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: "wanna know? yes whyno?"
Hi, well hi had been reading about a videogame (a rpg),
that the gamecube, and sega, are getting in secret, but
i dont know if they are working on it, or if all is
bullsh*t. and i was asking my self if you could
investigate about it.
Yeah, we know all about
it, but we can't tell you. However, we will say that it features characters
and things, as well as stuff and, like, guys who totally kick ass. It's
also rumored to contain graphics and sound. And it's got these places
in it, oh man, these places that look like places you've never been
People Are Strange...
From: "Amanda McDonald"
tell duke to write me back, please, cap't caveman.
what was the name of his parrot?
Duke's parrot's name is Milton.
Now please obey the restraining order.
Hey! Keep Out Of The Finger Paints!
From: "Daniel Welch"
Subject: I got a cool pic! (I made it meself)
I drew this cool pic
of old boy Maxie Payne gone bad. Hope ye likes it!
Written and edited by,
Er, thanks! That's a, uh,
well, great picture! We really like the way it looks nothing like Max
Payne! That shows imagination, or something!
From: Jeremy Racicot
Subject: Terrible grammar & spelling in letters
Heya. I'm a regular visitor of your website; I always
check it out to see what new reviews have been posted.
Your reviews are always informative and truly
hilarious. I also check out the mailbag from time to
time, and 95% of the time each letter seems to be
plagued with copious amounts of bad grammar,
horrendous spelling, and usually dumb arguments. What
I'm asking is, does it ever drive you insane, all
these letters from people who don't know how to write
properly? Whenever I look at reader reviews and forum
posts, when I see this sort of bad writing, it makes
me sick that so many gamers aren't coherent enough to
take the time to type something that doesn't look like
it was typed by a 5-year old. Got anything to say
about this? I'm out. Thnaks for your time.
P.S.: Oh yeah, do all these letters about pornographic
content in games by so many sicko readers bother you
Dear Grey Fox,
Thanks for the spell-checked
letter. Indeed, much of the e-mail we recieve features, uh, colorful
spelling and, er, creative grammar. When you consider that about
50% of the online community has the educational background of a ham
sandwich, you don't really expect much.
But rather than let it get
to us, we just file it under "artistic expression." It's not
misspelled, it's just spelled differently! These people aren't
morons, they're simply grammatically challenged!
We gotta get out of Berkeley.
The Times,They Are A Changin'...
From: Alex Noble
Subject: IGN...no , Gamespot...No, Gamerevolution...Yes!
The idea of subscribing to a website is so shockingly
foreign to me. In my mind it is a buisness practice
of porn sites and investment newsletters that give bad
stock tips. So I go to Gamespot, see the news story
about Gamespot Complete, take the site off of my
favorites list, and vow never to go there again. You
now are my only refuge against the onslaught of evil
pay for content video game sites. Just promise me you
won't pull that crap on us.
Do You Yahoo!?
Yahoo! Games - play chess, backgammon, pool and more
Thanks for the compliment.
We hope to never have to resort to subscriptions or donations...but
the Internet is rapidly changing.
Running a game website isn't
as easy as it was when we started back in 1996. Advertising revenue
simply doesn't cover costs, which means we all have to come up with
other ways to make money. We don't say that out of greed, we say that
out of very straightforward business needs. For instance, it's important
for GR to pay the electric bill.
If it was up to us, we would
never charge any of you a dime to read any part of GR, and with some
luck, you'll never have to.
But in case you wake up one
morning, surf over to GR and find a "donation" button or "subscription"
field, please don't hate us for it. We'd only be doing it becaue it's
either that or pull the plug. After all, we've been free for 6 years...