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"The PSP Go is a toe in the download waters but it seems to have tripped and fallen." - maca2kx

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.

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Winner: maca2kx
Title: "PSPass Go, spend £200+"


Comment: The trouble with the PSP Go is that despite its marketing, it's still being treated like an alternate download-only version of the PSP; that is, not a separate handheld platform deserving its own recognition. A part of this is the lack of exclusive content, and another part is the lack of retailer support. As much as retailers stock their inventory with the hardware product, the floor space for the PSP Go just doesn't exist, as the PSP already has its own section and there's no reason to have an extra PSP Go section. A large portion of the market come from parents and casual gamers who walk into a store and wander about the shelves, and so to them, the PSP Go might as well not exist at all.

In fact, the number of hurdles that a person has to go through to justify getting a PSP Go is absurd at the moment. The system almost sounds like it was made for the developer and not for the consumer (read: you and me). You have to tolerate the extra memory card, the download-only prices and service, the absence of a UMD drive for their other PSP titles (and the UMD-to-digital conversion program has been nixed in the US), the lack of exclusive PSP Go titles, and the inability to sell the download games back or "return" them. At the steep price of $250 (you could get a PS3 for a little more than that), the PSP Go is not the best value purchase, either. Six months to a year from now, the PSP Go might be worth it, but right now, it's not a wise choice for a stocking stuffer.

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Runner-Up: LinksOcarina
Title: "Games Are Not Art: Response and Proposal"


Comment: I hold the viewpoint that anything can be classifed as art, whether it is by its mere existence or the all-encompassing concept known as subjectivity. If you can find meaning in a crack in the wall, then who is to say that it isn't art to you. The trouble is that people like to define art as something that many people agree is art, or like to compare the artfulness of two different things. On that note, I have played games that say something about humanity, which I believe is the purpose of human art. Most games are nothing more than money-grabs (and well, artists that don't make money aren't artists for very long), but there are a special few that changed me, that made me look at myself and my fellow kin with a deeper understanding and I feel I've become a better person by playing them. If that doesn't fulfill the requirements for art, then I find those requirements inhuman.

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Runner-Up: wildmario
Title: "Left 4 Dead 2 Boycott: The History and Its Downfall"


Comment: The boycott of Left 4 Dead 2 is the Internet variation of mob behavior, partically a crowd that forms together due to a common grievance. But since a mob on the Internet can't exactly get physically violent, it easily becomes a cesspool of trolls, flame wars, and hate speech disguised behind anonymity. It becomes centered around a group of people who are addicted to the immediate satisfaction of complaining and knowing that they can't be stopped (for the group was public). Really, if those same people truly stood behind the purpose of joining the boycott, they should be pointing their fingers at Super Street Fighter IV instead. Not surprisingly, they do not.
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