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Wednesday, February 16 12:00 AM ET

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Now you too can enjoy my Inbox without the annoying spam. Every week I get some amazing e-mail. Some amazing because of the sheer cluelessness of the sender, some because of the time and energy that went into crafting them and some are just simply amazing.


A couple discussion threads about the upcoming Counter-Strike movie...

stupidest idea for a movie i have ever heard


i guarantee that 65% of the community will go see it

Some PHP Believers..

America is ignorant.

In response to our Top 11 Unlikely Geek Deaths, a true near-death story...

From: Kyle
Sent: Thursday, February 10, 2005 9:39 PM
Subject: Top 11 Unlikely Geek Deaths - True Story

I have a true story about #1 on the list of Unlikely Geek Deaths. I was playing Age of Empires II on a school computer, when the disc broke inside the drive, sending pieces everywhere, and taking off the front cover of the disc tray with it. The cover, along with the pieces, were about a foot away from hitting the guy standing next to me.

Now I don't have a Conquerors disc.

Someone taking the wireless mouse modification too seriously?

From: jian
Sent: Thursday, February 10, 2005 10:06 AM
Subject: BBspot Labs: Never Lose Your Wireless Mouse Again

i've read BBspot for a long time, and i enjoy the mix of humor and more serious tech stuff.

i just read your article about modding a wireless mouse and, i'm sorry but that is so dumb! sorry to say it, but why not just get a regular mouse? and if all you have is a wireless one, it's still probably cheaper to just buy a regular mouse than to do all the things you suggested in your article. maybe it *might* be useful to have it tethered to your belt or something, but i kind of doubt it.

that's just a ridiculous idea; there are a lot of better modding ideas for people to do besides tethering a mouse - and your mod wouldn't even look very nice, especially if you use "a nail through your monitor, or the wireless base station" like you suggested! you must be new to the modding scene; you should check out best case scenario or bluesmoke, or about a billion modding sites out there.

and by the way, that article about Valve banning for GG use is just an urban legend; you might want to take that down.

- jen

PS: just kidding, Brian! i know it was a joke; thought maybe i could fool you for a second or two that i was a "believer". . . did it work?

The spelling was too good to fool me for very long.

And now a game box review Believer...

From: Nicolas
Sent: Friday, February 11, 2005 11:09 AM
Subject: Far Cry Box Review

Dear Mr. Briggs,

Based on your review I ordered Far Cry here in my home country of Sweden. Imagine my sup rise when it arrives in a standard plastic DVD type box.

I feel betrayed that the one honest news site left on this web of ours is now also publishing incorrect information much like &

I'm now out $50 and my game shelf is no prettier than before so please ensure that all future box reviews either include the details of the European box or a "USA & Canada Only" disclaimer.

On a side note, the game rawks.



PS. While writing this letter I've been obsessing about how to introduce the words "Software Judas" and "Twinkie"
in clever and unusual ways. Not sure why. Just thought you should know.

I'll add the disclaimer to future reviews.

Alone in the Dark

Looks like our Trailer Review was dead on...

Sent: Wednesday, February 02, 2005 3:46 PM
To: Brian Briggs
Subject: Alone In The Dark

I thought you should see this page from It’s about Alone In The Dark. It got an average rating of 1.8/10.

That rating was boosted by one positive review, that only liked it because it was so bad.

Confused Reader

One reader was confused by the personals mockery that we do Monday through Friday...

From: Ian
Sent: Friday, February 11, 2005 9:56 AM
Subject: Comment on site layout

I've enjoyed your site over the past several months.

However, something about your site always bothered and confused me. Just recently I figured out what was wrong.

I'm one of the 36 people on earth that use Opera as a browser. In Opera, your site gets formatted in an unfortunate way - specifically, the "BBspot Personals" quote, which is usually something very bizarre, appears directly below the webcam shot. The result looks for all the world like a caption - in other words, a quote from YOU on a daily basis.

Based on these quotes, I had assembled a very scary picture of your personality.

It was only recently that I noticed the blank area under the Personals section and realized that maybe you're NOT a total wacko after all.

So I thought I'd pass along my discovery in case there's something you care to do about it.

I, too, would be disturbed if those were all actual quotes of mine. But, I plan on continuing the personals mockeries. Yes, I am a total wacko, regardless.

Another reader wonders why there are so many hidden BBloopers...

From: Andrew
Sent: Friday, February 11, 2005 4:21 PM
Subject: BBloopers

What's with all the hidden BBloopers?

I think many readers are unaware that there is a whole section dedicated to BBloopers. Only one or two of the ten show up on the main BBspot page.

That's all for this week!

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