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"But don't call yourself a gamer if you're going to boycott new material: BUT YOU WANT NEW MATERIAL." - TheDiesel, GR Member

Since the link to the Vox Pop has been unceremoniously removed, it would only be just to relay the rules of the contest once more. Vox Pop is a contest where you, our GR members, write editorials as blog entries. During any given month, GR chooses several of these editorials to be featured in the Vox Pop box on the front page and as a worthy entry into the contest. At the end of that month, we will choose three winners from the list of Vox Pop entries, with two runner-ups given $25 (or US-equivalent) Amazon.com gift certificates and one winner given a $50 (or US-equivalent) Amazon.com gift certificate.

WInner: TheDiesel
Title: "Three Reasons why Left 4 Dead 2's Boycott is Stupid"


Comment: Boycotts don't work on premise and method. Not only do 50,000 signatures make an insignificant dent on the ultimate number of sales of a game like Left 4 Dead 2 will have, but the idea that a game will be bad based entirely on the short production time is foolish. Plenty of great games are released with an annual cycle and Valve isn't a company that would release a game that is mediocre by any means. In fact, I think a boycott on Valve for not releasing more games would make more sense. That's right, I want Left 4 Dead 3 NOW!!!

Runner-Up: Kijan
Title: "Games lead us into the apocalypse"


Comment: Studies that show the innocuous and positive effects of gaming are everywhere for anyone - who is willing to do the research - to find. Unfortunately, many political and media spin teams in America have built their viewership on the bubble market known as fear, that it is easier to use scare tactics and truth stretching than objective argument to sway and keep an audience. Technological xenophobia is a frequent target: Who is more susceptible to spin than people who have little understanding of foreign technology that children use when they're not looking. (OMG, something I can't control must be bad!) Coupled with the social stigma against nerds, introverts, and couch potatoes, video games get the bad rap by association, making spinsters that much more persuasive. And since research can be funded by political organizations or by colleges with political affiliations or by people with political motives, it's not surprising to find a wealth of publicized "nega-studies". It sucks, but that's how it is.

Runner-Up: TheWaffleKing
Title: "1 + 1 = Awesome"


Comment: If you send us one of those snazzy guitars, you win.



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