Among the many contributions that Gamespot has made to comedy, its User Soapbox takes the cake.
The feature is a result of Gamespot's effort to conform to Web 2.0 standards, which dictate that all websites that must incorporate some form of user-created content that no one cares about aside from the people who create said content. Readers post overwrought pseudo-intellectual bullshit in their blogs, and the website selects a few entries to run on a tiny section of the front page which Gamespot would prefer to use as adspace for Axe Body Spray.
While these 14,000 word User Soapbox essays can be funny in their own way if you are stout enough to ward off comas, their titles say more than enough.
Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis
It's a good thing Sherlock Holmes is on the case, since he's pretty much the only person who could find an audience for adventure games (even really good ones) in 2008. 7/10
Just as Robert Downey Jr. was born to play Tony Stark, you were born to not buy this game. 4/10
Mana Khemia: Alchemists Of Al-Revis
Title provided by Mars Volta's album/song name/lyric generator. 7/10
I already lost 40 pounds by throwing away my 40 pound dumbbell set since I won't need it anymore, this is great! 8/10
The emergency: Nintendo is slapping its seal of approval on every third-party minigame collection that comes its way. 1/10
Thanks to Steven Spielberg's involvement, I can safely describe this as Jenga meets Munich. 7/10
Barnyard Blast: Swine Of The Night
Not since Tomba has pigkind been so horribly misrepresented. 5/10
Are you concerned that you may be a character trapped in a Tom Waits song? Be smart and learn the warning signs before it's too late. Also, it's too late. It has always been too late.
I'm haunted by a recurring vision of a skeleton flipping me off. To avoid seeing this terrifying image in bumper sticker form, I pay someone with a blank bumper to drive in front of me at all times.
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