This Piece was written by Joel Taveras, who has since moved on to his own gaming site at Dualshockers:
"When I'm not waiting tables in Park Slope, Brooklyn, fragging noobs in COD 4, or writing for the best gaming site on the planet (*cough* DualShockers.com *cough*), I'm doubling as full time college student. Majoring in accounting at that! Towards the end of this last semester I had to hand in a research paper for my English class. It was to be based on 3 different works of literature, and they had to be tied together with a compelling argument or thesis. I originally wrote a rough draft about how 3 particular literary works would have made better games than books. I brought in the rough draft for a one on one appointment with my Professor, and after reading through it and learning that I had been busy building my own gaming site, he had me read a critical review of Grand Theft Auto IV by Philip A. Lobo. He then challenged me to write a piece on GTA: IV. He told me not to summarize or review the game, but rather like Lobo's article, to put it under a critical microscope.
I made the argument that GTA: IV is not for younger gamers, not because of the well publicized controversial reasons, but because younger gamers just don't get the real messages found throughout the game. This is a copy of what I handed in, I hope you guys enjoy it. I won't say what grade I received for it, what I want to know is what grade as readers you think I deserve!"