keep in mind, these
are all multimillion dollar companies running rampant with sketchy bureaucratic
Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo
- none of them really care how many playground brawls you get into while
defending their honor. Do you think Billl is going to lose the slightest
bit of sleep if someone buys both an Xbox and a Gamecube?
This isn't feudal Japan we're
talking about here, people. Loyalty has absolutely nothing to do with
good games. Back the system that you feel offers you the best gaming
Now we return you to your
regularly scheduled Mailbag, already in progress.
The Unfortunate Want To Know.
do u reply with dear unfortunate aol subscriber wenever
some1 who has aol sends mail to u guys?...thanx gr
Dear Unfortunate AOL Subscriber,
Subject: GameCube Progressive Scan
My name is Tom, i have e-mailed u before. Um could
you answer a few questions for me please? 1st do u think a
component cable is necesarry for a gamecube, and if so how
much will it cost? 2nd What is the gamecubes progressive scan,
and when i get my gamecube, how do i use it?
Duke doesn't play games anymore
- he's too busy skimming money off the top. So we'll answer in his stead.
1. do u think a component cable is necesarry for a gamecube...
You'll be pleased to know
that the Gamecube games look sensational with just your regular AV hookups.
A component cable wouldn't hurt, obviously, but it's definitely not
2. ...how much will it cost?
Unless Nintendo has their
own component cable, our guess would be to check with Interact
(they're pretty quick with the cables) to see when their third party
component cable ships.
3. What is the gamecubes progressive scan...
We know you're
not supposed to answer a question with a question, but...HUH?
Is that one of those inane nerd questions that have about as much relevance
as "which system stays crunchier in milk?" Probably!
are you're wondering about its ability to play on HDTVs (yes, telepathy
is a GR employee prerequisite). We aren't 100% positive, but we think