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by Dear Jon
October 22, 2002

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Sort 181_Dear Jon-Video Games. ACTUAL LETTER TO DEAR JON:

Dear Jon,

I've notice'd that the graphics for your column used to be a nice, hand-written letter, while now it looks like an e-mail. Is this some commentary on how no one writes letters anymore, everyone e-mails, and how as a society we are becoming more and more dependant on technology? And yes, I realize the bitter irony that I'm e-mailing you this question.

Resisting Techno

Dear Res,

You will have to ask the Webmaster. Artistic control was stripped from me as part of the contract I signed.


Dear Jon,

What is the best video game, your opinion, and why?

Gamer Dude

Dear Dude,

I would say that the best video game is one I have in my possession: Super Bowl 31, in which the Green Bay Packers defeated the New England Patriots. There were a number of extraordinary moments; for example, on their first possession, Packer Quarterback Brett Favre audibled at the line of scrimmage and hit Andre Reed on a quick slant that turned into a long play for a touchdown.

Then, after the Patriots clawed back into the game in the second half and got close, they kicked off after a touchdown and Desmond Howard of the Packers returned it all the way for a touchdown. This allowed the Packers defense to really tee off against the Patriots in the fourth quarter. Reggie White, who finished the game with three sacks of quarterback Drew Bledsoe, had two of those sacks on successive plays, the shining moment in his storied career.

It is not only the best video of a game I have, it is also the best game ever since time began.

The Super Bowl has had other extraordinary moments, of course. When the Baltimore Ravens played the New York Giants, touchdowns were scored on three straight plays. First, the Ravens intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown. Then they kicked off, and the Giants returned the kick for a touchdown. Then they kicked off, and the Ravens returned the kick for a touchdown. It was the most incredible three-play sequence I have ever seen.

As I write this, there is a rumor right now of another sport playing its championship series. From what I have heard, however, it is just a California-league game of something like the English “criquet.” Nothing else is going on this week as important as football. So, much as I like to watch my video game of Super Bowl 31, I am watching new football being played every week-end.

By the way, the Packers are 6-1 as I write this.

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