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...
Subject: PS2 or Xbox
I say that Xbox is better he says that PS2 is better and it makes
me angry when this happens. Do you have any suggestions on
what I could say or do to him to make him realize the truth.
Dear Unfortunate AOL Subscriber,
Hmmm...how to get your friend
to "realize the truth." Creepy. Didn't this
guy try that?
Still, the toothpicks in
the eyes seemed to work well on our
friend Alex, so maybe that, coupled with about 24 nonstop hours
of Halo, would make a
believer out of him. Or burn his copy of GTA
I Hear You Can Play CDs On Your Tape Deck!
From: "Allen and Sandra Robertson" <**********@hotmail.com>
Subject: XBOX INFORMATION
Dear Gamerevolution Staff,
Is it true, that for Xbox that you can buy some kind of special
hardrive chip, making able for you to play PS2 games in your
Xbox system? If so, how would that special chip cost? Because,
I'm trying to figure out which one I want, PS2 or Xbox.
It would be greatly appreciated If you responed soon.
- Ian Robertson
We're going to go with a
big NO on this one. Call it gut instinct, or maybe that fact that this
would be such a horrendously illegal thing that Sony would sue the pants
off of any one even pretending to talk about it. So shush.
You Get An A!
From: "Random D'Alder"
Subject: Intelligent Mail
I read last weeks (4/29) and was quite pleased with
the questioning of certain...artistic issues. Now I'm
not the best speller myself, but I think it's
important to make an effort. And by the way, as only a
recent GR site-goer, why in the world do you paste
such weird pictures under the names of the game
reviewers? Are you all slightly bent?
Why thanks! Yeah, we feel
that basic spelling and grammar skills are sadly overlooked, as evidenced
by the incredibly rough e-mail we receive here on a daily basis. A typo
is one thing, but replacing
every "S" with a "Z" is another.
-GR, who totlly onwz j00,
P.S. We're not bent, we're
You Get An F!
From: Matt Franson
Subject: grammar and subscriptions
ok, i have been a reader of your site for a long time.
but with all the new consoles and games coming out, your
site just doesnt give me the info i need! i am an ign
insider also, $25 a year, wow what an investment!!!!
you guys just dont supply the info i need anymore, your
reviews still kick major ass though (even though you do
only update once a week).
i just got done reading your mailbag, and had to chucle
to myself when i read the e-mail about bad grammar and
how people on the internet have no education. as you can
tell in my letter, i dont use correct punctuation and
dont even spell all words right. i do however, get
straight As in english (honors i might add). since i
dont capitalize words in an informal e-mail does that
make me dumb and uneducated? now if i was writing a
formal e-mail to you, i would prolly check over my
spelling and put it in the correct format. do you
care? now that i dont capatalize words do you think im
keep up with the great reviews and lay off the pointless
remarks about perfect english.
Juste two proof are pointe,
were wrighting yu bak misseplling everey wurd. Dose itt mayke uss luk
dummb? Hay, wee gett strate A's iN skool two soo r wee dummb? wee thinq
itt maykes uss lok stoopid whut doo yu thinke?
He's Real! He's REAL!
Dear GR --
I am sick to death of hearing people bitch and
moan about the size of the X-Box controller. I find
the Playstation and GameCube controllers to be
pint-sized and foolishly designed; the standard X-Box
controller, in contrast, is actually substantial. You
don't have to worry if you accidentally drop it. It
reminds me of the old Genesis controller. The other
controllers are perfect if you are 6 or have surgeon's
fingers, but most other people are at a distinct
Why you would recommend the Type S controller to
anyone is beyond me. Is this thing really necessary?
For some reason I don't think the majority of gamers
have extrodinarily large hands, but it is my experience
that the normal controller is managable. Forty dollars
is better spent on something worthy, like Mr. T or a DVD
copy of the Outlaw Josey Wales. Something that shows
you've got some balls. Not some fruity little Ms.
version of the X-Box controller.
Better yet, if you've got enough cash to burn it not
only on an X-Box but also on a midget controller, just
give me the $40. I'll bust your standard controller
apart, and you can use your geek knowledge to rewire it
into as small a control pad as you see fit. Everyone
walks away happy.
Remember what Rambo says:
"I could've killed them all. I could've killed you.
In town you're the law, out here it's me. Don't push it.
Don't push it or I'll give you a war you won't believe.
Let it go. Let it go."
These are words to live by.
Dear Unfortunate AOL Subscriber,
First off, we're impressed
that you write so well...for a BIGFOOT.
We figured those enormous hands of yours would make it hard to type
without smashing all the keys, but your letter is pretty clean. Perhaps
you took some typing lessons after making all that money from your old
TV show and line of action
However, we think you're
sort of missing the fact that just about everyone else in the world
- everyone who isn't an Abominable
Snowman like yourself - finds the Xbox controller to be rather large.
Though it's great for basketball stars and Marlon Brando, it's too heavy
for the rest of us.
S is a terrific alternative for all of us human gamers with normal
sized hands, not to mention the human children with even smaller hands.
It's compact without losing any of the good, solid bits of the original.
But to each his reach, and
if you like the enormo standard controller, then have fun. Just don't
invite us over to your house
for any gaming.