Open Letter

Morning Hangover #74 -- Patrick Asks For Your Best/Worst GameStop Experience, Andrew

Pro Tip: If you live in San Antonio, do not take a job at the GameStop. The chain has been robbed three times in the last week. The latest heist happened on Tuesday night when a couple of marauders busted through the doors, brandishing guns, and corralled the no-doubt terrified employees into a bathroom where they tied up them up with Duck Tape. The thieves vanished with a cash register, and it took the employees over 45 minutes to free themselves from their bonds.

On Tuesday, a different store was boosted when a persons unknown pried open the doors of the place in the early morning and absconded with a bunch of games. 

The third incident this week: On Monday afternoon, police say a criminal walked into a third Game Stop location and said he was  he was armed with a gun and knife. He left after employees handed over some games.

The police say these incidents are probably not related, but it begs the question: Is Game Stop a particularly attractive place to rob, and if so, why? I guess a staff full of gamed-out young people isn't too imposing to criminals...

Source: Ken5 News

Open Letter to Mickey Mouse

Dear Mickey (or Mr. Mouse, whichever you prefer),

I wanted to take a moment to congratulate you on the upcoming Epic Mickey. As the most prevalent icon of American culture since the 1930's, it's high time you deserved a starring role in a highly anticipated video game for today's console with the Nintendo Wii. Sure, I would prefer that this game contained more shooting with cool guns and/or Master Chief, I'm happy that the gaming industry has finally recognized your coveted spot as a world leader and purveyor of fine entertainment, overpriced amusement parks, toys and clothing.

However, this new game raises some of my concerns about your ability to perform in the spotlight of a 21st Century video game. We gamers are now used to taking on strong main characters with a fatal flaw and playing out a storyline that reflects our anxieties about today's society and the impending zombie apocalypse (and how we like to shoot aliens and stuff).

Mickey, are you truly as epic as your game promises to be? 

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Open Letter to Mario Paint

Dear Mario Paint,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I know you're really busy right now, collecting dust in a closet somewhere, but I wanted to celebrate your special day! 18 years ago to this date, Nintendo brought you to North America amidst fanfare and trumpets, revolutionizing the gaming industry as we knew it. No longer were videogames relegated to shooters with cheap storylines and awful controls. Gaming was brought to the masses, where children and adults could explore the infinite realm of their imaginations to create beautiful animations, create original tunes with their favorite Mario characters and swat flies in a fun mini-game, all while using ... a clunky mouse with awful controls. Well. at least we weren't shooting things.

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An Open Letter To Steven Spielberg

Dear Mr. Spielberg, 

Is it okay if I call you Steve? I'm going to assume that it's fine with you. If you have a problem with it, just let me know. You can reach me through the usual channels. Do you even use the usual channels? It's hard to picture you texting. Just saying.

Anyhow, I wanted to write you this letter to wish you a happy anniversary. Remember? It was 28 years ago today that you signed an agreement to turn E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial into a video game. I imagine that there was probably a big press release to accompany this, with the Atari logo and E.T. posters plastered everywhere. After all, the movie had already been out for more than a month and was still topping the charts when this announcement was made. 

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An Open Letter To The City of Cleveland

Dear Cleveland,

First of all, I'd like to say that we feel some of your pain. Not all of it, of course, because we just brought home an NBA Championship. That might be a bad way to start out this letter, but we thought we might as well get rid of the elephant in the room right away. Sorry about that. But we do have some sports pain that you aren't suffering from: the complete lack of an NFL team. I know you guys played musical Browns in the past when they went and set up the Ravens and all that, but we've had two teams leave us in the dust, so forget about LeBron.

But you're right, it's not comparable to the fact that your city hasn't won a sports championship since 1964. In fact, ESPN went as far as to call you the "Most Tortured Sports City" back in 2004. Ouch. But keep your head up. Cleveland is a proud city. It survived Art Modell, and it will survive the loss of LeBron James. Check out our list of our favorite pop-culture reasons to love The Cleve, and you'll be saying "LeBron Who?" Just like Michael Jordan did.

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An Open Letter To Diablo II

Dear Diablo II,

First of all, Happy Tenth Birthday! I can't believe you're ten years old. Congratulations on the continued success. It seems like only yesterday that you were teaching me the joy and value of becoming a loot whore. Now I'm well down the road of addiction, and I hoard everything I come across. Except, in real life, I don't have a Horadric Cube to store it in. Now I'm forced to buy multiple backpacks to keep things organized in my RPGs, and it has unfortunately carried across to real life as well. Now I have closets full of crap that I keep just because I'm not sure if I'll need it again.

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Open Letter to Nintendo's Cammie Dunaway

Dear Cammie Dunaway,

Hey, girl, hey! How's it going? You look great. Are those new glasses? 

I know you're super busy now that E3 is finally here, but I thought I'd grab a couple moments to talk to you.

Where were you!? I waited to see you at the Nintendo press conference, where they kept rolling out announcement after announcement for Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Kid Icarus: Uprising (finally) and the new Goldeneye 007...What about you?

Last year's E3 was the first time I actually sat down and watched the entire Nintendo press conference. Usually I just wait until the headlines and blogs come out with all the big news, but I really liked my Wii and I really wanted to see what you had in store for the rest of us.

But like, seriously? That white suit? I know you were out to promote the console, but what stylist decided it was a good idea to dress up like a Wii? I mean, 2008's press conference was fine because everyone loves a woman in a black suit (remember Sarah Palin's little black piece during her Vice Presidential debate? I totally hate her, but that suit was cute for a hot middle aged mom of five children. Don't get me started on her hair, though.)

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Open Letter to Princess Peach

Dear Princess Peach,

Hi, how are you? I am fine. First off, I'd like to congratulate you on staying strong with your fashion. Times are a-changing in the 21st century, but you've somehow managed to keep things stylish with your pink ballgown and arm-length gloves. No, I'm totally not being condescending. I'm more of a sandals and muumuu kind of gal, but I really appreciate when a single woman refuses to conform in a generation of girls wearing Ugg boots and terrycloth sweat pants. Some people would say you're being old-fashioned, but between you and me, they're just jealous.

Actually, what's the secret behind your hair? It looks great. Okay, maybe the feathered look is a little 1980's Dynasty mixed with Farrah Fawcett (RIP) but the Kardashian girls would kill to have all that volume. Do you have hair extensions? I won't tell. People pay good money for layers like that.

Listen, we have to talk. I was totally thinking about you the other day, because I was going to pick up Super Mario Galaxy 2, since it got such great reviews, but then I realized that the whole premise of the game was about Bowser kidnapping you. Again. How many times has it been? Seriously? Wow. That's a lot.

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