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posted by: Matt James
date posted: 10:18 AM Sat Sep 17th, 2005
last revision: 01:14 PM Sat Sep 17th, 2005

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Click to read.Hi Kids!

Some exciting things have happened in gaming since the first installment of the GF! Mailbag. Microsoft has decided to replace the X on the Xbox 360 with a bullseye by declaring it nearly unhackable. In an attempt at unification Sony SCEWS with their name a bit, and Team Xbox has deciphered the meaning of life, for gamers that is. And IGN has sold out. Again?

But you guys didn\'t want to talk about any of that. Shawn\'s editorial on Why Graphics Matter got one particularly interesting response. We are gonna share that and some of our thoughts with you. We\'ve got a typical PC question. Oh, and one person took time out of his busy day to let us know how he feels about the site...

This e-mail was originally drafted by a cave man and read:

Ugh you got no cheats me not go on stupid site no more

Fortunately, he had his friend transcribe it from the stone slab to the pretty color box for him. He is correct though, about the no cheats at least. At Gamesfirst we are more concerned with stimulating interesting thoughts about gaming and the gaming industry (and making caveman jokes) than helping people suck less at their games. We hope to help elevate gaming further away from the \"kids toys\" image to a legitimate and recognized art form. That said I cheat all the time. Usually only with the games that I wouldn\'t finish otherwise. When you do need that cheat you can always buzz over to http://www.gamefaqs.com. Hopefully you\'ll come back here for reviews, when trying to decide where to spend your hard earned, or for articles that are more than just press releases.

Shawn replied:

Good points all around. Although, I think the true reason few people remember Custer\'s Revenge is because the game is older than the average gamer. I wouldn\'t say that for it\'s time Custer\'s graphics were any less spectacular than GTA: San Andreas\' are for today. I could also name a half-dozen reasons why the comparison is hardly fair. (GTA is one of the biggest game franchises around and has been a lightning rod for controversy for years. So to say the only reason it gets more attention than a game older than Nintendo is because of graphics is kinda silly.) I do agree, though, with the larger point. In many ways graphics are putting a stranglehold on the industry. Not only in the way that it squelches out innovation, but also in the way that it limits the amount of games a developer can invest in. If developers didn\'t have so many millions of dollars invested in each game then maybe we would see them branch out a bit more. Maybe someone would even develop a game for the PSP. As is I think we will have to expect many ports, because that is all the developers can afford to make.

People laugh at me when I play Gameboy games on my big screen with the Gameboy Player. You can\'t beat 80 inches of 8-bit Zelda goodness.

Place the CD into the computer, let spin. You did go to the store and buy it first, didn\'t you? That\'s important.

Good thing I sold my soul for a big screen and a Gameboy Player or else I might feel guilty for that last reply.

Matt \"I got no cheats\" James

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